Over the weekend, four- and two-legged patrons enjoyed the Barkitecture event in downtown Austin, which raised money for local animal rescues, and the creative doghouse designs had everyone barking. They showcased green roofs, reclaimed materials, and more. Here's what one architect had to say, plus more pics after the jump...
Travis Habersaat built the doghouse above, a project he called "Don't Fence Me In," out of reclaimed wood from a fence for the Austin Barkitecture event.
I went for the reclaimed wood because I try and use as much recycled material in my doghouses as possible. If someone is throwing something away and it can be reused in a manner that just takes some elbow grease to re-purpose, then it's worth the effort in my mind. I like the idea of taking something that previously kept a dog contained to a particular area and making into a space that it can call its outdoor home...
...It's great to think that everyone who participated wound up making a good deal of money for some of the local animal rescues. Some of the houses went for more than $350 and featured rainwater collection/drinking water and plants for eventual green roof areas. Also, hopefully some of the dogs available for adoption went to new homes.
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