Alternative Building Gallery

Funky Sheds, Natural Homes, Unique and Rustic Buildings

Handmade buildings, constructed of logs, scrounged materials, salvage or anything other people are discarding are beautiful and functional.

Alternative Building Gallery

Here's a look at some of the innovative ways people in my neighborhood and in other areas around the world are utilizing found materials, natural logs or other sustainable building materials for their home designed and built dwellings; click on any picture to open the gallery;

Log Cabin in the woods:

Hand built log home surrounded by woods
The front door of this great log home is functional and welcoming (if a little sparely furnished!)

Building a home out of logs grown
and harvested right where the house sits is the epitome of sustainability - there is low embodied energy in utilizing materials right on site, and with a view like this, who needs entertainment?


Private Shack

Everyone needs a private space for their very own; if it's rustic and made of salvaged materials, so much the better...
The color of the dark red paint is remeniscent of old time barns; oxblood and iron oxide...

Little sheds are so useful; whether you need a little line shack for guests to stay in for a countrified vacation, or as a work space for tying flies, painting or just as a private getaway which is off limits to visitors, the construction and materials can be very down to earth.  Charm is the order of the day...


Rustic Doors:

Find unique and unusual closures for ordinary plywood doors to add that distinctive difference
Paint it blue, and add a bit of rustic trim for something nostalgic and charming

Doors add the final touch to a little shed, or even a mansion; using something salvaged or hand built, and embellished with a bit of rustic flourish adds charm and character.


Abandoned farmhouse somewhere in Europe...
Tiny churches that have been decommissioned are a perfect project for the ambitious renovator

Ancient buildings like these two, the old farmhouse and the derelict church, are perfect opportunities for renovating something run down and neglected into a house or cottage.  Not for the faint hearted, sometimes these are not worth trying to renovate, because of foundation problems, extensive rot, or other catastrophic damage.


Like tiny?  These are the cutest little portable buildings, perfect for a studio, office, or guest quarters.  Built and displayed by PAD, Portland Alternative Dwellings, they could be in your future;  watch the video!






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