Monday, May 11, 2009


A team of San Francisco architects, artists, contractors, city officials, and engineers constructed a single-family demonstration house made up entirely of scrap and salvaged materials.

This house, called the “Scrap House,” is made up of materials that would have otherwise occupied space in the landfills. Some salvaged materials were re-used for their intended purpose while others were used in innovative ways. Every material used in this experiment was reclaimed and re-used. Some of the used materials include:

  • scrap iron
  • corrugated cardboard
  • old traffic light lenses
  • conveyor belt strips
  • thick yellow fire hoses
  • computer keyboards
  • wall, window, and doorway trims
  • 1,500 phonebooks
  • Solid core doors
  • Vinyl billboards
  • Scrap sheet metal shingles
  • Street and traffic signs

This project was meant to inspire future home owners and designers to widen their perspective when incorporating recycled materials into their projects. You can find more information about this project on their website.

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