Bin designer Angus Carnie, 35, used his contacts in waste management to collect tonnes of rubbish and turn them into building materials.
For £15,000 he managed to build a two-bedroom detached house in just seven months.
The house features faux wooden logs made from compressed plastic and breeze blocks made from discarded hospital bedding.
The property is also solar and wind-powered, and his water supply comes from 90-litre tub on his roof which is filtered as it goes through to his taps.
The self-confessed dumpster diver's home near Dundee is so eco-friendly it is exempt from council tax, saving him ever more cash.
Thrifty Angus came up with the idea when a brain tumour - which turned out to be benign - put him out of work.
He said: "I looked at all of my costs and housing was the easily the biggest.
"I started to wonder how I could use my waste knowledge and put it to good use.
"People said I'd never manage it and people thought I was bonkers, but I said: 'I'll manage - I'm Scottish'.
"The house is totally sustainable. I create my own electricity. When I'm watching TV at night I use little pedals to generate electricity.
"I then bank it all into four batteries and that keeps me going."
Angus decided to change the way he was living when he collapsed and woke to find doctors telling him that he had a brain seizure.
He was told that it was likely from a tumour - which could kill him in a matter of weeks - and he was stripped of his driver's licence.
He realised he had to learn to live on a budget and sold his expensive home in Lymm, Cheshire, in October, and moved to his self-build in Scotland.
Inside his home the light shades are made from jam jars and he has a coffee table constructed from a cable reel.
Picture frames have been made from tyres and the coasters were once circuit boards.
Angus, originally from Eaglesham, East Renfrewshire, designs bins for waste companies after returning to work following his health scare.
He said: "Single use plastic waste is a massive problem, not just in the UK but all over the place.
"This is a good way of dealing with it and a good way of doing affordable housing.
"We need to think more about how youngsters get on the property chain - in Cheshire house prices are huge.
"It's so expensive to get on the property ladder, but this detached house costed £15,000 - you couldn't buy a shed in Lymm for that much.
"I hope it will make people think more about waste and recycling and become more eco-conscious."
Angus has also started planning his next project - a motor vehicle made from waste.
He said: "Having my licence taken from me got me thinking about how you can get about, because public transport is just so rubbish.
"I am now designing a vehicle which can be made out of waste and then be approved for road use."