New Travel Cottage Created from Old House Parts

The folks at Kennebunk, Maine’s Old House Parts Company have recently undertaken an unusual project. (If you aren’t familiar with the Old House Parts Company, as its name suggests, they specialize in architectural salvage from the 1730s through the 1930s.)
Owner Tom Joyal has been hard at work creating a unique new “travel cottage” constructed of spruce and plywood, with an epoxy-fiberglass coating. The solar-powered cottage, which Joyal plans to display at “green” trade shows, will feature all sorts of reclaimed and recycled materials, including antique windows, Dutch doors, a 1930’s gas cook stove, and a copper sink. Rounding out the cottage’s amenities will be a shower, a custom-designed kitchen, a family room, and two single beds that can be combined to form a full-sized bed. Scheduled to be completed by the middle of this month, the cottage may be available for purchase in the future.

If this sounds like your cup of recycled tea, stop by the Old House Parts Company web site to view photos of this ambitious project. And while you’re there, be sure to check out their extensive inventory of old house parts. It may just inspire you to take on do-it-yourself project of your own.

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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
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