The Limited Series of 100 Tiny Texas Houses

It is true, you are reading the Epitaph for Tiny Texas Houses in advance of its planned funeral and wake.  Twas a fine idea expressed in the most exotic of ways at a time when the world was not quite ready for what these were meant to portend.  The future could be build with the parts and pieces that we have, and the children would have all they need, grow up in toxin free houses, and pass along the home to the next generation rather than throw it in the trash when you are through with it.

1880’s windows coming back to life with a flare they never had before.

Life would be boring to repeat one thing a hundred times. That is for those that want to copy, not create. I think they call them subdivision developers, trac house builders, and other such gentrified names. I am just an artist creating functional House Art and trying to offer what I feel are valid solutions to the society I live in that seems to feel that what we are doing to our children’s future and this country is Okay.

My simplest houses did not seem to get the attention around the globe quite as well as the exotic houses and the point is to get everyone to understand the value. When trying to get that across to a materialistic society, one must prove they are valuable in the currency of the day to seem to get it to register that they are valuable enough to go out and gather the materials to build them rather than try to come up with the money to buy one.

If everyone wants one, more people will start building Tiny Houses.  If there is enough profit to make a living from it, more will do it and more will buy. If there is a demand for the materials, more houses, buildings, and barns will be torn down to supply that ergo more work for the public to do instead of gripe or stand in unemployment lines where no opportunity exists, just handouts that make one weaker for lack of using their own skills to thrive.

This collection I have successfully created thus far are unique in every way possible and designed to catch the eye of people around the world who like many different styles.  What is appealing to one is not to another so I am crossing all lanes on the highway and getting targeted by many who do not like my path.  This series of over 70 houses thus fare is supposed to be a set of Lifeware Skills inspiring examples for you and others to be able to use to dream with and thus take action to make this Pure Salvage Living Renaissance part of your life.

A few of our houses under way

YOU can join with others to make this possible in your community and build the exact house you like based on those I have created to inspire you with and spur you into action. Now you know you can get others with trucks, trailers, young backs, power tools, skills but retired, young and willing but no skills. YOU can make this happen with YOUR friends and relatives. No matter where You are, YOU will be the one to make a difference if it going to happen because the government and the global corporations will not help you become independent and free, self sufficient and capable of living without either of them in your local towns.

There you go, another long response to a simple statement. Thank you for helping me clarify some things.  I am getting disheartened by the lack of response given there are 250,000,000 people in this country alone, and then a few billion on the sidelines watching what we will do to save or destroy the world from our all too powerful position.  As the next month unrolls, we will see what comes of the seeds already planted.  If this has not been enough to get the concept rolling and more to come on board, then the door to much of what could happen will close.

We have announced what I want to do, how I plan to do it, what I have to do it with, and that no other chance for anything like this has ever been done before and put on the table to give this society a chance to help themselves crawl out of a hole we created for the rest of the world.  As it stands, our off spring to pay for when we are gone, though the debt is greater than they have any hope to pay,

Since that is not possible, we need alternatives for the kids of tomorrow.  I had hoped to see everyone adopt a new set of principles to build on and to dispose of the past without filling up our landfills and throwing away our heritage.   I imagined people would jump on the opportunity to build houses practically for free.  I may have been ahead of my time again, a problem with past business ventures once or twice, but it took 30 years to open this door to creating the Territories and Villages but it will take more than what I have available to prove we can do this.  I obviously opened the door too early because I cannot afford to keep it open any longer.

Here is a tiny shot of the thousands of doors and windows that will be on sale starting in March at TTH.

I am initiating liquidating the buildings and land that have been assembled for the Tiny Texas Houses Gonzales operations, and will begin selling off the buildings and land in Gonzales that still house the inventory saved for the 250 houses that were intended to be built in the villages.   So there will be a big sale coming in June.  This will be a great opportunity for those who are looking to build regular sized houses as I have lots of giant doors, windows, and much more that will get liquidated at 30=50% discounts starting in March as I clear out 80,000 sf of warehouse space in Gonzales and sell off the buildings that housed that portion.  See Buildings for Sale in Gonzales for more information if you are interested in some great real estate in a town that is booming due to the Fracing Methane boom going on from there to the Coast.   I will post a page to follow in the next day or two with a video too most likely.

