DIY cardboard house with paper sink is off-grid in Australia




When Link Knight saw the sturdy cardboard that came as packaging for his propane freezer, he began to wonder if it could be used for something bigger. Not content with making furniture, he decided to buy enough cardboard to build a self-sufficient home.

He spent $383 for 20 sheets of 40 millimeter honeycomb cardboard and set to work building walls, ceiling and furniture. He built a fold-down table, a range hood and vent and even a sink, entirely out of cardboard (in the end, the sink had a leak, but Link maintains that the concept would have worked had it not been for faulty recycled cardboard in a key position).

Knight built the house in his friend’s shed and then moved the completed structure (via truck, it cost him $50) to a spot on his off-grid property. The tiny house has it’s own photovoltaic system and thanks to vigilant waterproofing, it has now withstood months of rain and hail and extreme heat and is still standing.

Link Knight:

Our video with Link’s main home: Off-grid self-reliance & survivalism in Australia’s outback

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41 Comments

  1. Android Gameplay Channel
    April 8, 2014
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    WHAT IF IT RAINS 

  2. thegoatman62
    April 9, 2014
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    Their is a Man who thinks inside the box!

  3. Christopher711
    April 9, 2014
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    Five kilos? What's that in pounds?

  4. Raymond Strunk
    April 9, 2014
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    Fire trap?

  5. Baranduyn NoIdea
    April 9, 2014
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    I think the humidity here would melt it but I wonder if that honeycombed cardboard would be a good sub for insulation in a wooden building.

  6. MakeMeThinkAgain
    April 9, 2014
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    That S-bend is also a grease/hair trap unless I'm missing something.

  7. marvinbanjo
    April 9, 2014
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    Polyester Fiberglas resin really makes Cardboard tough but it would need to be injected considering the time restraints for curing and would also be water proof at the same time . Great ideas –. light weight too

  8. KlunkerRider
    April 9, 2014
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    no windows?

  9. Omer Moshkovitz
    April 9, 2014
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    That's so Cool! A true pioneer, man!

  10. lancedaniels
    April 10, 2014
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    Hi Kirsten, So inspiring to see the product of this gentleman's hard work!  Thank you for sharing this with me and your other viewers. His 'road testing' of his project looks to be quite thorough too. 

  11. 123RADIOactive
    April 10, 2014
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    This is a pretty unique idea.

    Any unwanted cardboards be used to make tiny houses definitely be a good idea to help start up anyone who are homeless and just needs a roof of any short over their head. 

    On top of that, I've seen people constantly tossing out stuffs they may not need anymore but is still useful in another capacity that would help make these types of houses more comfortable. On craigslist, I've seen anywhere from cabinets to products that looks quite similar to plywood.

    I'm sure the only reason why he's doing this with cardboard is because he's experimenting with the idea.

  12. gorgeouspaintings
    April 10, 2014
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    Very cool…

  13. bubblygranolachick
    April 10, 2014
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    So how much to build? lol.

  14. chubbylilloser85
    April 11, 2014
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    As a black Jewish Bi-sexual man i found this video highly offensive.

  15. Faenwyn Gunn
    April 13, 2014
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    He is a large child playing with cardboard and experimenting…sort of like an art project… looks like fun!

  16. Bobby James
    April 13, 2014
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    um, an open flame heater in a paper house…….

  17. Cisco Isoffthegrid
    April 14, 2014
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    It needs more windows, one that opens. The sliding door slides in the wrong direction, 16:50 it slides out where there is no support, it should slide in the opposite direction so that it's supported by the wall. The roof should overlap a few inches over the walls, especially the front wall, to prevent rain from running down the walls. The 45 angle brace should be applied at the corners of each wall, not in the middle of the wall. Solar energy is a good start, why no harvest the rain water as well? 

  18. Nicole Mowery-Craig
    April 14, 2014
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    I wonder how this same design would be if it was made out of coroplast?

  19. Bad Morty
    April 16, 2014
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    Seems like a fire hazard.

  20. Alex Ruocco
    April 19, 2014
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    this is shit hole

  21. Laura Te Aho-White
    April 21, 2014
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    Where is the toilet and shower?

  22. Trail Guy
    April 22, 2014
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    very good – thanks for taking the time – many things to consider even if I don't go with cardboard

  23. 畳山親父の助
    May 1, 2014
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    wabisabi house

  24. MakingMoneyOnTheGo
    May 4, 2014
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    So I wonder what the cost in total of this is
    This is a great emergency disaster relief idea…

  25. Jonathon Neidigh
    August 21, 2014
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    The people who are not willing to give new things a try such as this or electric cars or what ever the idea may be are the prime reason this planet is doomed we will never improve our way of living if we don't open our minds to new possibilities so stop hating

  26. lachlan jarrett
    January 19, 2015
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    Search christchurch cathedral new zealand … Its made of cardboard

  27. White Powers
    May 26, 2015
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    Ummmm… Rain will ruin it!!! And no security at all!!!!

  28. White Powers
    May 26, 2015
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    Forget about leaving valuable shit inside

  29. plasticspine
    May 31, 2015
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    Brilliant !I
    And Ty for not using the words so and right obsessively
    Like so many people do on this channel

  30. Mathias Thomsen Schmidt
    July 19, 2015
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    So to actually rob the house, a knife is all you'll need?

  31. Cordarrayl Stanford
    December 28, 2015
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    Do ya'll ever build one foreal
    ya' ll need to do that
    with your family.

  32. Cordarrayl Stanford
    December 28, 2015
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    why you need a knife
    for that is not a real house dummy

  33. andrew staton
    January 27, 2016
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    omg geniusess

  34. VLAD Hgf
    February 18, 2016
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    Блять,ну и идиоты………..

  35. Tammie Miller
    May 5, 2016
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    People are so fast to discourage. Ideas are where everything begins. Think outside of the box! No pun intended. I love it!

  36. Jeremy Driscoll
    February 13, 2017
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    Where can I buy this house to have it shipped to USA?

  37. Vstar Cruiser
    April 16, 2017
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    A man broke out of a high security prison with " Toothpicks"..now when one has alot of time and some brains, the 2 are unstoppable..
    what is drywall anyway, paper and powder, but together it is strong..what if you took cardboard and build up pieces gluing them together to desired thcikness thus making them stronger, and use furring strip lumber for lateral strengthening,(not too expensive)..then cement coating exterior,..just some thoughts
    thanks mate for the work and video..keep up the ideas.

  38. James Pian
    June 15, 2017
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    If you give this to a kid for Christmas, does he still play with the box it came in?

  39. James Pian
    June 15, 2017
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    If you give this to a kid for Christmas, does he still play with the box it came in?

  40. rapg abraham
    August 23, 2017
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    now that's pretty cool

  41. pierre5325
    September 20, 2017
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    Friend Kirsten and Link, I find this concept extremely fascinating and exciting. I do wish you had a better quality camera. I as you can see I am subscribed, and hope that there will be more about cardboard dwellings.
    Blessings to you both,
    pierre de Nuevo Mejico

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