Revolutionary Designs that Change the Game; The TTH “Loopholer”
In spite of how unusual and out of the box my designs have been so far, they are still just the tip of the iceberg as to what can still be done. One of the big expenses is still the shipping which can be from $2,500 and up for a typical delivery cost for the trucker alone. I think I have a plan to build a house that will allow people to get around that and still turn out big enough to live in comfortably.
Here is a rough sketch of the plan we may use, though the bath and kitchen will likely be different on all three of the versions I plan to build this summer with the seminars if we get enough people to come. This is your chance to learn how to build a house that will skirt the permits, restrictions, and limitations on putting our Tiny Texas Houses nearly anywhere we want them. This is small enough to get by most of the limitations, restrictions, and crazy rules to keep us from putting Salvage built viable low cost to the planet housing.
This will involve changing the measurements of the houses in this category of total Loophole orientation. That means that the houses will fit into some nice loopholes that keep us from having to get approval to move them, install them on nearly any property, and continue to be able to move it again in the future if you desire, again without a permit, and even with a regular 1 tone dually pickup truck. That is the trick I plan to pull off, and it will not be on a permanent trailer base, unless someone wants to buy a custom trailer to keep under the house for tax purposes since some states do not tax mobile houses if the axles stay on.
While my designs have been a bit different than the other Tiny House builders, they are a mix of traditional design and modern break away mixing of media to create a new form of home intended to be Art at its functional best. The gypsy wagon roof design will be incorporated into the first of this new revolutionary design so as to give more headroom, be somewhat aerodynamic as these will be meant to travel more, though not not all the time like a travel trailer. Actually this is intended to be a solution for all of those people who want a transportable without permit house and to be able to move it themselves if they had to. As you may know I disagree with the Tumbleweed Houses concept of houses on wheels as I am concerned about many facets of that idea that lead to questionable safety factors I believe are being ignored and will turn out to be catastrophic for some of the people who follow that path.
The new TTH designs will be based on keeping them transportable without permit thus the width of the main body will have to be reduced to 8′ wide but with the winged porches I have designed it will be possible to create a 20-22′ wide x 16-18′ long house with a loft space and all of the amenities you would need to live in it full time for the rest of your life. No one has created anything like this yet and I hope that it will be an eye opener for many that will make it possible to get on with building your own tiny houses all around the country now.
So what is it that will make this so different? First the main body will have the gypsy wagon roof design and the porch wings will detach rather than fold down like they do now so as to keep our width under the permitting requirement sizes. Next we are going to build it to slip on and off a trailer with a super low to the ground design so as to max out the house height. We will add French doors to the sides of the main body and casement windows that will allow the houses to open up much like the Monty Grand Victorian did for its insulated back porch. Again, if one wanted to be tricky, this new design will allow for 2/3rds of the house to not be taxable as living space but instead will just be classed as screened in porches if you want to take that route, and then insert the windows in the screen holes once the tax man has left the site.
We will have to have the roofs detachable so as to max out the main section width though we could make it to fold up, the space is to critical. I plan to have a porch on both sides of the main body so as to open the house up dramatically. The example with the casement windows open in the Monty show how big it can feel.
The idea behind the new design is to create a model that is easily transported without permit, unfolds to be a full time house and could move again without a great deal of trouble and not a giant cost like when you move a house or a mobile home. NO permits will be required by most of the states even. The idea is to have the trailer come back out from under after delivery so as to cut the cost of the trailer from the budget and to not have the tires rot, and all go to hell in between moves when you could use the trailer for work, for moving other houses for people, and for many things besides just a foundation for your house.
So imagine this roof line with porches on each side, not as tall, not necessarily as long, though it could be, and even could have the porches on like this one which is 10’x23′ as opposed to the 8 foot width. It will be tight compared to my 12′ width, but that is the plan for now. We will be creating one of these new houses with the people who come for the summer seminars and classes. This will start off as a camp house meaning it will be framed with floor, half walls, and roof with screens in the upper half of the walls. The holes in the walls will take sashes so as to plug them and then by adding insulation to the lower walls, floor, and ceiling we will open the door to turning it into a house. We then add the beaded or tongue and groove wood to ceilings and lower walls, insert glass and we will have part one of the house. Then we will show how to add the wings which will be the porches that will also turn into living space as we add on over time. This is a design for a house in constant progress for those who can not afford to do it all at once.
The basic tenet of this concept is to get a roof over your head first that will also keep the bugs, mosquitos, and nature at bay while you rest. Then it is intended to grow into a fully functional house over time so that you could start it as a back yard project, even playhouse for the kids and grow it into a fort, a Tiny Texas House for them to move into when they get to be 16 years old and then possibly to take a way to college and put in an RV park near the place they will live after they leave home. It will go with them for the rest of their lives, sitting in their back yard awaiting the day that their child goes off to school and life with a safety net your child will cherish more than anything else you could build with them, for them, during their lifetime.
If you want to see and learn how to build this new revolutionary Tiny Texas House then sign up for the summer seminars. I will be posting pictures of the project but not enough to learn how to do it right off the bat as we will need some income to fund this project and so far, giving pictures away for free has not provided any means for creating more for you. So, you may have to go to Vimeo and pay a few cents to watch or buy a CD version later if we do one. This had the potential of showing anyone how to build a house from salvage that you can then transport to whom ever you want to give it to when you are done. What a gift of life that would be to a young couple or a single mom.
So if you want to learn more or get involved, this will be the July project that will be built while we are working on launching the Salvagefaire operations. Volunteers can learn for free but it means really working while here not just watching in which case you can pay a small fee for auditing and learning how to tell others to build one for you. This is a rare opportunity to learn salvage building in a way that could make you a living, provide you with a home and a good career that will take very little to get started in to and the salvage opportunities to get parts will be more than you can imagine.
Want more information? Contact me at Darby@puresalvageliving.com. or go to the website for Tiny Texas Houses and sign up for the summer classes and learn how to build the Loopholer so that you can be building your first Tiny Texas House by this fall.