Monday, October 13, 2008

Common Ground

The House that Dan Built:

Common Ground is the name of the conservation group at my church. We meet once a month and have different speakers. This month we had THE Dan Phillips. I want to introduce you to him if you haven't heard of him already. Dan has even been featured on HGTV's "What's With That House". He's been in People Magazine and on CNN and many other media outlets. Dan lives in Huntsville, Texas. He builds home out of salvaged materials that were destined for the landfill. He is most interested in helping single mothers, low-income families and artist. What most of us see as trash, Dan sees as ceiling or flooring material and many other imaginative ways of using items.

Another thing I admire about Dan is he uses unskilled laborers to build these homes. For instance, He teaches a person to lay tile or do carpentry and then after they develop a marketable skill he "kicks them out the nest" and sends them off to get a "paying job".

Here are samples of his work.

The picture at the top is Dan's vision of a storybook house. He built this house for a single woman who is an artist. This house is located in Houston. There is a project starting in Houston based on Dan's building philosophy called Discovery Green Project.

These are old frame samples from a framing store that were being thrown out when the store received updates samples. Dan created a beautiful ceiling for one of his houses:

The picture below shows a floor that was made from corks from wine bottles.

Go to Dan's website and check out his work and videos. You can see the passion he has for the environment and more importantly helping people.

Remember, your trash may be another man's treasure (or floor, or ceiling, or countertop). So think twice before you throw it away and always recycle what you can.

Stay Green,


Ridd Rants & Raves said...

WOw! That house is really neat! I love reading your blog. I hope you got the computer glitch figured out. If not, give Parker another call. He's not home much, but he told me he'd stop by if you're having problems...

Oh2122 said...

That house is amazing.

Thanks for coming to MA on my BATW day!

My current roommate (Hubby) is from Jersey, and our accents are starting to bleed in to each other!

Briana said...

Joy - thanks for visiting from BATW. I love your blog. This was such a cool house and his gift is amazing. What an amazing man!!

Joyfulsister said...

HI Joy..
I was blessed your visit and just wanted say thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you left a comment because that is how I find my way to the Blogs that visit me.
I love this house..that is so creative and you can tell a lot of heart went into creating it. Thanks for sharing this and drop by again when you can and I will do the same.

Aloha Lorie

~Trish~ said...

Wow, that is too cool!!! Thanks for stopping by my Kansas blog and the sweet comment today :)

Joyful said...

Joy, thanks for visiting my blog!

That house is amazing!!! The ceiling and floor pictured here are very creative!

Thanks for stopping by to say 'hi'.
One Joy to another,

Betty said...

What a great idea! I had not heard about him before. Even though I would not choose to live in a house like that, I guess to some people it would appeal.
Thanks for visiting me on my BATW day! Loved your comment!

Lisa @ Serahs said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm glad you enjoyed the recycling tips. What a cool idea of building a house from recycled materials! I especially love the old frames roof. Thanks for sharing.

Allison said...

Wow, how cool :) I've never heard of this guy before...but what a great idea!