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Joining ponds and making a flow

We are finally joining all of the water ways and canals so that we can flow water from the top to the bottom now to get the circulation we need for oxygenation, movement that makes life better. Amazing that so much of these ponds can be over 20′ deep now and they connect so well ...

May 22, 2015   |   Learn more »   |  Leave a comment

A Beaded Door Kitchen in Heaven

Here are some great shots of the kitchen and how Carlos created cabinet doors for them. Lots of storage, beautiful use of colors and salvaged wood to create a giant heirloom, a human jewelry box for others to share and talk about for a century to come, or more. The doors are in as one ...

May 22, 2015   |   Learn more »   |  Leave a comment

Amazing what a night of rain can fill in Salvage, Texas

I dug some great holes in anticipation of the spring rains before they stop for the summer, as they have in other years. While it may not happen this year, if it does, I am a bit more prepared. Here are some shots, before and after to show how much water can be contained in ...

May 18, 2015   |   Learn more »   |  Comments Off on Amazing what a night of rain can fill in Salvage, Texas

You can already see the Tiny Gypsy House begin to form

Here are some great progress shots of the Tiny Gypsy House for a late day start this fine Sunday in Manifestation Bay. Four guys from the Auxilium Project, a non-profit focusing on using Salvage as a means to empower people, came to help us today and learn how to teach this to others. We had ...

May 17, 2015   |   Learn more »   |  Comments Off on You can already see the Tiny Gypsy House begin to form

Day four on the Tiny Texas Gypsy House…

A great day in Manifestation Bay as 4 of the members helped us make great progress with getting the walls all blocked, corner trusses installed, the back wall built, and the overhang for the front is assembled and ready for walls on it too. Whew. Considering we really did not get started until after noon, ...

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Gypsy has three walls…. sort of

One of the problems with not using drawings is that if one does not communicate well with the guys who are building, and they do not think about a few details, then it will have to be redone. Such is the front wall of the house, but it will work out just fine. Here are ...

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Spaghetti Western on Lean Urbanism by Kirsten Dirksen

Yes, the family that travels the world and documents the sustainable alternatives to consumerism lifestyles and the matrix living has created another incredible story about many of the people working to come up with a plan you may want to live with. Please check out the new video and share with those who are no ...

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We made the KENS 5 TV News in San Antonio

Yes, we got a little segment on my vision and work to create Salvage, Texas. We did this interview in April so there is more greenery, more water in the ponds, and more going on for you to see at the Saturday Only tours. Hope to see you soon. http://www.kens5.com/story/news/local/texas/2015/05/12/south-texas-man-developing-village-that-emphasizes-small-simple-living/27200007/ The editors let me look ...

May 12, 2015   |   Learn more »   |  Comments Off on We made the KENS 5 TV News in San Antonio

Sketching out the Gypsy Wagon Plan

One need not have professional drawings to build a tiny house. It does help, but if you are building with salvage and have to wait until you find the parts, then why not just sketch it out and build it? Frankly the general plans or layout is very helpful, but customizing them is not that hard and......

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May’s Tiny Texas Gypsy House gets Floored already

It’s true, with just a few people working through the day the bottom beams, joists, and blocking were all framed in together as well as getting all of the flooring laid and nailed down. Bill, Michelle, and I helped Carlos and Pitbull accomplish a great deal of work for the short time it took. I ...

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