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‘Green’ home with siding from 104 cars

Posted at 3:52 PM, Mar 18, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-18 15:52:04-04

Berkeley, California, is known as a hippie haven, a place where environmentalism is part of the communal mindset.

Two Berkeley-based architects have taken recycling to another level.

Karl Wanaselja and Cate Leger built their mostly solar-powered home out of recycled materials, including parts from 104 junked cars.

“We did a lot of experimenting with salvage materials,” said Wanselja. “The upstairs is sided with the roofs of 104 cars.”

“The junkyard was my pallete,” said Wanselja.

Somehow they managed to integrate a lot of different colors tones into an overall green and fashionable home.

"It's just a matter of time before more and more people are using recycled materials in their houses, “said Wanaselja.

Behind their home is a studio/office they use for their architecture business. They said the built it at half the cost by using reclaimed materials versus standard wood.

The video details the method and architecture distinctions used by the couple.