For Sale: Huntsville Wine House of Upcycled Corks

Animal bones, mirror shards, scrap lumber destined for a landfill: Dan Phillips builds houses up in Walker County out of almost anything he can get his hands on. The former Sam Houston State dance instructor finished this one, known as the Charleston House, in 2004. It’s got a hallway floor composed of corks (at right) and a fence (above) detailed with the wine bottles from which those corks very well might have been popped. Phillips’s organization Phoenix Commotion tells Swamplot that he likes to sell to low-income families and hungry, if not starving, artists, who often help build the houses themselves. But the Charleston House is one that’s changed hands a few times. Now it’s ended up on the “regular market.” The 935-sq.-ft. 3-bedroom at 912 University was originally listed last fall at $899,900. Then it came down a bit to a rather more sober $89,900.

Photos: HAR

3 Comment

  • I’ve been in that house and it’s pretty amazing–but a little cramped. Not a house for a big family. It’s right next to another Phoenix Commotion house, the “Storybook House.”

  • “The 935-sq.-ft. 3-bedroom at 912 University was originally listed last fall at $899,900. Then it came down a bit to a rather more sober $89,900.”

    Pesky decimal points.

  • Beautiful home and well worth the lower price! It would be ideal for someone who worked in The Woodlands! I wish I had a shot at it.