Drawn In 1977, This Was What My Twenties Were Spent On While I Was Working My Way Through College.  From There I Went Off In The School Bus To Write The Great American Novel.  Heh... 35 Years Later I Am Still On That Path, Again, But I Must Find A Way To Do It While Carrying On After All.  Let Us See What Comes Next.

Open letters to the world in hopes that the time has come.

Here are a few of the letters that have come in, affected me greatly as I was at my lowest point in my faith in humanity being willing to make the moves we need to save the planet. My hope rekindled by what is happening, I want to share some of the letter that have made a difference, though there are many, I want to include some of those that I hope are going to make a difference.

Darby,

I hope this message finds you well. Just over the weekend a woman named Emma saw the project my team is working on, and offered to feature us on their website on September 1st. This website has over 12 million monthly subscribers. After looking at the site, the people who follow it are all about living toxin free in every aspect of their lives. It is a really impressive website, and has a lot of different interests that it covers, but I was impressed to see the commitment to healthy living that it promotes.

Emma suggested that an article that covers how to build a tiny house on a budget would be interesting to her readership. After looking at her website I think her readership will be even more interested in building a tiny house following your building philosophy, that is also on a budget.

I wanted to ask if you would be willing to help crunch some numbers for time and materials. I am sure I can get some fairly accurate figures, but you would be able to provide extremely accurate figures for material costs, as well as accurate number of hours and time commitment as a result of the many years of experience you have building tiny houses.

I think that it will be most beneficial to use a 250 square foot, or 350 square foot tiny house size as the example for all of the calculations, just to give people an idea of what to expect. With what we hope to do with our project, we want to line things out so that anyone can self-construct a tiny house within a year. I personally don’t think that can be done with just one person. But using that as a goal, (building a tiny house of that size in one year), it would be great if you could give your opinion of how many people over how many days that it would take to pull it off.

I know you are probably crazy busy. Any help you can offer would be super helpful, and I will be sure to attribute our figures to you and direct people to you and your latest blog post regarding outposts. If it will work better for you to have me call you on the phone, that way I can take notes on anything you have to say, I would love to do that also. Whatever is most convenient for you.

Let me know if you are interested or willing to help with this article. When it comes to the actual write-up of the article, we have a couple of talented female writers on our team, and once we get all the information for the article, I think I will assign it to them. For the readership of this website, I think that having a genuine female voice in the writing will be very beneficial in this case. But I am sure that we will critique it and re-work it.

Let me know as soon as you can. I look forward to hearing back from you.

Many thanks,

Brad Kittel
6:23 AM (4 minutes ago)

to Saul
I will be glad to help. At sunrise this morning I plan to begin working on a crowd funding campaign of which I know nothing as to how to construct but I am hoping to set up the trust, put all I own that will make a solid foundation possible, land, buildings, materials, and commit another decade to seeing the Pure Salvage Outposts evolve around the country. I had hoped to perhaps relax a bit in my 60’s, as you know, and focus on writing, but that is selfish given the need for what you are doing, and the need for toxin free housing is so great. No one else seems to have accumulated the knowledge base or the experience that I can offer to this cause and thus, I will give it one last shot to see if the world wants to help make this possible. Otherwise, the banks, though I have paid them steadily, are calling the balloon note in and this may vanish before you can get your dream materialized.

Yes, a phone call might work, and recording it would be a better way as I talk fast and cram each sentence full of facts, information that may not seem important at times, but is all interconnected. I will need some advice as well for I am not adept in the technology that these crowd funding endeavors require, from video as I will have to film myself, construct the package, and get it accepted mostly on my own. This has been the case through out my life unless I could afford to pay for help, and I am glad to take on the challenge once more that most would think impossible if it will give kids like you a chance at fixing the mess my generation has created.

Let me know when, as you are a few hours behind and will not get this until I am likely starting some attempts at verbalizing my intent on video, figuring out how to work it over in Final Cut( a program I am a novice in) and putting together a package that defines what I hope to create. Once together, I am not sure which is the best funding source and would love to know what you have learned as you all pulled yours together. The goal, if I succeed, will give you more than a platform to work on with your success, it will give you all a foundation to help run, grow, and carry on once I am too old to put out the goods anymore, or happen to disappear one day for causing such a stir in the 99% who need this so much. I have had so many emails, Facebook comments, and people telling me how this has actually had an impact that I can not be so selfish as to take time off from the job I have created for myself. I will do it gladly if the people are really ready to break away from the status quo.

