Dan Phillips believes in building homes with recycled and local materials, but he goes far beyond scrap wood. He’s used bottle tops and corks for floors, broken mirrors and dvds for wall-covering and license plates and gas station signs for roofing. His homes often reach 80% recycled elements, but arguably his most unique material is cattle bones.
In one of his homes in Eastern Texas, he- and his team from Phoenix Commotion- have used bones for countertops, floor tiles, door handles and even patio furniture. The Bone House is a one-of-a-kind place, but Phillips doesn’t see it as odd to use animal parts in building. “Back when I was restoring art and antiques, finding ivory was very difficult because it’s illegal and the only difference between bone and ivory is that bone is free and not illegal.”
It’s also a very renewable resource given his location in the heart of cattle country (Huntsville, Texas). “Every rancher in Texas has a bone yard. I’ll say, ‘Can I raid your bone yard’ and they’ll say, ‘Help yourself'”.
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