Lonely Planet Writer

This fantastical boot house made of recycled material is up for rent in Texas

Inspired by the old nursery rhyme There was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, recycled and salvaged materials builder Dan Phillips has erected a 35-foot-tall boot house in Huntsville, now available to rent.

The boot house, Texas.
The boot house, Texas. Image by Dan Phillips

“I’ve always been fascinated with storybook architecture and wanted to build a house that looked like a shoe,” said Phillips. “And, so, after all, this is Texas. Why not a cowboy boot?”

The boot house in Texas.
The boot house in Texas. Image by Dan Phillips

Just 70 miles outside of Houston, real estate agent Dalene Zender has set the rent for the unusual abode at $1200 a month. It’s 700 square-feet in size, has two bedrooms, one bathroom and 65% of the structure is made of recycled materials, including walls constructed with gymnasium floorboards.

The boot house in Texas.
The boot house in Texas. Image by Dan Phillips

Phillips salvaged the corrugated tin for the roof, mirror pieces were hand-arranged to make a mural in the bathroom. French doors have been turned sideways and used as windows, even the handles on the drawers are made of belt buckles. To top the boot off, a spiral staircase leads to a rooftop deck for gazing out over the local area. The entire structure took roughly a year and a half to complete.

The boot house, Texas.
The boot house, Texas. Image by Dan Phillips

Phillips’ company Phoenix Commotion uses donated or found materials to make homes “truly affordable” and distinctive. “Waste in the industry is colossal,” said Phillips. “It seems a bit piggy and irresponsible to be discarding perfectly usable materials when we have little families that would do anything to own their own homes.”

The boot house, Texas.
The boot house, Texas. Image by Dan Phillips

The company’s other building works include The Sign House, covered in old metal road signs, The Cork House, with walls made of corks from wine bottles, and The Tree House, with bannisters made of old branches and a ceiling covered with discarded frame samples.

The boot house, Texas.
The boot house, Texas. Image by Dan Phillips

Phillips’ next project will be a house that looks like a cowboy hat. For the full rental listing visit www.har.com.

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