So what happens to the real trash from a Salvage Job… dumpsters, fire, rot, or problems?

I need to make a blog post on the subject as the waste is one of the big costs for a project and can get out of hand if not careful about the way they are packed and how long they stay on the site. The costs for surcharges for fuel, over weight, hazardous waste, and dumping materials that the landfills do not want, increasingly that includes sheetrock now that they realize it causes Hydrogen Sulfide emissions once buried without air but getting water on it. This is the important part of taking on a salvage job that maybe should have just been a demolition job.

One of the houses that produced $3,000 in doors in a single day.

Pulling it apart by hand is a form of respect for the ancestors who put it together without electricity, as did the men who cut down the 135′ tall Long Leaf Pine Trees is created out of.

With bootcamps, people can learn how to do it so as to be able to tackle one themselves once they see how easy it can be.

Many factors and I am not an expert on them, so what could help is to get a brief cautions and overcharge dangers list from your dumpster suppliers to compare. It would be a good thing to work around to show the variables and figure out which plan works best for your situation and most importantly, your location. If you put a dumpster in the wrong place it could get filled up in a couple of days by people who consider a dumpster as a license to give you their trash without asking. One of the hardest parts of cost estimating in salvage is how to deal with the trash you can not salvage. The amount of trash container a container holds, what type they allow, how high it can go, how heavy it can be, how long it can stay before the price goes up, extra fuel costs, loading fees, surcharges for fuel or materials type in the container… each is a part of an art called estimating that can mean the difference between profit and loss on many salvage jobs. This is particularly true with heavy roof damage or burnouts where the water and mold damage is an unknown going into the project and could double or triple your trash fees and labor on a salvage job.

Picking it all up at the end but here there was a burn pit dug by a bulldozer.

Imagine outposts around the country with warehouses and markets, places to learn and build. I did many years ago. Seems it may be nearly time for it to materialize.

Amazing what a decade in this business can do to a person. Heh!

Oh yes, things like bees, well I paid to save this hive and bring it to Salvage, Texas to live rather than die with the house. Salvaged Bees too.

While I do not want it to sound like I am selling a dumpster service particularly, I am glad to use them when I can not bury, burn, or dispose of the trash from the site. Generally the cost is on the back of the owner of the property in my agreements for that reason but packing each dumpster to max out its capacity is critical to keep costs down. If the crew just throws wood, without thinking back to front where the door is, if they do not run the wheel barrows to the back early on so as to fill the bottom evenly, you can lose half the capacity of a dumpster which, at $500 or more a drop, could run into thousands of dollars in extra unnecessary costs. The foundation to build the bid on is the trash ratio to usable salvage ratio and therefore the labor, disposal, and possible hazardous waste elements of the trash must be considered to make a living doing salvage. Sometimes it is best to ask questions to see what the local landfill policy is, if they have one, state law on disposal and burning on site, as well as local burn bans that need to be considered as well as what you put in the fire. In Texas for example, you can burn the wood from the house on the site it is taken down from but not transport the trash to your own ranch away from the property you tore it off from. If caught doing that by the Natural Resources department you could get heavily fined or jailed for not using a legal landfill once it leaves the property.
The thought crosses my mind as I sit on the side of IH10 with 50,000 cars a day or more without a holiday traffic swell, that a really smart dumpster company could sit an example on the side of the highway in just the right spot to catch the eye of the 18,000,000 people who live with in an hour and a half drive from here in the three cities big companies service nearby:… Austin, San Antonio, and Houston. I pay for a tiny dumpster with a weekly pickup but a large one out there would be for advertising and possibly showing how they can be used for storable space, transport of salvage, and storage on the far end of the property. Containers, space to build, common tool areas, warehouse racking to empty containers into, then back into the field to other salvage sites. If one needed a central distribution point in Texas as well as sales office one day, no better place will be found. Besides being the last exit with utilities between here and Seguin with the toll road traffic having to stop at this exit for the first fuel going East to Houston, the giant new Truck stop going in on the opposite corner from mine at the ramp will be including a hotel / truck stop complex that started with a 33 acres tract at the exit ramp 628. The land cost was 1.3 mil dollar before a service road or foundation, just for the field it will sit in by years end. They will be complete and open in a year so the ability to move materials nationwide from Salvage, Texas will be amazing.

Just a thought…. Bartering is a great tool for business …. not sure how it would benefit us all but timing is never shear co-incidence.
Better still, consider that one of my followers started a dumpster business just for the stuff that he could then salvage for free in the giant boxes with a hole and door on the end of them. They bring home treasure… metal, wood, and so much more by that vehicle which can be sorted and as has been proven, converted into resources that create work, housing, feed families, and manifest solutions out of what would have been buried in a landfill normally. My Friend who started that business of putting dumpsters out turned down being bought out for that reason too… for if you know what you got, it is not trash, it is treasure. I am offered up so much for free but I can not get to it all. The Vehicle you all have in your hand to create a monumentally profitable business is astounding but big corporations can not really tap this realm unless they are willing to think out of the box…. heh.. a pun in this case.

I can show you a plan that pulls in millions upon millions in salvage and runs it through Co-op warehouses where contract labor sorts, stocks, and turns it into jobs, products, and exports in towns that have no resources that are making them prosperous anymore, yet are sitting on buildings, houses, and assets they can dismantle and ship away.

Massive stocks of small batches of flooring 150-350 sf in Long Leaf Pine, Oak, Northern Pine, in several sizes no less too.

Dumpsters work to move brick from resource rich areas to resource poor areas, save the cost of creating them, and expedite the processes. Combined with trains and shipping, both in the pits right now and offering better deals, we can ship far and wide using containers that are indeed dumpsters, but full of treasure instead of trash by positioning them in the right places. The Pure salvage network would allow us to move materials around the country on otherwise empty trucks as well as move houses designed to travel on the same trailers or created out of trailers that are going out of long distance service and can be converted to houses by adding salvaged house, barn, and classic buildings that have been taken apart. We have lots of options given the capital that a larger company of state or national size that has ample capital available to work with for launching new avenues of income without much additional equipment. Otherwise, without partnering, the up front costs to set up would require more investment than if the operations were added to existing networks. Sadly history shows the behemoths in the industries being wiped out by the newcomers because the big corps could not move fast enough, change, integrate smoothly, or maintain their accumulated benefits costs to the employees that built the original behemoth. They Die… whether in Detroit, Pittsburg, New Jersey or other once industrial giant towns. Software has taken the same course as once household names are lost… Netscape, AOL, computer companies, as well as solar companies, or other investment boom balloons.

This is only one element of the Pure Salvage Living Renaissance that I speak of and have written of before. Massive assets are being moved as the old men die off and leave a slew of women who are then downsizing at high speed without being able to realize the value of the assets, let alone capture any of it. Cleaning up the mess for free, or offering dumpsters with a contract team to take down barns, buildings, houses, empty garages, etc…. and then the market such at event venues such as Salvagefaire will be… to sell and barter all things Old, American made, crafted from the parts of the past or repaired so as to last another few decades…. that is the next level of this plan. Music, film, events, a Salvage Market with Artisans showing how to turn the treasured trees and products our ancestors made into a new generation of housing, furniture, and many of the things we no longer need to import more of rather than respect our past.

