On Oregon's rural Sauvie Island, this tiny cottage has itself been recycled over the years. According to local lore, the building has served as housing for shipyard workers, a surveyor's office, and a goose-check station. Now, after an inventive green makeover, it's home to a family of four.
Yianni Doulis and Jessica Helgerson covered many walls in their cottage in wood cladding reclaimed from a barn on the property. "We stained one wall and painted the rest white -- it was just too much to have natural wood everywhere," says Helgerson. They used metal collar ties instead of wooden joists along the ceiling to create a sense of openness.
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