Tiny House Made of Reclaimed Materials Highlights BBR Annual Meeting

Some people think big when it comes to reuse, and others think small. On Monday, April 23, a duo that constructed a tiny house using all reclaimed materials will bring their creation to the annual meeting of Boston Building Resources.

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Alex Eaves and Derek Diedricksen transformed a 16-foot box truck into a 98-square-foot tiny home and mobile reuse education center using all secondhand materials. They will bring the truck to BBR's parking lot at 100 Terrace Street on April 23, the day after Earth Day, for attendees to view and to learn how they did it. The truck will serve as an inspiration to customers and community members of how secondhand building materials from the Reuse Center at Boston Building Resources can be used to repair and maintain their homes .

The event starts at 5:00 p.m. and goes until 8:00 p.m. In addition to the tiny house truck, Boston Building Resources will present an overview of the past year and elect the board of directors. The event is open to the public, but only BBR members may vote.

RSVPs are requested for the event at bbr-annual.eventbrite.com.

John Rowse, 1943–2018

John Rowse, the founder of Boston Building Resources, died on March 29. He was 74.

 1990 photo courtesy of the Boston Herald

1990 photo courtesy of the Boston Herald

A genuine visionary, John founded the Boston Building Materials Co-op in 1978 and co-founded the nonprofit Reuse Center in 1993. He went on to start a third organization, Community Boat Building, in the last decade of his life.

John was trained as an architect and had a passion for sharing his knowledge with other homeowners, especially those with fewer financial resources, so that they could take good care of their homes. In a 1990 Boston Herald article about the Co-op, he stated that “the ultimate goal is not profit, but helping people solve their housing problems.” John’s contributions to the organization were extensive, from designing the Co-op building to drawing the original “three houses” logo.

A celebration of John’s life will be held on Saturday, June 2, his 75th birthday. Further information will be posted as it becomes available.