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From Trash to Home

2 Comments 23 February 2010

From Trash to Home

It’s been said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and Huntsville, TX resident Dan Phillips takes that to heart. Phillips, 64, started his construction company, Phoenix Commotion, in 1997. A for-profit company with a non-profit heart, Phoenix Commotion builds low-income housing from salvaged and donated items. Phillips ensures that his houses are constructed in accordance with building codes, but finds practical uses for items that would otherwise be headed for the landfill. Discarded photo frames become ceiling tiles; old wine corks are used for flooring; empty wine bottles are transformed into stain glass.

Phillips’ homes embody the spirit at the heart of the DIY/repurposing movement – they create something beautiful and functional out of something most see as trash, and do so at a fraction of the price. Take a look at some of the details from Phillips’ homes, and see if they inspire a DIY project for your own home.

Beer caps compose a mosaic

Photo frames provide a creative alternative to ceiling tiles or spackle

Glass platters transform into windows

Wine bottles create a stain glass effect

Wine corks are used for flooring

For more information, visit Phoenix Commotion’s Web site or view the PBS Houston special on Phoenix Commotion featured in our video section.

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