Brick can be cleaned, wood hardens with age, and metal develops a patina without deteriorating - making all three materials perfect for recycling. Yet every day we manufacture more building materials from virgin resources. Reclaimed - New Homes from Old Material s focuses on modern homes, made with recycled components or materials that might once have been considered waste.
Divided into four key categories – brick, timber, metal and a range of materials made from waste – each home in the book showcases inventive design and award-winning architecture.
With 24 unique houses and apartments - from a barn-inspired house built entirely with recycled bricks to an Edwardian semi-detached house with recycled tabletops and cupboards made from plastic, cutting boards and bottle tops - each project shows what can be achieved with creativity and flair when smart design is combined with ethics and sustainability.
With advice on how to utilize existing resources and support a circular economy, Reclaimed is a valuable guide for anyone planning to build or renovate the home front or part of it.
Penny Craswell is a Sydney-based editor, writer and curator specializing in design, craft, architecture and interiors.
Dimensions: H: 27.5 x W: 21.5 cm, hardback
Author: Penny Craswell