Recycled House

John says that like any other male he simply wanted to put a roof over the heads of his wife and two children. The result is far more than that. John and his wife Martine have created a beautifully eclectic home that oozes personality, soul and charm.

The house features no new wood or fancy equipment. Everything is recycled. The floorboards came from a demolished house in Brunswick Heads. A huge window came from an old school. Four beautiful stained-glass doors came from the old Maroochydore Cinema - John happened to be driving by as they were knocking it down, and paid $20 for the lot!

John used a chainsaw and a drill but no power tools. Friends helped out but essentially he built it with his own bare hands. Martine brought her own magic touch to the interiors of the home with ethnic fabrics, weathered antiques and rustic embroideries spread throughout.

Things to consider

  • Taste is not about budget
  • Collect what you love and search out the unusual. Boldly mix and match things without rules
  • You can't be a slave to uniformity or symmetry when working with second hand materials. One-offs can happily sit side-by-side
  • Mix various building materials such as mud brick walls with floorboards on the ceiling. The guiding principle should be quality.

Equipment and Suppliers

Royal Botanic Gardens
The Domain, Sydney
Ph: (02) 9231 8004


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