Adept Australian teenagers Jasmine Stuart and Larni Prichard have made their own backpacks, cushions, furniture and even their dresses for their upcoming formals.
But these upcycling enthusiasts are about to surmount their most ambitious project to date: a tiny house, made out of waste, salvaged and recycled materials.
“I wanted to move out of home and this was the option I came up with,” said Larni, 16, of Warners Bay.
“My focus was on having my own space. The fact it’s made out of recycled materials is a bonus.”
Television show Better Homes and Gardens will film the year 10 students putting the finishing touches on the timber and aluminium house frame on Friday, before they assemble the remainder at this weekend’s Fair Share Festival at Hamilton Public School (New South Wales, Australia).
Event attendees will be able to watch the students progress and participate in a workshop to create pieces for the interior, including a denim wall with pockets and belt loops for storage.
“It’s feeling pretty scary,” said Jasmine, 15, of Lambton. “We’ve spent so much time on it without really seeing too much happening, so it will be nice to put it all together and see our hard work pay off.”
The students met in April at an Upcycle Newcastle workshop and soon started designing the 1.86 metre by 2.73 metre house, which will sit on a box trailer.
They estimate they and carpenter builder Ian Dawes, artisan welder Cayde Tasker and Michael Mattey have spent 200 man hours working on their vision, which includes a lounge that converts into a bunk bed, kitchen sink, a wall that opens out to become an awning and deck area and a storage unit with hinged leaf that raises to become a table. The only new materials in the house will be the screws, hinges and plywood floor.