After designing and creating more than 85 Tiny Texas Houses out of 95% Pure Salvage to be energy efficient, sturdy enough to travel down the highway at 65 mph cross the USA for more than 1,500 miles, without a broken pane of glass no less. They can be built so as to create a toxin free environment for you and your family, use virtually no toxin creating resources, fresh cut trees, plastics, vinyl, carpet, sheetrock, latex paint, particle board, or any of the other modern materials that are being used to create tiny houses today.
Here are some pictures from “Heaven”, our most recent creation that is about to leave us. There are many features that everyone loves in this house and for a mere 11′ x 21′ house, no one can ever believe it is so small. The taxable first floor is only 231 sf and the upper floor, which is taxable only as storage space, where we store the bedroom furniture of course.
Having proven that Building with 95% Pure Salvage materials is possible, the next step is to get people around the country and world to consider this alternative form of building, and progressively salvaging the trillions in treasures still left standing disguised as buildings, barns, and houses all over the country. They appear to be eyesores and trash, but they are actually treasure in our hands and homes for our future. They are resources available without any more import costs, oil or electricity for manufacturing, labor, insurance, or paid holidays for the men and women who create the building materials, for they have all been paid for over the many decades the materials have been in service already as these structures. Now they can be harvested with little more than human energy that will then produce houses, barns, buildings, and careers for families and people who realize the profits to be had from such a simple transformation of the past into the future. It is not magic but it will seem like it if you look at the houses that I have torn down compared to the houses I have built with the parts. People seem to forget that the ugly can become beautiful if you give it the right amount of love and attention. People are the same and this is a way I feel that everyone can find a place in the process of turning trash into treasure for a generation that will escape consumerism and realize the value of the life hours, the family time, the pursuit of happiness instead of the dollar. Is it a dream? No. Historically, more people become millionaires from salvage than any other profession you can start from scratch in America. Why not you?
The path to being able to create a Tiny Texas House genre home for yourself may involve getting a framing contractor to put together your frame on your first house locally with wood you can buy there. Hopefully salvaged 2×4’s and 2×6’s, are available nearby as they are much heavier and more commonly saved, so as to then only need a package of our stylizing interior and exterior skins, windows, doors, flooring, and trim to complete the houses look and style. You can buy electrical parts locally or choose not to put any in the house, as with water. That is up to you depending on what code will allow when you build it. Later it might sneak in without asking the inspectors, if that turns out to be a problem with putting up a portable building in your yard that is this elaborate.
Some people do not approve, particularly in subdivisions with 5 versions of a house plan repeated in two colors fifty times in five blocks. So, beware of deed restrictions and local code that will always try to dictate how big, how fancy, how tall, etc if you are within their reach. Ideally you will do this in the countryside where no one will care much, or come inspect your work to tell you what you can not do.
With this in mind, the questions most people have to ask is…: What is a Tiny House for them? 12′ x 20′ is the smallest I would recommend, with a great loft, to live in full time, or some configuration giving one person at least that much space. You can do with less and more, but this seems to be the most comfortable middle ground I have found from all of our designs. The bigger version takes one up to 12’x 32′ which allows for a downstairs bedroom, living, kitchen, bath, and two loft bedrooms. The front and back porches make for living space in Texas too due to our incredibly beautiful weather. (I like it hot.) I will be assembling a series of blogs that will form the “Handbook for Manifesting Tiny Houses from 95% Pure Salvage” with installments on this photoblog so you folks will have the first unedited copies if you collect them all but hopefully we can get some e-books and even printed books on the subject out. Nowadays though, the cost to print in full color on paper is atrocious as most people are not willing to pay the price it costs for paper versions in this day of cyber e-books.
The biggest expense in getting a Tiny House of these statures to you once built has turned out to be the shipping and that is not really an option for many people. So here is a way to buy the entire skins, inside and out, to ship cheap in a flattened form, and then build the house locally using labor contracted just for the things you can not do, or get the help you need to do. Electrical and plumbing are so easy on a tiny house that you could do it based on the simplest electrical book out there, and likewise for the tiny amount of plumbing needed for these size houses. The skins for the floors, walls, ceilings, siding outside, and roof are what give the house its look. The vintage windows and doors are not vinyl so as to outgas hormone mimicking chemicals into your living space, dry up, crack, fog up, and need to be replaced in 12 years. Older windows have proven that they can be rebuilt, weather stripped, and last far longer, perform better for the investment, and leak far less than the cost of new windows every twelve years. No need for much more but the insulation and house wraps which can also get locally for less than I can buy and ship it to you.
What we are doing is figuring out a way for people to come, design, pick out parts, stack them and then ready the other people and parts to go together quickly when you are ready. We will store the package here and then ship what you need when ready. No losses due to weathering, or additional costs storing things in the pay to store lots. Your savings in just the money you do not lose value on because it is invested rather than pay more next year when the dollar is worth 15% less, or worse. Notice how the materials and food do not go down in value each year. Please do not think that pattern will change soon unless the dollar and economy get stronger and the world weather pattern suddenly reverses itself from the coming Ice Age.
