Mother Earth Living


Slow Hand: Salvaged Building Materials Transform a Small Condo in Boulder

Piece by salvaged piece, a Boulder carpenter turns a basic box into a sunny, inviting home.



Greg’s south-facing living room is bathed in light all day long. He found his furniture in thrift stores and Dumpsters (Boulder college kids throw away some pretty good stuff).
Photo By Povy Kendal Atchison
Sustainably harvested cabinets, LED under-counter lights and recycled glass tile give the galley kitchen an updated air. Greg opened up a wall to bring in light.
Photo By Povy Kendal Atchison
In his office, Greg installed a cork floor and built a sleeping/meditation loft using reclaimed cedar, redwood and oak.
Photo By Povy Kendal Atchison
The bedroom features a beetle-kill pine floor and reclaimed trim and baseboards. The dresser was a thrift-store find.
Photo By Povy Kendal Atchison
Greg tucked a tiny closet and a sweet spot for breakfast or dinner beneath the stairwell.
Photo By Povy Kendal Atchison
The space below the stairs—formerly an awkward, difficult-to-access closet—became a bike garage and clever roll-out storage drawer. The storage area doors are made from reclaimed oak.
Photo By Povy Kendal Atchison
The space below the stairs—formerly an awkward, difficult-to-access closet—became a bike garage and clever roll-out storage drawer. The storage area doors are made from reclaimed oak.
Photo By Povy Kendal Atchison
Every nook and cranny is an opportunity for storage. Bookshelves take up otherwise- wasted space at the top of the stairs.
Photo By Povy Kendal Atchison
Greg can harvest kale well into October on the sheltered, sunny deck. In winter, he keeps fresh food growing just inside the deck’s sliding glass door.
Photo By Povy Kendal Atchison
Greg can harvest kale well into October on the sheltered, sunny deck. In winter, he keeps fresh food growing just inside the deck’s sliding glass door.
Photo By Povy Kendal Atchison
Greg’s south-facing living room is bathed in light all day long. He found his furniture in thrift stores and Dumpsters (Boulder college kids throw away some pretty good stuff).
Illustration By Nate Skow

















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