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The Tin Shed


The house was designed to be very maintenance-free, using durable materials. It has a metal roof, 22-gauge corrugated Corten steel siding, concrete floors and 8″ wide oak plank floors upstairs.

4 × 12 Douglas fir beams were salvaged from the Seattle Federal Building for the stair treads. I used simple inexpensive materials for much of the build to save money, but the house has zero particle board. I wanted the materials in the house to be identifiable, real materials.

I believe that beauty is the highest order of sustainability. Whatever you put into this world, make it beautiful.Š

–Mike Buckley

This is Sneak Preview #12 from our forthcoming book, Small Homes, to be published in spring, 2017.

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