Big addition for those who are wondering about more details. At the bottom is a long response that I have sent out that may not apply for many, but for some it could hold some answers to questions also going through their mind about how to make this work in your area.
After long meditation and deliberation I have decided to take a chance on the better part of humanity and make an offer for a dozen or so people or groups to be able to start a Pure Salvage Outpost. To make it easier, I am willing to supply a giant stock of windows, doors, trim, and many other parts and pieces that will make it easier to get started
because you will not need to tear down a dozen houses to get your initial inventory. Ideally, all you need to find is a building, preferably one with a big door and a tall ceiling so you can also use it to build Tiny Texas Houses, call them Tiny Georgia Houses, or what ever state you are in, but take advantage of letting everyone know that you will be using the Pure Salvage Living Renaissance as your building standard. That means targeting 95% Pure Salvage materials where possible, and if not, only using the new or imported stuff in the fewest places possible.
How is this going to be easier? I will work with people so that they only have to put up a minimal investment and I will stock the store, give the guidance, and even consider coming there to do seminars so as to grow your following in your area. I will direct people who want a house in your state to you for I do not wish to see them shipped cross country if possible. It is a waste of money and fuel that could go into the houses instead. The labor pool is out there needing training in this new industry and no one is set up to do it. How do I make that possible? That is what I have been pondering and the solution will only come from more Pure Salvage Outposts being where those people are in need the most. I have come to realize that the distance to Texas for the seminars, the time and expense of coming here from the NE or NW is prohibitive for most, so lets see if we can find the elders with empty buildings sitting idle to donate the spaces, or cities that have buildings empty all over using them, if nothing else, taking them from corporations that have abandoned the town and people, written the buildings off their taxes, and letting them sit idle. Give them what they are worth on their books and then open up a place in town that can act as a meeting place for the elders with the knowledge and the kids with the need for it.
The skills are out there, the people who want to teach, to learn, to have housing for their families, and willing to donate time, even money, to make it happen locally. Will this help make a difference? I do not know but in my meditations on what to do to grow the Renaissance, this seems to be one of the big hurdles stopping progress. What can I do to help move it along? I will consign the inventory for the most part, a relatively token amount of money up front to get the ball rolling for if there is no investment, there is no commitment, or so I have found. I believe there are many who would help establish Co-Ops that I call Pure Salvage Outposts if they could get past the start up logistics. This is the path that I have come up with and will offer out next to perhaps as many as a dozen entities in towns around the country.
Are the people out there who will do the work? Are there people out there who will help the kids get a break, to help the elders move from houses they no longer need to tiny houses they can live in and afford for the rest of their life. I believe with Co-ops that include the people in the creation of the facility, the building of tiny houses there in, the manifestation of tiny villages for those who want them will be easier. Towns will rally around the elders if they choose to go with this and the kids will follow if you give them the chance to make a difference in the world, both for their futures, but also for those they love. The kids do not need to go to college to be able to afford a tiny house, a good life, and a career that can be learned in a Pure Salvage Outpost that is designed around teaching, storing materials, providing space to build with groups of volunteers who want to help their friends and family get ahead.
Houses could be built with groups of like minded people participating, even being able to store the materials they accumulate for their home until ready, and then bringing in family from around the country for a house raising party, just like the old days when people cared about their neighbors instead of not even knowing their names as is the case in subdivisions all over America. We have lost something we can get back. Independence from the federal government handouts to get by is a way of life in the past, and now, 42,000,000 people are on Food Stamps just to survive. It will not get better if we do not come up with new ways of creating industry in America that will provide jobs for the masses. This will do it as the inventory we need is already out there where the people are, not needing to be imported and run through a big box store.
Imagine an old Walmart being turned into a Pure Salvage Outpost where a dozen houses could be getting built simultaneously indoors, without a need to really heat them up, light them up, and pretend they are doing the town good by selling cheap toxic imported stuff. Instead they could be community centers that teach people how to take care of their bodies, create their homes, and allow each person to contribute as they might. A person in a wheel chair can help sell, instruct, and play a role just as well as someone young and strong, sometimes in fact, offer much more, for it is the knowledge, wisdom, energy of soul, and experience that they may have which few others possess that could help bond the group together. The mothering, the fathering, the family some do not have can be found again, created from those who are part of the One with us, and thus the Pure Salvage Outposts will prove themselves rather than just remain in my head as a vision for the future of Americans who want to take a different path to a place where equality, opportunity, and the value of all life is put at the top of the priority list rather than the return to the shareholders of a giant corporation that will allow people to die from its toxic products for sake of profit alone.
I know this is a stretch for some to imagine, but if there were Pure Salvage Outposts every 150 miles, so much would be possible that one blog could not begin to tell it all. If one or two succeed in a way that others can gain reassurance it is possible, more will follow until they will be sought by every town as a means of bringing back life where dilapidated buildings and houses now dominate the scene. Imagine kids being able to stay in a small town because of such opportunity and not be saddled by college loans until they are 35 years old. Imagine elders being able to form small villages with their tiny houses so that they could care for each other, and be able to move if needed later, or leave their house to a heir who can take it down the road to the village they want to live in. I use village as a term that replaces subdivisions we now call suburbs because we can plant these in the middle of the town on tiny tracts of land that would get special development status that would allow for tiny houses, reduced utility needs, reduced taxes, and the benefits to the town would grow exponentially as they are able to reinvigorate, revitalize, and do it with resources at hand.
