Sleek house built with old car parts
Salvaged roofs become siding and windows become awnings in the hands of 'green' architects, who have also used car parts on other projects.
Architects Cate Leger and Karl Wanaselja believe in green design and finding new uses for old materials.
So when they built their own house in Berkeley, Calif., they came up with an innovative reuse idea: The siding of the upper story of their home is made from 100 salvaged car roofs. The awnings are made of Dodge Caravan windows.
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"The hardest part was picking the cars, because cars that end up in junkyards are in pretty bad shape usually, so not only was I selecting on condition, no dents, as few nicks as possible and paint not coming off in sheets," Wanaselja said in a video at Fair Companies.
The finished product looks anything but junky. Wanaselja searched the car graveyards for roofs in shades of gray and silver, which he had cut into varying rectangular shapes to create the siding. "I was inspired by fish scales," he said.
Finding the Dodge Caravan windows was easier than finding the roofs, he added.
The 1,140-square foot house also included other repurposed materials and was built in a passive solar style, with large windows on the south and west. Walls are plaster rather than wallboard for better insulation, and the floors are concrete. The house cost about the same amount to build as other homes in the neighborhood, not counting Wanaselja's free labor scouting out the car parts.
A shed on the narrow urban lot is made from car trunks and other parts, and the architectural office shared by the two is made from an old shipping container.
Leger told Dwell: “It’s a way of expressing our values and an outlet for our creative channels.”
not cost effective really and not practical. but A+ for creativity and effort. the most overlooked green initiative around is mother nature. orientate with the right exposures and overhangs and you got free heat.
i was goofing around with scraps, encased soapstone in a small box with plexiglass front and aluminum vent pipe background painted black. cut holes in top and bottom for airflow(otherwise silicone sealed), heat rises. measured temp coming out the top .... 137 degrees. was set in south window inside my home.
About Teresa Mears
Teresa Mears is a veteran journalist who has been interested in houses since her father took her to tax auctions to carry the cash at age 10. A former editor of The Miami Herald's Home & Design section, she lives in South Florida where, in addition to writing about real estate, she publishes Miami on the Cheap to help her neighbors adjust to the loss of 60% of their property value.