The couple have made this bed out of reclaimed scaffolding boards and bars
Kresse Wesling and James Henrit bought their two-bedroom flat last year when it was little more than a shell, and they transformed the home with reclaimed goods. Trawling charity
shops and tips, and searching on websites Gumtree, Freecycle and eBay, the pair managed to create an incredible home from items no-one wanted. What would have cost about £35,000 using new materials has been done for under £3,000, albeit with thousands of man-hours. Their bed is made from scaffold poles, the kitchen is created from reclaimed wood and granite and the tiles in their hallway are made from old firemen’s hoses. They fashioned granite sideboards in the kitchen, which would usually cost £500-600, for nothing by sourcing unwanted offcuts. They also paid nothing for the large ceramic kitchen sink, of which similar styles can fetch anywhere up to £200 new. A disused work bench has been turned into a dining table and other furniture including the sink has been found at dumps and transformed into spectacular pieces. Much of the furniture was made from pallet wood and a painting hanging in their front room was created by a friend.