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Living Paradigm (Houston, Texas, USA)

Living Paradigm is a model for families building their own houses, with free, salvaged and recycled building materials, under the paid guidance of a mentor. Living Paradigm's president, Amanda Tullos, is a LEED AP architect. After becoming inspired by the work of Dan Phillips at Phoneix Commotion, she has worked since 2008, in contributing to a reuse materials addendum to the City of Houston building codes. Living Paradigm targets the underserved and covers both Walker and Harris Counties in its mission statement. Living Paradigm partners with Phoenix Commotion to build homes.

Living Paradigm also houses The Phoenix Fund, which is a seed money account that goes directly to homesteaders to start building their homes by serving as interim financing for land, building permits, construction materials that must be purchased new, such as structural lumber, plumbing and electrical supplies. Once the house is complete and the homeowner secures a mortgage, this money is returned to the fund for another homesteader to use to start building.