The Scrap House


This is largely explained in the first post. We’re trying to build a small functioning house from found materials.


  1. Love it! Not sure if you all had spotted my tiny free house online or not. Happy to see someone else catch the free house building bug, and it looks like you all are going to be finished much quicker than I will be. Can’t wait to watch your progress.

    Comment by Michael Janzen — April 30, 2009 @ 11:54 pm

  2. You rock. Check us out. I want to visit your beach and recruit you to find us free lumber, LOL.


    Comment by D.I. — May 15, 2009 @ 7:20 am

  3. What are you doing with the house when it’s done?

    Comment by Ocracoke Island — August 29, 2009 @ 1:26 pm

    • Once I get it to my front yard, I’ll finish the inside and it’ll just be a nice place to spend time I suppose. Occasional guest house, etc… it will be by the highway, so you know.. chill out, drink beer, listen to music, and watch the cars goes by. Seems like a good use for it to me. Thanks. -ted

      Comment by austinminiman — August 29, 2009 @ 7:53 pm

      • What a great project! I would like to have one of these tiny houses. I was just curious if you were going to sell it. I’ll take a look for it in your yard when I’m driving up hwy 12.

        Comment by Ocracoke Island — August 30, 2009 @ 12:02 am

  4. very nice. something out mostly nothing to built do you have plans for this ‘how you went about it or a video can you contact me personally by this email in in cleveland ohio i also like mr jansen ideas very nice also

    Comment by jesse styles — October 24, 2009 @ 1:59 pm

  5. would like student to contact me personally

    Comment by jesse styles — October 24, 2009 @ 2:02 pm

  6. i was just wondering how i could get one of these tiny houses.cause i am now homeless.i could help you out with all building supplies.i know where to find almost everything that you need to build these.if you can help me out.i will help you out. what do you think? thanks judy

    Comment by judy thayer — April 12, 2012 @ 11:44 pm

  7. Hi Judy,

    First off, thanks for the comment. Not sure where you live, but I’m not really in a position to physically help, but I provide any advice you’d like or answer any questions. Building a house truly for free is extremely labor intensive, but a small budget of a couple hundred dollars would make it immensely easier. I suppose the first thing you would need is land, which depends greatly on your location. A lot of areas have tool lending agreements, which are essentially libraries for power tools. That allows you to check out tools rather than buy them. You’ll have to look into zoning in your area of course. Nothing in building these is very complicated, I started from no experience and never hit any major hurdles. I might suggest looking at something like the Reader’s Digest DIY books to give you an idea of how various systems and ideas work. If you have any specific questions you can email me at tefort at Thanks, have a great day. -Ted

    Comment by austinminiman — April 13, 2012 @ 12:51 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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