Finally I am going to migrate back to writing and drawing, finishing some books and working with Mackey and others to create the books and programs to teach this concept if I can fund it.  If we can hold out and stabilize my financials,  Hopefully I will still be able to effectively create the web site to share the information, but also the hard copy books to take it with you in the field.  The videos would be nice too but the funding and time may not be there due to the lack of support financially through out this social experiment.  I plan on simply enjoying writing the final chapters of this fictional novel existence that I have been so blessed to live.  Regardless of the outcome of the business ventures that I have spent the last 30 years going through to get here, I have learned so much and I am thankful to have the opportunity to make the mistakes I get to make today, and the lessons I still learn from breaking new ground, and failing to meet the goals I had set for myself.

We have house orders in place to work on through early summer, and I will take orders that will fill out  the rest of the year but unless the houses are going into the villages, I will be done at that point with building for other people or clients.  I will simply be using up and selling the inventory I had on hand for this vision to manifest.  While I have the most incredible hope and desire, the passion to have given all I can seem to muster, I do not desire to be a business man and build a thousand houses for people.  I am 57 years old and can live as comfortably as I need by myself in my Tiny Texas Temple and find peace while enjoying creating houses on my little patch of Earth for as long as I can.

This 12’x28′ is one of the best Victorians I have ever created.

I have heard the talk but seen that the action gets left out, and the efforts and calling seem to fall on deaf ears for the most part it appears.  I am thankful for those who are open to the ideas I have proposed.  I have no desire to push this on people and cannot afford to create the villages and Territories by myself so it appears like they will not happen as soon as I desired, if at all.  Most of the people who said they might like to change have chained themselves to their circumstances and things, to homes, families, and careers such that we can barely break away to make a sacrifice without jeopardizing the reserves that we believe will give us comfort and security.  There is nothing right or wrong with that, it is what it is, for each of us must go through, whatever stage we must to get to our own place in the end.  While I have judged many in my life for not choosing to help save the world or their children’s world, I do not now, but I will not ignore our problems and remain silent so I shall choose a different venue to speak out about my perception of what is going on as a fiction instead.

We, as a generation, have condoned the worst death and destruction in the history of the world for sake of our greed and desire to have it all.  I am not proud of that as an American and had hoped that others would choose a different path for those that follow during my lifetime.  We are at the worst point of chaos and war in history as our weapons are the biggest threat to the world.  We Americans have been and the cause of most of it.  This is my tiny part of the answer, if there is one to be composed by the masses if they care to act soon enough.  I can only ask…. what are you doing to this world?  I know there are others who are helping to change this, but it will take many more so please don’t think that your participation does not count.  It does, now more than ever, but no one will really be sure until it is too late to have acted and stopped the results of neglecting responsibility for the survival of our planet and species as a whole.  I do not believe that the elite will survive the hell they are creating with their greed and gluttony, their desire for power and control.

Let us please wake up, join together on some common ground, and implement the simple solutions at our fingertips that we personally can take action to make happen.  This is our reality don’t give it away to the government or bigger forces to control.  Self-sufficiency means thinking for your self.  Try it if you have not.  It is an amazing feeling to know that you can break free and be who you want to be instead of what you hate turning into every morning as you go to work in order to survive.

This life for me has been an incredible experience and exercise in manifesting an image, a story, a concept, and a love out of what others considered dead houses, trash, and war  zone neighborhoods.  I have a compassion and sympathy for the kids who see nothing to hope for and remember the times in my life, my attempts to leave life as a teenager who saw no future for me in this angry threatening world I grew up in.  While I admit I have never fit into society well for my lack of common sense and social indoctrination, I have shared a long and fruitful relationship with our species as a whole in my 45+ moves around the world before reaching this place where I dropped the roots of my Tiny Texas Houses and Territories.  I have more things to be thankful for, both the trauma’s and the triumphs, than most ever get to dream of, and adventures that few ever dare to believe they could go on, let alone survive.  Now I watch the end of the last phase of my life as I seal it off from my future due to the forces at work and the decisions I have made to move forward,  I can finally understand so much that made less sense when viewed at an Ego based level.  Decades later, looking back at the same words 40 years later, the spiritual meaning is clear, the meaning is deeper, the answers irrefutable.  A time for everything, and everything in its time, for me, this season is changing once more.

