When Sergio Carratala and Petz Scholtus purchased their 600 square foot flat in Barcelona, they made a conscious decision to make their apartment their testing lab for practical and affordable sustainable living. The couple restored the woodwork, updated systems to increase energy efficiencies and installed a cork floor. Still, the pièce de résistance is the kitchen furnished with cupboards made from recycled wine crates.
The couple admits that the cabinet construction required some advanced carpentry skills and patience to get the desired design from the overlapping boxes to work. The cabinet doors open on a push system eliminating the need for handles with only the drawers requiring pulls. What is so great about the cabinets is that the wine crates were their own, each housing memories of gifts, friends and good times. So not only is there value in them as sustainable tools, but also as sentimental objects. Head over to ReadyMade for instructions on how to make your own wine crate cabinets. Also, be sure to visit Petz and Sergio's blog, R3project, to learn more about how the couple incorporated the 5 Rs of eco design (reuse, reduce, recycle, restore and respect) into all aspects of their apartment. (Image credits: Sergio Carratala and Petz Scholtus / R3project)