Here is what can you do to manifest your Tiny Texas Dream house besides wish. Look at your retirement fund and see if you can get some out without penalty to put for a downpayment on a house. If you do not own a house in your name now, there may be a loophole you could use to buy a house, albeit in parts, without any penalty for withdrawing your money early. Imagine not giving your savings to the government or losing access if the internet goes down but instead being able to use it to build your dream home if you have the parts ready to go. Labor is the only thing that can get cheaper if the bottom craps out of the economy. Start downsizing and what you sell of goes into your tiny house fund. That way you will have gotten rid of all the things you won’t need already and the shift will be easier.
As we age, have family, and settle down, housing becomes even more precious. A Tiny Texas House is a mansion in the storm, the heat, the cold, and the snow, especially compared to having none and living on the street. A home does not have to be big to give you the security and protection you and your loved ones need. If tiny it is easy to heat and cool, and if paid for, it is yours for life, especially if you can move it with you someday down the road. Better to live tiny and be warm in the winter than to go broke trying to heat more house than you need. Still, people do, and will continue to do so until they no longer can. Change is hard for some. For others, preparation for the future, for their children’s best is all that is important, rather than illusions that having tons of material things will make one happier. As we get into our 50’s and 60’s, many people no longer wish to take care of so many things such as collections, big house and yard maintenance, or paying the taxes or utilities than we really need or in many cases, can afford if we are to stay healthy and live longer, but on a limited savings.
So after you plan the size, the style, get the parts lined up, and the labor ready, you can build a house inside a circus tent if you need cover and take it down when done if you are in a crappy weather world, a warehouse with an 18′ tall roof would be good too, if the door is 16′ high and 14′ wide, but, you can get the outside skins on quickly after framing to get protected from the weather, and then focus on the interior, taking your time, doing it your self and thus perhaps saving money if you need to. If you make a lot of money doing your job and can pay for three people to build for at your hourly income, then hire and use your valuable time to pay for help. But if you can not earn more than your help will cost, do as much as you can yourself and only hire out what you can not do. Don’t hire a builder to do it all, but rather the subcontractors he hires to do just parts of it for you, and likely for a bit less than the builder will mark it up to anyway. The porches, cabinets, and details are not needed initially to be happy, in love, secure, and sharing a common dream of living in a Tiny House.
Independence and freedom comes quicker if you live simple. Build the cabinets later or better, find vintage kitchen cabinet elements. We often have some to pick from as there were so many great portable kitchen cabinets from the 30’s – 40’s period. You will be amazed at what $200 will by in the antique mall, estate sale, or a garage sale that I assure you no one can or will build these days for the same price. Same for the bath and bedroom elements. A clawfoot tub, though it takes more space than a shower, is fast, easy, and if you are not super picky about the finish, can be the cheapest Tiny house bath possible, especially if you live where it can go on the front porch in a screened in area. So many ways to create romantic ways of living without using up the resources of the world to manifest the path to get there. The tub, as just one example, saves more energy by not having to be dug up as ore, smelted into iron, melted and poured into molds to create a tub, then put into the kilns at 2,400 degrees to melt the porcelain glazing onto the sink or tub. Keeping in mind that much of the coal from the time this was done was pulled out of the mines by 12-15 year old children who died of black lung before 40, the sacrifice is worth respecting and thus considering using that tub for another 30-50 years or more that it still has of life, and eventually, the iron it is made of will be so rare that the tubs value as a metal will far outweigh its value for washing in.Tiny Houses give people time to spend with their kids, in their gardens, exercising so as to care for the garden of their soul, their family, and do the things they love instead of work at jobs they hate and seldom see home for the expense of having it takes all to pay for it. Seems pointless to some, and for those people, tiny house living is the path of least resistance to finding a happy lifestyle they can live with for the rest of their lives. Looking through glass that was blown in the late 1800’s gives a different look to the world outside, but it is one of a time when men blew a giant bubble out of molten glass in a deep pit and then set it up on the table, cut the top and bottom off, and split the side to lay out each sheet flat while still hot enough to shape.
Consider the work, heat, and effort of the many who made a single sheet of glass that we still can use for another century if we choose rather than start from sand and pour glass on molten tin so thin we can put toxic gas inside and call it high efficiency because it reduces the heat getting into the house. Sadly it is encased in vinyl many times, will fog up in 12 years often, and will need to be completely made again, and installed after tearing apart the trim, if the window even has any, and tearing the entire unit out in order to repair the glass and cracked vinyl, an oil based product that dries up over time, faster where it is hotter. Since it is made with a very toxic caustic acrylic Acid, there is no way to make more without creating more toxins, using more oil, and creating more work, transport costs, and labor to keep the cycle going. Instead, old wood windows will often last another 30-100 years if cared for properly and can usually be repaired rather than completely replaced if someone is determined to do so.
If you want to know more about the cosmetic skin packages with the roofing, flooring, windows, doors, etc then follow this link to the basic package and think about upgrading to what ever you want from our 80,000 square feet of inventory to pick your parts and pieces from when you are ready.
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