See Why They Call This Australian Wonder the Recycled Home

By Jenny Drew, Houzz

Armed with a passion for upcycling and sustainability, and eager to show what can be achieved by experimenting with design, Carla and Ben Karsakis took on the project of building a home with as many recycled materials as possible. They call it the Recycled House.

The design-savvy couple had bought a property of about 8,200 square feet (760 square meters) in Bedford, Western Australia, with the idea of subdividing it to make the most of the land. At the front of the property lay a simple 1940s building, which they renovated and sold to help pay for their new house on the back of the lot. As they cleared the property, they salvaged materials from the old outbuildings and incorporated other great finds, filling their new home with life and soul — and saving money along the way.

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Etica Studio, original photo on Houzz

Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: Ben and Carla Karsakis and their Rhodesian ridgeback-mastiff mix, Yoko. Carla is a designer for Etica Studios; Ben is an urban designer.
Location: Bedford, Western Australia (suburb of Perth)
Size: 1,561 square feet (145 square meters), 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom with laundry, 1 en suite bathroom and dressing room



Although it might look like a house preserved from the 1940s or 1950s, Ben and Carla’s home is brand new. The house is alive with things collected from different places; you can feel it the moment you walk through the front door. Indeed, the front door was salvaged from a demolished house, and the sign that reads “One” for part of the house number was found at a dump.