The House of Scrap

Yesterday, I showed you the DIY mudroom bench – today, it’s the $7 house. Am I kidding? Nope! It’s not a big house or a fancy one, but it is a livable house. Created by a group of students in Buxton, NC as a challenge to themselves, and I’d say the exterior looks pretty good!

It’s amazing what you can do with salvaged materials and what’s otherwise considered waste!

Every day after class I’d get in my decrepit ’84 Landcruiser and make my rounds. The town dump, local job sites, etc. I’d find lumber, sinks, doors, windows, etc. The dump had my cell number on speed-dial and would call me if they had something.

The waste was amazing. I once climbed in the dumpster of a local Mcmansion being built and found 27 8′ 2X6′s. Uncut, tag still on them, not warped. They had literally been bought, delivered, and thrown away. Some windows were old, some were new, for example two of the windows were last year’s display models used by the window companies. I found tile, wiring, siding, etc. It only took 2 months to be in the dry, and within 4 months it was essentially done.

While not 100% complete, it’s certainly livable at this point. It’s dry, warm, has power, etc. While the labor is a huge factor, it’s amazing how much can be done for so little money.

The best part about the house, according to one of the creators, is that walking into it, you’d never know it was built for less than ten dollars. Of course, it’s not actually finished yet. And there haven’t been any updates to the blog since September. When last updated, the interior of the Scrap House looked like this:

Could you live in a wee little house? What if it only cost you $7? And you designed it yourself?

3 Responses to “The House of Scrap”

  1. Erin February 1, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    That is AMAZING! I am pretty minimalist in terms of ‘stuff’ so I would totally live in a space like that if it was convenient in terms of location!

  2. Christa Terry February 2, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    I think about it – I like the ‘cheap’ part of it. But now with a toddler and working at home and all of my other circumstances, I don’t know if I could. As a single chick once upon a time, definitely. But having a little space can be such a blessing with a family!

  3. Marcia Mossing February 15, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    I’m loving it!! And I’d live in it!