The Boneyard House with Salvaged Parts

This is The Boneyard House, a beautiful home in Washington, by architect and builder Dirk Nelson and Free Range Building Company.  It’s luxurious and a patchwork of salvaged materials – railroad bridge trestles, crane rails, old mill wooden beams, reclaimed steel light posts, and reused barn and homestead timbers.

The Boneyard House, located at 1250 Reser Road, was built with salvaged steel and a timber frame.  It has 3,000 square feet with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, an office, and guest quarters.

Free Range sandblasted, wire-wheeled, heated, and waxed salvaged metal pieces and sanded and oiled timbers for reuse.  In this way, old materials were given new life and an opportunity to exhibit the patina and character of age.  Countertops were made from local basalt flows, while the cabinetry was hand-made from wind-fallen locust trees.

The Boneyard House is situated on a one-acre lot in Walla Walla among earthen berms, basalt boulders, a creek, and Ponderosa and Pine trees.

It has polished concrete floors, 10″ Durisol ICF walls, a green roof, a main roof with 12″ R48 SIPs, and 20 motorized windows connected to paddle fans that circulate the air.  Boneyard House is all-electric (and ready for a future grid-tied PV array) and heated and cooled by a geothermal ground loop and radiant floors.

The Boneyard House is offered for sale at the price of $1,250,000, according to Free Range Building Company.  That amount may seem high without knowing the location, but this is a unique showcase of materials and workmanship.  This is a home that incorporates old materials and current construction strategies in an interesting way.

I first learned about The Boneyard House through our new green home submission form.  If you have a great green home project or renovation, feel free to submit it to the editors for potential publication.

Credits: Free Range Building Company.

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  • Hannah Whitehouse

    Stunning, this house absolutely stunning. What a beautiful, thoughtful construction and with salvaged materials – its gorgeous.

  • The Lorax

    So cool!  I love the re-use of existing structural materials.  It seems like so many green or energy-efficient products are made from all new source materials, and this is a great example of reducing and re-using on the way to a greener home.  And what gorgeous attention to detail!  This is a fabulous blog – thanks!

  • Quillen Foley

    I can see me living in this beautiful house. This inspires me Nice job.  

  • Free Range Building Company

    Thanks for the write-up, Preston!

  • Josh Wynne

    Amazing home. The price looks more than reasonable. I know what it takes to make reclaimed materials look like that.

  • mike eliason

    does anyone else find it weird going to extreme lengths to reuse existing materials, but then utilize high embodied energy materials like ICFs and SIPs?

    • Harriet Russell

      Better than energy intensive alternatives with no redeeming values, IMHO. Plus, the energy they save over time should offset that used to make them.

      I love the idea of salvage, and creating jobs involving conservation of materials.  I just hope there was as much care in the choice of chemicals used to clean up all that reclaimed metal and wood as in the construction itself.

      It’s beautiful … but I’m afraid my S.S. check won’t cover it.  I guess there’s some use for rich people after all.

  • Anonymous

    WOW!  Amazing re-use of salvaged goods [plus all the work that goes into using such pieces]!  WOW!  Truly, proof that all things are possible!  A definite idea for todays homebuilders to learn from in building and/or rehabbing todays existing homes.  REI’s with foreclosures would even benefit.  WOW! 

  • green building design

    Boneyard house looks so awesome! At first glance, one may not think that it is made up of salvaged material. I salute the people who thought and build it. Keep up the good work guys!

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  • sallyhp

    What a gorgeous house!

  • manhattan concrete

    Nice Blog!! Great Pictures!
    I Like Boneyard house great work by architect Dirk Nelson, and good use of concrete in a garden…
    Thanks for sharing!!!

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