Tiny Cottages Make Use Of Found Objects

Tiny Cottages Make Use Of Found Objects

Lise Harwin
Nov 25, 2008

Can you spot the tomato sauce cans used in the construction of these cottages? How about the flour sacks? Or the vent hoods? If not, it's because the found objects used to craft these 364-square foot cottages blend so nicely with the more traditional materials used by their Craftsman neighbors. Incredible inspiration from two builders with unusual salvage below the jump!

Located in Portland, the Garden Cottages of Upper Albina feature built-in bookshelves, cedar-shake siding, decorative brick foundations and the traditional gabled roof. Each cottage is fully-furnished and can be rented for a one-month minimum for about $1,000.

But the spaces are most notable for the way builders Jeffrey Gantert and Brad Bloom incorporated the "reduce, reuse, recycle" philosophy in truly imaginative ways.

According to The Oregonian, the brick foundations were salvaged from old chimneys; olive oil cans were recycled as rain chains; old kitchen vent hoods became window boxes; and two Dairy Queen benches are used as porch swings. Inside, flour sacks from local bakeries make for unusual kitchen wallpaper.

More photos of the cottages are available for inspiration, though the quality is lacking. See exteriors here and interiors here.

Via: The Oregonian

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