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What I look for before endorsing the sale of a newly built Tiny House?

I would be glad to help you with the sale of your Tiny House but first i must ask.

Please send me a link to your present site, ads, pictures, or otherwise so that I can see the quality of your work.

This would be an example of a house someone might have built:

An example of what a 250 square foot footprint house can look like.  This is a bit taller but only 10' wide to make up for it's 23' length.

An example of what a 250 square foot footprint house can look like. This is a bit taller but only 10′ wide to make up for it’s 23′ length.  It’s not finished yet but it’s my home.

If you would be willing to share how it was built,

a critical part of getting my name associated with another’s construction…I must also ask:

Cowboy Cabin has two lofts any my first wall mounted stairwell.

Cowboy Cabin has two lofts any my first wall mounted stairwell.

Did you follow or respect my ethos on using predominantly salvaged materials to build with or use new building materials as if you were building a big box house?

While they do not need to meet my standard I certainly must be able to gauge what standard it does meet.  So:

Is there sheetrock anywhere?  

Is there carpet?  

What is the siding?  

What is the roof?

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These are part of the issues that I consider and feel are important as the movement toward Tiny Houses grows.  Generally a big modern house is full of imports, plastics, vinyls, carpets, sheetrock, Latex paint, Polyurethanes, and the other toxins, but has triple or much more the cubic footage of air per square foot of floor.  Thus you can get more dilution of those chemicals floating in the air down to the children who crawl on the floor or breath the air at the lower portion of the room where the heavier gasses accumulate.  Even if it is the four legged or two, they could be breathing it to death.  I have talked to the mothers who’s 30 doctors in Denver finally diagnosed with having formaldehyde poisoning, a 6 years old no less, due to the carpet outgassing in their brand new house or another case out of a trailer with a chronically crying baby that matched her own mysterious migraines and vertigo.  A month and a half later, all symptoms were gone, but the conditions were changed in both cases.  One moved out, the other got new carpet.  

There are more stories but that is not the point as much as the reduction in cubic footage of air within a Tiny House but with the same components means more wall space per square foot of floor than a big house.  In effect, the outgassing in now occurring with less dilution from the volume of air available, thus exponentially increasing the likelihood of complications later due to higher levels of exposure in a Tiny House if they have not accommodated for enough fresh air and other variables.

Given the vinyl from the windows gives off a hormone mimicking chemical that is bad for women and especially children.  Sheetrock consists of up to 40% Fly Ash originating in the stacks of coal and other fossil fuel power plants, which is a hazardous waste until you dilute it enough with gypsum to call it good, barely, then cover it with paper.  This also occurs in spite of the fact that the contents, though dry, harbor the spores for the worst of the industrial grade black molds due to the processing methods, amongst others such that soon after you add water, even soak it with a spray bottle good in the summer enough to get the rock good and wet, it will bloom inside to outside, from the the paper or worse, a plastic medium that coats the mix.  While China got sued for too much Fly Ash in their mixers, it was just a tad bit more than what is allowed and used by the rest of the industry.  It is said that no one will sue the American companies in Florida that have the same issues causing people to move out of their houses, often into poverty over the consequences to their health and finances.

under the double Rainbows at TTH 11

under the double Rainbows at TTH 3

I am speaking on this subject in the fall and hoping to make builders of tiny spaces aware of the issues so they might reconsider some of these points, hopefully not continuing to do things that will harm the next generation without repair.  It is difficult when aiming at a price point to keep these things in mind and I have not perfected it, but with 95% Pure Salvage.  When needed, 95% of what we need to buy, the nails, screws, wire, Pex, insulation, and top of the line under layment, will be American made as we are trying to set a standard that others can use to gauge what is possible. 

I want to endorse and license builders who want to do something at least much closer to what I do but not if they will not join in promoting a Pure Salvage Living Renaissance in this arena.  I believe, as many of our ancestors did, that preserving the treasures we have and building our creations to be as Pure a Living Space as possible for our loved ones.  Furthermore, I want it to last for generations, not constructed with the same built in obsolescence typically offered today.  

Looking at the back of Miss Lilly with her porches all folded up and ready to travel 60 mph on the highway.

Looking at the back of Miss Lilly with her porches all folded up and ready to travel 60 mph on the highway.

Just as when the forefathers gave their lives for the following generations, with the European view that stretches back thousands of years instead of a few hundred just as I want us to be truly proud for the right reasons about what we build.  They built things with pride and craftsmanship that made them Artisans, not hourly workers as we know it but instead they worked 350 days a year, 12 hours a day with many starting at age 12 pulling coal out of the mines or sharpening the blades that would cut this fine old lumber and builders hardware from the last century that I form into Tiny Texas Houses still today.    While it takes much more time, it will last ten times longer and be portable with not much more than folding down the porch roofs and unbolting the porch floors to take it down the road or to the back forty for the next generation to live in, or for someone to get more care as they get older.

Here she is unfolded and set up on the ranch with here Little Green Vicky next to her.

Here she is unfolded and set up on the ranch with here Little Green Vicky next to her.

I am hoping that you will pleasantly surprise me and tell me of how many of these elements you were conscious of as you assembled your Tiny House.  This Tiny House Movement is near and dear to me and when I host the builders gathering at the Tiny House Community event here in October, with nearly all of the major players helping to build this Tiny House niche, I will be giving a couple of the lectures.  None of the other builders have yet chosen the Purist Salvage Path that I have but as I am not building many more houses for on the road, in other words intended to leave but instead for the Tiny House villages that will form Salvage, Texas, I am not planning on growing into a builder of a million tiny houses.  Never intended that.  I already have the inventory on hand to build 100 houses and a large open market for all things salvaged, crafted, American, and not from toxic newly extracted resources or imports.  It will allow for barter and offer education and plans on how to build your own tiny houses or villages, markets, or permaculture villages that can sustain themselves, even off the grid.  

You can see the pond behind her with the giant trees nearby.

You can see the pond behind her with the giant trees nearby.

As 72,000,000 Baby Boomers retire, mostly downsizing as the value of their savings dwindles due to inflation, the mere 25,000,000 under 45 working kids can not support them.  The market for big houses, already 40,000,000 strong has no new generation to absorb the structures that will all be due for massive maintenance due to windows fogged, particle board dissolved, and the many other issues from their poor quality materials beginning in the 60’s but accelerating at quantum speeds after 2000.  What will we do with the toxic waste that was used to build them with nearly 0 salvage value?

Better view of the hall, kitchen, and loft

Better view of the hall, kitchen, and loft of the Monty Grand Victorian, a 12′ x 30′ house.

Trillions goes to waste if we do not salvage what can be had for nearly free to build with and if we join together to change the rules such that you can put tiny houses in cities and towns, bypass over regulation, and thus create the market: it will recharge industries now doomed to die, like the people who move into the houses that are toxic, a painful death indeed.

Straight on view up the stairs with just a few steps to the living room and kitchen.

Straight on view up the stairs with just a few steps to the living room and kitchen.

Thank you for considering these factors and please do feel free to offer your comments and perspectives on the issues if you get a chance to research the topics if you were not already aware of these points of contention.  I look forward to seeing and hearing more about your project and if I can help in any other way I certainly will.  I must also thank you for the inspiration to write down the issues and cautions that I hope all Tiny House builders will all be talking about before they build many more houses.  I will share the answers to these often overlooked factors in determining the true value of a Tiny House or the true cost, both for health and maintenance, energy efficiency and survivability, over time which will depend significantly on how it is constructed.

The floor has more above it that just adds to beauty's store.

The floor has more above it that just adds to beauty’s store.

Sincerely,

Darby