Monday, February 22, 2010

Upcoming Event
February 27th- Come find out about Construction!
If you are interested in construction, now is the time to get involved! Living Paradigm would like to invite you to come visit with us about our progress and getting involved with construction on Saturday, February 27th from 10am to 2pm at the Reuse Warehouse (see information below for location). We will also be volunteering at the Reuse warehouse to help with the event below and denailing wood. Please RSVP to

February 27th- Material Samples recycling event!

The following announcement is an event at the reuse warehouse. Please feel free to come volunteer and bring any materials or forward this announcement to a teacher you know.

The Houston AIA Committee On The Environment is constantly looking for ways to recycle and protect the environment. Architectural and Interior Design offices, as well as product vendors, are continuallyupdating their product libraries and product lines. Rather than these excess and outdated materials going straight to a landfill, they propose to distribute these materials to teachers for use in student art projects. Product samples may consist of the following:
o Carpet samples (books and large samples)
o Fabric samples
o Wall covering samples
o Flooring samples (VCT, ceramic, vinyl, linoleum, wood, cork, etc.)
o Plastic Laminate samples
o Paint samples
o Glass samples
o Other appropriate samples

This is their seventh collection/distribution event and to date they have provided over 12,000 pounds of materials for art projects for Houston area students. All teachers are welcome to pick up samples on: Saturday February 27, 2010 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at The Reuse Warehouse 9003 North Main Street Houston, TX 77022 281-814-3324

The building is on the west side of Main Street north of Crosstimbers and west of I-45. Plenty of free parking.

In addition to obtaining free material for art projects, you will be able to meet teachers from other districts and discuss use of materials and lesson plans.

All materials are distributed on a first-come first-serve basis and they go fast.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Tour this Saturday by the Phoenix Commotion

Phoenix Commotion will offer tours of Huntsville homes built by the organization from salvaged material. The tour will feature several homes including the well known, “Tree House” home (1410 13th Street) a residence/studio combination project that sits 35 feet above Town Creek and the “Bone House” (2017 Avenue N). Phoenix Commotion home tours will be available on Saturday, November 28th at 10:30am and 1:30pm. A $10 donation to the organization is suggested.Reservations are required through Kristie Stevens via

Monday, November 9, 2009

City of Houston Building Materials Reuse Warehouse - Open House!

Here's an important announcement...

City of Houston Building Materials Reuse Warehouse - Open House!
When: Saturday, November 14th from 9am to 2pm
Where: 9003 North Main Street at Whitney, one block north of Crosstimbers. Exit Crosstimbers from I-45 North and go west to Main Street, or take the North Main Street exit from the North Loop 610 and head north. Our website has a map:
Come by and check out the facilities, and meet other people who are donating, diverting, and reusing building materials In the Houston area. Refreshments provided.
The City of Houston Building Materials Reuse Warehouse takes donations of gently used building materials, stores the material, and makes it available free of charge to non-profit organizations. To date, we have diverted 80 tons of construction/demolition material from area landfills. We are well on our way to meet our goal to divert 200 tons by next spring. Numerous individuals and companies have made material donations. Numerous nonprofit, religious, educational, and community development organizations have put tons of material to reuse.
In order to build lasting relationships among people who are donating and receiving material, as well everyone involved in facilitating this dynamic, growing process, we hope you can make it to our first open house.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Upcoming events!

October 24th at the Last Organic Outpost’s Emile St Farm from Noon to 6pm

KPFT Benefit! Community Green Fest
A celebration of community with an emphasis on all things renewable, sustainable and green. Vendors, artists, green building, workshops, petting zoo and childrens’ activities.
We still need lots of good help to get ready for the event in the next few weeks, specifically with planting, getting the childrens’ area ready and finishing the deck. We will be out at the farm every Saturday and Sunday until dark. If you'd like to work on one of the building projects during the week, please call Marcella at 713.444.0067
Amanda Tullos will be speaking about Living Paradigm.

November 7th- Phoenix Commotion Home tours!

Living Paradigm would like to invite members of the public to a tour of their salvaged material home, the “Brigid’s Paradigm home’” and other salvaged material homes by Phoenix Commotion in Huntsville. The tours will take place on Saturday, November 7th at 10am, 12:30pm, and 3pm beginning at 1410 13th Street.
Please RSVP to

The cost is free, but the event is a fundraiser and donations are greatly appreciated.

Directions: From Houston travel IH-45 North to Huntsville, and take Exit 116. Get onto the service road and go to the light. Turn right. From there go to the third stoplight, which will be Avenue O, and turn right. Go two blocks to 13th Street and turn left. Park on the street midway down the block close to 1410 13th Street.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Hey everyone, Dan Phillips was featured on Channel 13 New this evening. Check it out:

Thursday, September 3, 2009

New York Times

The Phoenix Commotion was featured in the New York Times today. Check it out......

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Materials Request

We could use your help to acquire materials that would otherwise go to the landfill. We help homesteaders build their own home with free, used and culled materials. We need those materials to complete our first homestead project which will begin very soon. See list of acceptable materials; donations are deductible. Please forward this message to contractors, demolition projects, construction project, local material vendor and anyone you think might be interested.

Construction sites- We would gladly accept materials that are less than perfect, extras left at the end of a project, irregular materials and things in quantity. We will accept lumber cut offs that are at least 24” long.
Local vendors- We want your “culled” materials. Items that are damaged materials, like crowned, banged up plywood would be of interest. Tile, brick, CMU, that may have discontinued items or “irregular” items.
Deconstruction / Demolition projects- If you are involved in a project in this phase, consider living Paradigm as a place to donate materials. We may consider coming to a job site to salvage or pick up some materials.
Other fun stuff- Other materials like, frame corners, bottle caps, wine corks, etc. Please keep tabs on your local bars and frame shops for these materials.

Materials we are looking for include:
· Hardware- hinges
· Dimensional Lumber > 24“ long
· Corrugated roofing
· Standing seam roofing
· Flashing
· Plywood- ½ sheet and larger
· Wood Siding
· Tongue and Groove wood
· Stair railing
· Wood floors
· Gutters and Accessories
· Plumbing supplies
· Cisterns
· Hand & Power Tools
· Double-pane window
· Paneled doors
· Ceramic tile
· Wine corks
. Bottle caps