Here is the building that houses the Music/video recording studio, the restaurant for the events that will happen on the stage that is being built to go on the back of the building next.

Believe it or not, tapping the billions of dollars in Salvage in this country will need to include some larger companies of financial stature to break the rules and get through the territorial land fill / trash industry issues so as to transform how we view what goes into the dumpsters and where it goes after that. This is not the realm of the little guy trying to do salvage jobs to support his family, feed, house, and make a career that will provide for loved ones while making a positive contribution to the community and planet. I see this as a path that many could take right now and find work to keep them busy the rest of their lives.

Ultimately my goal is to see us spearhead a tax credit for life for what ever portion of a home is built from salvaged materials and thus create the demand for the materials to be saved. IF we can do this, reduce imports, landfills running out of space, and create industry in America that only we can do, not export the jobs, not import the parts, but do it all here for the next generation of housing.
How we deal with the waste, the trash, the salvage, is the deeper soil I plant these seeds in for it will allow this Renaissance to blossom as it is fueled by trash in the eyes of most observers for now. Soon, as you are seeing with the demand rising for using salvaged materials in all things from decor to construction, the recognized value will move up as the demand is growing and will not stop as the economy hits the debt skids and the need to grow jobs local, find new ways to get building materials, and create hope is first on the agenda instead of the consumerism and service industries that are finally dying on the vine. My goal is to see the supply and demand lead to affordable alternatives to cheap toxic imports and new modern resource depleting building materials being used. Our government need only get out of the way and let us get more creative about answering individual housing needs instead of forcing people to use New Products that only support the corporations that pay to write the code and then have their bought and paid for politicians get it inserted into the nations building codes requiring the public use them. Seldom are the endocrine disruptive compounds, the formaldehyde, plasticizers, or other toxic outgassing products screened by anyone who does not have a motive for their being sold without buyers hesitating to consider the cost to their health over their budget. Size does matter because with houses, the more space you get for the dollar, the cheaper the quality of the materials one has to use based on the modern builder/subdivision/ condo/apartment construction today.

I can do this as a blog, focusing on the issues of the industry and let all competitors know in advance what one aspect of my bigger picture is, as I have just done with you without a confidentiality agreement, inspire others to step up to the plate and compete in this one venue. It would be wiser though to take this to the people at your company who could actually look at what I have written and see the bigger picture so as to consider joining me on this adventure that will rock the nation if we do it right. This is the path to empowerment that gets you the loyalty and name recognition you are seeking in the marketing realm that still has little competition. I like to start businesses that fit into that objective. I have taken that approach on all my business adventures, to take the path others will not take and cut the cost to the consumer. Give the people something that no other big corporations are offering, a path to success through salvage by joining with me and showing the public how to tap this treasure trove hidden in plain sight.

Somehow I will inspire this to happen and since many have the business and savvy to come up to the plate and take a swing at the ball. If we hit this out of the park one time, it will be repeated across the nation, perhaps even further, though it is not so foreign a concept in other countries that have not become as accustomed to waste as we in America have. This thought was inspired by a national dumpster company who could easily help make this happen and grow their business by leaps if they do. They have inspired me to share the idea in an open blog so as to give the seeds of this to the people who could develop the model further with me if they want to help create a national clearinghouse for salvage as I envision. This blog that will go out to the world is meant to inspire the next generation taking over demolition, disposal, and salvage businesses to grow them to the next level. Someone new will surely take this on if the big guys will not for history has proven the big corps die and new grow up around them.

My one friend proved the model out and could easily retire just by selling the business in Colorado, a business which, like no others, makes millionaires by the thousands compared to any other startup business in the USA. With this sort of help creating transport and storage solutions, locations for co-ops where people can build houses, barter, learn, and develop professions in this new industry.

We could take this to a new level, an entry level family business that will allow us to pack good materials in one dumpster to go to the Pure Salvage Outpost (PSO) Co-ops and the other to the landfill knowing it holds naught but waste. From there the world opens up for people who had no truck and trailers to haul distances, warehouses to store materials in once recaptured, spaces to build the houses using common tools and a transport system that could deliver the finished houses to villages we would be creating just for this path to downsizing for the 72,000,000 baby boomers facing the deleveraging and reduction process in the next decade. On this path, a single mother with 4 kids could turn a family of unemployed teens into a small business that could support them, feed them, house them all, and best of all, write most of it off against the taxes as expenses, and give them a life they could not have had without the relationship we can build using dumpsters, a transport system, and adding a few marketing components, my name brand, and the book and video that I can produce that would go along with the plan on how to set up your salvage mining business with the help of a few friends.

Some of the houses you could build with this kit are well known in our collection. Add the cool windows, ornamental metal, shingles for the shower included too.

Want to consider being on of those friends?

Want to get some links to your link hungry friends at the company?

How about to a web site where you could win a package of salvaged house parts, yes windows, doors, flooring, and more for less than one fifth of the words in this Photoblog. Last time we asked for 300 words for an essay, we gave away this house.

Once upon a time we gave a Tiny House away. Guess what, this time it will be a package of the parts you will need to build an even bigger house where ever you want yours to be one day.

This time there will be 12 contests in 12 months. Are you going to participate as a member to help make this happen? Here is how to do that. Go to the site to learn about the essay contest, inventory, the B&B houses, as well as the other specials including free attendance to seminars.

Imagine my 75,000 Facebook followers, as well as the newsletter following around the world, all sharing new solutions at the same time, along with millions of future customers who could use such a service if we can get the Pure Salvage Living Renaissance up and running across the country. Soon the people will be figuring out the vast treasure that will go through our hands as we organize, filter the valuable products to ship to other PSO’s, or sell using the online network where we can market beams from St. Louis to Texas or Colorado and move them from dumpster to PSO.

From there onto trucks, trains, and ships to any destination where the assets made long before we were thought of or born, can be valued, bartered, cashed in, and contribute to the construction of a new way of thinking in our country that was once the norm, now nearly forgotten, but revivable again.

Made in America, by Artisans, with Quality and Pride to be a part of saving the planets resources for the generations still to be born.



Good thing I type at over a hundred words a minute as this is a bit of a blog now, once triggered…. hard to stop.
Let me know if I can add your link to the masses of people who would love to see this aspect for moving salvage and trash to their proper places in the future. Let us see if you link-masters might want to help create a solution through helping find the right companies for the relationships that few others could offer and grow an Renaissance in our country in this form. I offer this and suggest solutions so as to help others become part of the wave of salvation that could wash the free the treasures from old buildings, barns, and houses, as if panning for gold, where it takes the people to bring it to the surface like reaping gold in a pan.

To become a part of, invest in, or explore the possibilities, please contact

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How One Tiny Home Manufacturer is Elevating the Art of Salvage


Minimalism, believed to be a more meaningful way of living by its adherents, is pursued in hopes of creating a less materialistic world. For some that means living in a renovated school bus and traveling the country; for others, living in a sustainable tiny house is the answer. Tiny home manufacturers and their cool tiny houses are sprouting up across the nation as the downsizing movement continues to attract attention.

