The Owner-Built Recycled Home

Chris and JR knew that when it was time for Chris to retire from her job as an office manager, they wanted to move to the country and build their dream home.


recycled house

Over the course of many years JR began collecting materials from construction sites and recycle centers, accumulating almost everything they would need, floor and ceiling joists, studs for wall framing, rafters, windows, doors, even the porch decking,

After becoming provisional members ( the last step before full membership), Chris and JR lived in a rental apartment on The Farm while they secured a house site and began construction. JR did much of the work himself, along with assistance from a second generation Farm carpenter.

The living room features a vaulted ceiling with beautiful stained glass lighting fixtures that came from a church.
recycled home

Even the kitchen cabinets were acquired when one of The Farm's contractors did a kitchen remodel for a home in Nashville.

The downstairs front door floor entry, the kitchen floor and a backdrop for the cook stove feature beautiful ceramic tile, another building material collected for pennies on the dollar.

A salvaged large picture window supplies a great view of the outdoors over by the breakfast nook.

The home has a full basement, a kitchen, dining room, bathroom, and living room on the first floor, a master bedroom and bath on the second floor, and a third floor with an office, guest bedroom and a "Captain's Walk," a balcony up among the tree tops.

Their home is a testimony to what can be accomplished with a little time, effort, and a watchful eye, creating something good from the abundant waste so prevalent in our society today.

This adjacent building has been designed to be a "Shakespeare" style theater, complete with a stage, balconies and a central seating area, again using many recycled materials.

Note the white roo to reflect heat in summer to keep the building coolf.

A "Shakespeare" style theater complete with balconies!
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