Beany's Little Studio

by Brian K Jones
(Dallas, Texas US)

Beany's Studio..with recyled bottles,paper and aluminun cans.

Beany's Studio..with recyled bottles,paper and aluminun cans.

My design is for a small 96sq foot studio with an attached 48sq ft covered porch.


The construction will be post-and-beam on a concrete footing. The infill walls will be cast 8" thick 6" x 12" papercrete blocks(recycled paper, cement, sand).

I am cutting recycled bottle bottoms and making glass tubes that will be cast in most of the bricks. The rest of the glass is crushed to be used with my foundation. The shed slope roof will covered in cut and shaped recycled aluminum cans. Here is the link for that technique. http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Shingles-and-Siding-Out-of-Aluminum-Cans-Bee/.

The door and large double hung windows are reclaimed. The floor joists, porch columns, and the corrugated porch roof are also reclaimed materials. Reclaimed crusty old french doors will adorn the front of the porch.

I spend a lot of time on the front porch of my 1920's bungalow porch here in Dallas, Texas. It is one of the most important living spaces in my home so it is used as outside dining and entertaining. We often acclimatise ourselves to the Texas heat and rarely use air conditioning. I will use this my small shed as an art studio and personal retreat. The large porch is just an extension to that creative space.

I have already started the collection of materials and have even begun the process of casting my papercrete bricks. I would hope to complete the project before the heat of August. My estimate d expense is less than a $1,000 so far.

I have never built any really..but it seems to be in my nature.

I made the rendering in SweetHome3D...an open source crossplatform program.

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Sweet Little Green Retreat
by: Rudolph

It was refreshing to see a proposed design by someone other than architects. This seems to be a more personal and hopefully more achievable than the other designs. While I do admire the lofty grandeur of the others I seem swayed by the simplistic honesty of this tiny cottage. The very ideal of this being made from recycled paper, bottles, aluminum cans and rescued lumber excites me. I would love to see the finished masterpiece.

good luck with the dream building

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Inspirational
by: Anonymous

I find this amazingly inspiring for all the right reasons... from the open source design program down to the consciousness of recycling materials and making them into an attractive design. I bet some cool art will be produced from your small retreat. Excellent job and good luck with it all.

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good job
by: Anonymous

I liked it

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way cool
by: Anonymous

Great design!

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