Here Is Miss Lilly On Site With Here Baby, The Water Pump And Heater Room To Keep Her Company Over The Coming Decades.

Miss Lilly’s great adventure, from mind seed to reality

Here is a story of a Salvage Bootcamp and the salvation of a bit of history that will carry on to also become a piece of history one day.

Miss Lilly is made from the parts of several houses that once resided on the ranch owned by the family she has gone back to live with now.  She is named after the matriarch who lived in the house we tore down more than a century ago and helped do all things back in a time where women worked as hard as the men to take care of the house, the animals, and the ranch.  The women of Texas were a strong breed, many of German decent and a determination rarely seen today.  Miss Lilly carries that message with her, along with the simplicity and strength that was shared by so many people when they settle Texas in the 1800’s.

Hard to believe she would turn out so pretty.

Hard to believe she would turn out so pretty.

Can you imagine she came from this?  Well much of her did, but not all.

Can you imagine she came from this? Well much of her did, but not all.

This is why being reborn is so nice.

This is why being reborn is so nice.

I held a Salvage Bootcamp  where we took her down in just a few days time.

I held a Salvage Bootcamp where we took her down in just a few days time.

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She was not so pretty once upon a time.

She was not so pretty once upon a time.

Let us not forget Miss Lilly's old look.

Let us not forget Miss Lilly’s old look.

From these parts did we construct the house that you now see.  She is a beauty different from the one that used to be.  But in that house was laid the seeds that grew up strong and proud, the family that thought that was heaven when it was first found.  They raised a family that has grown and now returns to be the stewards of the land again, and the new dreams that they breed.

So here is how it happened, how she came to be again, a home where love will grow and where the dreams will surely roam.  Her spirit carries forth within, some memories will rise, and show up in the dreams that all will share who come to sleep inside.

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Miss Lilly in the beginning. Just Floor and Bones, but strong ones indeed.

Miss Lilly in the beginning.
Just Floor and Bones, but strong ones indeed.

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The bottom beams with their overlapped joints that are also lag bolted and glued.  The cross beams in the middle are held on by Steel saddles that are bolted to the beams and assure that they won’t slip away while keeping the outer beams strong.

Top view of a saddle on a 6x6 beam.  Slightly notched in and bolted next.

Top view of a saddle on a 6×6 beam. Slightly notched in and bolted next.

beam saddles to carry cross beams so as to not weaken the side beams with notches cut half through the beam for overlaps.

beam saddles to carry cross beams so as to not weaken the side beams with notches cut half through the beam for overlaps.

 

A little tail view

A little tail view

This is the front of the house waiting for the doors.

This is the front of the house waiting for the doors.

Back view of the house  as her decking goes on the roof and the windows are being put in.

Back view of the house as her decking goes on the roof and the windows are being put in.

A shot of screens in with the wood/window panels below

A shot of screens in with the wood/window panels below

Taking out the wood/window panels is not a one man job.

Taking out the wood/window panels is not a one man job.

Screens are a one man job.

Screens are a one man job.

Just before she is collapsed she looked like this.  In less than a half hour, the boys were dropping here down and toting the bottom pieces to load when we are ready.

Just before she is collapsed she looked like this. In less than a half hour, the boys were dropping here down and toting the bottom pieces to load when we are ready.

 

Letting her fold up to the house.  The porches actually strengthen the house for shipping.

Letting her fold up to the house. The porches actually strengthen the house for shipping.

Folding down the porch the easy way, with a forklift.

Folding down the porch the easy way, with a forklift.

Moving the porch floor in sections that 4 guys can handle.

Moving the porch floor in sections that 4 guys can handle.

Looking at the back of Miss Lilly with her porches all folded up and ready to travel 60 mph on the highway.

Looking at the back of Miss Lilly with her porches all folded up and ready to travel 60 mph on the highway.

The breakfast nook is just below the stained glass. that goes through into the bath.

The breakfast nook is just below the stained glass. that goes through into the bath.

Now that is a nice kitchen.  Keeping in mind that this is only supposed to be a guesthouse, it sure is a nice place to want to stay longer too.

Now that is a nice kitchen. Keeping in mind that this is only supposed to be a guesthouse, it sure is a nice place to want to stay longer too.

Front porch view all looking new.

Front porch view all looking new.

Here is the back porch view with all the inserts in their proper places.

Here is the back porch view with all the inserts in their proper places.

She's taken on a new glow since she got to her new home.  Now that she's grounded I think she's come to life.

She’s taken on a new glow since she got to her new home. Now that she’s grounded I think she’s come to life.

 

Here is Miss Lilly on site with here baby, the water pump and heater room to keep her company over the coming decades.

Here is Miss Lilly on site with here baby, the water pump and heater room to keep her company over the coming decades.

 

This is the short story of the Tiny Texas House we call Miss Lilly.  I hope you have enjoyed watching her manifest into a Calendar Girl.  She is the February Calendar Girl in the 2014 Tiny Texas Houses Art House Collection now available in our Online shopping store.  Please consider getting a few for Christmas gifts or just for regular gifts for those you know who are dreaming of downsizing in the years to come.  If more people will consider Salvage Building during this part of our social evolution, then perhaps we will be able to make up a little for the waste that has become commonplace in our generation we call the Baby Boomers.

Order your Calendars now and get super discount coupons inside and a collection of photos in a book type format that will let you store ideas and plans for your tiny house and keep them ready for the day your dream to have one can come true too.