Shiny and new do not appeal to Sandy and Jim Puckett. Although their modern craftsman house in Oak Grove is as lovely as ones seen in magazines, they built it with family and friends using so many salvaged materials that they suddenly go Kingston Brass Magellan Bathroom Accessory collection CLEARANCE
silent when asked what they bought at full retail.They look around the living room, where it’s hard to detect that the soft-hued cabinetry surrounding the fireplace once served as a church altar. Or that the blond table was crafted from an old bowling lane. Or the horsehair-stuffed sofa, newly upholstered in champagne-colored fabric, was last used as a dog bed on a stranger’s front porch.Sandy laughs. Then Jim repeats the words as if saying them for the first time: Full retail?Every homeowner has a labor-of-love project. But it would be difficult, even in do-it-yourself Oregon, to find a couple that has dedicated as much time – 15 years – and exhausting effort in creating a custom home in the forest with as many luxuries and appealing odds and ends.Only a tenth of the construction and finishing work was hired out and while the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency once estimated that Green Eden 3 Piece Solid Brass Construction Bathroom Accessory Polished chrome set
half of the waste in the U.S. was created by the building industry, the Pucketts can breathe easy.Less than a quarter of the materials, furnishings and landscaping were bought new.
That leaves a lot that was saved from the wrecking ball, sold as seconds, given away at construction sites or made by the resourceful couple to replace a pricier item.From the fir entryway floors reclaimed from the century-old New Song Community Church all the way to “mistake” paint on the walls, most everything here has a history. Or at least a story.“Taking something unused and making it useful again is not a new trend to us, but what Oregon is all about,” says Sandy, who grew up near Gresham, as did Jim.A fireplace surround is made of rock from the Sandy Bathroom Accessory Package BAHK861148C
River. Their bedroom has old barn wood on the floor and, instead of a traditional hot tub, they soak in a reclaimed clawfoot tub in the garden.Sandy points toward two attractive curtain rods topping a rescued French door and an expansive window overlooking River Forest Lake. “A curtain rod can cost hundreds of dollars,” she says. “We made these from electrical conduit sprayed with Hammerite.”