Trying to make a home that looks and feel different form the other existing houses around, then you must read this article till end, as we have brought for you one of the coolest idea of home construction. Homes that are entirely built of recycled material not just look good but are sustainable as well.
Recycled homes for the low-income group
Dan Philips saw a dream to offer cheap, affordable yet beautiful homes to people who belong to the low-income group, and about 12 years ago, he started to turn his dream into reality by making homes out of trash.
For him it was no less than an irony that landfill sites are filled with building materials yet there is lack of affordable housing. The reason behind this thinking of his is his belief that makes him think that every discarded material that is durable is a potential building material. As of now, he has constructed many homes with 80 percent of recycled materials.
The Beer Can House
A retired upholsterer in the Southern Pacific Railroad, John Milkovisch started his project of the Beer Can House back in 1968. He started with inlaying marbles, rocks, and metal pieces to form unique and attractive landscaping features. After finishing the front and the back side of the home, he started adding aluminium siding, the aluminium beer can siding and in 18 long years he managed to cover the entire structure with flattened beer cans.
This unique design not only made the house look attractive but also enhanced its green quotient. The beer can garlands that you see in the picture add to its beauty and help cut down the energy bills.
La Casa de Botellas
This structure made of thousands of PET plastic bottles seems to promote ecological and social responsibility so well. The Alfredo Santa Cruz family in Puerto Iguazu created this structure made of recycled material that looks simply fantastic. The walls and columns are made of discarded plastic bottles yet it is one sturdy structure.
The coffee table, bed, couch, all are made of plastic bottles and the roof contains 1300 tetra packs of wine and milk. The lovely doors and windows that appear so artistic are made from 140 compact disk boxes. The bed with a mattress on top is a structure made of 200 PET bottles.
The Shell Garden
Bodan Litnianski was a shoemaker who left Ukraine, moved to France and became a mason. He purchased an old house that demanded significant repair but his monetary condition just did not allow him to do it, so he found a new and a better option. He went in for the use of recycled or the materials from the trash to repair his home.
He started with decorating the doors and the facade with shells, so the site became popular as the Shell Garden. The other recycled material that he used in the building was pottery shards, broken tiles to decorate the walls, and he lined the paths in the garden with columns made of reinforced concrete and some rotating devices on top of it. Other things he used to decorate columns with are machine parts, dolls, toys, plastic flowers, and containers.
Some people are born to bring a change and people who manage to build their homes with recycled items are such people. Such people try to inspire others to adopt a lifestyle that has its own motto – reduce, reuse, recycle. This motto works best not just for the one who follows it but for the entire society.