Monday, March 31, 2008

Recycled homes



Dan Phillips builds homes. But, as the Texas Country Reporter notes, there is something a little bit weird about Dan's work. The design is a bit unconventional, and so are the materials. In fact, Dan's houses are built almost completely out of discarded materials of all kinds, from picture frames to dishes.

"Every town has a crushing need for affordable housing, all across the country!" says Dan. And when he says affordable, he's not talking about a $140,000 house - but a $20,000-$50,000 house. His "Homesteading Initiative" is helping the working poor in Huntsville, Texas achieve the American dream by helping them build their own home in a way that they can afford. According to his calculations, enough good, usable materials are thrown out in his town to build one small house every week.

The only criteria for prospective new homeowners - $500, no bad credit and a steady job. As for his building philosophy: "Use mostly recycled materials. Hire only unskilled labor. And keep it small.”

Check out the video above or his blog, Brigid's Paradigm and his website here.

1 comment:

Jack said...

Are you familiar with the research conducted by the New Alchemists, whose stated mission was "to work from the lowest functional levels to create ecologically derived human support systems" which lead to amazing developments in bioshelter, agriculture and aquaculture systems? If not, it's something you may find interesting http://www.vsb.cape.com/~nature/greencenter/newalchemy.html

It's my personal ideal to incorporate the use of recycled materials into an updated bioshelter model which can be more flexible to different lifestyle choices and which includes modifications based on some ideas I've had and some of the research and technology that's been developed since.

--people rant about a revolution they have no guts to stage to avoid thinking of the evolution they lack the will to embrace--