We here at Tiny Texas Houses have the pleasure of meeting new faces and personalities almost everyday. Without fail…curious passerby’s stop to see what “this place is all about.” We show folks around our property and imaginations are instantly sparked!
What Tiny Texas Houses has done with salvaged materials is no magical feat or extremely original idea.
People, especially in America, have been salvaging materials and making additions or restorations to their houses for centuries. It does seem, however, that this mentality has “gone in the dump” over the last decades, and it is our hope to revive the salvage and re-purpose mentality in this country.
Tiny Texas Houses has and continues to showcase what can be done with salvaged materials
Today, most people snarl and cringe at the idea of using something “that looks like trash.” But…shortly after a visit to our facility in Luling, Texas, skeptics are usually converted to our “Salvage Creed” and asking us a million questions!
After a visit to our facility during our guided tours, almost everyone has the “I want to do this, I want to build with salvage” motivation in their mind. Needless to say, we get a ton of questions from our fans and supporters asking questions like…
“How do I salvage my Grandpa’s old barn and re-use the materials?”
“What kind of materials do I look for when I’m Salvage Mining?”
“How can I build one of these Tiny Houses? What materials do I need to look for?”
So throughout our, now, 7 years in operation we’ve decided to shift our focus from building custom tiny houses to hosting educational workshops at our facility and thoroughly answering these questions.
We have a full schedule all throughout the coming summer months of 2014 with different workshops and bootcamps that you can attend!
We’re very excited from the turnout we had at the last Ugly Duckling Salvage Mining Bootcamp and White Swan Salvage Building Bootcamp, and we had an incredibly inspiring and uplifting experience with all the students.
Our goals this year are to continue spreading “the salvage creed” and provide an environment that students can work hands-on with salvaged materials and learn how to build.
We have begun construction of our tiny house village and it is coming together splendidly. We will be offering students the option of reserving overnight stays in our tiny house village while attending our workshops.
The first upcoming workshop will be The White Swan Part II. We will finish building the two tiny houses we started during the White Swan Bootcamp. This workshop will teach students how to install interior and exterior skins to our tiny houses, how to restore salvaged tin and install it for roofing, and much more! The White Swan Part II Building Bootcamp will be from April 21st – 25th, 2014. You can sign up for the White Swan Part II here!
The next scheduled course is our “Design A Tiny House” Workshop. This will be a week long event which will teach students the design and architectural philosophies behind building tiny houses. This course will be mostly lecture based with some hands on experience handling and measuring salvaged materials from our warehouse. Our plan is to take students into our warehouse of materials and show them typical pieces you would salvage from a structure and how you can implement them into your tiny house designs. We will be working with each student to conceptualize and design their own tiny house blue prints, so that by the time the workshop ends, students will have their own sets of drawings and plans to build their own tiny house!
The final course we currently have scheduled for this summer is also the course we’re most excited about. Based on our experience during the White Swan Building Bootcamp, we have decided that we will host a three week “Build a Tiny House” Intensive which will take students through the entire building process (from conceptualization to finished tiny house). We learned that even with 25 people, building a tiny house will take us longer then one week and we have extended this building workshop out to three weeks.
The scheduled dates for the 3 Week Intensive are May 26th – June 13th, 2014.
We’re excited about this workshop because it will be the first time in Tiny Texas Houses’ history that we have had students on our property for such a long length of time and this intensive will ,hopefully, be our first experience building a tiny house from start to finish with a group.
We expect to have our Tiny House Village fully functioning and ready for students by the time the three week building intensive begins and we believe it will give students a great opportunity to experience what its like to “live tiny” during their time here!
So please join us for our upcoming Workshops this summer and reserve yourself an overnight stay in our Tiny House Village. We are looking forward to all of these workshops and the many new faces and people we will meet. Hopefully, we can take our inspiring works of salvaged art one step further and empower others to do-it-yourself.