Custom Tiny House Design and Building

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How we build your one of a kind Tiny House, Rustic Cabin, Victorian Cottage or Retreat Getaway!

Tiny Texas Houses are each built to be one of a kind creations with vintage salvaged materials — we think of them as House Art! — thus there are no set models, floorplans or prices. We build to create the Tiny House, Cabin, Retreat or Getaway Cottage you desire! Our goal is to build a house just like our ancestors did – a house that will last for a hundred yeas and more. We use the best of old world building techniques combined with the best that new technology has to offer for insulation and energy savings.

Our size ranges from 10′ x 12′ up to a larger 12′ x 32′ to accommodate easy transport to your location. For larger sizes, we can build them to be joined together on your site if needed. Pricing is based on size, style and the various amenities you choose. Our houses start at about $35,000 for something like the 10’x12’ Essay Contest House which is 10’ x 12’ with a fairly large loft. The larger sizes, such as the 12’ x 28’ can easily hit $75,000 to $90,000 or more with various upgrades like screened in porches.

Moving your Tiny House to Your Location

We ship our houses to your location with an insured mover. House moving costs vary depending on the length of time it takes to get to your location destination, but it tends to run about $2,500 for a day’s trip out and back. We don’t know the route until the state tells us 5 days before the move date. Moving costs are custom calculated for each house and buyer, of course.

Tiny House Delivery Area

We currently build and ship only within the state of Texas and adjoining states of Oklahoma, Louisiana, and New Mexico. Shipping costs and regulations become overly burdensome outside that area. Sometimes shipping to other states are possible; California is very difficult to impossible due to Californaia state regulations, and moving costs are very high. This is why we are working on building a network of outposts with custom salvage builders in each state, to help you realize your dream of building your own 99% pure salvage tiny house.

Tiny Texas Houses Custom Home Order Process

If you would like to have us build you a custom tiny house, please contact Brad at info (at) puresalvageliving.com or use our handy contact form for faster service.

We work up a ballpark figure of what it should cost, then you put down a 25% deposit. We go shopping at our warehouse and pick out all of the materials, from windows, doors, flooring, siding, etc. Then we set about designing the house around the parts you picked. If there are any variables based on over runs when you have picked everything you will know at that point and can make changes to keep it in the same ballpark or add a few extras. Once we have the plans figured out we proceed to build it with 4 draws from the construction cost fee, that are due upon:

  1. the finish of the framing
  2. the finish of the exterior skin
  3. the finish of the interior skin
  4. the finish of the cosmetics, cabinets, and porches

Once the house is finished we ship to your location and typically may be on your site for no more than two days.

We currently build and ship only within the state of Texas and adjoining states of Oklahoma, Louisiana, and New Mexico. Shipping costs and regulations become overly burdensome outside that area. This is why we are working on building a network of outposts with custom salvage builders in each state, to help you realize your dream of building your own 99% pure salvage tiny house.

If you would like to have us build you a custom tiny house, please contact Brad at info (at) tinytexashouses.com or use our handy contact form for faster service.

Design Options for your Custom Tiny Texas House, Cabin, Cottage or Retreat!

Piers and Footings

You can set your tiny house on piers we custom make for you in steel so you only have to pour footings, or you can have piers and footings poured in concrete on your site.

Amenities

Your kitchen can have a gas stovetop or use an induction plate, have a small refrigerator or a large one, and even include a stackable washer and dryer. We have built a full kitchen with upper and lower cabinets, broom closets, and even a rifle and gun hidy hole. Bathrooms come with showers, or the option of charming antique 4′, 4 1/2′, 5′, and 5 1/2′ clawfoot or pedestal tubs.We prefer to use antique cast iron and porcelain sinks in the baths but will put in what ever you want. We offer gray and black water separation waste systems if desired so as to cnserve water to be used for the garden or yard watering or for flushing the toilet if desired. We can even set up for using composting toilets that convert waste into non-polluting fertilizer.

Power

We offer low voltage wiring to use solar power options for DC current to be used for everything from electric lighting to TV’s, and water pumps to use with a cistern or other water storage system. These options can significantly lower energy consumption for those who wish to plant a Tiny Texas House outside of the power grid. Propane on demand water heaters are also appropriate for getting off the grid. If you feel you will need air-conditioning though you will need a generator. That will also give you a way to charge up your batteries in case the clouds have dampened you solar charge from the sun.

Wood

Our framework is always built from salvaged lumber, usually Southern Yellow Pines, old growth Fir, and antique Pine beams. We offer a wide selection of interior woods ranging from Cypress, Long Leaf Pine, Oaks, Northern Pines, Walnut, Butternut, Maple, and Mesquite. Tiny Texas Houses are made of fully aged and cured beautiful wood from floor to ceiling. The exterior sidings come in a variety of classic styles and antique woods that will outlast any new wood siding available today. The interior surface walls and ceilings normally be shiplap and/or tongue and groove antique pines. We do not use plywoods, sheetrock, paneling, or plastics inside or out. Our floorings are all antique tongue and groove Long Leaf Pine, Cypress, antique Northern or Loblolly Pines, Oak, Walnut, or Mesquite.

Roofing and Insulation

The roof materials range from antique corrugated for the ranch style to a 50 year dimensional shingle or the roof material of your choice. Our roof, walls, and floors are all insulated with Icynene. The walls are also wrapped with a radiant barrier to add more resistance to heat gain too.

Porches

Although the porches are usually sized to fit the house, we do offer various styles of posts, porch railings, and ceiling treatments. We use 3/4″ antique pine for the porch floors and either Tung Oil or paint them. The porch posts and ceilings are each unique as we only use salvage turned posts, columns, and antique cedar trunks to be sure that each house will have a different face, even if it is a similar style.

Color

We prefer environmentally friendly classic milk paint for our interior but we use what the customer wants for custom orders. Both the exterior/interior colors are up to the customer. We normally treat the wood interiors with Tung oil to create a low maintenance, durable finish and like to do the same for the natural finished exterior barnwoods. This time-tested process has been in practice for a millennium for excellent reasons. We also like Organic Linseed Oil Paints that have a history of lasting for 50 years or more over the last 1,000 years of use in Europe. We are open to using and learning about other environmentally friendly products if they have been proven over time.

Cabinetry

The cabinets and shelves in the kitchenettes and bath areas are all custom built from antique lumber and sized for maximizing storage capacity and fitting in the modern conveniences like stoves, refrigerators, microwaves, and other amenities. We can also integrate antique cabinets into the houses or build around heirloom pieces you want to put in once we have finished. Again, every tiny house we create is a one of a kind original and you get to decide the final design.


Last Updated: April 27, 2012

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