(Images: Tiny Texas Houses, reproduced with permission)
Owning and running a large home with all the modern luxuries that come with it is expensive, time consuming and takes its toll on the environment. According to Brad Kittel, founder and owner of Tiny Texas Houses, being a home owner can be much simpler and cheaper if we take corporate building firms and manufacturing companies out of the equation.
Kittel has been disassembling buildings and salvaging original construction materials for over fifteen years and he claims that 99 per cent of it can be reused.
Other than things like nails, broken glass and any toxic items that must be disposed of, the quality timber and vintage fittings can be brought back together, creating a small unique house that can be lived-in mortgage free and relocated (on the back of a truck) whenever needed.
According to Lloyd Kahn’s new book ‘Tiny Homes, Simple Shelter’, the tiny house movement is a reality and people are downsizing to around 400 square feet of living space or less. From quirky tree houses to chic log cabins, these pieces of ‘house art’ are energy efficient and functional as well as being customised to their individual owners’ needs and tastes.
Tiny homes can be constructed by independent companies like Tiny Texas Houses but they are often built by their owner, following plans which are readily available online. To build your own home and be self-sufficient is an achievement in itself but it also cuts back significantly on costs and the excessive use of machinery.
Kittel is passionate about ‘building the future with the past,’ because the craftsmanship he finds when he’s ‘salvage mining’ is far better than modern imported products that are routinely marketed today. He believes it’s the use of human energy and spirit that goes into these houses, which makes them so special. Check out the Facebook album for more great photos of tiny houses.
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