Now, we’re all familiar with reclaimed wood coffee tables, coasters and other custom furniture that keeps perfectly good materials from being dumped into landfills. But, what if we told you that you could build an entire home out of reclaimed building materials?

Tiny Home Manufacturer in Texas
Image courtesy of Tiny Texas Houses
Brad Kittel, founder of Tiny Texas Houses, commits his life and energy to constructing tiny green homes made almost entirely with recycled, reclaimed building materials – 99 percent to be exact. “50 percent of our landfills are building materials. 25 percent could be houses,” according to Brad. He proves that demolition can lead to construction with every tiny home he builds.

2017 darby “Everyone thought I was an absolute looney tune for building tiny houses and on top of that, building them with trash.”

Brad Kittel | Tiny Texas Houses

Brad’s sustainable living concept, aptly named “Pure Salvage Living,” has grown into an online community of members with exclusive access to salvage building tutorials and discounted building materials for tiny home manufacturers, community events and more.

2017 darby 4616square“I think one of the most critical things we have right now to consider is we see a downsizing movement and the population as a whole is downsizing. A large part of that is getting rid of everything we’ve saved all our lives. Our children don’t want it.”

Brad Kittel | Tiny Texas Houses

Why Use Reclaimed Materials for Tiny Homes?

As we choose to downsize and to live more simply, we must take into account the inevitable waste hitting our landfills as a result. Brad responds by salvaging materials to be rebirthed into tiny homes. This saves energy and resources that would otherwise be used to make new materials to build his tiny homes.

2017 darby 4616square“There’s a whole virgin forest, the largest in the world, at our fingertips. Yet, Americans want to go buy new crap at Home Depot. That forest is hidden in the form of buildings, farms and houses. It’s already been cut up, sliced, diced, cured and is free of toxins, for the most part.”

Brad Kittel | Tiny Texas Houses

One of the Classic Ranch House series that had a front and back porch, two lofts, a nice kitchen, bath with tub, A/C and more to prove you could have it all and stay in an Organic Cottage. (Until they built the 6,000 sf house to go with it that is.)

Tiny Home Manufacturer in Texas
Image courtesy of Tiny Texas Houses
Rather than purchasing all the parts to build a home from big-box stores, which expend astronomical amounts of energy in shipping products, heating and cooling warehouse-sized stores and creating new materials, Brad’s philosophy is to use already cultivated resources that are readily available.

How Pure Salvage Living Can Positively Impact Your Health

As we shift to tiny home living, we must also be mindful of the materials many tiny home manufacturers utilize in construction. In a tinier space with limited air ventilation, it is critical to note that modern building materials, often treated with chemicals like formaldehyde and other carcinogens, may cause sensitivities and even severe illnesses, especially in children. Unlike many other tiny home manufacturers, Tiny Texas Houses creates homes out of clean, reclaimed woods.

2017 darby 4616square“I put houses together that when you walk in and you sleep in them, you’ll have a night of sleep like you’ve never had before.”

Brad Kittel | Tiny Texas Houses

Tiny Home Manufacturer in Texas
Image courtesy of Tiny Texas Houses
The Importance of Living Sustainably

Little Sister sits out on a Lazy * ranch with her Big Brother and the once Blue Gambrel. Little Sister was another in the 11’x 16′ range. You could easily build this house with the Essay Contest Materials Prize.

Brad’s dream is to build tiny house communities in Texas that teach life skills and the ability to live “off the grid,” to revitalize towns and to respect the energy our elders expended in obtaining and curating these resources. He believes this to be “the most sustainable thing we can do in this country.”

2017 darby 4616square“Your generation is not going to pass their kids off to daycares so that they can go off and work for the big house and big car and things like that. That’s my dream. There are things that are more important to have – to be with your children, to raise them.”

Brad Kittel | Tiny Texas Houses

Amazing what a decade in this business can do to a person. Heh!

Brad Kittel, Tiny Texas Houses
Brad Kittel, Image Courtesy of Tiny Texas Houses
The Future of Pure Salvage Living

80,000-square feet of warehouses full of wood, thousands of doors, windows and other reclaimed building materials are at Brad’s fingertips to help others. Everything is in place for him to partner with organizations interested in starting a co-op or developing a pure salvage community.

Check out Tiny Texas Houses and learn more about the pure salvage movement.

Budget Dumpster is your community-focused source for a dumpster rental in San Antonio. This article is part of a series spotlighting organizations that are making a difference in the communities we serve. If you know of another great organization, let us know in the comments!

How can We Cross Support others creating with Pure Salvage Materials?

Cross promotion is a great thing and we have many things to offer that might help your cause as well. I am not out to build and sell more houses in the next decades but to show others how to be empowered and create their own sustainable organic houses out of salvage with little more than human energy. If you are doing such things as this, working to create paths for sustainable housing around the world, then I want to help promote your dreams and solutions too. Little Sister sits out on a Lazy * ranch with her Big Brother and the once Blue Gambrel. Little Sister was another in the 11’x 16′ range. You could easily build this house with the Essay Contest Materials Prize.[/caption]
My goal is to inspire millions of others build Organic Cottages using 95% Salvage Materials for a target now that I have proven repeatedly that it can be done. I believe that perhaps in that way, the Pure Salvage Living Renaissance can take hold in our American Culture to ultimately have an impact on reducing the losses going into the landfills from the biggest treasure trove we have in the USA.
One day this site will link up millions of people who will have houses to save, barns to raze and perhaps raise again. It will be a platform where the salvagers and the builders come together to help create a generation of houses that are not all cookie cutter copies. Imagine the subdivisions made of imagination instead of concrete, hardiplank and vinyl.

Throwing away our treasured resources, selling our scrap iron and metals at prices we can not replace them for, and destroying the chance for the millennials to build a toxin free off the grid sustainable lifestyle in the midst of calling for a reduction in global carbon waste is ludicrous. My path has been to show just how much can be done, create a standard to measure it by, do the due diligence to keep the housing we create healthy for the future owners, as well as built to a standard that the creators and owners can be proud off for decades to come. It is the path for our future generations to learn from once more, a path toward quality over quantity, perfunction over marketed versions of perfection and the realization that houses can be as different as the people that live in them. Why have tall ceilings for short people if they want to conserve the heat, cost, and feel more comfortable than a house might be if it were custom built for a giant?

One of the Classic Ranch House series that had a front and back porch, two lofts, a nice kitchen, bath with tub, A/C and more to prove you could have it all and stay in an Organic Cottage. (Until they built the 6,000 sf house to go with it that is.)

Here are some of the examples of what we can do, and what others will outdo down the road I hope as each generation outdoes the last. Off grid, permaculture, family compounds of generational houses that let each person have their own privacy and tiny footprint with shared resources for the common areas. This is the path of the future for many people and one they would like to manifest with like minded people as they settle down for the later half of their lives, but more recently, the younger generations are waking up to wanting this from the beginning and not getting all caught up in the debt of having all things now.

