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Student Builds Recycled Pallet Tiny House

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This is a pallet house built by engineering student, Angus Hughes. The house is located on his family property on the outskirts of Rockhampton and is just about water proof. 

There’s no running water but electricity is available courtesy of a durable power cord running from the family shed.

“The size of the pallets dictated the size of the house which is three pallets high, three pallets wide and five pallets long,” Angus said. “The exterior and interior walls are made from pallets while the floor has been created from packing timber which was donated by a local glazing business.”

The second year civil engineering student, who is currently studying at Central Queensland University, recently moved in a few modern conveniences – fridge, TV and barbecue – along with beds and other furniture made by his father, making it the perfect student pad. Please enjoy, learn more and re-share below. Thank you!

Student Builds Recycled Pallet Tiny House


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  • Cj
    July 30, 2015, 3:30 pm

    Would be lovely to plant in the pallets for a vertical garden. Just need to figure out how to keep the wood from rotting!

  • Eugene
    July 30, 2015, 6:01 pm

    when you consider that many places give away pallets for free, this is very cost efficient.

  • Joe
    July 30, 2015, 6:22 pm

    Great some spray foam in the walls and more pallets to do board and batten and it will be winterized.$400 for the foam and lots more work and he has a livable house.

    • Brian
      July 31, 2015, 1:44 am

      Even if we/ us were to use hemp and all it’s processing qualities as a medium in between the pallets exterior and interior is doable as long as the foundation is strong.

  • Rich
    July 30, 2015, 8:09 pm

    Angus, great project. I trust that you will create your own career path; here are a couple of references you might find true to your own nature:
    and these folks on your side of the pond: https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=sarah+wigglesworth+and+jeremy+till

    Looking forward to more from you. You and your mates give me hope for the future 🙂

  • Susanne
    July 31, 2015, 12:17 am

    It’s his first one, he can work up to a pallet house which will be more professional thus liveable.

  • John
    July 31, 2015, 1:37 am

    Angus, how did you attach all the pallets together. I like how you built your house. Her in USA there is a lot of pallets available and I would like to build one similar. Can you send me more information. You did a great job thanks for showing us.

    • Dora
      August 2, 2015, 4:45 pm

      I have same question as John. You did a fantastic Job Angus. I like the roominess inside and I do not think it is ugly either. I love how you did the windows and doors. would love to see your rough draft or blue prints and how you put things together. For a student and first time project this is a very good build.

  • Peter Piper
    July 31, 2015, 1:33 pm

    PLEASE! Pretend that it is something that it isn’t. That would be fantastic! Especially since there are so many things available to use on the outside walls. This house could be anything you envision.

  • Susanne
    August 1, 2015, 12:38 am

    I have seen a fantastic pallet house before… Insulation filled inside the pallets, outside walls in ground permanently, and of course covered on the outside- one would not know it is pallets.

    August 3, 2015, 12:15 am

    This reminded me of the story of the Three Little Pigs.


  • Kim
    September 29, 2015, 10:24 pm

    I am delighted with what this young man has put together! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I frankly am enamoured with his ambition, sensitivity to the environment and his willingness to share his wonderful home with us! Great job and I’ll look forward to watching your next projects as life and your talent evolve and flourish! I’m so impressed!

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