As we get rolling into November we pause to catch up on what happened in October. Miss Lilly has left us for her homestead and she loves it by the pond beneath the shade of the giant Live Oak trees that block the afternoon sun. She has truly found a place of peace and tranquility with new parents that love her like the Grandmother who’s house we took apart to create Miss Lilly. Dorothy misses her friend but is coming into here own as she is nearly finished too. Porches, countertops, a shower and we are nearly complete but she still does not have a homestead to go to so she may end up sitting here for a bit longer. Not a problem. We like her very much and would be glad to keep her here for a long time. It makes for a great opportunity to see some beautiful work if you get to come for a tour in November or December.
Miss Lilly will be one of the houses featured in the “Art Houses” edition of the 2014 Tiny Texas Houses Calendars. I want to invite you all to look over the three calendars and see some 36 houses that we have created, nearly half of all of the Tiny Texas Houses in existence today. They are intended to help spread the word to others by showing them what can be done with Pure Salvage. I hope you will consider purchasing one or three and give them to your friends who are interested in downsizing in the next few years. Hopefully it will open their minds to the possibilities of using as much salvaged wood and materials as possible and as few imports and toxic materials as possible too. This is the objective of the Pure Salvage Living Renaissance, to awaken people to the opportunity to save more of our best parts of the past to build the future out of rather than through the good stuff away and buy the newer imported built to break parts most builder use to create housing today.
We have a new guy being built in Manifestation Bay that will be going to Iowa when it is completed. Coooold country so we are building it a bit different than normal. Thicker walls for more insulation, putting the vapor barrier on the inside of the walls, no plumbing in outer walls, and a few more details that are different, but overall, same strong frame and details. This is only an 11′ x 18′ house but it will have plenty of room. The loft will be a bit shorter to save on shipping costs and yet he will seem as large as any on the inside when finished. The arched windows will fill all the holes and even the door is going to be arched. I think it will be a new addition to the Art House category that will be a classic eye catcher forever.
The “Kid” is also growing into form fast and will be our tiniest Tiny Texas House yet. It is only 63 square foot on the bottom floor and will have a giant loft space to go with it. It is really tall for its height and width and would need to be laid down on its side to ship it, which i do believe we could do if we wanted but the “Kid” is destined to be one of the houses in the villages out back and we already have a couple people who are looking forward to the chance to live in there when it is finished. This prototype will have lots of tin on it to cut costs by speeding up the build out, reducing material costs, and still creating something unique and fun. It is actually a composition of wall sections from the Concrete Salvage job that were never fully taken apart and instead used as the walls for this house, intact, as they were taken down from the other. So far I am not convinced that we saved any time with that plan.
Please do not forget that we have put out the plans for the Cowboy Cabin which even includes the 3D plans and module that will go with the Free Download known as Sketch Up that lets you do architectural drawings in 3D just like the architects do, except it is easy to use. Please visit the blogs on the plan set and the 3D tutorial on how to use the module that Mackey created just for you. The plans can be had in paper form shipped out to you as well.
Likewise the sales of the DVDs have been going well but I would like to offer a Christmas special at $55 each which will go on the site as an option this week. Please consider helping someone you know out who has the skills but no work so they might be able to see the opportunities all around you to get the salvage rights to houses and barns, take them down, and make a great living off from selling the parts, or even better, building Tiny Houses out of them. This is a great 4 hour plus tutorial on so many of the things you need to know to become a Salvage Miner, and age is not a barrier, for someone 18 years old or 80 years old could turn this knowledge into a thriving business with the connections they already have in place. For the young there is the hard work and for the elders there is the sales, the orchestration of the tasks, from finding storage to lining up the trailer to move it and the proper way to store it away until it sells or turns into a Tiny House to sell.
Thanks for following us and please watch as we move Vesper Casa out to Cotulla next. She will be the star in a movie that is being shot out at the ranch she is going to and promises to be the hottest Tiny House star in the world before it is over. I will let you all know the name of the movie once I find out, if I am not sworn to secrecy that is.
Oh yes, be watching if you happen to follow European news as we are due to come out as a feature article in STern magazine in Germany. Quite an honor as they are possibly the most read magazine in the country. Having been born in Germany and spent nearly a dozen years there in my younger days, I am thrilled to be able to spread the word and share with so many people on that continent. We have some great things planned that will hopefully grow our global following even more soon too.
Finally, we are about to start the Webinar series and I am looking forward to using them to teach subjects that so many have wanted to learn but that the distances, scheduling, and other issues have kept us from offering up till now. We will see if we can grow the following needed to justify the time and money to then teach how to build our showers, build cabinets, and all of the different elements that go into creating a Tiny Texas House that will transport anywhere you want to take it. We will offer discussion time and answer questions on a weekly basis and hope you will get the chance to participate if you are interested in learning more about the Pure Salvage Living Renaissance.