I see the winds are changing and the new generation does not seem to want to repeat many of the mistakes that our generation has yet to pay for. Truly we must see this writing on the proverbial wall as our planet forces us to consider alternatives to the pollution, rape of resources without regard for life, and the devastation of our oceans where most of life really exists. We can do better with the example we make as our generation downsizes responsibly. There seems to be much to relearn in order to do so and luckily some of our elders are still around to share the old ways that worked so well before the days of Monsanto and genetically modified or cloned technologies that are being tested on the world and people these days, generally without their consent.

For those that want an Organic alternative to all things food and housing, they are now being created to fill the desire and need. I hope more of you will discover the many solutions that may evolve out of the Pure Salvage Living Renaissance. To learn more, please visit the or sites.

That is what the next generation of this will be I hope, Salvagefaire, with the recording studios, stage, screen, and market …. a festival for films, music, events, and a market for all the things our creative energy can manifest. Please check out and vote the 2 minute Godaddy Small Business Video contest and VOTE early and often to help us start the promotion of this new level of Salvage, Texas. Perhaps your film will be shown there by fall if I can get the momentum. Imagine pulling your cars up on shaped beams that let you sit like the old fashioned drive-ins with the FM radio providing tunes in the cars and a festival with camping out back over night or weekend for an Out of the City event everyone can come to from three cities around.

This is the future of what i see here in my vision. From the top of Miracle Mountain you can see it all.
This brief video expresses some of the goals I hope to achieve in my next decade on this quest to enlighten, awaken, and nurture the people who realize the potential and take it to heart.

Here is a link to the 2 minute video Lisa Wagner has entered into the GoDaddy Small Business Video contest which she took from her two day visit to Salvage, Texas in order to help share the concept that we can all help manifest by sharing the idea…. nothing more…. well perhaps vote daily while you can so she can win the prize would be nice too.

Please share and vote for us as they allow it daily from each of the people who sign up to vote. Many other great contests going on that you should likely be entering as well.


Oh yes… the Essay Contest for the house parts to build these dream houses is starting in March. Please check it out, recommend it to your friends, and join us in creating houses and Pure Salvage Outposts near your town too.

Amazing what a decade in this business can do to a person. Heh!

The Arched Zebu was also first named the House of the Rising Sun. It now sits out in Midland Texas with her sister Vicki Zebu.

One of the first Gambrels which showed how much room you can create on the interior with this extra loft area inside. Love the sunsets at Salvage, Texas.

Ayeveda House is West of Austin in the Hill Country by a river where you can sit peaceful in the woods. 12’x16′ I think.

The Diamond House was a beauty with a Murphy Bed inside too.

Little Sister sits out on a Lazy * ranch with her Big Brother and the once Blue Gambrel. Little Sister was another in the 11’x 16′ range.

One of the Classic Ranch House series that had a front and back porch, two lofts, a nice kitchen, bath with tub, A/C and more to prove you could have it all and stay in an Organic Cottage. (Until they built the 6,000 sf house to go with it that is.)

“Shakti House” 9 1/2′ x 20′
Delivered to Austin in the Early Days of Tiny Texas Houses. It paid for itself in the first year of being used as a B&B.

So Darby got a new hat to go along with the new year ahead. Many changes in store and hope on the horizon for miracles to happen this year.

Oh yes,… Essay contest parts list is looking like this so far:

This is a possible bathroom door. We will allow the winner some flexibility in making some swap outs if they are of similar value.

Another choice for a front door, though a bit narrow.

This stained glass will be included in prize package. Great for a loft window.

This could be a bank of windows in a house already in their piece of wall.

One of the choices for the front good. Winner will get to choose.

Pick a sink from the bathroom sinks we have on the shelves with some on this bottom row being great and unique.

Choice of front door hardware from this display of vintage sets that range from cast iron to jewelry grade brass.

Turned posts might be a front porch option too.

Want to enter this contest and take them all away for 300-500 words? Check out the website newsletter and become a member so you can win one of the 12 packages to be given away this year.

Game On! Time to get your Vote in on what a Modern Entrepreneur should Be….

Want to go into business doing something great for the world and be rewarded well for it? Want to have materials to build houses, villages, and the future generations of homes that are sustainable, toxin free, and quality built out of resources that were harvested and formed into building materials more than a hundred years ago. This is a video about a way to do just that and I want to share it with you, ask you to share it with others, and if everyone agrees, form a global community of Pure Salvage Living Renaissance enthusiasts that will help change the way the next generation builds their dream homes and lives for their passions and family instead of to simply pay debt.

So Darby got a new hat to go along with the new year ahead. Many changes in store and hope on the horizon for miracles to happen this year.

Please rush now to view, vote, and share this great creation by Lisa Wagner who came down from Minnesota to manifest her version of what she had to take away from a 2 day visit to Salvage, Texas to learn first hand about the Pure Salvage Living Renaissance, Tiny Texas Houses, and the vision I have for the future of housing.

Filmed in Temple Tantra where I love to live in my own Organic Cottage.

With new porches on both sides finished that will shed the water and let it feed some great sunflowers and other bird food, flowers, and people food, we are getting ready for spring. Not the high 70’s and 80’s of this coming week, but the other spring a few weeks further away. heh!

Super cool video for Godaddy Entrepreneurship video contest: Your VOTE Counts

Yes, Lisa Wagner came all the way down from Minnesota cold country to create an incredible video about what we are trying to do with the Pure Salvage Living community that will enable more people around the country to create, build, or buy an Organic Cottage of the Tiny Texas House caliber, ethos, and style. Please show your support for her effort and vote in the Godaddy Small Business Video contest. Yes it is UP!!!!! PLease Vote as soon as you can to get our shares up as soon as a possible.

So Darby got a new hat to go along with the new year ahead. Many changes in store and hope on the horizon for miracles to happen this year.

Some of the houses we have built and now plan to show others how to create as well.

This video happens to time well for the kicking off our essay contest for the all the critical house parts that most people can only dream of buying for their Organic Cottage creations that will be given away for free to members only, along with other prizes, we are offering many other benefits and opportunities as we enter the new year running hard and fast. Lots of changes in the world and at Tiny Texas Houses on the horizon for 2017. Amongst them, getting Salvagefaire up and operating by the end of summer so we can have some events for the members of the community and the many followers of Tiny Texas Houses who may want one someday. This is a path toward getting more people involved in building them, creating the warehouses to store the parts, the makers co-op spaces to build them in, and much more.

Here is the building that houses the Music/video recording studio, the restaurant for the events that will happen on the stage that is being built to go on the back of the building next.

Here is the link to the new video that Lisa created to enter into the GoDaddy Entrepreneur Video contest. It is only 2 minutes long and if you like it, your vote will go a long ways toward getting this concept the attention it deserves so that more people around the country and world can add this path to their housing plans if they want to build sustainable non-toxic housing that will last them a lifetime. Please view, support Lisa by voting for the great piece she created, and help us get more people involved in the Pure Salvage Living Renaissance.