I had hoped we would see many people join us to create the SalvageFaire and villages around the core that will feed it with barter, trade, and income opportunity.  Not?  After several weeks of waiting to see people sign up we now that will not happen and we recognize what the response means.  No one really wants to participates in the next steps.  So far, since we announced what we would like to do, there was not enough of a splash to know we even posted a video so it may be an indication that we have about as much fizz as the Kickstarter program.

So, we will revamp again and keep on cooking with a new plan to survive and evolve so as to move forward with completing the orders in place, the books, the design program, and perhaps some design seminars.  We will definitely be selling tons and tons of windows, sashes, doors, flooring, metal roofing, and parts and pieces beyond your wildest dreams.  I am selling all of the inventory I have saved for a day when the people who would come could create a fantasy land for creative minds to bloom in, for flowers of God’s creative power to ignite and release fireballs of energy into our society to ignite the people’s inner passion to survive instead of sink into drone hood without resistance.

Thank you for following these posts and being a part of the dialogue about saving our planet and species through respecting our ancestors work, their creations, their house, and using the parts to rebuild this broken world into a place you can be proud to leave behind.  I still have faith that the people can pull this out of the hat and save this planet from ourselves but as we give in further to the darker sides of our greed, fear, anger, and hate, rather than the love that it will take to fix this planet, I wonder at the darkness as I call out into it attempting to get this message heard.  Instead of the success I dreamed of, I finally have to face the fact that I may not have a bright enough candle to light the vast room of darkness that we have all crowded into at this point of our species evolution on this planet.

11’x19′ of Pure Charm

I see people awaken every day and believe we have a chance, then watch as talk leads to action for some and gain great strength from that, but it will take more to have an impact and that appears to be more than I can do.  I may be at the end of my role in this movement, if it ever becomes that, though I had intended for this to be more successful in generating a change in perspectives.  I will be focusing more time on this website and my book on Wibblry and Wub.  The Facebook site will suffer and decline as I move the 3400 pictures off there over the next couple months.  The manipulations of traffic flow by Facebook, censoring, and cutting off peoples service over what they post is evidence of foul play and the move toward monetizing it to get the word out to people with status updates and such is continuing to reduce the number of people they issue posts to without charging to promote them.  So I refuse to be played much more.  Everyone that follows on Facebook can come to the other site with the click of a button as well so it should not hinder anyone from getting updated pictures, if they are allowed on the site.  I have come to like the “Ban” option on the Facebook site and I AM SURE it will still be possible on the Puresalvageliving.com site as we grow into members only.

Thanks again for reading these long installments.   The 100 House cap on orders is now in place and there are less than 20 slots left.  Since announcing I have had commitments for 3 more and their deposits to lock those slots in will be in this week.  Once the deposits are in for the remaining orders we will stop taking new orders and cease marketing as we will have no more need to sell houses.  If you are interested in reserving one of the last slots, please email or get in touch.  For those of you who thought they were expensive before, you have not seen anything yet.  As I get near the last orders, the price is going up and will blow some peoples minds when I finish with the last ones.  While someone else may come along to build houses from Salvage when I am done, it will surely take them a few years to reach the proficiency with building with salvage and designing for Tiny Houses will develop and others will be created to match my series.  I hope to see some incredible tiny houses be created from Salvage by others as time goes by, but after 8 years of waiting for others to jump on board, there is no apparent rush to do so and thus I am rather convinced that people just don’t want to do the real hard work or pay for it to be done.  It is clear that the bulk of America has sold out to the built in obsolescence concept and buying cheap rather than the quality we were once known for as a nation.

Thank you for following Tiny Texas Houses as we have grown and hopefully through to the end when I will complete this collection of 100 Tiny Texas Houses that I hope will act as beacons and seeds to let the rest of the world know what is possible if they want to give it a chance.

With the best of intentions,

Brad


14 Responses to The Limited Series of 100 Tiny Texas Houses


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    February 15, 2013
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  3. David Cheatham