I have help from the UK to get some books published, volunteered which gives me hope, and so many who would help if they had any spare money to do so. In fact, this will likely be part of the post I will create to announce what I am doing, tagging it on the one last night that will put the bulls eye on my heart next. If I fail I will try not to take it personally, but I am putting it all on the line, as I have for the last decade in hopes that the tide is finally turning and the masses will awaken to the folly of our consumerism that is leading to the end of a healthy planet, thousands of species, and the dreams of billions of people to live a simple happy life with their loved ones.

Thank you for your efforts as they have given me hope when my faith in humanity had reached its lowest point for lack of seeing the results that might make a difference in the world.

Darby

Hi Brad,
My name is Andrew I’m 27, I live in Maine, up in the Northeast. I greatly appreciate your work, knowledge and experience as you share it through various videos of yours I have seen online, including the salvage mining series. I read through your Blog about how you are throwing in the towel with your property in Texas. I’m also living the day to day experience of seeing nearly all the people around me seemingly oblivious to, not caring of, not encouraged enough, for one reason or another not outwardly caring about numerous and significant problems and sufferings in the world right now, still exacerbating in the passage of time. I offer my consolations for any and all disappointment and sorrow you might and I expect you must feel for having invested so much into that land over so long. I greatly admire the creativity, scope, and length to which you pursued your vision, as well how, I gathered from one of your recent blogs, you are still trying to help others with the underlying mission of Tiny Texas Houses. Thank you for your tenacity.

I began learning carpentry in earnest about a year ago when I began a two year associate degree in building/construction at a community college. This past summer I worked for builder making very large, upscale houses. This was the conventional stick-frame, zip system, azek trim, etc. approach.

I love building so much I am ready to dig in for the long haul, so I’m steadily getting things going for a salvage tiny house business. I was wondering if you could maybe offer a few tips on getting started. I have already learned a great deal from your videos, they have been invaluable. I would just value greatly a personal relationship with you as well because your goal and mine seem to be the same: keeping the Earth alive, rebuilding broken communities, offering good examples for the youth of adults protecting the Earth, offering them employment doing work they can feel good about, offering elders a usefulness, etc etc.

I got a decent truck, not that big but I think it will work for now, a ford ranger 4.0 engine… Right now I’m replacing the hitch so it will be safer and more solid. I have a light flatbed trailer, 7×10′, OSB bolted to angle iron welded to an old boat trailer frame.

I’m renovating the back of my truck to live in as well as documenting the whole process so I can start a kickstarter campaign. Once I save up about 10,000 I will be able to find decent land in Maine. Then I will buy some old billboard vinyl and rig up a couple large tents so I can build under them. I will live out of my truck.

I already have a small supply of salvage my issue is storage, but I’m hoping to resolve that a.s.a.p. I’m making a business plan on sba.gov, learning about incorporating, making a website, and everything will go to support my legitimacy with a kickstarter campaign. The kickstarter will be to raise money for land and a few power tools.

So, if you have any tips or advice, I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you.

-Andrew Gervais

Sounds like you are doing a good job young man. Thank you for following and better, getting out and doing something more than talk about it. I too am considering a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of finding a way to set up a trust to help kids like yourself for I feel terrible for letting so many down by giving up on this vision I have dedicated myself to for the last decade after a life in salvage, dumpsters, and what others considered trash. I am not used to failing in my life, or asking anyone for help. I have eaten out of dumpsters rather than ask for a dollar to eat, even from family and I was lucky enough to be able to survive, to be physically able to do what I had to in spite of my problems with my body when I was young.

It sounds like you have a good start. Get the tarps up to protect your materials as tents, not just draped over them as they will create a moist environ below that will still be detrimental. I realize the winds will be an issue, but window weights if you can find them tied to ropes will help hold the tarp from billowing in the winds.

I will be doing some things in the near future, hopefully very soon, to come up with a plan that will allow me to create perhaps a trust that I can put what lands I have, inventories, and what ever it will take to perpetuate the Pure Salvage Living Renaissance so that you and others who are willing to do the work, to share and grow this concept so that your children one day will have better options than my generation has given the kids so far.

