The New York Times Home & Garden section does a bang-up job of profiling leftfield, eco-minded residential building projects. Last week, it was a birds nest-inspired tree house on Long Island. This week, it’s affordable, aesthetically dazzling homes made from landfill-bound waste. Yep, garbage.
Dan Phillips, a fascinating self-taught builder/dumpster diver from the sleepy East Texas town of Huntsville believes that “… mobile homes are a blight on the planet,” and that, “attractive, affordable housing is possible and I’m out to prove it.”
How’s he proving it? Phillips, through his construction company Phoenix Commotion, has erected 14 low-income homes in Huntsville that are made primarily from discarded materials — shattered mirrors, tiles, wood off-cuts, picture frame corners — that Phillips has salvaged from other construction projects, rescued from trash heaps and auto salvage yards, and found on the side of the road. Phillips’ mission is simple: to divert reusable waste from landfills and provide more affordable housing.
This is one of those instances where pictures speak louder than words so check out the below photos of some Phoenix Commotion projects as well as a video that depicts Phillips in action. Also be sure to read the full, fascinating profile of Phillips over at The New York Times.
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