Wednesday, August 20, 2008

House made completely of recycled materials

Rex Street, Portland USA

A new home in Portland, USA isn't as new as you might think.

Bricks in the edging, unique cabinet knobs, and wine bottles hanging as light fixtures all date from well into the last century. “I think I'm at the count of 150 different ways we reused materials throughout the house, everything from foundation to framing to landscaping to interior. It's been an amazing, an amazing experiment,” said Shannon Quimby.

Last November she and her husband discovered the home they bought had problems. It would have to be knocked down. But Quimby had a very unique idea. “Since we have to take it down lets save the doors, save the windows, save the floor. I kept saying save save save, and then finally I just thought - why can't we save the whole house, So the REX project -- Reuse Everything experiment -- was born," said Quimby.

After meticulously deconstructing the old home, contractors used nearly every piece of it in the new home that stands today. “It's nice just to show the market that this can be done,” said Stephen Aiguier, one of the contractors that helped recycle so much.

Now that her new home is nearly complete, Shannon Quimby is reflecting. She hopes others will follow her lead. “I want people to stop and think before they haul it off to the trash. How can I reuse this, how can I incorporate this into my house? And save thousands of dollars to boot."

KGW News

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