Texas Builder Dan Phillips Turns Trash into Treasure
License plates, crystal platters, picture frame samples-for Dan Phillips, these items are every bit as useful in the construction of a home as say, MDF or laminated I-beams. Phillips, 64, has created a niche market for himself, building homes with a variety of cast-off items and recycled building supplies.
The homes, which are built primarily for low-income families, generally cost homeowners anywhere from $99 to $300 a month . Although about half of them have been lost to foreclosure, more affluent buyers with a penchant for the quirky have begun to snatch them up. For them, Phillips’ homes are seen as artistic treasures buried amid a sea of cookie cutter homes with about as much personality as a salad fork.
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Random leftover shingles give this home's roof an odd striated look.
The bottoms of wine bottles provide for an interesting visual element.
Box-loads of picture frame samples were used to adorn the ceiling of this home.