The Brown Archie gets some Milk Paint though there may be other layers as the colors not determined till the final coat is on.
Brown Archie gets some paint from up above
As we move forward with the development of the “How to Build a Village Out of Salvage” level of our examples of what can be done, I want to share with some of those who might be interested, what I hope to do next with a piece of relatively inhospitable property by many people’s opinion. With proper work it can become an Oasis that proves the benefit of permaculture in salvaging the best the planet has to offer without taking anything else from her when ever possible. I believe it is possible in many scenarios that others would prefer to regard as waste or trash. Tiny Texas Houses has proven over and again that beautiful houses, built from the most beautiful of wood, doors, and windows, can be constructed from 99% Pure Salvaged building materials. Next we want to show how to create a food jungle that people can live amidst with houses that are as organic as the food they grow around them.
This is the Ugly Duckling House that was taken down at the Seminar
Not much to look at, and even less to love, but we found treasure all about.
The 3 layers of roofing material were the hardest challenge on the house and forced us to drop it in the end without taking the rest of the shingles off.
Ugly duckling living area were a bit on the messy side. Not alot of cherries to find amidst the trash, but we did find a few.
The house was built from salvaged wood the first time which made some of the wood well over 100 years old.
Uhg.ly Duckling indeed, beware of needles and scorpions…. not really but it was a cool day so no scorpions were out and no needles found.
Need some ugly furniture?
Ugly ceiling made of incredible wood.
This bookcase will end up in a White swan, or else the Kidd.
We are starting with the “Ugly Duckling” Bootcamp followed by the “Raising the 2 Swans” Salvage Building Seminars. If we can successfully film them and compile the DVDs, we hope to get this information out into everyones hands so that they can do the same thing where they live. Each time we do this it demonstrates what the possibilities are when people come together to demonstrate what can be done rather than sit back and just gripe about all the things that are wrong with the world. Here is your chance to get involved with making the world a better place, on house at a time.
This was the original Ugly Duckling that we planned to take down but the owners went invisible right before the event so we took down the Back up Ugly Duckling instead. This was in a field with poor access and the weekend looked like rain, which it did turn into, so the second house worked out much better. Yea for a Back up plan.
The pretty tree with ugly house, which should be full of green leaves by the time we start this show.
The next step is to show that we can use these parts and pieces to build villages and create examples of what permaculture can do for transforming our Texas dry seasons into to bountiful growing seasons for many of the foods we can survive on. We are having the White Swan Seminars next to show what you can do with an Ugly Duckling once you take it all apart. The firstWhite Swans seminar got us to the framing stage and much of the detail on the windows, doors, and floors already taken care of in the first week.
Teeny White Swan is only 8′ x 11′ but will have a full height peak in the loft of over 6’4″.
This is the front view with a protective wrap to keep the rain out. You can see the door and window to the right shadowing through the house wrap.
Teeny Gingerbread will line the top of the porch or this jewelry box.
Teeny Swan Door obviously did not come off from the Ugly Duckling. Yes the windows, doors, and a few other details had to be supplemented for the Ugly Duckling had nothing to work with in that department.
Teen Swan Windows will be incredible and fine,.
This objective is finally near with enough windows and doors in stock, as well as tin roof, trim, and much more that it will take to build 100 houses over the next few years, all to stay within the borders of “Salvage, Texas”, our town built from the past. I have the place to build them, the plans it will take, and many of the other parts and pieces for creating the public spaces and the SalvageFaire Market Place. The Music Venues will be located in three different areas of the property that stretches over 43 acres with many water features and spaces to grow food and trees.
Even the kitchen will be built nearly completely from salvaged parts and pieces from houses we have taken down.
Here is a three slot Jenn Air cooktop that will be used to cook the meals with, along with crockpots and blenders, juicers, and Love.
Here is a view of the double oven that come out of a 2 million dollar home we salvaged. It had barely ever been used, perhaps 10 times.
Kitchen with counter made of all the parts we found. Mesquite for the service counter, posts from the early 1800′s, and so much more to come.
Here is the great wainscot from Buffalo NY down here in Texas.
We hope to scatter villages with as many as 12-15 houses each that will share an acre or two and be able to enjoy being part of the festivals, market days, and other possible venues that can share the property and help perpetuate the manifestation of a downsized more planet conscious society. This rebuffs consumerism to a large degree while understanding the mechanisms behind it and the need to work within these constraints in order to fund ideas and further positive projects that help support a sustainable living lifestyle out of purely salvaged materials and American made products when ever possible.
For this to happen in other parts of the country as well as here, we are attempting to teach people who come to the seminars we are now scheduling. If I can get the support and momentum, we will tackle a much bigger project next for a Salvage Bootcamp and thus generate 4-6 houses from the materials they will produce. The idea is to complete a series of houses that will be similar to those the public may find and thus bring them to the realization that the opportunities are nearly all around us waiting to be recognized. Those who see and understand this first will likely be the ones to find the best value and pricing on salvage rights. The market is growing for the part you would not need for your house so you can make money off the sold off parts to buy the wire, screws, nails, and insulation you are best using new products for when you build a new house. One thing leads to another as the chance to take down other houses comes from being seen taking the first one down and the publicity it will bring that others down the road will not.
We want to help grow the appreciation for the materials and help establish more Salvage Materials Markets that network with Holistic and Organic cultural perspectives that might help perpetuate the knowledge and culture necessary to survive off the grid. From solar power, free energy, thermal, and biofuel, we plan to use the energy with a clear understanding of what it is costing and what it takes to produce all that we use within our boundaries. If we can have musical festivals about cultural progress toward a less consumerism future, then it may serve as a proof of what can be done and thus inspire millions of others to copy it once they feel safe about their community supporting their efforts rather than fight such positive change.
The beginnings of the first village is born and from it shall the rest evolve. Here are a few shots of the houses that will soon be available for night long visits. Yes, overnight dream escapades outside the city in an Organic Tiny Texas Houses will soon be possible.
Through the salvaging of old buildings, houses, dilapidated structures, and barns, many rural towns, once industrial hubs, we have all the industry and materials we need to get our society moving toward a future that will benefit the 7 generations to come instead of leaving them with a devastated planet full of landfills holding the treasures of our past. Please share this thought and help transform the world into a Pure Salvage Living example of what we can do for the children of the future and the planet that we love.