Junked jumbo jet becomes dream home
Extreme recycling: Watch a cutting-edge house take wing in the Malibu hills
Click ahead to see how it's coming together, and how you can find a junked plane, too.
In spite of the challenges, owner Francie Rehwald held to her vision for the hilltop parcel that was once owned by Hollywood set designer Tony Duquette.
Here, stabilizers from the plane's tail section forms a roof over the master suite.
Francie Rehwald snapped it up for $35,000, the price of its principal raw material—aluminum—without engines and electrical components.
The jet was 63 feet high, 195 feet wingtip to wingtip, and 230 feet long—about two-thirds the length of a football field.
Then the plane was cut into sections. The entire 747 had enough strong, lightweight parts to create the main house and six smaller structures, including an art studio, a barn, and a meditation pavilion that uses the cockpit window as a skylight.
This lower half, once a cargo hold, will form the barn's roof.
A 50-foot long section of the upper fuselage will be the roof of an art studio on the property. Another section of the fuselage, along with the upper first-class cabin, will become the guest house roof.
From there, the 125-foot wings, too long for trucking up winding roads, got dropped in by a Chinook helicopter.
How more parts will be used:
One of the engine housings will grace a water feature in the main courtyard.
And a first-class stairway will provide access to a bank of storage cabinets between the library/media room and a guest room.
This plane's wings cover living and kitchen areas and guest quarters.