This great example of what a Tiny Texas House started out like in the first year we made them.
We do a much better job now, but this wasn’t all that bad given we were just getting our training wheels off.
I will say this would cost much more now, but we use better insulation, under layment for the roof, and radiant barrier for the house wrap. Most of these products did not exist then.
This Classic Texas Ranch House,
only 12′ x 26′, was a great first example of the fold down porches.
It was double porched and sitting pretty in the shade,
and was built at least 4-5 years ago it seems.
It is sitting in the midst of giant Oak trees and looks as classic as it gets for a Texas Ranch Houses.
Last shot from the other side as we drove off into the sunset leaving her behind to live a grand life as a Classic Rustic Texas Ranch House.
One shot from the set up in the trees just before we left after the set up.
Nice view of the loft bedroom, one for each grand daughter
View from one loft to other, and both had great beds.
For a tiny kitchen this had it all, full size fridge, stove, trash compactor, and plenty of storage with a pantry.
Classic high back sink, cast iron with porcelain that used up more energy to mine the ore, refine it, pour it into the mold, then put it back in the oven at 2,400 degrees to apply three coats of porcelain glaze. That much energy will heat and cool the house for its entire life of 100 years. That is how you really save energy when you build.
One of our early ladders that was moveable to both lofts as they did not want two.
If you face the bevels inward they act like magnifying glasses and will actually, as they did, burn holes in tin foil or, which they did not thank God, start your curtains on fir. Always face the bevels outward so they dissipate the light instead of concentrate it. This is how I learned that lesson as here lofts kept heating up so she covered them with tin foil and it burned holes through it where the bevels were.
The bathroom knob, known as a mineral glaze on a surface mounted lock box with a privacy latch for while you want to be left alone.
Here is my sweet baby doll as puppy on the porch guarding for me while I am taking pictures.
What a place to just sit and watch the cows, the sunset, the treated water from the septic being sprayed out on the lawn, ….. well as long as you don’t think of it as that.
giant screened back porch and it had a great breeze. Again though, the heavy landscaping means much more water getting on the wood all around and speeding up deterioration if you do not keep up your Tung Oil maintenance.
Super landscaping, but this also cause more splash from the roof to end up on the porches and steps adding to their destruction if you do not keep it Tung Oiled every year.
This baby looked good even without the incredible landscaping.
Etched glass door is hard to see but the glass was beautiful and over 100 years old.
The kitchen had a nice pantry that you can see from this angle.
Matched pieces of beveled glass at both ends of the lofts.
Here is the end view showing the screened back porch and the front