Building with pallets

This post is in progress. Stay tuned for updates.

I love the work with my hands and build things. In Malta I had a workshop under my house for 3 years. In that time I have build several small and big projects.

Below a quick overview and some pictures. Questions and/or comments? let me know below and I’ll be happy to tell more

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Living room wall furniture

This project has many many hours in it. Probably close to a 1000 over a period of 2 years time. We were living in a renting house at the time and the landlord didn’t want me to drill in the walls, so I designed a system that clamped itself between the floor and the ceiling. Once the main structure was build I had something to screw into. It was a completely organic build, so just a rough idea and it took shape by it self based on which materials I had available at the time. All wood used came from discarded pallets.

Plant boxes

I like growing stuff so I needed plant boxes. Big once quickly costs €50 and more so I decided to build my own


My brothers roof terrace was too hot most of the summer. So we decided to build some shade.


One day after a heavy storm we found a large amount of driftwoord. We used the wood to build our greenhouse and roof garden.

The Dream home(stead)

On this page a birds eye overview of all the seeds that I am planting in order to grow and harvest my dream live.

This post is a work in progress and will get more detailed and revised over time.

What is my dream

I want to live and do my business on a piece of land, minimum 2000 m2 but preferably much larger, where I have built a house / homestead / modern microfarm that has a negative ecological footprint and produces a surplus of energy, food and other resources to support the local economy. By sharing what I learn along the way I want to accelerate the transition to a society that is harmless to nature and people.

Below just a quick list of what I am thinking about. With time I will go into details

  • land
    • minimal 2000 m2
    • south facing
    • max 30 minutes drive from Gijon and Oviedo
  • house
    • hybrid design combining passive house with earhtship and homestead elements.
    • on the grid, providing renewable electricity to the grid
    • own energy storage making use of several systems
      • battery
      • (geo)thermal energy
      • pumped hydro
      • compressed air
  • farm
    • greenhouse with geothermal storage
      • aquaponics
        • multiple fish species
          • edible e.g. tilapia, catfish, trout
          • ornamental e.g. koy
        • multiple crops
          • DWC
          • zipgrow
          • dutch bucket
    • organic farm (outdoor)
    • husbandry, small stuff e.g. chicken, ducks, rabbit
    • surpluses as result of circular / no waste design
      • bio gas
      • fertilizer & compost
  • Eco resources
    • bamboo
    • elephant grass
    • biodiversity
  • hospitality and gastronomy
    • B&B of several 2 person cabins
    • occasional, by reservation only, restaurant
    • small seasonal camping and mini festival
  • clean transportation e.g. electric car

The roof garden in Malta

In Marsaskala, Malta we have built a roof garden / mini urban farm consisting of 15m2 greenhouse with aquaponic setup and over 100 planters with soil. Over the years we have grown:

  • tomatoes
  • different types of lettuce
  • strawberries
  • mint
  • prickly pears
  • rucola / rocket salad
  • zucchini / courgette

In the fish tanks we raise tilapia.

More on this story soon. Stay tuned!