The Scrap House

It’s like home, except all the walls are soft. And I’m wearing this nice jacket. | May 9, 2009

Well, I’ve tentatively decided on using old painted drop clothes as the wall materials. But you couldn’t do that for the ceiling. Of course not. That would be silly! So, I might have a new plan. What’s blue, squishy, sound absorbing, sound creating, and is used to protect kayaks in shipping? That’s right, Bubble wrap!

I went to a party last night, and a local gallery owner, Kimi, was there. We were talking about the house project, and trying to figure out something to use to cover the ceiling. For some reason, she has a ton of this bubble wrap stuff. It’s a lot thicker than regular bubble wrap… almost more like a tarp. It’s two sided, one side has a blue film on it.


But if you iron it between some wax paper, it kind of fuses together forming a single piece.


The blue is a little much, but it looks nicely muted from the other side. Plus it has a rather interesting texture. And it’d be great for when you jump out bed in the loft too quickly and bump your head.


I can’t decide if this has passed the line of being too stupid. It could look cool, or just look really chincy. Not sure. Any thoughts people?


She has about 7 or 8 more rolls this size. So there is definately enough.  Just not sure if it is a good idea. Well, with flagrant indecisiveness, bye. -Ted


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  1. I’ve seen burlap as a ceiling material before. Frame some small strips of wood around it to separate it into ‘panels’. Stain or paint the frames, and it looks pretty good.

    Comment by over the cubicle wall — May 9, 2009 @ 6:36 pm

    • Not a bad idea. Wonder where I could get a reliable source of free burlap?

      Comment by austinminiman — May 9, 2009 @ 6:41 pm

  2. Some kind of food warehouse or kitchen that deals in bulk. Bulk rice, beans, potatoes, etc all come in burlap sacks. Maybe try a Mexican restaurant? Good luck!

    Comment by over the cubicle wall — May 9, 2009 @ 7:45 pm

  3. I’d vote no on a ceiling material. Probably a good call for in the walls as insulation, but exposed, it looks a little silly methinks.

    Comment by TheVoiceofC — May 9, 2009 @ 9:21 pm

    • Fair enough. That’s kind of what I was wondering. There’s a fine line between creative and stupid. The burlap idea, however, might just work really well.

      Comment by austinminiman — May 9, 2009 @ 9:26 pm

  4. again, i’d be concerned with off-gas-ing – love the idea of the burlap though.

    Comment by Heidi Renee — May 10, 2009 @ 1:10 am

  5. Another thing I would worry about is flammability. I’d worry about that with the burlap too, but something plastic even more so.

    Comment by over the cubicle wall — May 10, 2009 @ 4:56 pm

  6. coffee. That is fancy coffee shops that roast or grind there own beans. Soaking fabric in a solution of borax will make it flame retardant. Just don’t rinse it out! Bubble wrap would make fine insulation.

    Comment by Elizabeth Goertz — May 11, 2009 @ 1:07 pm

  7. So what are you going to do with the finished product?
    You could auction it off and raise money for a new project. Send the students out on a speaking tour to other schools to encourage students to do their own project, there for propogating the project on a student to student basis. Would look great on the college applications too. Don’t for get to invite your local charity organizations to the auction.

    Comment by Elizabeth Goertz — May 11, 2009 @ 1:14 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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