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Brrrr, we noticed Winter is coming…and wanted to lift up your spirits….so

It’s already getting COLD (Brrrrr!) so we were reminded that its almost the Holiday season.

Yum Yum, but we want to do something special for our friends around the world.

 Here are a couple of ideas to let you know we do care, we appreciate you, and are thinking about what more we can still give before the year is out.

Soooo…….we have been trying to figure out ways to lift everyone up for the holiday season, perhaps high enough to get out of the snow in some places (heh).

Ladders and stairs, by golly, why not…. and we will make it extra special for our friends…..

 

heavens ladder from the door, but it takes up too much space, beam is in the way above for tall people.

Heaven’s ladder from the door, but it takes up too much space, beam is in the way above for tall people.

heavens ladder frontal view from kitchen.  The bottom two steps need to be consolidated into one tread length for more space.

Heaven’s ladder frontal view from kitchen. The bottom two steps need to be consolidated into one tread length for more space.

We looked at what we could offer to help everyone next year as they worked toward their vision of how to use salvaged materials to build their dream houses, projects, and possibly future careers.  Family businesses have begun and grown as people realize the wealth of opportunity this industry holds.  I for one am thrilled to see as many people in the business as possible, so we can save the best from our past to build a much more sustainable future for our children than our generation is presently preparing to leave behind.  Here is your chance to learn more, share your inspirations and be empowered to do this wherever you are living.  We will help in as many ways as possible with the forum to share, make contacts, and help others turn ideas into reality, creatively, and sustainably.

To this end….

Easiest solution is to have a short end of the year Holiday Special offering to our members and followers:  a Grand Package at Pauper Prices for gift giving. 

 

 Ooops, I hit the publish button too soon.  the order button and store button is not there yet, but I think for the moment,

it is best to talk with me and get the details right if you are Serious about getting one of these beauties for your home.

 Darby@puresalvageliving.com   Very limited number of orders to ship before end of the year.  Made to order only.

 

Then we looked at what we could give at a good value to make it affordable and efficiently viable to keep the costs down.

On a separate blog you will see what we did to create a comprehensive Holiday Special gift package.

Could be divided up or given all to one person.

That was deemed a great idea so here is the link to that.

 

While we are still changing course and moving toward the development of Salvage, Texas, our plan is to continue creating Tiny Texas Houses to populate the town and market where Salvagefaire now sits.  We are also still aiming at teaching others how to build Tiny Houses from salvage and to get the materials by learning Salvage Mining.  This remains a primary focus if the people are out there that actually want to do the hard work it takes to learn how to thrive in a new industry.  For some this can be a solution by showing them how to make a living at it.  The Salvage Mining Tutorial DVDs tells much of what is involved, from getting a person to give you a house, barn, or building, to buying the salvage rights or demolition rights so as to get the materials through other means than donations.  Many of the free Youtube Channel videos we have produced offer pointers as well as those on our membership website.  You will find the membership accesses tons of info and pictures for a nominal membership fee.

For the Holiday season, we want to offer empowering gifts for you to share with others, and to spread the Pure Salvage Living Renaissance that will offer solutions everyone can benefit from if we will apply them.

During this season it is a good time to figure out how towns, civic groups, and churches can help their followers create affordable housing that requires little more than human and spiritual energy.  It is not about much money spent, but instead what can be given in tax credits to those who want to help make this a reality in their towns and cities.  If done with intention, people can have structures donated and give the donors a big write off greater than if one were trying to buy the rights.  That benefit alone makes it possible to also get a bit of money to help with the tear down and salvage, as well as food donated at times for a house Razing or Raising.   All it takes is the old timers getting together and orchestrating it for the younger folks who just don’t have it together yet, from the truck to the trailers, to the connections it takes to pull things together, as a community.  This leads to solutions everyone can benefit from and grow into a more positive society.   Like teaching people how to fish rather than giving them a fish, once they can build a home from “trash” for their family that is beautiful and will last a lifetime, they are freer than most for they have manifested solutions most are searching for, but never find.  Other non-profits besides churches can get involved and help make this happen as well.  Think about it as the winter takes its toll on the homeless.  This is something we can do to not only help provide housing, but to train and give solutions in the form of work and careers, that will not only help save souls, but also the amazing materials from doomed buildings, houses, and barns at the end of their structural lives.

Here is what you get in the Holiday 2014 Special Package:

First the Salvage Mining Tutorial DVDs provide all the basic knowledge you may need to get the materials, what you need to crank up an operation by getting the materials lined up to build with, for free.

The DVD set has over 4 hours of video instruction, with directions on how to find, acquire, and make a living from salvage.  It has information covering hardware, wood, windows and many of the details that you will need to know if you are going to get into salvaging, even if it is only the materials needed to build a couple houses, not an entire career in the salvage business.  We believe this is the best guide in the industry to getting started on a richly rewarding new path.  Adding the yearly membership to the DVDs gives you access to much more that will also help you not just salvage, but to also build with salvage materials.  We will help teach you to build Tiny Houses, but you can apply the principles to any size house or project.

