We have had many questions and hundreds of people each month who stop by and want to wander through the houses here at TTH. Quite often they have not been to the websites to know about the policy for seeing them for those who are not interested in purchasing one of the Tiny Texas Houses we create. In the past we had unguided tours until after an accident that took 13 stitches when a visitor tripped on a sink that was on the floor awaiting installation. Likewise, after a few thousand tourists, it is hard to get any work done when we are giving tours that will never lead to a sale to pay for all of the time spent so we finally consolidated the tours to one day. Saturday is usually, weather and our schedule permitting, our day to focus on guests who simply want to learn more about how we build, what we use, how it feels to be in some 10 of our houses that are on site at the moment. Some are lived in and others will be soon, whether we have the TV Documentary going or not, as we move forward with creating an example of how to build a town out of 95% Pure Salvage.
The goal is going to be to give people the chance to be part of getting the materials, building the houses, the infrastructure, and the permaculture around the houses that will make truly sustainable environments possible out of what is available locally for little more than Human Energy. That means being able to get the right people who have expertise and skills, the ability to help create the vision, and then perhaps to go out into the world and teach others who also want to know how to create alternatives for their families, loved ones, and even whole towns that are dying on the vine of the Industrial Age. While full of resources, like bricks, wood, windows, doors, and much more, many towns think they do not have the assets or means to keep the young kids around when there is no work. This is one of the ways that the young can make progress without going into deep student debt and have a career that their family can be part of too.
The tours are intended for those who want to know more, whether to learn if they want us to build one for them, or if they want to have one build along these lines where they may live, far away, or just to build one for themselves. We also offer all the parts and pieces to build a Tiny Texas House with salvaged materials, even if you do not wish to use 95%, you might use 50% and still have an incredible look while contributing to the cause of sustainable and toxin free housing. The Tour usually takes about two hours with some question and answer sessions having run another hour after that for those who are genuinely interested. This is the best way to learn more if you have already watched some of the videos and have a general idea of what we do. As Brad does not have time to talk with all the visitors who want to learn all about what we do, this is the best chance as he often gives half of the tour along with Michelle.
There are usually at least 10 houses of the 14 on site shown for the Tours through February, but so you know now, we may stop for a couple months if we go to filming for a show. For now this is a collection of photos of houses in Salvage, Texas at this time. That could change next week if we ship out one of the houses or it gets occupied by someone who does not want to be on the tour.:
While not in the order presented, the list of houses below are shown above for the most part.
The Red Mascot
Forget Me Not Chapel
The Bear House
You will also get to see our progress on capturing water and creating areas for agriculture, the town, and market that will soon follow. If the conditions are right, you might even get to go down into the caverns created for a temperature controlled hideaway 40′ below ground that takes no power to cool in the summer.
If you are interested in coming to the tour it is a good idea to call ahead ( 830-875-2500) and confirm, make a reservation, and either pay when you come using cash (preferred), check, or credit card and it costs $20 per adult, $10 for students, kids under 10 for free. I realize that may seem like alot for some people but the education and opportunity to learn is well worth it and so it our time. Please wear shoes you will be comfortable and can get dirty in case it is a bit muddy out in the back.
Please let us know if you have any more questions or wish to plan a visit as a seriously interested in purchasing party who wants to spend some time talking about the house they want to build in 2015. We are not taking orders for 2016 nor planning on selling any to leave Salvage, Texas by then if we can meet our goals and use our houses for to grow Salvage, Texas instead. We hope to have at least a half dozen of the houses remain available for overnight visits, or test drives to see how a tiny house feels and if you could handle living in one. This will give people a chance to try out a 65 sf – 500 sf house on for size. It will also just make for a nice getaway from the city and eventually try each one out so as to really get a feel and get away on a weekend or two next year.