It’s estimated that more than 50,000 cans adorn John Milkovisch’s Houston home, in addition to bottle caps, bottles and other beer paraphernalia. The project began in 1968 when Milkovisch, a retired upholsterer, “got sick of mowing the grass” and covered his front and backyard with concrete, inlaying thousands of marbles, rocks and other glittery items to create a unique lawn. Once this project was completed, he turned to the house and began decorating it with flattened beer cans, covering the walls and roof, and even creating beer-can wind chimes. "I guess I just thought it was a good idea," Milkovisch says. “And it's easier than painting." In addition to lowering his energy bills, the beer-can decorations also began attracting visitors from across Texas, and today the Beer Can House is a museum.
When people ask what brand of beer is his favorite, Milkovisch has a go-to answer: "Whatever's on special.”