There are all sorts of ways to make your home greener: adding solar panels, using passive solar designs or even just making sure your insulation is airtight. But if you want to take it a step further, there's nothing more environmentally friendly than making your home out of recycled materials. From the down and dirty to the modernly luxurious, here are some of our favorite recycled houses.
Homes Made From Recycled Materials
Green Real Estate: Homes Made Mostly From Recycled Materials
Builder Dan Phillips has built a dozen homes in Texas using recycled and reclaimed materials. As he told The New York Times, “You can’t defy the laws of physics or building codes, but beyond that, the possibilities are endless.”
In 1968, retired upholsterer John Milkovisch started building the Beer Can House in Houston. The home incorporates more than 50,000 cans, which were used for the structural aluminum siding, solar heating/cooling purposes and decorative touches.
The home is now owned and operated by The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, a nonprofit organization founded to preserve folk art.
About 4.5 million parts recycled from an old Boeing 747 were re-purposed to create this sustainable home. Dubbed the "Wing House" for its roof, architect David Hertz's masterpiece sits on 55 acres in the Malibu Hills. It was completed in May 2011.
Another way to convert an old airplane into a house is to keep it in one piece. Bruce Campbell of Oregon purchased an old Boeing 727-200 plane for $100,00 and spent $100,000 more turning it into a home.
This student dorm in Amsterdam is made from refurbished steel shipping containers. The containers were outfitted with flooring, insulation, air conditioning, electricity, plumbing and other modern conveniences.