The Scrap House

Gonna need some big wings! | June 25, 2010

Now, in reading this blog, I’ve always emphasized one thing: while the materials are free, it does add to the labor. So there’s lots and lots of labor. That being said, this floor looks awesome!

You can sort of tell it’s scrap 2×4, but then again you can’t. If that makes any sense. If you were told what it is, you’d recognize it, but once it’s sanded and coated it will look pretty legit. It almost looks like bamboo; it’s really pretty if I do say so myself.

We did have a small issue: our table saw betrayed us. When we were ripping the 2×4’s, unbeknownst to us, the gate had been slipping ever so slightly. So by the end they’d gotten entirely too thick. So, we had to do essentially twice the work, but it wasn’t exactly arduous, and besides it turned out well so certainly worth it in the end.

We wanted to do the same treatment in the kitchen but with a different pattern to add visual interest and some separation between the spaces. Dad did anb “enclosing spiral.” When you’re measuring and also cutting you know exactly what “16 and a little bit” means in your mind. But he was measuring and laying the flooring and I was cutting, so we had to be precise. Scientific. Prudent. But it went together and looks great. The tolerances are for the most part very tight, so hopefully the floor won’t explode under more humidity. I think it was about 97% today so we should be fine. We’ll do the same pattern in the other square tomorrow.

The grey is some mudding Dad did to level the floor out. You can also see a bit of the door in that picture. We mocked it up today. We had a door we’d gotten, but it was an 18″. It was fine, but certainly on the small side. The other issue was that the hinges that were on that door were not correct for the door, so we would have had to find hinges and the entire effort became not work it. We had some nice bi-folds, so we decided to use that. It will still work fine in the dual-striker arrangement, and it has the added benefit of folding up to consume less space.

From the living room:

It will require further(or furthur if you’re Ken Kesey) framing, trimming, etc, but it’s the rough idea.

And finally… This doesn’t specifically have to do with the house, but more what you can find if you look. I was at the dump looking for paneling and found this. It looked ever so slightly rough, but not horrible by any means. All that was visually wrong was a small crack in the top. I figured there wasn’t a downside so I chucked it into the car. And whada ya know? It works perfectly! Gets really cold. I’m thinking about using it as a fridge in my dorm room when I start college.

Whenever I see a 1950’s “House of the Future” the fridge is always round and, commonly, rises up to reveal multiple levels. In practice this is similar as it has two levels. Which would actually be pretty solid as you could have food on the bottom and drinks on the top or something and don’t have the problem you get with small fridges where food gets trapped in the back and you have to take everything out to get to something. Take that, grammar.. the run-on sentence conquers!

Alright… all for now y’all. We’ll probably get some paneling done tomorrow and finish the flooring. We’ll see. Happy Friday!

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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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