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The Boneyard House, Made from Sustainable Materials

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 03:08 AM
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by esuryono last modified Jun 09, 2011

Imagine, a house is built from several unused, discarded, and salvaged materials. All of these kind materials can be transformed into a luxurious, beautiful, and sustainable house, just like The Boneyard House. This house is made from several sustainable materials, such as reused and recycled railroad bridge trestles, crane rails,  barn and homestead timbers, etc. This unique, [...]




 

 

Imagine, a house is built from several unused, discarded, and salvaged materials. All of these kind materials can be transformed into a luxurious, beautiful, and sustainable house, just like The Boneyard House. This house is made from several sustainable materials, such as reused and recycled railroad bridge trestles, crane rails,  barn and homestead timbers, etc.

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This unique, environmental friendly house was designed and built by the collaboration of Dirk Nelson and Free Range Building Company. It is located in 1250 Reser Road, Walla Walla, Washington, and has 3,000 sq ft area, with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, an office, and guest quarters. Most materials used were taken from several reused, recycled materials, such as :

  • steel light posts from the original McNary Dam,
  • wooden beams from a 100-year-old saw mill,
  • textured girders from a railroad trestle bridge,
  • and columnar basalt from a 6 million-year-old lava flow

The eco materials were polished, repair, reclaimed, giving them new strength, new look, and new life , an opportunity to exhibit the patina and character of age. The metals were sandblasted, wire-wheeled, heated, and waxed, while the woods were oiled and sanded. Some of the items are handmade from unused natural objects, such as wind-fallen black locust trees for cabinetry. The use of black locust material provides good resistance of rot.

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For sustainability, several environmentally friendly products support the green construction. Polished concrete floors are used, and there are 20 motorized windows connected to paddle fans that may provide good air circulation. It is also completed with green roof. For wall, 10″ Durisol ICF materials are used, and a main roof is completed with 12″ R48 SIPs. This eco friendly house is PV array ready (the original is all-electric), and supported by a geothermal ground loop and radiant floors for heating and cooling.

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With all of these materials used, a beautiful green home building can be constructed.  This sustainable house is offered at the price USD 1,250,000. This price is a representation of a unique showcase of materials and workmanship. The idea of using old, unused materials are very interesting and provide a good example on  green home design.

 

 

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