I thought I had a photoblog up with the pictures of the houses left of which we will sell a couple of and then hopefully keep the rest for the B&B at Salvage. The least expensive will be the earliest ones that I call the proto-types as they were testing the sizes, layouts, and worked within some conventional designs, such as 8′ side walls and lofts. Later that changes with Space Magic applied to the designs to create more space inside, using the best insulation, underlayment, house wrap, and other parts available, driving up the cost, but also making for a better house, in my opinion.
Here are the options if you want to buy a Tiny Texas House at this time. While I may take another custom order, I doubt it unless all things are right. Thank you for your patronage thus far. The rest that I build will hopefully stay here to form Salvage, Texas.
Vicky One is the first of the Victorian styled houses and was in the storm that came through 5 days before my grand opening.
Vicky One is the first Victorian I built and she is only 10′ x 17′. That would seem like a much bigger house now with the newer designs, but still it is a great house to stay in, as I did when I lived in it for a year. Several others have lived there as well so we know it works good. It has a toilet (regular 1/2 flush, will have a shower, a bath sink, kitchenette, and a great tiny loft besides the living area.
She survived well for getting blown over on her side and hitting the billboard but did get a window broken and both halves of the roof taken off. We picked her up, put the roof back on in two halves, and she has been lived in on and off for the last 9 years since then. I lived in her for 1 1/2 years myself and found her quite comfy. She is for sale for $40,500 plus if you want her repainted, insulated under the floor, or the shower finished.
I would rather see someone invest to own her and see her stay for the B&B when not being used by the owner who might live in one of the cities nearby and want a good income off an investment instead of losing money on a retirement fund. Compare getting 9% to what the banks are paying and it may make sense to you.
How many houses can survive a tornado?
Not my greatest morning as we perused the damage. Patrick is standing on one half of the roof as he looks inside.
We rolled her back upright, took off the composition shingles, and put the roof halves back on and she came back to life just fine.
Vicky One with Babydoll sitting out front.
Vicky One and her view of the pasture.
Here is an interior shot in one of its decorated states.
The loft is small but it has held several love stories in it.
Vicky One would cost about $42,500 or a bit more if we were to repaint her. She is not insulated under the floor and that would run about $500 more as well.
Air conditioner is build into the wall on this house. It could be changed out, plugged, and a ductless system put in, though that would run a grand and a half or more by the pros. This is much less to fix or change out if it goes bad.
The Blue Moon is also a possible early prototype for sale until we sell what we need to finish up a few things. This is a larger house at 12′ x 20′ with the outside bathroom to the left of the porch. It is still getting its Milk Paint job and we have to finish removing the latex paint from the front porch, but she would be great for a get away or to live in if we added a kitchenette.
The Blue Moon will run $47,500-$50,000 depending on how much more we do to it. The shower floor and walls have not been finished yet. It could have a screened front porch too which might be nice.
The Blue Moon is nearly painted again, but inside she is ready for a stay or two. Bigger than many at 12′ x 20′ with a half bath in place, so the shower is still in the bath house if you want one.
Paint job would be finished at that price.
Lots of room downstairs for sleeping and for talks. It could have a kitchenette put into one corner if one wanted to as well or put on the far wall where the big table is now.
AC is in the upper window which cools it like a fridge if one wants it cold.
Also has an upstairs loft that will hold a queen or king size bed, but you will have to lay on it to make it. Ladder will have extensions on it and we could put a rail on it too.
Another of the larger houses would be Vicky Too which is the second of the victorian style houses we built, again a proto-type but with the entry on the end instead of the side. It is a 12′ x 20′ again and has room for a bed below as well as in the loft if one wanted. It has an indoor bath that the shower is not completed but it is plumbed. The bath has a sink and could easily have a toilet of a couple types, but none is installed yet. The kitchenette is cute and has a sink, space for a little fridge, and could be used as a guest house, full time living but on a tiny scale. The loft holds a king size mattress now so smaller is possible. Comes with a ladder and lots of stories. This house has been in many pictures and was known best as Vicky in the Mist.
Vicky Two will also be ready for guests and will sleep two in separate beds for the visit if desired so it can be shared. Cost at $75 per night with AC, toilet, but still need to use the bath house for showers.