    I’m sad, but sympathetic. While your efforts may not have returned the type of financial gains that are needed to support your visions, you have had an impact. We were looking forward to bringing down a collection of about 15 years’ worth of salvaged architectural items for the Salvage Faire. While we aren’t in a position yet to make the jump, we were quietly watching the village/territory concept unfold. I hope you do not take “quiet” as a sign of “no interest.” I’m sure there are others like us who simply know that they’re not financially in a place to make the jump just yet, but still have every intention of doing so. And please do not think it’s for a lack of trying or commitment, either. We’re stuck in a house that needs a new $25k roof to put it on the market, and once we do that, we’ll either break even or will lose precious $$$ in the estimated 6-12 months it will take to sell houses in our area. So many of the things that I had hoped to be able to do myself (carpentry, gardening, repairs, salvaging), I’m rapidly becoming unable to do due to a neuromuscular disease. Still, we have continued downsizing, selling off, scaling back, and preparing for our dream of tiny living. Unfortunately, if other people face adversities similar to ours, then that makes for a slow and disappointing progression for you, which I completely understand. What I hope I can express, though, is that you HAVE made a difference in people’s lives and there are still plenty of us out here who may be quiet, but who nevertheless appreciate your efforts and share your visions.

    February 15, 2013
  4. Stephanie Rodrigue

    I am sad to hear the discovery of the sadness you express. I have lived your work from afar but could not afford the fee to build. It is beautiful work and I am sorry to see it go. But I thank you for what you have given us!! Be happy in your endeavors! Salute!!

    February 15, 2013
  5. Rachel T.

    Best of luck, Brad. I have followed your blog for quite some time and admired your craftsmanship, vision, and artistic sensibilities. Your tiny houses are, simply put, amazing. If I could afford to have one of your final 10, I’d do it in a heartbeat.

    Thank you for inspiring me daily, and for creating tiny house eye-candy to fill my dreams of a tiny home on beautiful Lake Michigan.

    …Maybe one day, I’ll try and build my own. :)

    February 15, 2013
  6. Maureen Allen

    Your comments, so heartfelt, inspire both hope and sorrow. Hope, because you will continue to invite people to know the unique pleasure of living amid “experienced” materials. Nothing new can approach the character, the personality, the excitement of a home comprised of materials imbued with the aesthetic and memory of other times. The economic windfall is a rather astonishing side effect, given the superiority of materials salvaged from oblivion. I feel sorrow because I thought Tiny Texas Houses was thriving. I assumed anyone fortunate enough to be within your delivery range had jumped at the chance to live in a home of such enchantment, simplicity, practicality. Alas, I’m in Georgia, living in a 400SF tiny, but ipoorly supported, house. My promise to you is, as soon as I can put the money together, to find a builder who “gets it,” haunt the wealth of salvage stores here, and rebuild here in the mountain forest. I am so happy to share the world with you.

    February 15, 2013
  7. jame

    Some of us are simply not physically able to do the necessary salvage and reconstruction that is required, and so can not “jump on board”, even though we wish to do so.

    February 16, 2013
  8. Having just recently discovered your work, I was sad to read your blog today. At the same time, perhaps your role as catalyst IS to publish a book that will instruct others “how” to salvage and reuse materials in the skilled and loving way you have. I don’t think most people have the knowledge and craftsmanship that it takes to reuse materials, although in the Pacific Northwest, the movement is certainly growing. There is a “soul” present in the salvaged materials you utilize for your homes; we do ourselves such a disservice by letting them go. As one posted above, if the stars were aligned right now for us, we’d purchase one of your homes in a heartbeat. Know that your light is bright and that you have made an enormous impact – you will continue to do so, even if the manner in which you do it is slightly different than you’d hope it would be. My husband and I will keep paying attention – and wish you well in all you do!

    February 16, 2013
  9. M. Ellington

    I just wanted to say thank you.

    Unemployed for four years 2005-2009, I had to give up, along with the bad marriage, my small and comfortable townhouse, dog and cat, and after living through all my savings and hope, go to couch surf while I volunteered in the American Peace Corp (AmeriCorp/VISTA) for two years to change industries. I am now coming up on completing my first full year of employment with benefits, in my new field, and paying off all my debt and looking to build a tiny home (not a house). Thank you, so much for the postings, videos, and giving me hope over these past couple of years while the idea took root, that maybe (now at 53 years of age), I can do it/I can start over. I too want a village/a place for my dream to land and share with like-minded neighbors and friends and that’s why I’m putting my home on wheels. I will try to build following your principles (may even have the trailer to come down during your big sale to get pieces for my dream) and I still have hope that we, the inspired (but still struggling) may be able to one day combine and generate enough energy to help your dream become real.

    I know that by showing your videos and talking with others about the ideas of tiny homes, I have sparked people, and some of my friends into looking at what they do/how they live in a different light.

    Thank you, Brad and the best to you.

