The Scrap House

Needed Materials

I was asked by a couple community members to put this up, so here is a list of materials we need. Thanks to everybody who has already been more than generous in what we’ve gotten already!

1. Cedar Shakes. I know these are expensive, so I kind of feel bad asking for them. However, if you have a bundle in your basement somewhere that you don’t think you’ll need, we be greatly appreciative.

2. Shower Faucet.  We have the shower head, just not the faucet. Either the type with one hole or two.

3.  Insulation.

4. Flashing. We have some, but might need more.

5. Burlap. I think we plan to do the ceiling in square panels of burlap, so if you have some of the big bags, like they use to ship peanuts, we could use them.

6. Paneling OR Drop Clothes. We haven’t decided which path we are going to take with the interior walls. My original idea was to stretch drop clothes over the walls, paint them, and then sandwhich them in between trim… essentially making the whole wall a canvas. I still like this idea, so if you have some drop clothes, great. However… if you DO have some interior paneling, we could always go that route too. Either would be great.

7. Tile. Our idea was to do the floor with many different patterns and types of tile, so we only want 2 or 3 of each type. So… any color, shape, size, etc.

Thanks. You can email me at or call at 864-266-4988 -Ted


  1. try NC waste trader. you never know what’s going to show up, and some of it is for sale while other stuff is free if you just haul it away. and some really nice people will haul it to you and give it away.
    quite a few things on there are wood scrap right now

    Comment by catastrophegirl — June 10, 2009 @ 10:21 pm

  2. Gentlemen: I will be down the Saturday after Thanksgiving I am impressed with what you are doing.If the house is still on school property I will leave a box of different tiles there for you. I have 12 inch 8 inch 4 inch and 2 inch and hope you can put them to good use. Colors are sand, white and green. Congrats on your accomplishment.


    Comment by Leo Carmosky — November 25, 2009 @ 6:26 pm

  3. You can get free burlap sacks anywhere they roast coffee beans. The beans come in great sacks. And look for styrofoam packing materials for insulation. You can find it behind any electronics store. Ask. Packing peanuts in dry cleaner or grocery bags would work well. Great work on a valiant undertaking.

    Comment by Rich Binell — February 17, 2010 @ 2:58 pm

  4. I just stumbled upon your blog recently. Your house is lovely. We tried a similar thing (using free materials) for a “tree” fort for our two sons. Since neither of us knew how to use power tools, (or measure for that matter), it’s been an education. Your project to build a real house is an encouragement. Thanks.

    Comment by Olivia — October 7, 2010 @ 6:01 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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