Vicky Two when she sat out front once upon a time. She is a 12′ x 20′ early classic.
How much space do you need in a house to be healthy? Not much. To be happy? Not much. So why do Americans think they need 700-1,000 sf per person? Marketing my friends… no more because the rest of the world is happier as evidenced by not having 45% of their populations on anti-depressants like here in AMERICA. Sad fact.
Here is a shot as “Vicky in the Mist”. This classic Tiny Texas Earthquake House is a 12′ x 20′ as was created after the San Francisco Earthquakes and fires of 1900. Might need such again if it were to happen once more.
From the back looking to the front.
Once upon a time an eccentric lady lived in this one. Would you believe she liked hats.
Here you can see some of the decorative elements she used to give it color.
Looking down the side wall. Think she had enough hats?
The biggest house and the one that is the most livable is the White Swan which has Space Magic applied to it and is a bit taller than the others. While it is only 11′ x 17′ it has the space of a much larger house thanks to some cool tricks but is only taxable as living space for the downstairs. Upstairs is technically storage, but I store a giant bedroom up there.
It will be lifted higher and then have sides added. This gives you an idea of the upper porch for star gazing and night time breezes.
She is only 11′ x 17′ but she is big on space and color for a tiny girl her size.
The end view shows the loft glass fine, imagine with a bed nearby, the beauty of the morning light coming in.
the stair in place with a great window.
Kitchen view with a glimpse of the bathroom door.
Corner moldings for decoration and protection.
A view of the loft from below makes it look pretty big.
A view looking down from the loft where someone would have to come up as an alternative if they wanted to get to you with the door closed.
View with door up from the closet.
View with the door down from the closet.
Here is the shot with the door closed. Besides insuring that a child will not fall down, or yourself if you sleep walk, it gives you some extra space if you want it.
Here is the view from up above where the bed sits now.
Lots of room for a desk, a couple chairs, a dresser. Nice space for such a small one.
Here I am, though certainly not in a Sexy position, just a test drive of the space. May need more testing later.
She is by far the most spacious but also much more expensive as she has all the upgrades that I later applied to the houses. Icynene insulation in the walls and under the floor, self sealing underlayment under the metal roof, lots of stained glass windows, a big shower, kitchen with pantry, space for a stove/oven or convection/microwave below, induction plate above. Space for a big kitchen sink, fridge under the counter, and a giant upstairs big enough for a couple beds, sitting area and has a closet to boot. It will also have a rooftop deck accessible from the loft.
As a consequence of so many features and Space Magic galore, it is also much more expensive but I consider it one of my Art Houses and thus it is priced at $85,000.
I would prefer to see her stay as she would draw a good following of people to stay overnight, and make a great income for someone, and us by renting her out when the owner was not visiting. It is a way to own a part of a B&B without having to manage it if you are interested in investing, owning the house, and getting to come stay, let friends come, or just make a great income without any work while owning an incredible piece of art. She is priced at $85,000 but that would pay back in less than 8 years and have a hundred good years of functional life still left.
Upstairs looking at the trap door.
The steps going up above with storage and a pull out table with 4 chairs.
A view of the front door with the antique doorbell, and the stained glass over the plants ledge done in live edge mesquite.
Upstairs without the beds in place. Will hold two doubles or queens.
Here is a Tiny Texas House that has room for a queen bed or two up in the loft, a big bath with play shower, kitchenette that you could actually live in full time if you chose to later.
We added a bigger beam and another post in the front to accommodate the extra weight above.
Here is the end view without the railing yet.
The Retreat is the biggest house on site at the moment and is far from finished, but ready for the customizing of the interior. It will have a large master bedroom upstairs, a big sitting area, and a second bedroom above as well.
Here is how some ideas grow and get tested with a quick sketch to see how they look.
Here you can see the projection of a balcony for the upper loft sitting area.
These are parts of our mind, ideas that form into reality, if we nurture them onward.
You will get to go in and see how we build them from the framing to the various stages of progress that you can see in Manifestation Bay at the moment.
The Retreat is a 12×26′ with a giant second floor. The interior is awaiting its final owner to help determine how the interior will be finished out. This would make an incredible home and office as the upstairs is gigantic and would be totally private. Sliding divider wall would make the living area office and hide the breakfast and bath areas if desired.
