Tiny Texas Houses from Salvaged Materials


Tiny Texas Houses

These recycled buildings, offered for sale out of Luling, Texas (between San Antonio and Houston), are built of recycled materials, based on traditional designs. They have instant soul. This is a wonderful body of work by builder Brad Kittel. The following is an excerpt from Lloyd Kahn’s Tiny Homes, Simple Shelter (Shelter Publications, 2012).

Our buildings are 99 percent pure salvage. Everything — doors, floors, windows, lumber, porch posts, glass, door hardware, and even the siding — has been saved and re-used to create houses that we hope will last for a century or more.

I believe that there are presently enough building materials sitting on the ground in the U.S. to build much of the next generation of housing. All it takes is pure human energy, spirit, and the desire to build something that will last for several lifetimes.

My goal is to show people what can be done with a concept I call Salvage Building. I believe used material is far superior to nearly anything being used today.

Building with Salvaged Material is Superior

It’s crazy that 51 percent of our landfills are building materials, yet we ravage the world looking for more building materials. A huge amount of wood, hardware, glass, even roofing is available today for little more than the human energy it takes to salvage it.

No materials today will cost us less fuel or energy to make ready for building than the materials we have already harvested.

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