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So Does That Mean Cessna Houses in the Hills?

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We saw an article from the Associated Press today where a Francie Rehwald is building an environmentally friendly and "feminine" house in Malibu. She's asked a Santa Monica architect, specializing in recycled materials, to build her dream home. And he found an old 747 airplane for the job.

The jumbo jet cost about 40,000 dollars from a cemetery of more than 1,500 scrap airliners in the California desert. The jet is to be moved in parts to a 55-acre (22-hectare) site in the Malibu Hills near the Pacific Ocean and Rehwald admits the final cost will be several million dollars.

The wings will be the main house. The cockpit will become a meditation temple, the jet's trademark hump will become a loft and the remaining scrap will be used for more buildings.

"The whole idea stated very seriously, about a beautiful, sublime architectural piece. It's not just living in an airplane," said Hertz, who runs a design firm in Santa Monica, near Los Angeles.

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"The client just asked me to create something that was curvy, linear and feminine," he added, noting the site had a beautiful view toward a mountain range.

Should be an interesting design if they can pull it off. But those coach seats are still a bitch to sit in. If we're ever invited to a cocktail (cockpit?) party, we're calling shotgun on first class.

Photo by Haseo via Flckr