Gallery: Dan Phillips Builds Enchanting and Affordable Houses from Recy...

One of the most striking features of the Tree House, however, is the arty recycled frame ceiling salvaged from a shop that was getting rid of its old frame samples.

Photo © Phoenix Commotion

When Dan Phillips was a child, he saw his parents suffer through the Great Depression years and he quickly learned to value what he had. When he was 14 years old he built a bicycle completely out of scrap materials collected at a nearby dumpsite. And after that first bike, he never looked back.

To build these wonderful and enchanting homes — often made up of 75+% of recycled materials — Mr. Phillips and his builders use what is available to them locally. This ranges from scrap wood leftovers, mismatched bricks and tiles, bottle tops and corks, and even bones he’s collected from a nearby cattle yard. In fact, one of Huntsville’s houses, the Bone House, has a complete range of furniture made from cattle bones, like this customized quirky table and chairs that come with a spine.


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  1. masche01 August 14, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Mr. Phillips, I have torn down my deck or most of it. I have all of the lumber which had been painted one top. It is 95% 2×6′s and the rest is 2×4′s. I would hate for it to go to waste. You are more than welcome to have it. I live down the street from you. I have a white metal roof.

  2. Carmen Irving July 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I am with the Roxie Douglas Learning Institute and we need help finishing the Institute for the Fall school year. I wish Mr. Phillips and his crew would take on the Institute as their next project! We are a 501c3 non-profit organization and all work done for us is tax-deductible. Name-Carmen Irving. My contact number is (936) 355-4833. Praying for help!

  3. blueskys February 11, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I have seen Dan\’s homes! They are very creative and inspirational in their use of reclaimed materials. What a brilliant idea for servicing those in need.

  4. Taylor Richardson December 31, 2012 at 1:53 am

    Really cool uses of available resources..very creative stuff!

  5. larry pad December 26, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    really do like his work. I didnìt see a mention of where he does his buildings…………….also, tried to share on FB, but didn’t work………..

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