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Building for Free
Back in 2013 my money started to run out, so I learned to build for free. I also learned there's no such thing as limitation when it comes to creation. If one road (the one that requires banknotes) is blocked, we automatically find other solutions. The solutions are nearly always an improvement. It's ironic, but the more inspired parts of my home are the ones I created on the cheap.
The Reading Room
This is pretty much everyone's favourite area and it cost in total about £5 to create.
What you need: A forest. A rubbish dump for old furniture, and some imagination. A Mediterranean climate is also a definite bonus.
The chairs were second hand. You can find plenty of old furniture in dumps and cover it.
Cost: £3 for two covers. These were damaged curtains sold cheap at the local bazaar.
Cost: £2 for paint.
The table was a throwaway. Originally the most ugly TV console you can imagine, it only took a lick of lilac paint to transform it.
Mosaic is a fabulous and cheap method of turning anything into something.
And its versatile too. You can use it on walls, tables, shelves, steps... And you can stick anything you can find in mosaic. Broken bottles, mirrors, plates, cups, beads, tiles, flower pots...
Here's a tour around the kitchen, which in its entirety cost about £150 to build. Most of that went on the roof tiles, which I bought in flusher days, and with hindsight didn't need. In fact, I hate those tiles. They leak for one thing, and absorb the heat for another. A living roof would have been better and cheaper.
Kitchen sink with a view.
Cost: £15 for the sink.
Made from rocks and earthplaster, a fruit crate (drying rack) and an aluminium sink.
Mudplaster spice shelf.
Wooden worktop and shelves.
Cost: £8 (varnish)
Made from an old gate found lying in a neighbour's shed, broken tiles and plates, mudplaster and varnish.
Cost: Pretty much £0
Made from rocks found on the land and mudplaster.
A minimal amount was spent on wood too. Many of the posts were used from cut branches. They are stronger and more aesthetic than those bought at the loggers yard, with no transportation headache either.
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