Scrap House

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January 14, 2009
Originally published in Mid-Century Remixed

"Repurpose, refurbish, recycle" was the guiding principle for a metals broker in Ontario who harnessed his passion for–and knowledge of–industrial materials to create a new house from old scrap.

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  The rusting steel is an important part of the house’s patina, Campbell says. “We appreciate materials in the raw,” he adds. “The tables aren’t stained; the steel isn’t painted. The materials are what they are.”
    The rusting steel is an important part of the house’s patina, Campbell says. “We appreciate materials in the raw,” he adds. “The tables aren’t stained; the steel isn’t painted. The materials are what they are.”
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  A custom recycled-Douglas fir table by VanEyk Custom Woodworks is the heart of the living-dining room in the so-called "Scrap House." The double-height wall is clad in the same steel that wraps the exterior. Read the full article here.
    A custom recycled-Douglas fir table by VanEyk Custom Woodworks is the heart of the living-dining room in the so-called "Scrap House." The double-height wall is clad in the same steel that wraps the exterior. Read the full article here.
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  An aluminum bench harmonizes with the industrial nature of the galvanized-steel walls and the polished concrete floor.  Courtesy of Nancy Alonzo.
    An aluminum bench harmonizes with the industrial nature of the galvanized-steel walls and the polished concrete floor. Courtesy of Nancy Alonzo.
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  The enclosed porch.
    The enclosed porch.
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  The main living area.
    The main living area.
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  An unpainted door, in line with Sherbanuk's stripped-down aesthetic, marks the front entrance.
    An unpainted door, in line with Sherbanuk's stripped-down aesthetic, marks the front entrance.
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  Sherbanuk (left) and Campbell sit by the outdoor fireplace, which adjoins the screened-in porch.
    Sherbanuk (left) and Campbell sit by the outdoor fireplace, which adjoins the screened-in porch.
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  The screened-in porch.
    The screened-in porch.
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