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#WATWB: Making Affordable, Whimsical Houses out of Recycled Materials


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Dan Phillips not only builds whimsical houses. He builds them out of 80 to 90% recycled/free/salvaged materials. He hires only unskilled labor to train them. And he targets under-served populations for home ownership – single parents, low-income families, and artists.

Wouldn’t it be great if more people made houses this way? I hope you enjoy this video. Dan is an interesting guy.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

28 thoughts on “#WATWB: Making Affordable, Whimsical Houses out of Recycled Materials

  1. Oh Joanna, what a guy. This is pure inspiration and has sparked some ideas. Thank you. xXx

  2. I thought I had left a comment, but I can’t find it. So I am sorry if this is duplicated, JoAnna. What a guy and this story is inspiring and has sparked all sorts of ideas. Thank you. Xx

  3. What a fabulous story – the perfect share for #WATWB! I’m so impressed and inspired by his mission, and delighted by his bigger-than-life quirkiness that pulls it all off with delightful style. There’s so much we need to improve in our throw-away society, and the idea of helping those in need is win-win in every way.

  4. Some people are just so cool! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. What a wonderful person. Everything about that approach adds value or helps solve a problem. Thatโ€™s amazing. Thanks for sharing that story!

  6. JoAnna, thanks for participating in #WATWB and sharing this wonderful story of Dan Phillips. Love, love, love his tree house, the use of recycled material, the training of unskilled workers, and his whimsy. I want to move to West Texas so he can build me a house…although I don’t think I’d fall under his qualifications. He’s a good person in trying to clean up the junk in the landfills and help save the environment.

    • Thanks for appreciating all these things, Mary. You’ve got me wondering if I could add a room using his model. Hmmm.

      • Other people may think that recycled stuff is “icky,” but I don’t. I look at all the shiny new homes going up and they tend to all look alike…no character. How cool would it be to have a neighborhood filled with recycled homes?

        • Definitely cool! The other thing I don’t like about shiny new homes is they’re often found in shiny new neighborhood with no trees. A neighborhood with recycled home and old trees would be great!

  7. What a wonderful concept. Amazing. That has taken recycling to a whole new level. This world has hope, when more people start thinking and doing similar stuff.
    — Pradeep | #WATWB participant |

  8. What a great approach to home building and using recycled materials! What character in the homes! I love his last line in the video – other people are going to have to clean up their own backyards. Yes, we do and we can! Thanks, JoAnna.

  9. If only we had more people to place the same kind of vision, perseverance, time and funds to such a project. A truly wonderful and sustainable building approach. Thanks for sharing and continuing to support our WATWB.

  10. Wow, that guy’s a triple-header of cool: Building houses out of recycled materials, teaching unskilled workers a skill, and making it all look great. That’s awesomeness!

  11. Hi JoAnna – what an extraordinary chap Dan is … so inspiring … and so down to earth in his approach – give one person a skill and send them on their way to make their own way, and then bring in the next – loved what he’s doing. Wonderful WAWTB – cheers Hilary

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