Pallet Barn Updates by Hive Modular

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You remember Paul Stankey of Hive Modular?  We mentioned his container cabin this time last year, and since that time, the rustic retreat has been showcased in probably every quality design magazine in the country.  What interesting, however, is that Paul’s been working on phase two: A new project adjacent to the cabin.

Paul was speaking with the folks at loll about their waste and came to find out that they have huge pallets sitting around.  So he decided that the pallets could be put to clever use, I mean, they’re sturdy and heavy, weighing in at roughly 200 pounds each.  He designed Pallet Barn.

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They poured the footings and bootstrapped the pallets in place.  It’s funny how a bone skinny structure like this can have such elegance and aesthetic.

After the pallets were in place, they started work on the cladding and that’s pretty much where work is to this point.  They built in some loft spaces, but the place will need TLC in the form of finishing the siding, adding doors, and finishing the interiors.

If you recall, last June we mentioned another pallet project called Unit Load_Redux.  Now with this Pallet Barn, I’m beginning to wonder if pallet reuse is now what container reuse once was …

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Bootstrapping

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Update 05/05/2012 – This article was written in 2008, and many of the links pointed to blog pages by Hive Modular. Those pages are dead, so the links now point directly to Hive Modular. If you want more information about this project, email Paul Stankey at Hive Modular.

Image credits: Hive Modular.


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  • http://urbanworkbench.com UrbanWorkbench

    I’m thinking a shed for my goats and chickens when Council allows them.

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      Actually, that’s not a bad idea … could be interesting also to build these as quasi-cabins for camp sites and retreats. Mike, like your site, by the way …

  • Pinky

    I made a small a-frame 3 sided shelter for my goats and they love it. For the Winter we built them a larger place using old plywood concrete forms (for making foundations) so they’re fully enclosed to stay warm.

  • http://twitter.com/ekokoncept ekokoncept.com

    congratulations. lot of potential in this ‘system’.

  • Reid

    Wonder if you might be willing to post the plans/directions for making this?

    • http://www.facebook.com/sue.devilleneuve Sue Ann DeVilleneuve

      I’d like the directions for making little one’s for a miniature horse!

  • Jcmillertruck

    What are the pallets made of that makes them so heavy?? It says 200 pounds each ??I work at walmart and throw pallets around every night and I would say they where more like 40 or 50 pounds  …

    • Jcmillertruck

      Like the gusset plates a lot…

    • Dead_Mariner

      I’m thinking these may be the long pallets, about 8 or 10 foot long. Like sheet rock comes on.

    • Dead_Mariner

      I’m thinking these may be the long pallets, about 8 or 10 foot long. Like sheet rock comes on.

  • Publicpersona

    The article says, “huge pallets.” I assume they are the normal width and the length is as long as the building is high. I’d say that should work out to around 200 lbs each.

  • BeccaJ

    We’ve build smaller versions of these for years for our livestock.  We often used old truck caps as the roofs making small shelters for chickens, goat kids, and calves.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/rob.ueberfeldt Rob Ueberfeldt

    To treat the timber of the cheap pallets (usually the ones they don’t mind loosing) paint with salty water it stops rot, though I guess you have to be careful of the metal fastenings…

  • Tom Flores

    They do even have a term for this repurposed Materials! I know of a company who does pretty good money buying and selling. Stuff like Climbing rope, Fire Hoses, Street sweeper brushes!

  • Tom Flores

    They do even have a term for this repurposed Materials! I know of a company who does pretty good money buying and selling. Stuff like Climbing rope, Fire Hoses, Street sweeper brushes!

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