Country Lore: Building With Wine Bottles

This reader built a retreat out of stones and recycled wine bottles.
December 2004/January 2005
http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/building-with-wine-bottles-zm0z04zsie.aspx
Maggie Pruitt's retreat has a beautiful roof made from recycled wine bottles.


PHOTO: MAGGIE PRUITT

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