Dan Phillips – the creative mastermind behind cowboy boot-shaped houses and treehouses – builds these innovative spaces entirely from recycled materials.
The Texas based innovator – with his passion for design, conservation and affordable housing – allows for nothing to go to waste in the building of homes, bringing new life to everything from cork, number plates, picture frames to old CDs.
Dan Phillips set up his company, The Phoenix Commotion, to prove that constructing homes with recycled and salvaged materials has a viable place in the building industry. It specifically targets single parents, artists, and families with low incomes.
The Phoenix Commotion addresses four major social issues in the USA – helping to reduce the burden on landfill, providing low-income housing, training unskilled labour, and providing interim funding for homesteaders to start building their homes.
On their website, The Phoenix Commotion state: “This process uses only apprentice labor and teaches marketable skills to anyone with a work ethic who is willing to swing a hammer. By keeping labor costs low and using donated or found materials, the homes created are truly affordable. No two are alike due to the myriad of materials used, so there is an artistic element that makes Phoenix Commotion homes unique.
“We require the homeowner to be involved with the planning and construction of his or her own home. The result is a person who is empowered, not only by the useful knowledge of building skills, but by the opportunity to become part of a community as a vested participant.”
Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer who specialises in sustainable lifestyle and living, wellbeing, music and arts. Rosalind also works as a psychic, counsellor, intuitive reader and spiritual life coach helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com