Brad Kittell of http://TinyTexasHouses.com says “a generation of housing materials already harvested, sliced, diced, formed, and proven healthy, toxin free, priced for human energy is available in this country. Materials that ard 100% American grown, mined, smelted, formed, and created with pride when we had such in our craftsmanship, and built to last for centuries.
Brad has created what Clay Douglas believes is the First “Liberty Village” (see http://libertyvillages.org) in 40 acres near San Antonio, Texas.
Why throw these materials in the dump to use Chinese imports, speed grown wood, vinyl, plastics, glues, sheet rock, carpeting or other “modern, big box store” material junk that just adds to the toxic soup in our lives?
Tons of vintage materials are at our fingertips waiting to be re-harvested — awaiting our awakening to the responsibilities we have to live with, not destroy the planet that we share. With some imagination, these salvaged quality materials and simple Human energy, anyone can have energy efficient tiny houses to live in for the rest of their lives. Sub-Zero carbon footprint houses are not only possible they are here — our tiny houses are proof that this concept works.
The very first Tiny Texas Home ever built graces the cover of Lloyd Kahn’s new book on the Tiny House movement.
My goal is to show people what can be done with a concept I call Pure Salvage Building, thus what you see is 99% Pure Salvage. That means that everything from the doors, floors, windows, lumber, porch posts, glass, door hardware, and even the siding has been saved and re-used to create houses that we hope will last for a century or more.
I believe that there are presently enough building materials sitting on the ground to build much of the next generation of housing. All it takes to make it so is pure human energy, spirit, and the desire to build something that will last for several lifetimes.
Tiny Texas Houses have been designed and built with the best trees ever harvested, the best hardware ever made, and great salvaged materials to demonstrate that it is possible to reduce our carbon footprint, simplify our lives, and live in a healthy house that will be energy efficient as well as beautiful.
Each custom, hand-crafted Tiny Texas House is a unique piece of House Art that will last for the rest of their owner’s lives, and generations to come.
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