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.