Saturday, October 3, 2009

Great article about The Recycled Houses . . .

I stumbled upon this wonderful article in The New York Times about a very talented self-taught carpenter who builds low-income housing in Texas using trash, found objects, salvaged items, recycled building materials and does a beautiful job. Left-over roofing shingles in many colors are artfully arranged on this home. Click on the photo to see all of the photos in the slideshow.

Kristie Stevens rents one of Mr. Phillips's houses. She is working with him on building a house of her own nearby, since Mr. Phillips requires the eventual owner of a house to help with its construction.

Mr. Phillips's houses use scrap wood for siding. City officials worked closely with him to set up a recycled building materials warehouse where builders, demolition crews and building product manufacturers can drop off items rather than throw them in a dumpster headed for the landfill.

A wood-burning stove from an old ship found a new home in Mr. Phillips's "tree house."

A chair's back is fashioned out of cattle bones. Read the full article. Source: Photos + text: New York Times.
Thanks for stopping by the cottage for some inspiration about a one-man habitat for humanity. Have a great weekend. ♥Rosemary

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Marcy said...

What a great person! He is doing something so wonderful for people, but his artistic eye is what makes it stand out.

It sounds like your picket fence project is turning out just fine. I love the look of a solid board at the bottom.

Enjoy your Saturday!

Lady Laura said...

Rosemary, Thanks for sharing this wonderful article and slide show. How fascinating! Mr. Phillips is like a one-man Habitat for Humanity. I loved the entire slide show except that chair back fashioned from cow bones. I don't think I could sit in something like that--although the house numbers from bones was interesting.

Wishing you much good fortune with your fence job.

Kari Lønning said...

Isn't that an incredibly beautiful roof? A friend saved the Times article for me and I haven't been abler to put it aside!

GrannySmithGreen said...

I read that article a while back and thought it was amazing. So glad you posted about it. Don't you admire his creativity and drive?

Gal Friday said...

Bless you, Rosemary, for showing this and having the link to the slideshow. Just this past Friday, a customer of mine was telling me about a house made of recycled materials, including frame moulding samples. I was dying to see what he was talking about, and sure enough....there was the ceiling covered in frame corner samples. And I was able to see afterall, all because I came here to visit. :-)
I often feel bad about all those wood samples we throw out, thinking there MUST be something they could be used for...

BTW, I thought the rest of the home was amazing, too.