I always get excited when I see a small home used to its full potential and this is exaclty what the designer Jessica Helgerson did to her own home. This beautiful, compact and very eco friendly home what most of us need to strive for, but that is a whole another story.
The house is an interesting experiment in reduction and reuse not only because it is only 540 square feet or because it was remodeled using nearly exclusively reclaimed materials, but because the building itself is now being recycled for the fourth time. It was first built in the early 1940s as part of Vanport Village; a quickly erected development built to house shipyard workers. When Vanport Village flooded in 1948 this particular little house was floated down the river to Sauvie Island, where it became the goose-check station. Years later it was remodeled to become a rental house.