An awful lot of cars end up in junk yards. And that means an awful lot of waste.
Green architect Karl Wanaselja has built a stunning home in Berkeley, California using salvaged car panels for siding and minivan windows for awning and windows. But that's just the beginning of how awesome this house is.
From its relatively small footprint to its passive solar construction, the house has been built for both performance and comfort. But its the careful effort that went in to sourcing the parts that is, for me at least, most striking.
The siding, for example, had to be salvaged from very specific cars to match Wanaselja's vision in terms of color, but also to take into account that most cars that end up in junk yards aren't in the best condition.
The outbuildings are pretty awesome too. There's a shed built almost entirely from Dodge Caravan parts:
And there's a home office/studio made from a refrigerated shipping container. (Refrigerated units are insulated.)
But this one might be my favorite.