The Man Who Builds Recycled Houses

Dan Phillips has become a regular celebrity in his home town of Huntsville, Texas, for building 14 fully functional recycled houses out of construction waste and scraps.

The 64-year-old constructor has lived a varied life, working as an intelligence officer in the army, a college dance instructor, antique dealer and even as a puzzle maker. He has spent the last 12 years building affordable houses for the poor, using discarded materials.

Anything durable people throw away is a potentially useful building material for Dan Phillips. He runs down to construction sites and landfills and takes away almost everything they throw away. His houses are not all the same, he builds each one with the materials at hand, but he views that as a good thing. After “repetition creates pattern”.

Dan Phillips’ recycling philosophy has changed the way the entire community sees the recycling process and he has even been contacted by companies who wanted advice on how to build recycled warehouses.

Dan uses his very own construction company to build the houses, but always asks the beneficiary to take part in the building process. This way, if something ever breaks, they’ll know where everything is and how to fix it.

via New York Times

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  • robin yates Posted on October 12, 2009

    a huyge round of applause to not only Mr Phillips but the people who buy his houses,,,,,,,truly the way forward

  • Dina Posted on November 29, 2009

    Mr. Philps,
    You are a wonderful man!
    Your work is beautiful!

  • drew hugh Posted on December 15, 2010

    You are the craziest, genius, smart a$$ person that i have ever seen. I admire you. I only wish I had the money to take that primal instinct and resources and create the unbelievable to the believable. You give me inspiration in my landscape designs. How do you live in such a world where of normalcy. i have many crazy abstract simple ideas and thoughts yet I do not get the applause you do.
    thank you for being you and letting no one stop you!
    Keep it going!
    drew hugh

  • Dustin Wonders Posted on August 21, 2011

    This man is amazing. He built the home next to mine and did amazing things with it. He has built several homes in Huntsville, Texas, and the love and craftsmanship he puts into them is evident. He actually broke his neck on a job a few years back and continued to work while wearing the “halo” head brace.

  • Flo Compton Posted on September 26, 2011

    Truly amazing !!!!!