The Scrap House

I got a roof over my head, yet no four poster bed. Not the middle thing either. Sigh. | May 5, 2009


Luckily, no locusts. We got more done on the roof. We got the entire left side done(Or right, as it depends very much upon which way one is standing.) We got the rest of the rafters cut, so all we have to do is slap them on and do some bracing. Then plywood. Luckily, we have enough tar paper now… so we can get to shingling soon. It’s massive in the loft. Four and a half feet centered is a lot for a loft. Four or five people could comfortably sit around a campfire up there. Without the campfire, now that just doesn’t make sense. But it is definitely an established sitting form-factor. How you sitting? Indian? Cross-legged? Desk? CAMPFIRE! I need to add some more bracing in the kitchen for that purpose. It’s really sturdy over the bathroom, but over the kitchen is still a bit iffy.



Now… This is just to show y’all what we have so far as it will be going into the house. We’ve already shown the stove, the shower, some windows, toilet, the stove, and that great stove I found. But here’s some of the other stuff. Fah Free! No waffle fries, though.


Two windows there… metal. Brand new, actually. Guy was renovating and decided against using them.


Stainless sink. Big, but choosers can’t be beggars.Or buggers, as the spell check wants me to say.



Outlets, junction boxes,….


Our door and the final window. That’s not a scratch/crack on the door… it’s a band saw blade leaning against it.


And I might as well post photos of our lovely shop. Which was perfectly clean before we started this. What can I say, I was in a photographic mood today. I have a photographic memory as long as I remember to take the photo and look at it later.


Oooh… Table saw. I love me some table sawage. Most of the lumber we use is actually 2×6’s, 2×8’s, or 2×10’s. It’s really hard to find long 2×4’s. So having a table saw to cut stuff into 2×4’s is essential. So if you’re going to try to do it, go get one. Now. You can read this later.

Is this post ever going to end?!

Yes! In closing, I did get a couple things at the dump today. There was a big stainless steel grill there. So I robbed the doors off it. I might make some upper cabinets in the kitchen with them. The lower cabinet doors are going to made out of oak bi-fold doors I found and cut in half. But this will provide some contrast. You know?  A bit of charm? Some victoriana charm? I also took the handle. It was even nicer stainless. Couple routed 2×4’s for a bracket, and it’ll make a nice towel rack.


As far as I know, there is only one person who actually reads this blog. So I shall go ahead and address her directly. Hi Em!

That will be all. -Ted


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  1. Hey, I read it. I think it’s a cool project. can’t remember now I ran across your blog, though.

    Comment by Hank — May 5, 2009 @ 8:35 pm

  2. now you have 2 readers. I’ve been reading your progress and have really enjoyed this project. keep it up!

    Comment by dan — May 5, 2009 @ 8:55 pm

  3. So I get no mention for reading this. Sigh. And I do work. lawlfulcopter. Just keep outta the h8rade. Omgroxjorz!!!11!111eleven!!!!111ONE

    War in the far west

    Comment by Guy Who Does Work — May 6, 2009 @ 12:31 am

  4. If you could subscribe to your feed there would be more comments

    Comment by hyatt's dad — May 6, 2009 @ 12:38 am

  5. I ve been reading it to. Stats say 1 in 10 people bother to say anything. There are free counters that you can inbed in any web page that show how many people look at your site.

    Comment by DAVE — May 6, 2009 @ 8:25 am

  6. I have long thought about doing what you discuss here. Congratulations! I knew it was possible. Great job in showing the possibilities. I envy you. 😉

    Comment by NC — May 6, 2009 @ 11:44 am

  7. I check in every day or two.

    Comment by Elizabeth Goertz — May 6, 2009 @ 12:22 pm

  8. I read daily, great project, where are you gonna put it when it is done?

    Comment by evojsn — May 6, 2009 @ 12:33 pm

    • Probably in my front yard. So it is at some point going to be going on a 25 mile road trip. I’d love to put it on an independent lot, but real estate is too expensive here. So it will likely be confined to duty as a guest/club house.

      Comment by austinminiman — May 6, 2009 @ 4:44 pm

  9. I read the feed. Love following the progress. The amount of pics are great, illustrating how it’s all coming together from scavenged materials. Given the time and space (actual, not relative), I’d love to do something similar as an office. How are you going to do water/power? Going green with collection and solar?

    Comment by Steve — May 6, 2009 @ 3:37 pm

    • For power, I am going to get it from our coal powered grid. For water, a hose. Which is made from reverse osmosis, from ocean water. Powered by coal. But in all honestly, I can’t foresee being able to get solar panels for free. And besides, solar panels have their own set of environmental problems, so it will probably end up being a standard arrangement. The roof isn’t even really big enough to collect or heat a substantial amount of water, so our creativity is limited on that front.

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I’ll try and keep posting every day. -Ted

      Comment by austinminiman — May 6, 2009 @ 4:48 pm

  10. 3 1/2 years later and you’re still getting new readers! Great project, very interesting. Thanks for recording it in so much detail!

    Comment by Jammie — November 7, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

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This blog is dedicated to an experiment a group of three other fellow students and I are doing at our school in Buxton, NC. My Drafting III class and I set out to see if we could build a house for free. It's small, but functional. All the materials come out of dumpsters. And most of all, it's working.







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