The Retreat is the biggest house on site for the time being, and if we can, it will stay on site for people to rent out over night and stay at for weekends away from the city.
It is a 12′ x 26′ house with two exits, lots of stained glass and by far the most expensive of the houses in Manifestation Bay. It will hit over a hundred grand, how much depending on the porches and finish out. With a full kitchen, big bath, breakfast area, living room, and massive volume of Space Magic, it is by far the best of the series of Art Houses available for sale. It is a tall house though and not suited for shipment out of the state of Texas really. Again I would love to see someone own it for our B&B plans as it would hold wedding parties and much more to generate a great income for someone without the hassle of running a B&B, thus pay for itself in less than 8 years and still have a hundred years of life left.
I included a few pictures showing some of the possible porch configurations too. This could be really nicely dressed out inside but the price could also easily reach $125,000-$135,000 and be worth every penny of it.
The Gingered Swan is the other size extreme at only 80 Sf downstairs.
The Gingered Swan sits amidst the wildflowers as she gets prepared for overnight guests soon. This is the product of our last Salvage Building Seminar, but they group did not get to come for the whole thing. This time we will try to let everyone who wants to participate in a phase of it will have the chance.
My Gingered Swan I love you so,
you are to cute,
but this you know.
Gingered Swan Face shot winter 2015. Lots of grass for just a few weeks of sprouting.
Gingered Swan 2015 Winter shot profile. You can always fancy up a plain house, but some are just fancy from the start.
It is heavily ginger breaded and has some great features to it but thus it is also pricey compared to the early prototypes.
Teeny Gingered Swan is finally dressed but still, she needs her oil and milk paint like her make up fore the ball.
gingered Swan porch floors
It is priced at $42,500 and can be modified to have a screened in side porch to have more living space too and change out the side window to a door to make it accessible from the inside. We will see what comes.
She has an upstairs big enough for a double or queen sized bed, a roof top deck, space above for a sit down shower or a closet. The kitchenette has a very unique cabinet that folds out to be a table, lots of storage in the stairs, and much more going on for a teeny tiny house of only 8′ x 11′ in size. Once more she would be great to keep here so once we figure out which houses will be left, we will focus on getting some of them set up for overnight guests. This house is not big enough for most people to live in full time.
Finally, the Kidd, by far the smallest house, is only 67 sf and has room for a twin or double bed upstairs, has a kitchenette, cabinets, a shower, and lots of porch. It is priced at $39,500 and is again, not really big enough to live in full time but would be a good guest house, or satellite house.
The Kidd is a baby that may be occupied but you will see what a 67 sf house can be. Shower, Kitchenette, and bedroom with a desk upstairs.
The Kidd winter 2015
63 sf below 50 sf above, yet tall and proud to be the tiniest of our creations yet.
The Kidd is only 63 sf on the bottom floor. About 50 sf in the bedroom upstairs that is big enough to handle a twin or double bed.
Here are the women who participated in the seminar on how to build a Tiny Texas House. We used three sections of wall that I took from a house intact rather than dismantling them to see if it would be faster to design around them. I don’t think it was such a great idea in retrospect.
Finally, though I thought it was sold, we may have to let another buyer step in as the money needs to go back to the guy in Georgia that we could not ship this incredible Forget Me Not Chapel to. It is priced with the new paint job, steeple with a bell, and lots of stained glass at $59,500. It is a 12′ x 20′ structure that could be a guest house, office, or chapel for weddings as I had hoped to keep it as part of Salvage, Texas and the B&B. That may not happen now.
As if an angel came out the door and offered up help, Rene has given me more than my own mother since leaving home at 16, in a single stroke.
Steeple awaiting a lift to the top of the ridge.
Here is a shot of Manifestation Bay where all the Tiny Texas Houses to date have been built. The White Swan, the Retreat, and the Gypsy Too all await the coming changes as we sell a few houses to finance the remainder of them and move on to the next phase of our lives.
If you have any interest in one of these beautiful pieces of House Art that I have put my energy and love into creating, please contact me at Brad@tinytexashouses.com and we will see if you might own one of them and share the beauty too.