You are on the right track. Optimize your health, for your body is the temple of your soul and if you treat it right, it will take you places others can not go. Pranayama breathing will carry you forward as a simple discipline as will being sure not to take any fluoride into your body for it calcifies the pineal gland, your third eye to the soul which will give you the power to manifest your creative dreams and create a reality others would consider miraculous. For now I have not much time to share individually, but I hope to do more. This is a challenging time for me and I must make more sacrifices if I am to succeed in helping others like yourself. You are only a couple years younger than my son would be right now were he still here. It is for your generation, as well as others older who have been left behind by our culture that drive me and I will soon set my ego aside and ask for help so that I might help create a path that you and others will be able to follow rather than become the debt slaves that our society has accepted as the norm for sake of simple consumerism and constant entertainment.

Thank you again for your letter as it helps me with this decision to ask for help to create something that my millions alone, and a decade of 80+ hour weeks has not been able to do yet. I do not desire much more than to give you and others the chance to be free, happy, and life a wonderful, though simple life where you can have a family you can be with, love, and care for without being subject to the powers that wish you to be their slave for life.

I will try to offer more later, but for now, keep up the good work. You are on a good path and others behind you will need your help to find it as well.

Darby
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Brad,

I’m awake because I am eat up with thoughts of building tiny houses and changing the direction of our national consumer debt, societal consciousness, and the perspective of the next generation. In four days I’m moving to Texas (I went to Baylor) to open a Tiny House (on trailers) manufacturing facility. Hear me… I think tiny houses and salvage can be not only good for our hearts & minds, but also for the wallets of everyone involved.

This isn’t a new thing for me… I moved into my closet as a 13 year old and defiantly told my parents I had everything I needed in there! I’ve also been watching your videos and reading your blog since you started publishing. I even reached out one time to inquire about buying a house, but the sticker shock frankly scared me off (as it does a lot of people still). But now I see my part in it all, so I’m diving in as a mid-life business guy who has very little construction experience and no carpentry experience. I have watched every tiny house video on YouTube and television at this point though, and I have hopes the demand will move from cottage/tinkering to early adopter stage within the next 24 months. There has to be push and pull for those to scale to hundreds of thousands of homes.

Hope to change the course of my life and the lives of many students (who will apprentice in our shop alongside tradesmen), and the 20-something’s and 60-something’s who will buy them. Until I saw your post offering to help create Outposts, my plan was to put the team together to start building tiny homes in decent number, and afterward start a salvage business to make the beautiful and affordable materials better options for tiny house buyers.

All of that said, you’ve now wrecked my plans!!!!! I’d like to come see you the first week of September so that you can see that while I may be quite different than you, and even have 25% less altruistic motives than you, there’s enough in common that we can work together. If nothing else, I’ll demonstrate I’m genuine and could be a good buyer of what you’ve already salvaged (even if I don’t get rubber stamped as an outpost).
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to Brad
I should add… Yes I’ve seen your articles about the tiny house jamboree, the problems with trailers, RV certification for financing, etc. I still want to meet and I hope you’ll give me the benefit of the doubt long enough to see if there’s a way we can help each other.

The bottom line is that my shaping the “industry” by being a humble leader that demonstrates openly that it’s morally and economically better to build with non-toxic materials is the right approach to win this cause. In other words, people naturally desire “better”… So the right stories just aren’t being told yet in the right way. Meanwhile, every family who doesn’t buy a 99% Pure Salvage house is dieing a little each day… Even while an 85% Pure Salvage house could be both more economical and more healthy than the option they chose. AND they are missing out on all the beauty and character of the old wood!

Anyway, thought I would add a little addendum myself in case you were tempted to label me as being in a certain camp that I myself wouldn’t be comfortable with.

Brad Kittel
6:31 AM (11 minutes ago)

to Jason
Thank you for the great words and please consider more, for as the sun rises today I will begin my attempt to get the crowd funding or what ever help can be found to make what you are talking about even more possible. I am not the guy to manage and continue the business side f that venture for my management skills are the worst of my aptitudes. I am hoping to put the millions in materials, land, and assets I have into a trust that will facilitate what you are trying to do, as well as others who seem to have listened and want to contribute to changing this world we live in.
I will need help and the right people to hand over the reigns to so that I can go off and speak, teach others, and embolden them to do as you are, knowing the money is the grease needed to make the wheels turn. I will include a letter I just sent to the kids out west who have launched a campaign to create the schooling needed for the growth of the Tiny House movement, in all its forms.

Again, thank you, for I needed to know there are others who have taken my dream to heart and are willing to take action.

Darby,

I hope this message finds you well. Just over the weekend a woman named Emma saw the project my team is working on, and offered to feature us on their website on September 1st. This website has over 12 million monthly subscribers. After looking at the site, the people who follow it are all about living toxin free in every aspect of their lives. It is a really impressive website, and has a lot of different interests that it covers, but I was impressed to see the commitment to healthy living that it promotes.

Emma suggested that an article that covers how to build a tiny house on a budget would be interesting to her readership. After looking at her website I think her readership will be even more interested in building a tiny house following your building philosophy, that is also on a budget.

I wanted to ask if you would be willing to help crunch some numbers for time and materials. I am sure I can get some fairly accurate figures, but you would be able to provide extremely accurate figures for material costs, as well as accurate number of hours and time commitment as a result of the many years of experience you have building tiny houses.

I think that it will be most beneficial to use a 250 square foot, or 350 square foot tiny house size as the example for all of the calculations, just to give people an idea of what to expect. With what we hope to do with our project, we want to line things out so that anyone can self-construct a tiny house within a year. I personally don’t think that can be done with just one person. But using that as a goal, (building a tiny house of that size in one year), it would be great if you could give your opinion of how many people over how many days that it would take to pull it off.

I know you are probably crazy busy. Any help you can offer would be super helpful, and I will be sure to attribute our figures to you and direct people to you and your latest blog post regarding outposts. If it will work better for you to have me call you on the phone, that way I can take notes on anything you have to say, I would love to do that also. Whatever is most convenient for you.

Let me know if you are interested or willing to help with this article. When it comes to the actual write-up of the article, we have a couple of talented female writers on our team, and once we get all the information for the article, I think I will assign it to them. For the readership of this website, I think that having a genuine female voice in the writing will be very beneficial in this case. But I am sure that we will critique it and re-work it.

Let me know as soon as you can. I look forward to hearing back from you.

Many thanks,

Brad Kittel

6:23 AM (4 minutes ago)

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to Saul

I will be glad to help. At sunrise this morning I plan to begin working on a crowd funding campaign of which I know nothing as to how to construct but I am hoping to set up the trust, put all I own that will make a solid foundation possible, land, buildings, materials, and commit another decade to seeing the Pure Salvage Outposts evolve around the country. I had hoped to perhaps relax a bit in my 60’s, as you know, and focus on writing, but that is selfish given the need for what you are doing, and the need for toxin free housing is so great. No one else seems to have accumulated the knowledge base or the experience that I can offer to this cause and thus, I will give it one last shot to see if the world wants to help make this possible. Otherwise, the banks, though I have paid them steadily, are calling the balloon note in and this may vanish before you can get your dream materialized.

Yes, a phone call might work, and recording it would be a better way as I talk fast and cram each sentence full of facts, information that may not seem important at times, but is all interconnected. I will need some advice as well for I am not adept in the technology that these crowd funding endeavors require, from video as I will have to film myself, construct the package, and get it accepted mostly on my own. This has been the case through out my life unless I could afford to pay for help, and I am glad to take on the challenge once more that most would think impossible if it will give kids like you a chance at fixing the mess my generation has created.

Let me know when, as you are a few hours behind and will not get this until I am likely starting some attempts at verbalizing my intent on video, figuring out how to work it over in Final Cut( a program I am a novice in) and putting together a package that defines what I hope to create. Once together, I am not sure which is the best funding source and would love to know what you have learned as you all pulled yours together. The goal, if I succeed, will give you more than a platform to work on with your success, it will give you all a foundation to help run, grow, and carry on once I am too old to put out the goods anymore, or happen to disappear one day for causing such a stir in the 99% who need this so much. I have had so many emails, Facebook comments, and people telling me how this has actually had an impact that I can not be so selfish as to take time off from the job I have created for myself. I will do it gladly if the people are really ready to break away from the status quo.

I have help from the UK to get some books published, volunteered which gives me hope, and so many who would help if they had any spare money to do so. In fact, this will likely be part of the post I will create to announce what I am doing, tagging it on the one last night that will put the bulls eye on my heart next. If I fail I will try not to take it personally, but I am putting it all on the line, as I have for the last decade in hopes that the tide is finally turning and the masses will awaken to the folly of our consumerism that is leading to the end of a healthy planet, thousands of species, and the dreams of billions of people to live a simple happy life with their loved ones.

Thank you for your efforts as they have given me hope when my faith in humanity had reached its lowest point for lack of seeing the results that might make a difference in the world.

Darby