Beautiful Green Home Integrates Salvaged Auto Parts

Beautiful Green Home Integrates Salvaged Auto Parts

Trent Johnson
Jul 12, 2010

This 100-year-old house in Berkeley was recently remodeled, adding a commercial space below but also salvaging much of the existing material. By recombining salvaged building elements, recycled materials and discarded auto parts including hoods, windows and doors, the architects were able to create a modern, new space with little "new" material.

Designed and built by Leger Wanaselja architecture, additional details include new double pane windows, added skylights for solar heat gain and daylighting, and blow-in cellulose insulation in the walls and attic. The kitchen counters and tables are slabs of wood retrieved from storm-downed trees while pendant lights hang from the ceiling, custom made from French vinegar bottles.

A theme throughout includes the use of old salvaged automobile components throughout the home, like rear-view mirrors, windows and doors for benches, shelves, railings and awnings.

(Images by Karl Wanaselja, Ethan Kaplan and Linda Svendsen)

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