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Custom built homes in Texas made of trash

Dan Phillips, custom home builder

Dan Phillips founded Phoenix Commotion 12 years ago in Huntsville, Texas with the goal of building sustainable green homes that are affordable. Phillips has earned quite a name for himself after building over a dozen homes out of materials that would otherwise be considered trash.

“People have been doing this for hundreds of thousands of years: using whatever is available to build shelter,” Phillips said. “If you ponder what could be used, then building materials are everywhere.”

Mother Nature Network said, “The 13 homes he has built so far would fit better in an art museum than the residential streets of Huntsville, a conservative town of about 35,000 people best known for housing Texas’s death row.”

Phillips seeks out low income buyers with good credit or no credit buyers and favors single mothers as his own father left when he was a child.

Phillips is an idealist and is only one man, but his impact is widespread in his community as he has worked with the city to set up recycling programs and brings in the buyer to help with some of the work (painting and such), giving the owners pride in their beautiful yet affordable homes.

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“I think mobile homes are a blight on the planet,” Phillips told the New York Times. “Attractive, affordable housing is possible and I’m out to prove it.”

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  1. Liz Benitez

    May 24, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I read the post before I watched the video and was picturing homes built with tires (which I have seen) and trash (crumpled up paper)The homes were really cool and he was funny. Thanks for sharing.

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