Here is the house that I live in without running water, AC electric, air conditioning, and other amenities most people think they need to be happy. I have never been happier. Simplicity has its virtues and this is a story about how you can simplify and find a different sort of happiness from the debt loads of supporting the American Dream.

Nearly anyone can share in a dream like this for little more than human energy and desire, work, and imagination. See how to find this path.

On way to find it is with the hashtag #smbstories which will take you to some of the stories including us. You may find others interesting as well, but of course, I would ask that you vote for Lisa and help us along a path to creating more videos for you too.

The link to the voting site, once you register with Godaddy to vote, is I will post any other information as soon as we get it so please do check back with us and let us know if you do vote or what you think of it.

Thank you so much for your help and consideration on this exciting dip into the spotlight pool to see what we will see.


How did I come to Downsize and create the Pure Salvage Living Renaissance.

Learning how to reuse the 100+ year old roofing shingles that are still good for another hundred years in a shower.

Some Questions were asked of me recently and they make sense so I am passing my answers on to others who may be wondering about some of these things too.

1. What began your journey to building tiny houses from salvaged material?
Being poor. My first house I built was inside of a school bus and the materials all gathered from building sites that was being thrown away. That was in 1981 before I set off after college to write the great American novel in one day and travel to market after self publishing it. Along the way I learned I needed to make a million dollars first so I became an entrepreneur for a few decades, though I reached my goal in the first five years. My journey in salvage has continued ever since I was 6 years old when I first climbed in dumpsters to salvage the toys and stuff other families had to leave behind when the Army shipped them home from Germany. Family weight limit for shipping was 2,500 lbs and all else went to yard sale or in the dumpster.

Brad above the TTH facility where some 80+ Tiny Texas Houses have now been manifested.

Later when I was dead broke after getting my college degree and not being able to get a job while living in a bus, I ate out of dumpsters as well as found the materials and stuff to sell at the flea market to fix it when it blew a motor and make my way to Austin, Texas where I finally settled down to make money doing the same thing with houses as a real estate broker and eventually redeveloper of small condemned houses. Eventually that led to creating an architectural antiques store that became the largest of its kind, Discovery Architectural Antiques (135,000 sf under roof). From there I started Tiny Texas Houses to prove we could do more than what Tumbledweed houses was doing as the movement was beginning for Tiny Houses On Wheels. My choice was to take a different path where the health of the inhabitants and resources of the planet were considered, the costs in human and fossil or electrical energy involved in making them, how long they would last, and how hard to transport them if they needed to be, thus built to travel down the road just in case.

2. We were recently introduced to the idea that off gassing/low oxygen levels may be more of a health concern in tiny houses. Do you have any thoughts on that?
I was one of the first to bring this up years ago and yell CAUTION but the industry blew my tune out the door.

3. You mention in your “What is pure salvage living” video, by using salvaged goods, you can minimize toxicity. Can you explain how that works?
The videos on how to become a salvage miner, a salvage builder, what to watch out for when doing either, and other consideration are all taken into account as I cover the issues and benefits of converting to a Pure Salvage Living ethos.

No new chemicals created to make 95% of the materials used to build with also means no coal, fossil fuel, or energy required to create the windows, doors, siding, floors, sinks, tubs, hardware, and many more parts that were salvaged and can be used with nothing more than human energy applied. No new paint used in many cases, no new formaldehyde cabinets, flooring, or toxic sheetrock that 4of 5 landfills will no longer take as it creates Hydrogen Sulfide when buried without air and later getting wet. We do not have vinyl giving off endocrine disruptive compounds that mimic estrogen in the limited air space. We do not have dangerous electrical fields generated from the walls, floors, and ceilings that cause inflammation in the body, and the pineal gland to not function properly at night and produce the essential Melatonin that the body needs to dream and heal while sleeping. Likewise no latex paint that outgases acrylic acid gases that are harmful to people, especially those with Lupus or Fibro Myalgia or whose immune systems are already compromised. It is a path I hope will help us create a new generation free of immune system disorders and cancer by pursuing all the avenues toward a more organic way of living by creating sustainable housing and preserving the best of our past rather than throwing it away as we are learning how truly valuable and irreplaceable the resources we are throwing away are, and how we can empower people while turning the tables around and creating new solutions instead of new problems.

There is more, but these are just a few of the benefits that come with salvaged materials over new.

Monty Grand Victorian

Imagine sitting on this porch and watching the day come to its end, relaxed.

Big kitchen with 10.5 cu ft fridge, two burner induction plate, convection/microwave oven, and 18 doors and drawers., and a double cast iron sink with a deep side, Whew!

More important is the concept of embodied energy, both human and fuel, that were consumed to make the products we use that are salvaged, the trees that were cut two centuries ago and by then, 500 years old and not to be found in America today or near future. We save the energy of the coal pulled out of the mines by 12 year olds, the wood sawn by the giant saw blades sharpened by 12 year olds in a day when they, like their dads, worked 362 days a year for tokens, not cash in the dollar form in the lumber industry in Texas or the coal industry in Virginia. It was a time when our ancestors had a sense of pride in craftsmanship that came from Europe, where we immigrants that took over this country came from, at the cost of the Native Americans who hosted and helped the original immigrants before they were annihilated by them. Does history repeat itself? I pray we can learn from it and save the treasures of the past knowledge, hard work, and brave heart that has made our lives to day possible. I now hope we can pass along the best of the past to build the future with instead of the worst of it which seems to be what the politicians in American and Global Corporations have in mind. Help us keep the future of millions out of the landfills while there is still enough available to house, employ, and feed millions of people across this land.

4. You state that one of your intents is to build “healthy houses,” what does that mean to you?

I spoke of the air in the article above.

The more exhaustive toxins discussion and how the Tiny House Industry has openly ignored and seemingly denied the serious consequences to their buyers over these products.

5. Have you had any pushback from zoning and/or building codes?

I stay away from bureaucracy if possible and when we have had to do battle, they always win because it is in their sandbox. Loopholology is the only path I know of to getting to build and live in an Organic Cottage as the rules are designed to force everyone to go to the big box store, use global corporations and imported products to build with, and be forced to do so through the code they write to force people to build bigger houses than they need out of toxic materials. Like junk food, you can get the square footage up front, the energy efficiency while living in it until it becomes obsolete on schedule and has to be replaced with more toxic products. Tiny Houses do not offer that luxury of the extra air to offset the toxins, and in fact the bigger houses to not either, thus the growing health issues in rich and poor who live in them.
The system of code enforcement is designed around an industry dictating how the public will build, and not with the best interests of the people but the corporate profit margins are their sole concern. When the public wakes up to the true cost of letting themselves be sold houses that will make them sick and cost more to maintain in 15 years than they did to live in because all systems, from AC to windows, will fail as well as their health in many cases.

Organic Houses are like Organic Food …. in that you can not expect great health without paying attention to how both affect you and your loved ones. Failing to tell the customer the dangers of the materials used to build a house and then live in it is nearly criminal in my book because it leaves the ignorant buyer making a critical life decision without all of the facts that the creator had a due diligence to learn and share because it is his business and thus as a professional, he should know the consequences to the people who will live in the home he builds. Pretending otherwise is simply a way to rationalize making big profits off from using crappy materials.

