National Trust for Historic Preservation
After multiple failed preservation attempts, the house has fallen into disrepair—its paint is chipped and its structure in need of work—but thanks to a new crowdfunding effort, it could be restored to its original state.
Source: Nina Simone’s childhood home is the focus of new preservation campaign – Curbed
A fantastic custom-designed home is up for sale in Mendocino, a bohemian enclave on the coast of Northern California. Constructed from reclaimed timber by local craftsman Harold Brayton, the rustic getaway boasts a combination of midcentury and Arts and Crafts styles (its date of completion is unknown) but is decidedly a creation of its own.
Source: Fantastic timber home with ocean views asks $1.1M – Curbed
Used carpet tiles clad walls that are insulated with junk, including floppy discs and toothbrushes, in this building designed by East Sussex studio BBM as a research facility and design workshop for the University of Brighton’s Faculty of Arts.
via Waste House by BBM – “UK’s first permanent building made from rubbish”.
After having his heart broken while attending Tulane University, Frank Relle turned to his neighborhood of the Garden District in New Orleans to stroll and clear his head at night. Four years after graduating college, he once again turned to his hometown for comfort during hard times and decided to begin photographing the homes and scenes that he was turing to by creating long exposure nighttime photographs.
via Juxtapoz Magazine – The Still of the Night in New Orleans.
You know when something is so beautiful it hurts?
That is how I felt when I first saw the Japanese Forest House on Curbed. Brian Schulz’s sense of humor eased my heartache a little, but scrolling through the pictures of his beloved house brings it all back in a flash.
Treat yourself today and go see this labor of love in all it’s glory!
A couple years ago I found a neat little brass sink at the local recycle center. Enamored of shiny objects, I coveted it’s golden glow, entirely aware of the fact that I had no use for such a thing. I wandered around for an hour or so with it in my hand, looking at other stuff, relalizing that if I took it I’d have to build a home for it. I eventually brought it up to the register and started planning my house on the drive home.
Yes, I am serious, and don’t call me shirley.
With deep enough pockets a person might be able to duplicate such a structure by writing a large check to a talented builder, but that would risk missing the point entirely. Almost every piece of this tiny house was salvaged, most of it from within a ten miles of where the house sits.
Located on South Bass Island in Lake Erie at Put-in-Bay, Ohio, rests the Owners and Captains Quarters of the former Great Lakes Shipping Boat, The Benson Ford. Originally designed by Henry Ford, the boat was in service for 50 years. In 1986, rather than scrapping the entire vessel, the top front section of the boat (comprised of walnut paneled state rooms, dining room, galley, and passenger lounge) was removed by an Ohio couple. They placed the rescued quarters on a picturesque home lot, transforming them into The Ship Residence.
via Coastal Interior Design (Part Two): Unique and Unusual Homes | It’s So Fabulous!.
Dan Phillips of Huntsville has been building houses from recycled material for years. His projects include the Phoenix Commotion and Brigid’s Paradigm. His houses are affordable well beyond the government’s definition.
While many people have gone down to the local Habitat for Humanity Restore to buy an item or two for a renovation project, Dan has made an art of taking discarded materials and turning them into whole houses. His houses aren’t just simple structures either. They are works of practical art.
via San Antonio Sustainable Living: Dan Phillips, Huntsville recycled building material artisan and home building benefactor.