Country Lore: Building With Wine Bottles

This reader built a retreat out of stones and recycled wine bottles.
By Maggie Pruitt
December 2004/January 2005
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Maggie Pruitt's retreat has a beautiful roof made from recycled wine bottles.

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Due to Mother’s inspiration, I built a tiny retreat out of scavenged rocks and recycled bottles on some land that I own in rural Kansas. Your magazine gave me the courage to just start building, even though I am a middle-aged woman with no previous building experience. At my day job I am a strolling violinist.

I built the retreat all by myself! The most beautiful part of my project was the roof: It’s made entirely out of recycled wine bottles laid on their sides with the open ends facing out. They are held in place by mortar. The bottles form a beautiful, sparkling dome, and make the roof “sing” in the strong Kansas winds.

Maggie Pruitt
Liberty, Missouri

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Audrey Royem
7/11/2012 5:23:13 PM
I would like to see more photos. Thanks.

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