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The art of deconstruction | Local News | heraldandnews.com

Reba VanAcker and her son Christopher Green. By Gerry O’Brien H&N Editor


When Green put the word out on the Internet that DoubleHead had well-preserved timber from the 1930s to the 1960s, a group of Japanese buyers jumped on it. “They flew out here and were overwhelmed at what we had,” Green said. As it turns out, Japanese love all things from the West. The Japanese reproduce vintage-style door handles, lamps, clothing, etc. They use our lumber for flooring, wall coverings, doors and furniture.” “It was like watching kids in a candy store. They were literally running from place to place. We sold them four container loads of flooring,” Green said, mainly two- by 12-foot slats.

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Zen forest house: 11K, handcrafted, small home in Oregon – YouTube

We posted about this once already – but this tour is so worth another visit!

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Brian Schulz wanted to see “how small of a house I could make feel big”. Inspired by the traditional Japanese minka homes that rely on local materials and steeply sloped roofs to create affordable, open structures, Schulz created a home using materials salvaged or sourced from within 10 miles of his home.

via Zen forest house: 11K, handcrafted, small home in Oregon – YouTube.

Japanese Forest House one boatbuilders attempt to make a home without simpson ties – Brian Schulz

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.

via japanesehouse.