In this post, some of the things we recycled, upcycled, reclaimed, reused or repurposed.
A good article how these terms differ or are interchangeable is at greenlivingtips.com. And as it rightly points out “not all the “cycling’s” are created equal”.
Throughout the building project – from the design stage, to all the sourcing of the materials – efforts were made to minimise the amount of new resources committed to the completion of the project. In the design for example, the foundations had gaps included to minimise the amount of concrete used. In addition, the open design of the house itself, while ensuring the most efficient heating, cooling and natural lighting, also meant less walls – so less wood, drywall, and paint.
A big part of this effort also involved finding discarded and unused materials that could be used instead of new materials. Wood, stone, bathroom fixtures and fittings are all examples.
Notes on the gallery: The first stage of the project was to demolish an old guest house (see demolition stage for a detailed photo gallery of the demolition) and the wood from the building, was all kept for use in and around the new house. The photo gallery includes some shots of frame of the main deck which was all made from this wood. Car tyres were used for creating a network of natural drainage around the house, and also for landscaping. Other items were reclaimed from other building sites in and around Kyoto city.