TAG: Reuse

Architecture That Could Turn A Plain Home Envious

Architecture That Could Turn A Plain Home Envious

This design could make a lot of residences seem to tip a bit towards the boring scale. Not because they are actually boring, but because this home stationed in Suffolk, UK has one thing the majority do not: a completely moveable exterior shell. From the architectural group dRMM, the Sliding House will probably make you a bit awestruck. Watch the incredible home in action: The 20 ton mobile frame ingeniously sits on a runway of recessed railway tracks. Placed inside the walls, wheeled electric motors move the frame. And it works with a remote control, so with the touch of a button the roof and… read more

Houses Built with Reclaimed Materials

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In a world of mass-marketed mayhem, it isn’t necessary to succumb to consumerism, even during residential construction. That attitude is exactly what fuels some designers who have a keen eye for practicality and a clear conceptualization of reuse. By taking original ideas of recycling and tunneling them to the advantage of others, real differences can be made in helping obtain basic needs, like housing. Ingrid Vaca Diez has found architectural genius in a plastic bottle. Or actually, in many bottles. Able to find large quantities of plastic bottles in Bolivia where she resides, the practical idea surfaced to use them… read more

Getting Organized

Getting Organized

The start of the New Year often inspires cleaning and organizing around the house. Getting things in order can be done economically, and purchasing high dollar units or storage bins isn’t always necessary. These clever ideas are neat to look at whenever the organizing mood strikes. Rustic shelving can be made from reclaimed lumber or reused boards and hung where needed for instant storage. Add glass jars, baskets or other containers for holding items. This unique and colorful arrangement is made from assembling a variety of used furniture. Strategically placed and painted, this one of a kind cabinet storage has… read more

Creative Ways To Reuse Tote Bags

Creative Ways To Reuse Tote Bags

In attempts to alleviate using plastic bags, reusable tote bags can pile up. Whether from trips to the market or handed out at free events, if you have a pile of them laying around consider the following clever craft ideas to give them a new use. Tote bags can make perfect throw pillows. By inserting a pillow or batting inside, cutting off the straps and sewing the top together a new pillow is born. For a no-sew design place fabric glue just inside the opening. Tote bags can also be turned into many other types of bags. A zipper, snap… read more

Urban Foraging

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Freeganism is the practice of not only being a vegan but also obtaining food that most people would consider trash. Urban foraging is used to reclaim food that is needlessly discarded. Most of the time, the foraging comes from food that is discarded as trash from restaurants that have stipulations on what is possible to keep from day to day. Food waste from grocery stores could be any item from a bruised tomato, potatoes with eyes, or produce that people will not buy when looking for a perfect pick.  People are trained to pick what looks pretty and healthy which causes… read more

Family Centered Farmhouse Conversion

Family Centered Farmhouse Conversion

Structures that are still in workable condition can be converted into new spaces, saving money and resources. Converted buildings make for interesting projects, as they often offer an enamored quality that adds to the feel of the space. Oppenheim Architecture + Design offers up a sample of a resourceful transformation, a converted farmhouse in Switzerland which now also comprises a warm family home. The Kirchplatz Residence is a warm and family centered renovation. The architectural team initially took on the endeavor as part of a reuse project  by local officials to restore the historic building. The 16th century old structure received… read more

Upcycling Thrift Shop Pictures

Upcycling Thrift Shop Pictures

Browsing through thrift shops can lead to some interesting finds, including unique and even unusual pictures and artwork. Several clever artists are revamping old finds into new treasures by adding their own touch. Though some may consider this as ruining the paintings and other pieces, others feel that reusing unwanted materials is one way to cut down on excess. An abundance of resources waiting to be found probably makes thrift store shopping fun with the following creative individuals, whose work has been popping up all over the blogosphere. By taking paintings of scenes like landscapes, water areas and nature scenes, the following 2… read more

Artist “Plays” with Light and Shadow to Create Stunning Projections

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Rashad Alakbarov is an Azerbaijan-born artist, who works mostly with unconventional materials. Assembling an assortment of seemingly random items, he manipulates their positions and the lighting so it will play off the objects to create brilliant shadow projections. When viewed posed together, the objects appear to be at conflict amongst each other. However, the resulting shapes harmonize to create scenes that are universally familiar. “Two Cities from One Point of View”, is a great example of such collaboration. The skylines of each cityscape are seamless and instantly recognizable, with the variance of spires and temples. Yet, while their differences are… read more

Steampunk Jewelry Displays A Refined Form Of Reuse

Steampunk Jewelry Displays A Refined Form Of Reuse

Steampunk jewelry pieces often utilize discarded and vintage materials to create intricate and distinctive new designs. Many steampunk styles incorporate findings from castoff jewelry and parts of other objects. These handmade items feature upcyled pieces and reused objects to produce unique, durable jewelry. Repurposed watch gears are often used to create stylish signature timepieces. Vintage lockets, pendants and pocket watches can be updated and revived with a crafty hand. This old pocket watch was given some inspiration from Mother Nature and turned into a biomechanically inspired Kafka Clock. This homage to Victorian era nature pieces actually contains an insect specimen, though this one… read more

Drawers To Compost Bins

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Using an old dresser or chest of drawers, you can easily convert discarded furniture into a compost bin. If you have any scrap wood lingering in the shed, building your own bin may be an other opportunity of equal promise. Ideally, it is best to use drawers with a depth of about eight inches. For composting purposes, drawers are best utilized if  converted into a worm bin. When employing worms as a method of composting, drawers make the efforts easier, as they allow you to harvest the garden-ready compost on lower levels, without disturbing the worms who have migrated to… read more