Reclaim, Recycle, and Reimagine Your House

Just because a 2x4 isn't straight doesn't mean it can't be used. Meet a contractor who would rather raid the dump than the lumber aisle.
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Dan Phillips designs and builds houses, but not in the usual way. He believes the immense amount of waste associated with construction is unnecessar, so the majority of the materials he uses in the building of new homes are recycled or reclaimed. 


Here, Phillips exhibits some of the homes he has constructed and talks about his philosophy of building with imperfect materials—and why it works.



  • How the rebuilding boom improves communities, benefits the environment, and even creates jobs.

  • Brian Liloia had never built anything before he took on the task of building his own home.  See how he turned a mixture of straw, clay, and sand into a uniquely cozy place to live.

  • Dee Williams bought and modified a set of plans from Tumbleweed Tiny House Company and built the house herself using second-use materials. Here are more details on how she did it.
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