Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Unusual Building Objects

The old-time builders didn't have a Home Depot or Lowe's just around the corner. They had to use what they had on hand, and it seems some of it has lasted for quite a while.

Whoever built this old building certainly saved some time by using whole tree trunks as front porch posts. 

It tickled me to see how much work they saved, but I doubt today's world...this unusual use of tree trunk posts would pass the building inspector's review!

Anyone can build a fence, but adding bikes to the mix really gets your attention as you pass on by.

The owners of a bed and breakfast in Salado TX used old roofs from small dilapidated buildings to make a shady outdoor sitting area for their guests. Love the old "Fish Scale" gray trim on the front side of the roof.

The owners also added old windows in frames to an old roof to make a charming greenhouse structure on the property. 

In the olden days, making a fence was pretty simple! They just took a post made from a tree, put a few large holes through it and stuck a few split-rail logs through the holes. Easy peasy!

Down here in Texas they still use a version of this type fence for decorative purposes.

When barbed wire came along, it looks like they just stuck in some metal bars and strung some barbed wire right along the original split rails.

Reminds me of my grandma, who always quoted this old-time saying:  Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without!

Thanks for dropping by!


  1. That bottom fence with the posts and split rails...and then barb wire on the cow pastures. I do love old fences. We also had a lot of stone fences on the farm I grew up on. xo Diana

  2. I do love how our ancestors were so creative. They used what they had. Too bad not many do that today. I love the ideas.

  3. I love the old fences and the attitude of our ancestors make do and mend. I am a great fan of recycling in whatever way that I can.

  4. I love to see when people re love old vintage things into new things. These are all great. Happy Thursday.

  5. Love seeing all of those older architectural designs. They used what they had and did a great job of it! Love and hugs!

  6. I love the tree trunk porches and some of the other uses. Always been a fan of the split-rail-type fences too. What a fun post!

  7. Ann,
    Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words about my Kitchen series!! What a wonderful post!! I really enjoyed it because I love seeing things like this. When we first bought our townhouse 40 years ago, we had a large wall in front of our house and not the slope that is there not. The wall was made out of railroads ties which eventually started to decay so it had to be replaced. The fence on top of the wall was made just like the fence you shared!! It brought back memories that I really had forgotten!! I hope you have a lovely Memorial Day weekend!!

  8. Love these! People are so creative.