Family builds three-bedroom shed home using recycled materials on 100k budget

Rhys Uhlich, a model and filmmaker from L.A, moved to Australia to buy a large shed and turn it into a stunning property with his family.

The former model decided to move to the country he grew up in, with his wife and two daughters, to build their own sustainable home.

Together, they worked on the project for more than two years – turning a shed into a cosy three-bedroom home on Philip Island, Victoria.

Now complete, the property boasts a stunning modern interior including a timber wall.

Rhys and his wife Claire tried to erect the home with as many recycled materials as possible, sticking to a strict budget of £100,000 AUD (£56,793).

The family-of-four also moved into the property two months before it was complete, living there while working on the interiors.

They also documented the whole journey on Instagram where followers were able to witness all the hard work that went into creating the home.

Rhys said the motivation for building the whole thing was so the family was ‘not slave to a mortgage system’.


After leaving their L.A lives behind, the couple put their savings towards the sustainable home in Australia.

Rhys and Claire started by buying a block of land in the Phillip Island suburb of Silverleaves, placed a shed on it and got to work.

They upcycled old things, bought things off Facebook Marketplace and worked with what they had.

Rhys told property website Domain: ‘Every window and door in the place I got off Facebook marketplace.

‘For example, using recycled pallets to make our kitchen. It all sounds very rustic but I am going for a finish that is quite aesthetically pleasing, but it’s all about how you do it.


‘What better way to get the motivation going than a feature salvage timber wall?

‘We have had to be super adaptable and open to change.’

Their budget home certainly doesn’t look like it was built on a budget.

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