Reclaimed Materials

Lush Green Roof Keeps This Tiny Cottage Home Cool in Oregon

Lush Green Roof Keeps This Tiny Cottage Home Cool in Oregon

The tiny cottage was originally built in the 1940s as shipyard working housing for Vanport Village. After the village flooded, the house was successfully moved by floating it down river to Sauvie Island

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BOOK REVIEW: Salvage Secrets Design & Decor by Joanne Palmisano

BOOK REVIEW: Salvage Secrets Design & Decor by Joanne Palmisano

Salvage Secrets Design & Decor shows that helping out the environment does not mean compromising on style. With nearly 300 pages full of beautifully crisp photographs, resources, and design tips,

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Barnyard Restaurant by Brinkworth Brings the Farm to London Dining

Barnyard Restaurant by Brinkworth Brings the Farm to London Dining

Ollie's vision for the Barnyard was inspired by the nostalgia of traditional agricultural environments, where almost everything serves a distinct purpose. Materials commonly found in lightweight farm

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We Talk With Tracen Gardner of Reclaimed Space About Prefab Building & Salvaging Materials

We Talk With Tracen Gardner of Reclaimed Space About Prefab Building & Salvaging Materials

Why did you start Reclaimed Space? Tracen Gardner: The job came about because I’ve always been in the construction business. I had a ranch that was remote, and I questioned how I was going to be able

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Urban Chandy Founder Cassidy Brush

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Urban Chandy Founder Cassidy Brush

It was pretty much love at first sight when the Inhabitat editors first laid eyes on Urban Chandy's sparkling upcycled light fixtures at BKLYN Designs this year, and we recently got a chance to take a

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Underground Organic Vena Cava Winery is Built With Salvaged Boats in Baja

Underground Organic Vena Cava Winery is Built With Salvaged Boats in Baja

Vena Cava Winery was started by Phil Gregory, who also owns and runs the nearby luxury hotel La Villa del Valle in Guadalupe Valley. The desert valley enjoys an interesting microclimate for growing grapes

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Make Architects Unveil Igloo-Shaped Cinema Made from Reclaimed Cardboard in London

Make Architects Unveil Igloo-Shaped Cinema Made from Reclaimed Cardboard in London

The Regeneration Film Festival, an open-entry short film festival dedicated to the theme of sustainable regeneration and construction, will be held during the annual Ecobuild exhibition in London. This

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The Durango Tiny House on Wheels is a Minimalist Traveler’s Dream Come True

The Durango Tiny House on Wheels is a Minimalist Traveler’s Dream Come True

The Durango comes with all of the traditional home basics as well as many one-of-a kind features such as the light fixtures made of reclaimed wood. The kitchen galley is equipped with a two well sink, a

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Sill-to-Sill is a Recycled Material Gift Shop at Hackney City Farm

Sill-to-Sill is a Recycled Material Gift Shop at Hackney City Farm

Last year, Hackney City Farm held a design competition open to architects, designers and students for the design of a new shop and info center. The Farm requested that the shop use recycled materials and

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Cute Micro House Made from Recycled Tin Cans and Trader Joe’s Shopping Bags Pops Up in Portland

Cute Micro House Made from Recycled Tin Cans and Trader Joe’s Shopping Bags Pops Up in Portland

"This whole [tiny home] movement is about originality and creativity," says Phoenix, who lives in the upcycled cottage, in the Fair Companies video above. She believes that while builders might be tempted

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JG Domestic Americana Restaurant Serves Up a Living Wall of Herbs in Philadelphia

JG Domestic Americana Restaurant Serves Up a Living Wall of Herbs in Philadelphia

JG Domestic is one of Chef Jose Garces' eight restaurants in Philadelphia and Chicago. Located in an atrium in the Cira Center next to the 30th street train station, the restaurant provides a warm and

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Artist Sayaka Ganz Unveils Underwater Ecosystem Made From Recycled Beach Plastic

Artist Sayaka Ganz Unveils Underwater Ecosystem Made From Recycled Beach Plastic

We've featured Sayaka Ganz' incredible sculptures made from recycled materials in the past, and the artist just completed an amazing new installation at the Port Canaveral Welcome Center in Port

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Timber Barn Repurposed into Inspiring Activity Hall at Michigan’s Kalamazoo Nature Center Camp

Timber Barn Repurposed into Inspiring Activity Hall at Michigan’s Kalamazoo Nature Center Camp

Taking advantage of the existing barn on the camp's site, Lord, Aeck & Sargent, in cooperation with local architect Byce & Associates, rehabilitated the structure into Kalamazoo Nature Center

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Middlebury’s InSite Solar-Powered Home is Made From Materials Sourced Within 10 Miles

Middlebury’s InSite Solar-Powered Home is Made From Materials Sourced Within 10 Miles

Following five points of InSiteful design, the Middlebury team has sought to build a home that is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. Clad with reclaimed barnwood from Vermont, the

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Breezy, Hammock-Shaped Paraguayan Home is the Perfect Place for an Afternoon Siesta

Breezy, Hammock-Shaped Paraguayan Home is the Perfect Place for an Afternoon Siesta

Casa Hamaca's structure was built to follow the form of the classic Catenary Curve. Located in hot and humid Paraguay, the home measures 860 square feet and it is open to the elements. The project's name

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Floating Harvest Dome Made of 450 Umbrellas Returns to NYC!

