One of our readers/client families recently completed their ISBU home.
It’s located off-grid in a rural location and it was built using recycled, repurposed and salvaged materials. We worked with him extensively as we massaged his home design so that it could be built “paycheck by paycheck”. By the time they’d gotten to the kitchen and bathroom counter-tops we had to get pretty creative.
What do you do when your brother-in-law works at a lumberyard and has access to scraps of oak, cherry and maple?
Why, you build countertops, of course.
We actually taught him (drew it out and then walked him through) how to build his own butcherblock counters.
It was labor intensive, but QUITE affordable. (He got all the scrap wood for free and cut it up himself using jigs and templates we helped him create.) And as you can see, the results are just beautiful. I’d be proud to have this counter in my own home. In fact, I’d do a whole kitchen this way. Couple that with a cool farm sink and bronze fixtures and you’d have something that looked like it came out of one of those designer magazines. Best of all, you’d accomplish those luxury looks for peanuts. I don’t think I need to point out that good butcherblock is “forever” if you maintain it properly.
We just hope that he also built a doghouse so that he has a place to sleep when his wife comes home from her “Ladies Auxiliary” meetings and finds him butchering a deer on the kitchen counter… LOL!
Till next time.