Next, we’ve included the 3D plans for the Tiny Texas Houses Cowboy Cabin!  These plans show you how to build a great Tiny House that a small family can live in comfortably, that would ordinarily cost over $100,000 to buy fully built.

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Here is a great cut away to show you how the reality compares with the Sketch Up program view. You will be able to open this up and see how we built the house, stage by stage, from the floor system to the roof. You can make changes that way.

 

The Cowboy Cabin is one of the most popular of our houses so far and gives enough room for a small family to live in.

The Cowboy Cabin is one of the most popular of our houses so far and gives enough room for a small family to live in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We added the plans to build your own Tiny Texas Skin Remover Tool, a Tiny Texas Houses original!

The Tiny Texas Skin Remover Tool was designed to make the job of salvaging boards SO much faster and easier.

Here is a great tutorial on how to use the Tiny Texas Skin Remover and some instruction on other removal methods.

Here is a demo video on the Pure Salvage Skin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7jPcClC7lg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0ohMv2kN70

Here are some other things you can be making too.

The complete plans for TWO versions of

Tiny Texas ladders are included in the Holiday 2014 Special Package!

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The Little Green Vicky had a nice storage ladder too.

The Little Green Vicky and her Shelf Storage Ladder.

We have revised and updated the plans so they are the best yet.  The Tiny Texas Shelf Storage Ladder is the perfect way to add some “Space Magic” to your own tiny abode, maximizing the use of the space the ladder takes up.

The sale will be on through January 1, 2015.  Orders including the Salvage Mining Tutorial DVD Set placed after December 15, 2014 may not arrive in time for Christmas, but the other items included in the Holiday 2014 Special Package can be downloaded at any time.  Order early to ensure you have the DVD box set in hand to give to that special someone (maybe yourself!)

Here’s what’s to be included:

1.  The Tiny Texas Ladder Stair Plans

2.  The Salvage Mining Tutorials DVD Box Set

3.  The Tiny Texas Houses Cowboy Cabin Plans

4.  The Tiny Texas Skin Remover Plans

5.  The Tiny Texas Shelf Storage Ladder Plans*

The regular retail of these items is $308.

For the Holiday Special Package, you get all of the above for only $199.

 Free shipping included on this Holiday Special Package only.

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In addition, the Skin Remover itself, (not the plans) will be on sale for $175 + S&H (minimum $30 in cont. US) as a separate special for this event only.

For some this may be a great idea too.  

 

We are offering for the first time, 3 options for both our Tiny Texas Shelf Storage Ladder and The Tiny Texas Ladder Stairs.

 

That means you can purchase one of these creations already put together, in a kit with pre-cut pieces, or in raw lumber with drawings for the real wood shop kind of guy who only need the raw lumber.  

A.  The cheapest will be the Materials Package with all of the vintage knot free aged wood needed for the respective ladders, including the schematics, but NOT cut to size. 

B.  The middle price is the Kit, which is all the materials needed, plus the schematics, cut to size and ready to assemble, glue, and nail or screw.  

C.  The top price is the completed ladder, including being sanded and oiled.

For the Tiny Texas Ladder Stair, prices are as follows:

1.  Materials Package: $250 regular price, $175 Holiday Special

2.  Kit: $495 regular, $395 Holiday

3.  Complete Ladder Stairs: $995 regular, $845 Holiday

For the Tiny Texas Shelf Storage Ladder:

1.  Materials Package: $350 regular, $275 Holiday

2.  Kit: $695 regular, $595 Holiday

3.  Complete Built Storage Shelf Ladder: $1800 regular, $1550 Holiday

For the completed ladders only, they need to be ordered by December 1 to be there by Christmas.  But the special pricing will run through January 1, 2015, ending January 2 for a later delivery. 

The kits and materials packages have to be ordered by December 5th for a Christmas delivery.

 Below are some great examples of the minor changes and variations that can be done to create many of the ladders that reside in some of our best houses so far.

This is a very special stairwell I call the Harp stairs.  It was put into the Writers Cottage which now sits up on an out look in Hunt,

This is a very special stairwell I call the Harp stairs. It was put into the Writer’s Cottage which now sits up on an out look in Hunt.

This is a storage stair with secret compartments, and a greait railing

This is a storage stair with secret compartments, and a great railing.

The Lakeside Cabin storage ladder is also like the plans we are just now putting out for  sale.  The wood package is also an option if you like.

The Lakeside Cabin storage ladder is also like the plans we are just now putting out for sale. The wood package is also an option if you like.

The Arts and Crafts without the decorations.

The Arts and Crafts without the decorations.

Here is the bed up.

Here is the bed up.

Murphy bed ladder with counter weight under the bottom.  This is with the bed down.

Murphy bed ladder with counter weight under the bottom. This is with the bed down.

Side view of the Murphy Bed Ladder .

Side view of the Murphy Bed Ladder.

