A HOUSE made almost entirely of recycled materials has sold for $1.27 million after its savvy owner converted a plain two-bedder into a four-bedroom masterpiece.
Electrical engineer Paul Young poured his heart and soul into the project, at 59 Binalong Ave, Allambie Heights, after buying it as pole house in 1990.
“I’d always been interested in building from recycled products,” Mr Young said.
“Houses get knocked down and they have nice timber, which could be used elsewhere, but they just end up bulldozing it. It’s ridiculous.” The renovation took 18 months – 12 of which were used to collect materials.
“If I saw a house with a cyclone fence, I’d ask the demolition guys for the materials,” Mr Young said.
“I had to build a rack at the front of my house to hold the timber. It piled up so high that you could climb to the top and touch the electric cables.”
The materials used included floorboards from a Caringbah hospital, rendered walls made with Kempsey mud, landscaping materials from several tips and even a Pittwater wharf post, now supporting a staircase.
“The wharf post was 5m long, so we cut it in half,” Mr Young said. “We put it on a huge lathe to give it a rounded top and now it’s a beautiful rustic feature.”
The final result earned Mr Young a tidy profit.
“I spent about half a million on the renovations, on top of the $210,000 I paid for it back in 1990,” he said.
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