One need not have professional drawings to build a tiny house. It does help, but if you are building with salvage and have to wait until you find the parts, then why not just sketch it out and build it? Frankly the general plans or layout is very helpful, but customizing them is not that hard and if you are working with salvage, no stock set of plans will ever work anyway. So... design organically... and this is simply a preliminary guide to how to plan without architects or professional drawings. We will attempt to publish a book to this end soon.
Well the consensus seemed to be that I was asking for way too much money to do what I hoped to do, and some seem to have thought I was doing it for my personal benefit, which admittedly hurts my feelings as it is the furthest from the truth of any stories told about my intention or my goals. So I am posting this collection of past houses, of what can be done so some may see and light their imaginations for the future when this concept may be ready to emerge in the public mind. For now, 400,000 toxic RV’s will be built, 450,000 toxic houses with sheetrock that even the dumps will not take as trash, and the beat goes on. While I have used the tiny house format to plant my seedlings, my concepts of building with 95% Pure Salvage, of not using toxic materials if we do not have to, of not wasting living space to heat and cool, pay taxes on, and eventually abandon due to the cost of it all and the diminishing savings that the baby boomers are now learning will not last their lives out.
Here are a few collections of images of houses I have created that I had hoped to create the plans for and pass along to others:
For inspiration and manifestation still to come if I could live so long:
When I started the Kickstarter campaign it was hard for me to ask for help, having eaten out of dumpsters in my youth rather than ask anyone, family, friends, or strangers for a handout. I thought I would be able to give ample in return to the many in need, not to take any of it for myself as I have no need, living simply in a tiny house without electricity running to it, and only walking water (I walk what I need there in bottles). It appears that has been mis interpreted by most, thousands upon thousands, who think I am trying to scam the world for a measly amount of money compared to the value of my truth and honor.
This link is to a great article by Empresario with some great shots too: http://www.fourstjames.com/blogs/stories/34662597-made-in-texas-tiny-texas-houses
I will not continue with that perception any longer and will thus return all of the funds donated, and give some pictures of the houses I have created, the photoblogs of the most beautiful houses made from trash in the world as a parting gift. None of the many videos, blogs, or information I have offered has been monetized to make me wealthy, in fact even to pay for them to be created. They were my gifts to the world to inspire them to copy this concept, to move forward down a new path, and to help fix the problems of the homeless, the handicapped, the elderly, and the underprivileged. Clearly that history has not kept me from being accused of trying to take advantage at this late date in my life. No need for that. I would rather keep my truth, my honor, and my reputation for not taking anything from anyone in return for what I give freely. This the book for now will go back into the realm of seeing what I can do with the help of a few who are willing to also give their time to make it happen.
Here are some blogs with great things to see, and the hope that the kids, elders, and others will use them for inspiration to venture down this road one day soon. I am deeply sorry for letting so many down and not being able to fulfill my goal, but it is clear at this point that the target will not be reached and only my reputation will suffer for the words and accusations so many have to say about it rather than contribute a small amount to make a positive difference in the world. Kickstarter has likewise ignored this campaign for the most part as the dashboard shows less than 4% of the contributions came through them giving it any attention. Thus said, I will move on with this kiss of photos, my passion, and my regrets for having set out to ask for help in this fashion for it has certainly hurt my image having so many think I would try to run this as a scam through which to better my personal life. My reputation is worth far more than $300,000 to me, thusly proven with this retraction, which will refund all the pledges and we will be even once more.
While some of the videos are old, and some of the entrance music annoying on the early videos, they tell the tale I hoped to share. Please visit a few if you can and see what I have been working on for the last decade that has consumed a million dollars and 100 hours a week. I did take off one week to go pick up my son in Paris and have him cremated before carrying him home. Otherwise, this is my life and I shall go on with it, but not with my hand out anymore. If I can not do it alone, then it will not get done. Thank you to all those whose words of positive support keep me going, and to those who did contribute with their pledge, though only 48 in number in 19 of the 30 days I had set to reach this lofty goal. Much gratitude and many blessings to all who have followed what I am attempting to accomplish. May others do better than I have in the future.
I hope you benefit and share with those who do not yet understand what we are losing with the trashing of the past, and what we could gain with nothing more than human energy if we wanted to try. Thank you, Thank you, thank you.
I will pull the plug tomorrow so that the people who contributed so far can get their money back and let this campaign die quietly and limit the damage to my reputation to what it has been thus far. No more pledges are needed as this is no longer reachable without Kickstarter support or the public kicking in. Much gratitude for your time and attention, and for the blogs that gave us their support.