Dean sent in photos of a wonderful work in progress. He lives in Florida, so we can only imagine that his outside "room" will get plenty of good use and therefore will successfully complete this inspiring cycle of smart and creative reuse. The materials Dean used already had a long and useful life BEFORE ending up at his place. Here is the story in his own words:
Photo 2: About a year ago, I answered a craigslist ad for salvaged cedar from a garage demolition, and had this in my front yard the next day.
Photo 3: Around the same time I bought a shipping container. I started planting around it to break up the lines, and built a walk from some surplus landscape stones left over from a local company's commercial job. This created a hidden nook in the corner of my yard, so I poured some footers and built this deck from the recycled cedar.
Photo 4: The shutters were roadside finds from remodels that I screwed together and painted. The teak benches came off of Craigslist for $75 each, from Ernest Hemingway's granddaughter. She threw in the tables for another $50.
Photo 5: The next step is to design a roof of some kind, then a step down cantilever level connecting to the floating launch platform on the water. By then, the new plantings should be getting fuller and I can start gelling the whole area. Love your site, hope you enjoyed the start of this project!