    February 17, 2013
  10. Kellie Hunter

    I too, am sad to read this news. Your work has been an inspiration to keep a dream alive in me. I am a single Mom stuck in a home, while modest in its 1800 sqft, it is too large for me and my son. With the economy bust over recent years, all the equity in this home is gone. I owe more than it now appraises for making it difficult to sell and pursue the dream of truly downsizing and returning to ground roots. Thank you for sharing your successes and inspiring others.

    February 18, 2013
  11. Mrs. Polly

    The path of the visionary is a difficult one! Your disappointment is palpable, but think of William Morris; he sorrowed to discover that his vision of an exquisite, simple, lovingly handmade environment available to the masses was simply too costly for average people. But his impact on the aesthetic movement in Britain and beyond, was profound, reaching as far as Lurling, Texas, where exquisite, simple, lovingly handmade works of art were reborn in the form of tiny houses bearing the mark of his influence, over a hundred years after his death.

    The house in which I grew up was built by another visionary, Ernest Flagg. Flagg built European influenced enclaves of small stone houses meant for average working people, houses with low walls, sharply peaked rooflines, attic bedrooms, and beautiful, revolutionary details such as gables with windowed sides, so that my attic room was all light, like a butter-colored jewel box. I wish Flagg’s vision had been embraced fully, so that more little girls could grow up in such an enchanting, sheltering space as I did. The house was built in 1919, and all the rooms are fairly small. Perhaps that’s one reason I grew up a claustrophiliac.

    Ernest Flagg also designed the Singer Building, which has the distinction of being the tallest skyscraper (at one time the tallest building in the world) to be razed. It was a great building, but New York City real estate is a heartless, venal enterprise.

    I knew I wasn’t going to be able to live in one of your extraordinary little masterpieces; I am indeed tied to the Northeast, by virtue of family, and my financial circumstances won’t be conducive for quite a while. But I cherish the hope that your vision will be translated by many followers into local vernacular around the country, and perhaps I may be able to settle myself into a Tiny Hudson Valley House.

    What with hard physical labor, constant oversight, enormous expectations and terrible loss, these last eight years must have seemed like a century to you sometimes. Really, it’s not that long a time at all. I think you deserve a breather, and I’m so glad you’ve built yourself, at last, an artwork of your own to inhabit. I wish you healing and pathways opening before you, and thank you for the dreams you’ve put into my head.

    One other thing: don’t close that glorious reclaimed screen door too hard behind you! Let it swing sofly; it really won’t hurt to leave it off the latch. ; – >

    February 21, 2013
  12. Lucy

    While I admire someone who can say ‘enough’ and move on, please don’t underestimate what you *have* done. You’ve taken a counter-cultural concept that every policy and advertisement for the last 70 years has told us is a cramped, nasty, damp uncivilised past to escape from and then sold houses to a lot of people even in difficult times.
    You’ve gained publicity in the fanciest magazines and your YouTube videos are really popular. That’s an awful lot in 8 years. If things aren’t how you expected you have enough interested people out there that someone will have the skills to barter a review of your business growth and offer ideas.
    All the best of luck x

    March 4, 2013
  13. patricia lyon

    Hey Brad….just when I thought I could make my way to the fracing gas capital of Texas and worship at your Tiny Texas house you up and leave.

    What’s this you say, noone is interested in building these wonderful homes …no way.
    It’s like this noone can get money anywhere not even to build a little house….my little farm house has been
    on the market for awhile ….it’s not as tiny as I would like. NOONE is gonna buy it…..cause you can’t get a loan…I think if I am lucky enough to sell it I am just going to live in my car.

    Truly…I love you and your concept of America…But until America goes back to work and sees home ownership as it once was “an obtainable dream”..then were are all stuck out.

    Pat

    April 5, 2013
  14. Brad, The fact that you are ending the building of your Tiny Texas Houses makes me profoundly sad. I live in Salt Lake City and I have been drooling over your houses for years. I wish that I could have one to retire in. I am 60 years old and my house and yard are becoming too much. I would love to downsize and live in one of your exceptionally beautiful houses. I entered your contest and was sad that the person who won the house sold it. My family doesn’t think that I could live in something so small, but I am sure that I could. If I was younger I would want to get into the business myself. Thanks for all you have done. I wish more people would see the need for this. Love, Love, Love your houses.

    May 21, 2013