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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Garden Shed/Office/Cabin made from OLD TIRES!

Ugly as sin- but pretty clever n' cool..... I don't think this will be giving Michael Reynolds and his Earthships a run for their money, but its a really great little concept.

 First, thanks to Alex Johnson over at for a really cool review/write-up on my book "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks"- it was also recently in the NY Times, and the Wall Street Journal! Insane.... Here's Alex's review/article...his site is just GREAT too...

And... This 10' by 26' garden shed/workspace is loaded(!) with recycled materials- from its split tire siding, to the incorporation of salvaged lumber, and even its windows, which were repurposed from an old garage. Why not? I was working on a post about uses for old tires, as there are just so many of them out there, and stumbled on some photos of this. I couldn't resist! In the meantime, if YOU have some interesting ideas for reusing old tires, please share below.

Example: One idea from "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks" is a footbridge (for swampy and marshy locales). where the bases of the plank walks are made from concrete-filled, bolt-inserted, tires. Stack them to the height you need, roll them into place, and bolt the planks as you go along.....

We had another example or two in the OLD version of the book, and a sketch that didn't make the cut for the expanded version. I want to release a damn cheap (or free for awhile) pdf of the "lost sketches" from the book, and will work on that when I find time....(anyone know any good pdf/book creation sites?)

        Thanks in support for today's post goes to the crew over at

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen