Having been one of the first in the Tiny House business back when it was beginning, and in part as a counter to what was begun by Jay Scheaffer with Tumbledweed houses, the time has come to step out of the house building to sell them game. While it was clear his business model was not to build and sell the houses but to sell the idea of doing it through seminars and sell the books, parts, and plans that they chose to merchandise. They did not choose to share the precautions we have since learned come with living in tiny houses on wheels. It was the beginning and much had to be learned,- so the many issues that would need to be addressed had yet to be discovered as we downsized a portion of the nation that was on the front end of the transition to a more austere living style facing 72,000,000 baby boomers hitting the income wall as well as a new generation of 25-35 year olds who do not want to repeat the mistakes of the baby boomers. They want to simplify, limit their debt, and spend time with their family and friends doing things they want to do for life rather than be slaves to a job that never gets them ahead.So I set out so show we could build beautiful, desirable, and portable Tiny Texas Houses out of Pure Salvage and show that they could sell for a good bit of money in order to inspire others to go for doing the same all over the country. I gave away all the pictures of how to do it, made videos to show nearly anyone could, and created 75 examples of houses in different styles and sizes to cover all sorts of needs and considerations. I see some taking the baton and running with salvage a bit, but few giving it the relevance that I still feel it deserves. So I am now going to see if we can take it to the next level in several ways.
Times are changing and so am I. After watching the meaning and image of a tiny house develop into an image that includes a trailer below and looks like a box on wheels. They are being built with toxic materials and often even without air exchangers to keep good air inside the tiny boxes. Most people do not understand the trucks needed to pull such houses, nor do they understand the many other issues that will come up, including no place to park them in most cities, at least not affordably, as the spaces cost nearly as much as apartments do. I never built a house on a trailer to travel with a family truck in front of it and doubt I will as the alternatives to road houses, such as rehabbed Airstreams and Avions or other aerodynamic bodies makes more sense financially and logically. Instead remodeling with vintage materials will net a great travel companion in the end.
I have built more than 75 houses using 95% Pure Salvage materials, few if any imports, and proved we could build sustainable energy efficient housing without cutting down a tree, making a piece of glass, or melting metal to make the hardware, sinks, tubs, or more. Only the screws, nails, house wraps, under layment for the roof, a bit of plumbing parts and electric parts are newly created and purchased. It is literally the proof that we can build an Organic Cottage using less than 20 gallons of diesel fuel to get 95% of the materials it will take to build three houses, and less than 20 gallon of diesel fuel to build the three houses you will get from one big house that can be salvage rather than thrown in the landfill. Given that 50 50f the landfills are building materials, we can have an enormous impact on the waste stream if we reuse the materials gifted to us by our ancestors who harvested more than 100 years ago, putting in the human energy and fuel it took to process them. We do not have to recreate, and waste such value, but to clean it up and simply use it again for another century of value and I do not see why we would think we can find better trees than the 500 year old virgin forest had to offer, and it is all cut and cured as it stands awaiting salvage and reuse.
How can this be so hard to understand and integrate Salvage Mining and Salvage Building into a solutions platform now that I produced the houses that prove it is possible? Why are more people not doing this around the country as we have billions in resources to tap, the need for millions of jobs that this industry can supply, and the chance to rebuild the next generation of housing toxin free, import free, and sustainably? We did not have to build tiny houses to show what could be done, but I used that as the proving ground that let me apply my methodology to a number of different styles of houses. Sadly the image that now comes to mind for tiny houses includes the wheels due to the TV shows novelizing the idea of building and living in tiny houses. Sadly, they have done it without giving fair warning about the many issues involved and what it could do to the people who live in them thinking they are saving money at the expense of their health and that of their children who may never recover from the potential damage done from trying to live in a tiny house to save money and get out of the matrix. Big PHARMA is gleefully awaiting the arrival of the many victims of formaldehyde poisoning, the migraines, vertigo, and best of all cancer that will follow in 3-5 years of living in a freshly build cheap tiny house. Should be even more sick people from that than from the mobile homes if the air quality issue is not addressed by the industry very soon. Generally these warnings fall on deaf ears throughout the industry and public, but when some do get it, I am thrilled to know they will pass it along and save even more of the young kids who will suffer most from this mistaken direction that the tiny house on wheels industry has gone. Now it is happening to the land based tiny houses as developers set up subdivisions that will hold tiny mass produced sheetrock houses crammed tight together, but few if any are based on sustainable materials, non toxic healthy houses, or built to last for decades.
I have spent the first year of my 60’s considering where I want to go with the Pure Salvage Living Renaissance for the next decade. I never intended to build thousands of houses, but simply to build 100 examples of what could be done with salvage to create truly sustainable energy efficient housing. I have used the Tiny Texas Houses moniker to build a brand and image under but the Tiny House TV industry has now made that name/term “tiny house” less meaningful and toxic due to the dilution of the concept of breaking free of the matrix and simplifying, sustainably.Instead it has become another route to poverty and poor health that will hurt thousands if not millions, before it is over. The other leaders in this new industry of Tiny Houses on Wheels (THOWS) are not doing their due diligence about the houses and consequences of their building methods. They do not want to know, and my warnings have fallen on deaf ears amongst most of my contemporaries, though some have paid attentions and others reached the same conclusions on their own as the evidence is irrefutable and the numbers do not lie. I have sung the Song of Salvage for 3 decades and now it is time to move forward with getting the plans, books, and next stages of development needed to grow the Organic Cottage industry out of the beginnings of the downsizing movement that will last for many decades to come. If we are to save the planet for the generations that follow, we will need to change the path of the societies around the world that have gotten used to always having more, bigger, and better…. for the world does not have the resources to supply what America had in the past.
This is the beginning of the next phase for me, the growth of the Pure Salvage Living Renaissance is the reason Tiny Texas Houses existed and will grow to show how these seedlings will open the door to the flowers of our future that will be called Organic Cottages that will be homes to humans for centuries or more, if we preserve what we have and respect the work of our ancestors from the past. I am no longer taking orders for now houses to ship away now. I may have a couple of short seminars, besides this June, each quarter to share the ideas and methods with those who wish to learn and carry on this endeavor to build toxin free housing sustainably. The media I already have on Youtube and Facebook, as well as the Pure Salvage Living Site will hopefully be added to over time as we are about to get the recording studio finished, and then be able to put together the teaching tools it might take to bring this nation online as a force in Salvage Mining and building, which only small businesses can do and the big corps will be blocked out of by virtue of the nature of the businesses. My houses that I build in the future will go out into the village of Salvage, Texas to be used for others to experience the sleep, health, and wonder of building with purely organic cells, tissues, and pieces of the past.
Thank you for having followed me for so long, those that have, and please continue to check us out for the ideas, seminars, and other subjects that come up as we work to bring Salvagefaire online and get the event venues up and running so that we can share the path that I believe will free up millions in the future to live the dream of making a difference, not just bitching about it, but actually doing something on an individual level to reduce our carbon footprint and live a healthier life. The ideas that support my perspective on living better as we age and doing what we can to pass along a better world than we have to the children who will inherit stewardship of this planet. In my opinion, my generation, and the one before failed in our responsibility to the future generations as well as disrespected our elders work and the value of the past achievements. Instead, fertilizers, pesticides, plastics, faster, cheaper, and with built in obsolescence has been the legacy of our generation. My hope is that we can reverse the decades long trend to “waste more & want more” in America and most other modernized countries.
We will still be creating more houses for Salvage, Texas over the next few years but more importantly we plan to create the market for others to be able to buy, sell, barter, and work to earn the parts and pieces it takes to build organic houses out of pure salvage. Salvagefaire Market will include the spaces for rallies, events, and gathering for music, film, and more than the imagination can come up with if you try.The Retreat should be the last house to sell of the 10 years series and i hope to keep the rest for people to come visit and sleep in at Salvage, Texas. Hope you all get a chance to come visit paradise and see what I am doing with the next decade, besides selling off 100,000 sf of warehouses full of doors, windows, flooring, trim, and so much more. Check us out if you decide to build an Organic Cottage of any size as we still have one of the biggest inventories in the USA.