Floating Harvest Dome Made of 450 Umbrellas Returns to NYC!

New Yorkers who weren't able to catch the mysterious, floating Harvest Dome before it crashed into Riker's Island now have a second chance to view it. Harvest Dome 2.0 is a new, improved version of the

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Architecture Student Retrofits School Bus into Sleek Mobile Home for the Ultimate Road Trip

Architecture Student Retrofits School Bus into Sleek Mobile Home for the Ultimate Road Trip

A recent architecture grad from the University of Minnesota, Butitta says he was spurred to build the modern mobile home as an antidote to his disillusionment with working on imaginary architecture school

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Newly Opened Bestie Brings a Beautiful and Unique Eatery to Downtown Vancouver

Newly Opened Bestie Brings a Beautiful and Unique Eatery to Downtown Vancouver

Bestie was inspired by German street food and local products, so the restaurant is dedicated to sourcing local foods. They bring in all natural, sustainably-raised meat from nearby farms and master

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Artist Benjamin Jones About His Incredible Sustainable TreeHouse

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Artist Benjamin Jones About His Incredible Sustainable TreeHouse

Some of us were lucky enough to have moms or dads build treehouses for us - for the rest of us, there's Benjamin Jones. The artist recently brought his colorful TreeHouse made of sustainable materials to

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Tiny 120 Sq Ft Studio Wrapped in Reclaimed Redwood Chills in Sunny California

Tiny 120 Sq Ft Studio Wrapped in Reclaimed Redwood Chills in Sunny California

Placed on a 3,100 square foot lot, the tiny studio was a labor of love for both John McBride, a carpenter, and Sarah. They sourced all of their own materials and did the design and the construction, which

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The Mobile Bread House Brings Baking to Communities

The Mobile Bread House Brings Baking to Communities

One of the most basic and ancient forms of human technology, bread is the result of generations of humans transforming the elements of water, flour, and salt. A food that transcends race, creed, and

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I-Resort’s 9 Spa Hotel is Made From Local Materials in Vietnam

I-Resort’s 9 Spa Hotel is Made From Local Materials in Vietnam

Tucked up into the mountain above the main part of the resort, the 9 Spa is a secluded and peaceful retreat. To construct the retreat, a21studio and I-Resort hired 80 village masons, carpenters and craft

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Efficient Lake Champlain House is Built From Salvaged Materials in Vermont

Efficient Lake Champlain House is Built From Salvaged Materials in Vermont

The original home on the 0.35 acre lot overlooking Lake Champlain was dilapidated and not very efficient. To build the home of their dreams the owners worked with Ernie Ruskey, AIA, of Tektonika Studio

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Top Ten Green Lighting Designs at New York Design Week 2013

Top Ten Green Lighting Designs at New York Design Week 2013

LED Chandelier - by Group-Two Design Group-Two Design's elegant LED Chandelier updates the trope of the classic baroque chandelier with twenty-first century lighting technology, and sleek modern lines.

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Dominican Sisters House of Formation in San Rafael Becomes the First LEED-Certified Convent in the US

Dominican Sisters House of Formation in San Rafael Becomes the First LEED-Certified Convent in the US

During the planning stage, the Dominican sisters studied the Earth Charter, an international document outlining the principles needed to create a just and environmentally sustainable world in the 21st

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David Spurgeon’s Passive Solar Houseboat Conserves Energy in Sausalito

David Spurgeon’s Passive Solar Houseboat Conserves Energy in Sausalito

The history of Sausalito's houseboat community dates back to the late 19th century, when wealthy San Franciscans would keep floating holiday homes in Marin County. But after the devastating 1906

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The reCYCLER Upcycles Old Bikes into Funky Chairs

The reCYCLER Upcycles Old Bikes into Funky Chairs

One day, quite by accident, Vanden Heuvel found that his love of cycling combined with metal working skills he developed while running a pig farm made an curious combination. After making his first

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Urban Chandy’s Recycled Chandeliers Use Vintage Edison Bulbs with Cool Coils

Urban Chandy’s Recycled Chandeliers Use Vintage Edison Bulbs with Cool Coils

While Urban Chandy currently uses vintage Edison bulbs for their lighting, which critics worry is not the most environmentally-conscious choice, they do aspire to keep their energy as low as possible

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Announcing the Winners of the Inhabitat 2013 BKLYN Designs Green Design Awards!

Announcing the Winners of the Inhabitat 2013 BKLYN Designs Green Design Awards!

This weekend, the Inhabiteam once again got to experience BKLYN Designs, one of our most beloved NY Design Week events, and revel in all of the Brooklyn-made furniture glory that it had to offer. As in

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Studio-E Architecture’s Oregon Passive House Makes Use of Recycled Materials

Studio-E Architecture’s Oregon Passive House Makes Use of Recycled Materials

The Fern Ridge Lake Residence is located on a 40-acre site on a bluff outside of Eugene, Oregon. The home is joined by an artist studio, a three-car garage and a number of outdoor living spaces to enjoy

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