In the article Salvage Artists in a recent New Yorker, Paul Goldberger wrote about the construction of the Big Dig House. Single Speed Design, at the commission of Paul Pedini, built a house entirely out of leftover materials from Boston’s Big Dig:
The basic structure is entirely made up of salvaged steel and concrete from the Big Dig—three hundred tons’ worth. Because the materials were obtained for free, and because Pedini was able to do much of the construction himself, the house, which measures forty-three hundred square feet, was built at the strikingly low cost of approximately a hundred and seventy-five dollars per square foot. Yet it doesn’t look like a recycled highway, and it would be among the best contemporary houses in the Boston area even if it had been built the old-fashioned way.