Recently I attended a birthday party for a retired friend — the location of which was his outdoor entertaining area. A multi-year construction project, the site is now nearing completion. Built entirely from scrap or otherwise salvaged items, the structures there give imaginative form to the space and utilize non-conventional construction techniques.
Structural elements include such diverse items as irrigation pipe, automobile chassis parts, and a satellite dish (repurposed as a gazebo roof). Truck tarps, chickenwire, acrylic sheets, tree limbs and sections of expanded metal all play roles. Built virtually single-handedly, the “Tipi” and other structures show how much fun that cast-off materials (coupled with a vision and lots of determination) can be. Let’s take a look!