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Tiny Home Made From Recycled Pallets Could Save Lives

Jan 9, 2015

The designers at I-Beam Design were shocked when they read a global citizenship report that 84% of the world's refugees could be housed with a year's supply of recycled American pallets. Determined to turn this statistic into a reality, they designed the Pallet House Project. Based on the design of this modest and easy to build home, a year and a half's worth of pallet production in the U.S. could house 33 million refugees. It is so simple that almost anyone can build it and it assembles in less than one day.

1. The Pallet House was first designed as a transitional shelter for refugees returning to Kosovo.

2. The Pallet House has amazing flexibility, depending on the needs of the family and the environment around it.

3. The main material used for construction are the discarded wood pallets. The other materials needed for construction can be easily obtained.

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4. It doesn't require any high tech tools to assemble it. Just the basics. You can easily add on to the house with found materials. Plastic sheeting or tarps would come in handy for extra convenience.

5. You could even upgrade to include insulation, heating and cooling in the Pallet House.

6. Illustrations are included in "IKEA-style assembly instructions" so anyone can follow along.

7. For $75, you can buy a Pallet House information kit with full plans, elevations, photos, diagrams and renderings.

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8. A Pallet House can also be used for a little cabin or outdoor shelter in a backyard.

9. It's truly inspiring what can be done with what America wastes!

For less than $100, you can learn how to build this shelter. It might be a fun outdoor reading nook or kid's clubhouse. What do you think?

Credit: I-Beam Design

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