Timur al-Hadidi and his team of workmen are leaving no stone unturned

Tue Nov 17, 2015 8:09am EST
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Timur al-Hadidi and his team of workmen are leaving no stone unturned.

They're using discarded bricks, tires and plastic bottles to build a home for al-Hadidi and his family.

Having viewed hundreds of properties in Cairo's city center, al-Hadidi decided to buy a plot of land on the outskirts of the Egyptian capital.

It's a building project that started four years ago, and the 40-year-old says the construction process involves a lot of trial and error.

"We've moved on from traditional design. We've found very good workers and excellent builders who help us build using any materials we find. So we look for different materials, such as broken pieces of cement or leftover pieces. We use wood, plastic bottles and car tires. We use all of this to try and build something new, not knowing how it will end and not knowing if it is right or wrong. We've opened up our hearts and have decided to try everything new to see what might happen," said al-Hadidi.

One property that is already complete is a two bedroom house, built using 3,000 plastic bottles.

It's where al-Hadidi currently resides while his 'dream home' is being built.

This property was made using not only plastic bottles, but driftwood, while cement reinforces the structure.

He sources many of his materials from building sites or restaurants that are getting rid of their waste.   Continued...