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A Couple Quits Their Jobs to Build a Recycled House in the Woods

Adele Peters

Ever wanted a house in the mountains? It's the sort of thing you might daydream about on a hike, but after photographer Nick Olson and fashion designer Lilah Horwitz were inspired by the idea on their first date, they actually built a home. Less than a year after their first walk through the mountains of West Virginia, they'd quit their jobs, collected recycled building materials, and finished creating a house with a full wall of windows to watch the sunset.

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  • Gavin Cameron

    Inspiring. But, what about the practicalities? What about when the local municipality demands planning and zoning documentation? Otherwise I'd do it too!

    • Adele Peters

      Good question. I think they were just lucky to happen to have land in the middle of the woods (not to say that it was necessarily legal, even so). I'm inspired to try a very tiny version of this myself— maybe Alessandra's suggestion of a greenhouse, below...

  • David Zimmerman

    This is so cool. Fully inspired to go build something.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I wonder how hot that house gets! Seems beautiful though.

    • Adele Peters

      Yeah, I wonder that too...and how cold in the winter. Probably not the most energy-efficient wall. :)