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Woman Recycles Airplane to Build Home

Malibu resident Francie Rehwald wanted to build a house that was both eco-friendly and had curves. Her architect, David Hertz, suggested salvaging an old 747.  Hertz says he came up with the idea of using an airplane because it fit all the criteria Rehwald wanted. 

“It soon became apparent, that in fact, an airplane wing itself could work,” he wrote on his website. “In researching airplane wings and superimposing different airplane wing types on the site to scale, the wing of a 747, at over 2,500 sq ft, became an ideal configuration to maximize the views and provide a self-supporting roof with minimal additional structural support needed.”

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