6. What is your ultimate vision for Pure Salvage?

To see the next generations that follow us respect the treasures of the past, the ancestors who created it, and the perspective that we owe it to the last 7 and next 7 generations to respect what we have and pass it along in better shape than when we took stewardship of it if at all possible.

Showing people how to enter a new era of Peace and Prosperity with the key component, our respect for our planet and preservation of the environment so that our children can live free of the growing consequences of our pollution and destruction.
The Pure Salvage Living Renaissance is about creating a new mindset about how we build, live, and grow the future through empowering the people, teaching them how to live organically and break free from a cycle of consumerism that has breached the levels sustainable by our planet’s limited resources.

Free attendance to seminars for members

This gives you some idea up front where I would go with the present path of downsizing but there are special considerations to keep in mind so:

The issue of trailers is another story too and should be addressed in any discussion of that breed called THOWS.

Now a destination spot with B&B Tiny Texas Houses, private spaces for group gatherings, romantic weekends, and much more. Skinny Dip Pool demonstrated by Darby too!

and an article of the general sort on the subject.

Created by the company that set the standard in Pure Salvage toxin free building.

Here are the doors, windows, and more for an Organic Cottage Essay Contest to help manifest your own.

So thus I sit and meditate, on the highest point around. to meditate and pray that all will climb up high to see, and do what we can do to save the planet and be free.

Dream, envision, and while it may seem impossible, imagine it could happen, that you could one day own an Organic Cottage unlike any other on the planet.
There are several ways to get a tiny house or an Organic Cottage to show up at your land. One is to ship it there with a truck as you will see done below, or the other is to build one from the parts you will see even further down in this blog. YOU can get all those parts for no more than 300-500 words written as an essay so that you could start building your house by April if you win.

Here is how hard it is to deliver an Organic Cottage to a site instead of build it there. Still it is likely that most will build on site, but if not, here is what a flying house looks like… 30′ long, 30′ high, and nearly 30′ from the 65 ton crane we needed to do the job.

2 lofts

The Ellinger House traveled higher and more times than any other Tiny Texas House.

Great porches.

Yes that would be easier to build on site I suppose, so here is the way to get the materials to build a good bit of a house like this one.

Here is the chance to show what your imagination and dreams can possibly attract, or help you along the visualization pathway to manifest your home from salvage one day. This is a process that can be learned, a path to achieving your life goals that is reachable, rewarding, and can be used to change your life forever. Now you too can benefit from a life of salvage mining, building, and manifesting sustainable organic toxin free housing out f what most considered to be trash. It is a path that some will use to go from poverty to riches, from need to lack of want if they choose to do the work and learn how to do it right.

Created by the company that set the standard in Pure Salvage toxin free building.

With a passion flower at his core, concrete symbolism in this dimension, and a reflection on the sky, Darby takes you on a different path than most will choose to take.

Ultimately I envision many Pure Salvage Outposts as Co-ops where members of all sorts and ages will come together to make things out of the treasures from our past that enable us to create houses out of 95% Pure Salvage, the most sustainable form of housing possible that will give you so much beauty, variety in design, and freedom when you get the materials for no more than bartered human energy. This is possible, proven, and now ready for prime time. Share the tools, space, storage racks for materials, get paid in materials bartered for labor and ultimately have the elders around to help teach the youngers how to do things we have not taught for life skills in decades.

In order to encourage more people to consider this path of Pure Salvage Living, I am giving away packages of materials needed to build an Organic Cottage. To do this I am asking people to write an essay of 300-500 words that tells of what they have planned, using the parts of the month, to create and be able to tell why, for whom, and other details that will perhaps win them a package of materials as the Membership Essay Prize for the month.

One of the choices for the front good. Winner will get to choose.

This stained glass will be included in prize package. Great for a loft window.

Another choice for a front door, though a bit narrow.

This is a possible bathroom door. We will allow the winner some flexibility in making some swap outs if they are of similar value.

I will provide a couple of columns.

Pick a sink from the bathroom sinks we have on the shelves with some on this bottom row being great and unique.

Choice of front door hardware from this display of vintage sets that range from cast iron to jewelry grade brass.

<blockquote>Entry is only open to members of the site and to members who have been so for at least 30 days before the deadline for entering the contest.

Along with the parts shown, some flooring, shingles for showers, and other great parts.

Turned posts might be a front porch option too.

Slabs of Mesquite, cypress, and other woods can make for a great counter in the bath or dining table. 5′ of this choice included too.

It must be possible to keep the identity of the author separate from the essay so that the judges will not be able to know who wrote any of them and help limit any potential for bias, so using your name in the essay is not allowed as it is indeed your thoughts and dreams expressed in words, not your name that will win the contest.

The members will use their membership number/name to certify their entry and we will confirm the date joined to be sure there is 30 days from the deadline date or they will be sent back, put into the next months entry if still applicable, or set aside to contact about the problem.

Examples of sketched out dreams that we might create during the month of preparation for an essay.

Many ways to use the materials in each package. We want to explore the ideas possible

Pictures, drawings, and art will be limited to one per entry so as to not clutter the works… so yes, you can include one if you wish, but it is not required. They will still need to have a strong Essay to go with it but it could help show what one has planned for the parts if they get them which is part of the exercise, to learn how to manifest your dreams, first pin down what they need to include.

This could be a bank of windows in a house already in their piece of wall.

Since one of your judges is an English / American Lit major, there will be some consideration of spelling and grammar as I do not appreciate butchering the language and prefer we use common terminology and play with the many meanings of that alone. Poetry, creative use of form, and intentional infractions of the rules is fine, but a lack of attention to creating a crafted product you can be proud of and just throwing out crap will not win this essay contest.

Please know that passion, intent, heart felt energy of sole all play into the creations that will qualify to win each month over the next year. While only 12 Materials Packages will be given away, oftentimes we will have more of the same windows or doors so that another house or two could be built in one of the designs we play with over the month, so they will be usable, even be bought if some components just fit your needs, and at a big discount for that month if a member wants the parts for building their organic cottage down the road if they do not win the essay contest.

Essays in all the contests must be submitted in English. The first Essay beginning March 1st, 2017, must be postmarked or arrive at office before the deadline date, March 21st 2017 when submissions stop…judging is completed over the next week…. and Winner being Declared on March 31. Contest will take entries for 3 weeks through the 21st of March, then spend the rest of the month judging all the entries, verifying validity, and then announcing the award winner and following their progress on using the materials to build the house they dream of, the process that follows, and the results they find with the challenge this will be for most people.

April 1st will begin the Essay contest for that month with a new package of materials that will be getting exposed as it is selected during March while we consider some of the finalists and prepare for the next month of essays. The timeline for entries and deadlines will likely be the same, that April 21st, 2017 would be the deadline each month and the 30 day membership to qualify included as well. I do expect they will grow in number of entries as we go and by the third month we will decide there is enough interest and participation to continue. While we will focus on the essay the first time, the plans, drawings, sketches, art, and photos may all come into play as we progress through the year with challenges for the imagination and the visualization that makes all things great possible.

