Sign of the Times

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April 21, 2009
Originally published in Green Is Good
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  Purchased by the pound from a local salvage yard, street signs from Reno, Nevada, were crafted into a one-of-a-kind fence.
    Purchased by the pound from a local salvage yard, street signs from Reno, Nevada, were crafted into a one-of-a-kind fence.
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  As seen from below, highway signs from California make for a unique exterior detail.
    As seen from below, highway signs from California make for a unique exterior detail.
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  Residents park their bikes under the stairs, which lead to the second-floor units.
    Residents park their bikes under the stairs, which lead to the second-floor units.
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  The architects also bent the signs into railings.
    The architects also bent the signs into railings.
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  Hatches from Mazdas create a unique railing in one of the condos. Large amounts of natural light spill in from the new skylights.
    Hatches from Mazdas create a unique railing in one of the condos. Large amounts of natural light spill in from the new skylights.
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  Street signs provide an exterior siding.
    Street signs provide an exterior siding.
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  Karl Wanaselja, with clicker in hand, redefines “gated community.” Acting as the contractor, he worked closely with a gate fabricator to assemble the unusual entrance. “I wanted to find an orange one,” he says, referring to the Volvo hatches, “but finding seven silver ones was hard enough.”
    Karl Wanaselja, with clicker in hand, redefines “gated community.” Acting as the contractor, he worked closely with a gate fabricator to assemble the unusual entrance. “I wanted to find an orange one,” he says, referring to the Volvo hatches, “but finding seven silver ones was hard enough.”
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  "It's hard to get a client who says, 'Do me a place with car parts and street signs,' but we can do it for ourselves and people can respond to it," says resident and architect Karl Wanaselja.
    "It's hard to get a client who says, 'Do me a place with car parts and street signs,' but we can do it for ourselves and people can respond to it," says resident and architect Karl Wanaselja.
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  The multitalented Wanaselja admires his handiwork from a second-story landing on the phase-two units. More car hatches create distinct awnings.
    The multitalented Wanaselja admires his handiwork from a second-story landing on the phase-two units. More car hatches create distinct awnings.
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