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You Can Now Rent a Texas Home That Looks Like a Cowboy Boot

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Meet Dan Phillips, the real-life Western version of the old woman who lived in a shoe. Inspired by storybook architecture, Phillips, an architect who resides in Huntsville, Texas, constructed a 35-foot-tall house shaped like a cowboy boot. Phillips's boot-shaped abode is equal parts roadside attraction and functional residence—and Lonely Planet reports that it’s now available for rent.

Phillips runs his own construction business, Phoenix Commotion, and builds affordable homes in the Houston, Texas area using recycled and salvaged materials. The architect stuck to the same approach while building his cowboy boot house. From the corrugated tin roof to the walls made from gymnasium floorboards, more than half of the structure is made from recycled materials.

Phillips’s sustainably built, boot-shaped home comes complete with two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a rooftop deck. It took the architect around a year and a half to finish; now, he plans to build a new themed home, this one shaped like (surprise) a cowboy hat.

Check out some pictures of the boot home below, or view the full listing online.

[h/t Lonely Planet Travel News]

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Watch an Artist Build a Secret Studio Beneath an Overpass
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Artists can be very particular about the spaces where they choose to do their work. Furniture designer Fernando Abellanas’s desk may not boast the quietest or most convenient location on Earth, but it definitely wins points for seclusion. According to Co.Design, the artist covertly constructed his studio beneath a bridge in Valencia, Spain.

To make his vision a reality, Abellanas had to build a metal and plywood apparatus and attach it to the top of an underpass. After climbing inside, he uses a crank to wheel the box to the top of the opposite wall. There, the contents of his studio, including his desk, chair, and wall art, are waiting for him.

The art nook was installed without permission from the city, so Abellanas admits that it’s only a matter of time before the authorities dismantle it or it's raided by someone else. While this space may not be permanent, he plans to build others like it around the city in secret. You can get a look at his construction process in the video below.

[h/t Co.Design]

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One of Frank Lloyd Wright's Final Residential Designs Goes on Sale in Ohio
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In case you’ve missed the many recent sales of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed real estate, you have yet another chance to secure yourself a historical starchitect home. The Louis Penfield House is being sold by its original owners, and it could be yours for a cool $1.3 million. The restored Usonian home in Willoughby Hills, Ohio has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2003.

The house is currently a vacation rental and, depending on the preference of the new owner, it could continue to operate as a tourist destination. Or you could take it over as your private residence, which sounds pretty luxurious. It still has a floor-to-ceiling glass-walled living room that looks out on the Chagrin River, and comes with all the original furniture Wright designed. Like Wright’s other Usonian homes, it has a radiant-floor heating system that draws on a natural gas well onsite.

A retro-looking living room features floor-to-ceiling windows.
A bedroom is filled with vintage wooden furniture.

Around the same time as the original commission, Louis and Pauline Penfield also asked Wright to create another house on an adjacent property, and that home would prove to be the architect’s final residential design. It was still on the drawing board when he died unexpectedly in 1959. The sale of the Penfield House includes the original plans for the second house, called Riverrock, so you’d be getting more like 1.5 Frank Lloyd Wright houses. Seems like a pretty good deal to us.

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