Submissions in advance of start date will not be opened before the start date and if not submitted properly by members only, essays will not be considered for the prize. It is important that the submissions be typed or easily legible if hand written and mailed in rather than submitted by email, but the form for submission must be included so that the name of the author is not on the essay but instead the membership number or the membership name which will also be on the application for consideration.

Winners must be over 18 years of age to win and prizes must be picked up or claimed in Texas, but can be shipped anywhere the owner wants after being claimed, at owners expense.

Members will be allowed to win up to two times but will not be allowed to enter a third time in a 12 month period.

Employees on payroll of Tiny Texas Houses or Pure Salvage Living, officers of the corporations, and judges are not allowed to enter the contest.

Free Monthly storage for 3 months after prize is won… but longer storage of materials won as the prize will require a nominal storage fee after 3 months.

Pure Salvage Living llc. will hold all publishing rights to all essays submitted for consideration whether they win the prize or not and can publish the essays it chooses for judging or bonus opportunities for runners up.

Please join as a member to see more about how to enter and win the materials being offered for the first Pure Salvage Living Organic Cottage Essay Contest. This link is to the 1 year membership, but there is also a 2 year membership, and a lifetime membership that all offer great benefits and free attendance to seminars in the future.

Please see the Membership benefits page for more information and the Tiny Texas Houses Newsletter that goes out to see the monthly specials for members only.

While this is not the complete set of rules or the final form that will be sent, it is a good foundation on which you can decide if you are interested in participating and sharing your story with the world of people who want to explore this path but do not know how to get from where they are to where they want to be. The goal of this year long exercise is to help others visualize, actualize, materialize, and thus realize the power of their imagination, spiritual, and human energy. With that and a passion, all things are possible.

In case you want to know where you are at…. here is a pamphlet that tells you more if you can see it.

Now a destination spot with B&B Tiny Texas Houses, private spaces for group gatherings, romantic weekends, and much more. Skinny Dip Pool demonstrated by Darby too!

For more questions please contact

We covered all the bases at the Shower Seminar

So much covered for just two days. The shower seminar was a success as we managed to teach the entire process of building the mud pan all the way along the path to border, plumbing floor, installing liner, mesh, mixing & spreading mud, mastic, tile, mortar, and even prepping and installing the wall tiles. Whew. We were able to get a good bit of hands on work for those that wanted to get dirty and share many of the pitfalls, good ideas, and details to making your dream shower happen with these mostly salvaged materials.
Here are some of the great photos that came out of the seminar. Hopefully this will just be the seeds that great things grow from later.

Mel is oiling the roofing shingles. She is an intern from Germany and will learn how to do all this and take it back there to share in a few months.

A simple pattern with many types of tile.

Is that not a happy looking tiler?

Eli, our little helper.

Getting her turn at laying on the oil to bring the panels to life.

Fable is our supervisor on this house.

One couple took nome the wall shingle package to put their own bath shower together when they get home.

Cutting the underlayment for under the tiles on the walls.

There are not many tools needed to clean up the tiles. Wide mouth clamps, ball peen hammers, steel brushes, and you can reshape them, pound out the dents, and put them to work for another century.

Adding the oil really brings out the color.

More pictures to come of the 1st of many seminars where you can attend for free. One day I envision Pure Salvage Outposts around the country where people can come and learn how to build out of salvage using the local materials that are abundant nearly everywhere if the people just look.

For more information on becoming a member and the benefits options check out the web site. photoblogs to keep up to date and enter the Essay Contest for March that will give you all the parts to create your own Organic Cottage one day.

Here are photos of the Essay Contest Organic Cottage Materials Prize Package for March 31, 2017

Yes this is the first of the series of blogs that will show the parts to be given away as the prize to a member at the end of March for a 300-500 words essay about “How someone is forming their dream to build an Organic Cottage of any size with the parts that they could win for mere words alone. While I am not sure which of the batch of windows and doors shown will be in the final package, this is the selection I am picking from and will include pictures of through the newsletter to members at the end of February to inspire them to write and get their submissions in.
Here are some goodies to think about.

Shower wall shingles for a good sized shower included.

Upstairs half bath and sitting/dressing area on the fantastic edge of the imagination. We have some live edge slabs of Mesquite or Cypress for counter tops too.

Siding and some shingles perhaps?

Regardless of what you choose to call your God, your spiritual source energy that makes life possible for you and all other beings on this planet, call upon it and utilize that power to help make the changes happen, starting from within, by your actions today. Contribute to the solutions and we all win.

Some great big windows with lots of panes. Have several up to 7′ x 8′.

Doors and transoms from the school that was once in Gonzales. Arts and crafts style.

Porch posts, on a porch roof that folds down for transport, as well as the upper roof. 23,000 lbs of salvaged lumber, doors, windows, exotic woods, and much more from the past that have been reformed into a house like no other. It can roll down the road to a new home again one day, unlike 450,000 houses that will be built this year from toxic sheetrock, hardiplank, and other commonly used modern building materials.

Special windows, balconies, details and more details, that is what makes a house unique. Who wants a house that is just like the neighbors? Toxic boxes all lined up, 5 floor plans turned all about, in subdivisions run amuck.

More of the cast iron fireplace fronts.

A great door with the spider web transom in it still. This came from Alamo heights in San Antonio.

Classic styles, real wood windows, original period glass, wavy and all, no out gassing of vinyl, plastics, or formaldehyde.

Here you can see the metal being used for siding as well as the roof. Heaven is looking much bigger now. Imagine yourself living in a house like this if you like and then set about manifesting your dream. We can do it if we are willing to commit the time and labor, the love and determination.

To answer a question or two:

Here is a link to the Charter Membership and the site where membership benefits are listed as well.
This links to some other info as well.

As the month goes on we will select, perhaps with the members deciding using some forums, on which windows, doors, and parts will go into the first package.

Plans to build and ideas will evolve to help show how to manifest and design, build, and create your dream cottage in a sustainable organic fashion. 95% Pure Salvage is the highest embodied energy rating you can get in an energy efficient house that will last for a century. Better still, it will use less energy than what is embodied in the making of its parts 150 years ago, human, coal, wood, and more.
This is the perfect path to building the next generation of housing that respects the past, our planet, and our aesthetic for preserving the treasures we can not replace.
Best of all, it empowers millions to benefit from the products of our ancestors blood, sweat, and tears.


Got off into another blog…./ essay

Please read the posts, join if not a member, and help fuel a change than goes to the heart of our heritage and country. Pride in craftsmanship, respect for our rights to build the house of our dreams and not toxic boxes, and the freedom to pursue that happiness without taxation into poverty.

See ya soon.

