One of the elements of our tiny house build is to focus on using reclaimed materials, not only to divert useable materials away from our landfills, but also to diminish our demand for the creation of new versions of these products. Of course we will not be able to use 100% reclaimed materials, for some items would be difficult or at least very time consuming to obtain unless purchased brand new, but aside from our trailer itself, the solar panels and batteries, and the composting toilet, we will be collecting and working with as much reclaimed materials as possible.
It’s been a busy few weeks collecting materials for our tiny house project. We started small, walking back full length 2×4’s from a house reno site just up the block from us. We were then happily surprised to have donated to us 10 full sheets of 1/2″ aspenite, as well as an antique Dutch door; thanks Kareena!
Kat found an ad on FreeCycle for free shelving and cabinet hardware from a Laura Secord shop that was closing down in the Stone Road Mall. The MDF shelving might be too heavy for practical purposes, but we can hang on to it for now and see if anything better comes our way in the meantime. All of the hardware, including many French hinges, will definitely be used when making our finishing touches a few months from now.
We were pointed in the direction of a guy named Mike a couple weeks ago, who has been a great helper and supporter, giving us awesome tips on where to find things for free or very cheap. There are more and more people all the time who seem to hear about our project and have lots of helpful advice, for which we could not be more grateful!
It looks like Guelph is the perfect city for us to have found for our tiny house project. Some awesome resources so far have been Diyode, Transition Guelph, the Guelph Wellington Time Bank, and of course our hosts Mike and Mary-Kate and everyone at Backyard Bok Boks! We will begin to use all of these supplies as we begin the building of our subfloor now!