Another shot of the Arts and Crafts Ozona Tiny Texas House.

Another shot of the Arts and Crafts Ozona Tiny Texas House.

The Canyon Lake B&B storage ladder.

The Canyon Lake B&B storage ladder.

A bare shot of the Hill Country Vicky.

A bare shot of the Hill Country Vicky.

Other view of the closed in bottom on Big Brother's storage ladder.

Other view of the closed in bottom on Big Brother’s storage ladder.

Back view of the boxed in storage version.  Has secret storage space inside too.

Back view of the boxed in storage version. Has secret storage space inside too.

Storage ladder on the Arts and Crafts House.

Storage ladder on the Arts and Crafts House.

Yes, the $1,800 storage ladder made with antique Long Leaf Pine is on sale for you to get or give for others.  This sale is a limited offer!  It does not last as long as this blog may exist or any copy of it later.  We reserve the right to cancel this and all other offers at any time we feel we can not continue to create them for the price they are offered at this time.

While it may seem like a lot of money to some people who have never built a ladder with so many pieces of hand picked vintage lumber, I cannot say enough that will allow you to appreciate it as much as to use it, feel its strength, and to know it will be there when you need it, for as long as you will need it, and look good doing the job the whole time.  These are made to hold hundreds and hundreds of pounds, just on the treads, plus hundreds more on the shelves so that you can store flour, rice, beans, water, or any other heavy goodies and it will hold it up while you go up and down.  Must leave room on the step for your feet though.

When it comes to the Shelf Storage Ladder, there is a lot more wood and work than the classic Tiny Texas Ladder Stair.

 

So if you want something slighter, less expensive, and that will go together with less time and effort, choose the Tiny Texas Ladder Stair completed, or in the Materials Package or Kit.

It only takes up a tiny 16″ x 32″ footprint to climb about 7′ high to the loft.  See below for more on the Ladder Stair plans. 

 

Way in the back, hidden behind the fridge, is a storage ladder with lots of room.

Way in the back, hidden behind the fridge, is a storage ladder with lots of room.

Variation built into back wall going over the counter.

Variation built into back wall going over the counter.

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Useful variation like the package contains plans for creating.

Useful variation like the package contains plans for creating.

In old tall roomed houses where you can add a loft in the upper half of the room where it stays warmest at night.

We created one for folding up agains the wall called a ladder stair and just for this occasion…

 

The alternating tread allows us to compress two steps into the length of 2/3 of a regular one.

The alternating tread allows us to compress two steps into the length of 2/3 of a regular one.

Here you can see the incredible grain of the antique wood

Here you can see the incredible grain of the antique wood.

Also you can see how the treads are locked into the sides of the ladder.

Also you can see how the treads are locked into the sides of the ladder.

Here is the ladder stair folded up against the wall.

Here is the ladder stair folded up against the wall.

Top view looking down shows half ladder and half stair, though still a bit unusual.

Top view looking down shows half ladder and half stair, though still a bit unusual.

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

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

 

The Kits include all the wood pre-cut to size, even jig sawed holes for the handles that are built into the sides.  The routing will be done for you as well, so you simply have to sand and oil after you get it together.  This Kit is going to run $695 but you will be able to assemble it much faster and have a minimal amount of time invested, comparably speaking.  If you know what you are doing it can take a day to put it together so if you have not done it before, it will take you a weekend most likely.   While you will not need the table saws and some other tools,  a nail gun will be almost essential as the wood is too hard to hand pound nails into without pre-drilling each hole.   Add a day if you decide to do that.  Sale prices stated above will supersede any found elsewhere in this blog.

The big job is always best done with bigger better tools but I have found that a simple table saw, a radial arm saw if you can get access, a router, a jigsaw, nail gun, tape measure, square, circular saw, and a couple sanders, one palm, one belt, whew….. and that is all you need to do the bigger job of building either Ladder from a Materials Package.  I did not say nail guns because you would need that to build the Kit too, which includes then a compressor.  Might as well get the package of 3 guns and a compressor from Dewalt, Bosch or some other good brand if you have none to start.

Get good Premier 2 wood glue and a set of clamps.  We have some video out on some of the process and will post more for members.

So, if you do not have all of the tools, the Kit or the assembled Ladder are the best options.

Normally the Long Leaf Pine or Loblolly Pine alone sells for $5-$7 per square foot.  The great savings to you is in the time we’ll spend selecting the wood, prepping and cutting it for the precut Kit.   If you are planning on doing the pre-drilling, counter sinking screws, putting plugs in the holes, and other great detailing, you will be able to create something as nice as we build for the higher price, but still at a considerable bargain.

So with that all said, we hope this gives you a feeling of some opportunity and of our appreciation for following us, sharing in the Pure Salvage Living Renaissance, and helping us create a future we can be proud of many generations from now.

Please let us know if we can be of more help.

The link will take you to where you can be one of the first to get on the list to take advantage of this special.

Thank you,

Brad Kittel