Organic Cottage Parts Package Essay Contest for PSL Members: 1 pr Month

Yes, believe it or not, we will truly be giving away a package of Pure Salvage Building materials for an Organic House or Cottage each month for the next year as part of my “Spreading the Pure Salvage Living Building Drive”. It will include the parts one would use to help create a sustainable house using many other parts for walls, such as salvaged lumber for framing, straw bale, compressed earth, monolithic domes, or container homes…. the parts will work for all of them. Just what is included? Each month I will give away a package to include up to:

<strong>1 Front door
1 Bathroom door
7- windows 4 big for down, 2 for up in gables, 1 for kitchen
500 sf- of vintage tin for roof and some of the siding
250 sf- of T&G flooring in a Long Leaf Pine
4- 4×4 antique beams for a loft.
200 sf- of Cypress or Long Leaf siding
100 sf- of beaded wood for wainscot
1- bathroom sink
1- Kitchen sink
2- sets of cabinet doors and drawers vintage in wood.
50 sf- Vintage roof shingles for shower walls.

Some of the houses you could build with this kit are well known in our collection. Add the cool windows, ornamental metal, shingles for the shower included too.

That would cost somewhere around $3,000 -$5,000 depending on the package of the month which I plan to take pictures of each month so people could actually practice designing with the set offered as we go through the month showing what could be done so that who ever gets it has some great ideas to start with based on the path they choose to take with the nest egg of Pure Salvage Booty they could win. The big advantage will be in the first year as there are less members to compete with, but like with the Essay Contest Houses where latecomers missed out, this will run for a year and the new entries will combine with older 2 or 3rd place competitors still in the ring through out the year. If we get a month of dud essays or none, one of the past could win as well as someones updated version. ( I always see my mistakes after I send off my writing it seems so this will give people a chance to get it right)

Yes, this is just one of 7 houses you could stay in to find out what your organization could teach people how to build. It is a big downsize but with a common bath house, community kitchens, and other elements, new forms of village living could be created in the outskirts of cities that could become self sufficient using salvage materials, a market to sell the wares created out of them, as well as the houses they could build and sell. It is a way of teaching a path to Salvation through salvage. It works. Come visit, even invest in a Tiny House in Salvage, Texas and have it here to give you income, depreciation so that the government pays for it, be ready for the SHTF moment with a back up outside of the city, or just build houses somewhere once you learn how.
You could nearly build two of these with the first package of materials we are offering as it does not need so many windows as it is only 80 sf on the first floor.

So what do you think so far?

While not all you will need to build a house, it will get one well into the process of building their own house… which is what the essay is all about. How are you preparing and planning to build your Organic Cottage in the future?
Lots of possible answers and scenarios which we will pull from and publish each month, then follow up and see what they do with the packages of materials that each of the members wins. Perhaps some will get together and build a house or two, or twelve…. so I dream.

You could even create a cottage like the Blue Moon or Vicky One for simplicity. Even the Bear House which is only 10′ x 10′ on first floor.

Stay in different houses to see how you might fit.

How about you? Are you a member of the Pure Salvage Living website? Do you want to learn how to do this? Seminars are free for members, but the chance to win this is also only available to members too.
Anyone remember the Essay Contest House we gave away a few years ago?

Here is the ladder stair folded up against the wall.

Here is the folded up version that shows how it opens the path to the bath.

Once upon a time I gave a Tiny Texas Houses Away for an Essay contest prize. While not profitable at all, in fact a loss, I learned many lessons of life through it.

Yes, it seems like just a couple years ago, but indeed it has been more. Now you could get the parts to make an even larger Organic Cottage for Free as a member of Pure Salvage Living.

Speaking of tiny Bathrooms and sinks.

Please join us for the adventure of a lifetime as you learn how to move off grid, homestead if you wish, and downsize so as to get disconnected from the stress of the matrix and the American Dream. Join us in a paradise of simplicity, peaceful living, and an organic perspective that may change your lifestyle and health before you turn your attention away again.

Want to become a member fast and get started???? This link will take you to a page to tell you more and depending on when you read this, a special that was going on for the membership when that blog was written.

This special offer starts February 1st for all present members and new members. The first prize package will be given away at the end of March. If it goes well, we will give another away the next month and is more members keep signing up and showing interest, we will continue. We reserve the right to discontinue this contest at any time and for any reason after the first round and prize are given. That is just in case you should be thinking there will be many more, join later… maybe not if we do not see the interest level thus find that many of our followers that are interested or can not string 300-500 words together so we will like reading them. Judging is no easy chore. You will need to be a member to win a package of materials. Essay guidelines are simple and only require about 300-500 words. Not less, for the ideas that must be shared to win can not be as simple as some I got in the essay contest we once gave a house away in years ago. Some people sent in a one sentence essay…” I want the house so give it to me.” Yep.

Massive stocks of small batches of flooring 150-350 sf in Long Leaf Pine, Oak, Northern Pine, in several sizes no less too.

From the first house created by Tiny Texas Houses to the newest, it is like getting a chance to stay in a museum of houses that show the progression of Salvage Building.
This is a way to understand the issues in building, the methods that are now possible to make the houses energy efficient, and the Space Magic Designs that make these seem like they are much larger inside than they appear.

NO! This time it is simply tell us the true story of your path, plans, and how this would fit into it, for though you might not win in the first month, your entry will stay in the running for the whole year… each month being reconsidered next to the new ones that come in. Yes you can re-enter every month. Yes you can win more than one time as all names will be separate from essays for judging, thus unbiased selection does leave that open, but we will limit you to two wins per year.

Yes…. it is really true everyone so tell your friends, get your plan together, and share with us so that we can discuss the virtues and issues with some of the plans people come up with and figure out how to solve them and make their dreams happen. Want to play the game?

Submit for the end of March when I will give out the first Free Prize Package. Members must belong for at least 30 days to be able to win a package so do sign up in February in order to win in March’s first drawing for a materials package that could change your world. I will be posting more information to members as we go and just announcing the basics to the public so please check into Tiny Texas Houses and Pure Salvage Living websites to get more information and sign up for this incredible running Essay Contest for Pure Salvage Living Parts and Pieces that few could find and assemble any other way than this.

This was set up originally for use as an office and home mix.

The Monty Grand Victorian is a great example of what is possible with what some think of as trash. This is a house that most people could live in comfortably.

Darby takes you on a visionary path to a sustainable Organic Cottage Tour with some great video and good music along the way.
Send Him your essay so that he might help you bring your imaginary reflection of what the future will hold into reality.

Welcome to and Essay Contest and membership, particularly if you have not been before. It is changing and morphing to what it will be in the decade ahead and this is just a sample of what is to come. Join us now for some great specials and the chance to also stay in the Tiny Texas B&B Organic Cottages at Salvage, Texas too.

Contest applies to people in Texas for the purposes of picking it up as the laws in other states on essay contests with a prize may not agree with this and if so, it is null and void in those localities. As we are not going there but doing it from here, you can submit regardless of your state laws, like driving to a neighboring state to buy lotto tickets. Cheers everyone. More to come as we select, put the pictures up for the package in March, and start looking at and sharing the points brought up in the essays and how to design with each monthly package.

Good Luck everyone.
Here is the link to the blog on the membership special offered in December which is not valid but gives links and info on how to join. New blog on that coming soon.

To submit and essay…. contact

Darby invites you to show your creative energy and writing talent, your dreams that can yet be fulfilled, then see what comes of it over the next year. Visualizing your goal is the first step to manifesting it. This should help I hope.