DIY, recycled pallet house with IKEA-style assembly instructions

Architects Suzan Wines and Azin Valy were trying to come up with the ideal building material for refugee housing in Kosovo. It should be recycled, recyclable…

25 thoughts on “DIY, recycled pallet house with IKEA-style assembly instructions

  1. StickyBistik

    Great design! Although shelter in crisis is the first need, are there any issues with the chemicals used in the manufacture of some pallets being used in housing?

  2. DeanFoerster

    You asked why this hasn’t been implemented? When you live in a 3rd world country with nothing, you don’t discard pallets as worthless. Only in a first world country do we need to point out that these have value.

  3. eltiggermalo

    First off in the video the plans show a material list of 80 Pallets, 6-12′ 2×4, 18-6′ 2×4, 1-18′ 4×4 and enough nails to hold it all together. WTF???? Who exactly is going to send all high gread lumber w/ HUGE shipments of pallets. This woman is stupid and lost. First world person who can’t see beyond her little bubble.

  4. Andrew Hollis

    No but plenty of places received more pallets then are shipped out. They are plenty of places that give them away because the company isn’t going to use them.

  5. Damarcast

    Emergency housing? I would live in a small place like this! Though I would prefer to use bolts to keep the pallets together, but perhaps bolting to the piers would be secure enough and then just screws to hold them together.
    Too bad the red tape would be a nightmare, and may end up making it cost more than just doing standard construction. Thank you, government.

  6. pookie98368

    I love the idea of recycling materials — especially to help people! Do you know if they’ve tested the pallets for chemicals/molds/mildew, etc? I’ve heard a lot of them are chemically treated/left outside and have these problems. 

  7. Frank Upstate NY

    Kirsten…you’re really doing good things here….I’ll be meeting you with any luck in the future….building like this takes “*&&^%^”….not many people have that ability….pretty soon…maybe another 50 years….all Americans will be building something like this too…not just refugees.

  8. collectorbob810

    wonder how much this cost the u.s. tax payer? we sent 100s of millions to haiti and guess what happened. the money disappeared, like a fart in the wind.

  9. billiards0518

    It costs $2,000 – $3,000 to build a 250 sq. ft. house made with recycled (free) pallets. However, the shoestring budget cost would be around $500.00.

    You do realize that the average yearly income in Haiti is $720.00.

    Don’t get me wrong… I think this would be a great idea if you could get the expense down to under $100.00.

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