rerun of the mill

Applying ingenuity (and patience), Single Speed Design turned 600,000 pounds of recycled concrete and steel from a highway construction project into this 4,300-squarefoot home. The firm’s principals say the Big Dig House is a prototype for recycling large materials from civic construction projects.

Nearly any type of salvaged material is rich in potential—whether it’s highway platforms from Boston’s Big Dig project (above, left) or old-growth redwood railroad ties like the ones Pacific Heritage Wood Supply Co. reclaimed from the Oakland Navy Depot in California (above, right).

Nearly any type of salvaged material is rich in potential—whether it’s highway platforms from Boston’s Big Dig project (above, left) or old-growth redwood railroad ties like the ones Pacific Heritage Wood Supply Co. reclaimed from the Oakland Navy Depot in California (above, right).

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