If this appeals to you… contact me, for I will be looking for a few great people to lead others locally into a new world where the Pure Salvage Living Renaissance will grow from seed to solutions that everyone in the towns will benefit from. Yes it will still take some money, but if the people get together, I think it is possible for the small towns of America to become the solution outside the cities and millions set off to downsize and get the heck out of the city, back to the roots of where they came from. The biggest reverse migration in history is going on, from the city back into the country, but it will take this sort of effort to make it possible for people to do it without all the toxic building materials that are used today that can kill those elders whose immune systems are already compromised. For the young, this is a path that will lead to a life they might not ever find otherwise, and in times where they can hardly imagine a future in the mess we created, this might just light their fires, and the passion will make the impossible a daily event.
Thank you for letting this seed of thought run through your head and sharing it with others who might be able to make this possible in your area of the country. For more information email me at Brad@Tinytexashouses.com and we can open the door to an opportunity that could not just change your life, but the lives of the many you love and the town you live in. May it flourish in your mind and heart.
Addendum for the seriously interested parties:
It would depend on if you want to stock up on windows, doors, and other parts and pieces to do some retailing, packages just for houses without the framing lumber, or how far you want to go. The barn is an undefined space but salvage takes up alot of space so it is a variable I can not really call without more input.
My perspective on getting it going it that I can send out hundreds of doors, windows, mouldings, some tubs, barnwood, siding, beaded wood, and more. If you have no place to put it, rack it up, or create a storage space, it would be the limiting factor. From my side, if I get good people who want to move into this I can put it in your hands for 20 cents on the dollar retail to get started and get paid as you sell it off or put houses together with it. A package of interior and exterior skins, windows, doors, flooring, ceiling, siding, roofing, etc for a 12’x 20′ house is about $12,500 but taking that route, half up front, half when you sell a house. They should start at about $50,000 for such a house, or more if it is fancy, particularly if you add on a few more things, use the TTH Classic roofline for the double loft, in which case you add another 4-6 windows, more loft floor, and 20% more surface area. It is a better design in my opinion, such as the Retreat, though it is 12′ x 26′ rather than 12′ x 20′ to see the difference in the design. The shots on that photoblog give you a good view of the framing as it is easy to see with the insulation in the walls as opposed to taking a picture with just the bare frame up. The wood gets lost in a picture without a back ground. In those shots you can see how I build corner trusses that are unique to us and add massive stability for transport.
If you want to stock up and get $60,000-$100,000 retail worth of doors, windows, etc, then you might put up $25,000 tops up front and the remainder as you sell it off figuring at most, 60% cost of goods, based on Texas prices which should be lower than out there where there is less supply but still a great demand.
Not sure enough about what you have or what you want to do. A seminar, if you were to build a house, is not something I can be there for the whole build on for a larger house as there can be a 1,000 man hours into a house before you are done. I have no idea what wages are out there, but the idea is that the people who come to do it to learn, build a house in 4 weeks or less that will sell for $50,000. My time for that is based a bit on the value if you can get the people and choose to sell it, then I would get a piece of that with the package of materials, which is spelled out above and then a piece of the action if you were to charge for the teaching which is not out of line. Say the participants pay $500 to be able to come and work/learn through the whole 4 weeks of evenings, weekends, or full days if you have some that will do that. If you let them come for free I find they do not value the experience as much as having to pay for it, odd as it seems. They figure if you don’t charge, it must not be worth much. Go figure.
On the other hand, if you want to train crews to build houses, as family business that might be over 150 miles away so you can refer a house job rather than deliver, and get their labor of a half way trained crew to start instead of a bunch of people who have never run a saw and will need kindergarden classes before they can graduate to junior high. You need to charge for that or work it into your system. I am not the guy for that level of training as I have little patience for squealing women and guys who are afraid of power tools. Supposing you simply want to put on a short two day seminar and have some hands on work, but not build a house as part of it, then it is harder to justify me taking two days each way to drive and stay there if you do not draw in a crowd of more than 25 people, but if you did, one day of talking and one day of basics such as using the picture database I have to show how to do it in class with some exposure to the salvaged materials and explaining what has to be done to rebuild windows, doors, and the concept behind the Pure Salvage Living design.
My Space Magic design methods now provide nearly double the usable space that I used to get out of a house and while I like them, some people want other styles or designs and the conversation would be fit to the crowd. I am not fond of airports and flying anymore, now that entering an airport means giving up many of my civil rights, going through a radiation blast that can not be calibrated right, and absorbing RADs from the time up in the plane, not to mention the poor air. Again, it would depend on the crowd you could draw, perhaps using a local hotel or meeting center to get a decent crowd. If you look at my stuff on my photoblogs and Youtube it will give you an idea of how far away I am from being a conventional builder and in fact likely the only one doing what I do with the 95% Pure Salvage building standard. I am adamantly opposed to toxic materials being used in tiny houses, let alone big ones and the problem of higher concentrations of these outgassing chemicals in tiny houses with less air is not to be ignored for sake of the kids who have no say, or blood brain barrier to protect them.
Hope that helps. If you get a seminar and draw a hundred people with a $50-$100 door tag, we can make money at it and pay the expenses. I intend to be fair and know everyone needs the money to make the wheels turn, though I am not fond of the dollars for time concept, I have debt and expenses to cover too. I have a DVD set on how to be a salvage miner and will get a book out before too long, one of hopefully several where there will be more product to sell at a seminar to help cover expenses and I expect that we will film/record each of these events to create even more product to help defer costs.
Does that answer some of your questions? Please let me know what new doors and questions this brings up. It is good to hash this out as I have not been through this new process with anyone and we are working it out as we go. I believe in organic design and developing as we create the new path. There is not one out there to follow in this field, but there are many on the seminars. The big difference here is that we end up with a house that can be worth as much as $100,000 grand when the seminar is over. That can pay for some eggs.
Hope that gives you lots to dream on and in the morning unleash your imagination and run.