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A Proof of Concept to call by any name you choose, but the birthplace of Tiny Texas Houses is:

I started building Tiny Texas Houses in 2006 to show people just how big a Tiny House could feel since nearly no one thought such a small space could be comfortably habitable it seemed.  In the twelve years before setting off on the quest of building 95% Pure Salvaged material tiny houses, I had successfully created and built Discovery Architectural Antiques into one of the largest businesses of its kind in the country.  Thus, with a giant inventory and a realization that came with reading about the re-emergence of an appreciation for Tiny Houses and living spaces, I felt compelled to return to my creative side and show what could be built with nearly 95% Pure Salvage building materials. 

When one plans an entire village of like-minded people, the ultimate utopian goal as this cycle of intentional communities becomes a popular path in our culture once more. I say once more for the sake of Thoreau and Emerson for whom Walden Pond is named and the Covered Bridge Over Untroubled Waters that leads up Miracle Mountain to the Ship of Salvaged Dreams. For as long as they exist, the quantum story can be experienced by millions online, in-person, and through the people who will speak of it and share pictures around the world.

The early prototypes in each new intentional village will set the theme to a large degree as the land is bought, first houses built, and an ethos established as to the permaculture versus HOA that prevents individuality, gardens of food instead of grass, and many other cultural aspects of retirement or community living versus subdivisions where the people rarely interact. This seemed simple enough to describe as an issue to consider, but the many perils to how the community develops will be foretold by the ethos, religion, and politics of the people who set it up and reside there. So while there are many priorities some people will want, from guns to food stored away or the opposite, perhaps no devices that kill with (not likely in Texas or to survive if that SHFT moment comes).

It is not just the weather, or wars, besides the tornados that passed by like the one that tossed the first 6 houses I built, and in a very unfriendly way. In building houses, delivering them on road instead of build on site, along with the lessons on the ways to get materials to the sites of the buyers, led to much better construction and valuable techniques learned that I want to pass along.  All of the wood, doors, windows, flooring, tubs, sinks, 95% of the hardware, and even the roofs are salvaged.  Only the insulation, electricity, plumbing lines, and nails, or other elements need to be new in a Tiny Texas House.  We can use Icynene foam insulation, high/low voltage wiring, solar/wind power, and black/gray water separation to create a new generation of housing designed to provide minimalist eco-conscious people the opportunity to create housing alternatives they can afford or even create themselves.  Ultimately, the house itself, if built with poisonous outgassing chemicals from factory-built tiny houses that do not consider health as the highest priority, the box you choose to live in could be the thing that kills you or damages your children for life.

Group participation, living, and even subsistence can come from the Salvage Hunters who join with Salvage Miners to find and salvage the materials available for the Salvage Builders to create the next 4 generations of housing.  There is much to be saved, in fact, gained, by building with quality materials that have already outgassed and cured decades ago, with little more than Tung Oil, Linseed Oil Paints, and other ancient formulas, it is possible to build simple, adapting to the materials, and create houses that will be affordable. The wood and materials can save costs, carbon wasted cutting down trees, transport, as well as bricks, glass, hardware, and more which could be the key to making this industry so viable at this time. People can share in the razing of houses and buildings, barns and stores to raise the houses, the new stores, and the ways to create a future without importing the parts, harvesting earth resources for new building materials, and thus save many of the best things from our past that our ancestors worked so hard to create for us.

In the Tiny Texas Outpost and Village scenario, that can have a Non-profit mentor to coordinate getting large old buildings in areas that would benefit from the jobs and training skills that come with each of the new Outposts. We can do this for many if the right people choose to get involved with the transition from elders to the new generation that must imagine the future and act in such ways that it gets better. This contrasts just repeating the behavior that is now making pollution worse, waste is worse, and the ways to clean it up are not keeping up with its creation. Can it be done in such a way as to be popular instead of looked down upon? Yes.

While most clients who have bought our Tiny Texas Houses used them for extra space, some have used them to live full time and I believe, by the response, we have gotten, people are willing to live in them at the prices I am asking now, and more would if we could produce them more affordably.  That too is possible if we can do the Salvage Mining and Salvage Building locally then the prices for the materials and transportation could be lower thus reducing the costs of Tiny Texas Houses dramatically.  Furthermore, as I have learned by experience, having the materials come in, get processed, and move out quickly to become houses will substantially reduce the costs of warehousing, taxes, and labor.  The benefits of a massive inventory are offset by the costs of holding them and the liability from loss due to fire.  

There will be ample income to allow everyone in the process to make a good living and fund a number of elements in the Tiny Texas Village and Outpost plans.  The first structure that allows for building the other houses will enable the business of creation viable instead of depending entirely on volunteers. Making and selling things while building houses helps to create the income it will take to pay for the development and sustenance once the village is created on its way to becoming a community. Then the problem is who gets to live there and how many? Next, how do you feel about the cap and who says no to the many who want to come, the relatives, friends, and others who will want to crowd into small villages once they appear to be idyllic or times get really hard in the city and many are looking for a place to bail, not a community to contribute to in order to live there. Many want to be paid or enticed to come as if their mere presence is payment enough and few communities can afford many of that archetype.

That is what the Tiny Texas House Concept is intended to facilitate.  Depending on the size of a house, it can easily provide $15,000-$20,000 in labor and use $5,000-10,000 or less in materials to create a single house.  There is a good living to be had for everyone involved in creating durable structures with unmatched longevity.  Rather than promote “built-in obsolescence” which appears to have become the mantra in modern industry, we are focusing on the value of “Pure Salvage” Building that far exceeds any standard being used today, but the quality of our houses is not all that makes them such a good value.  They are also cute, cozy, and portable can provide fresh air by design and cool with the windows open, stay warm with them closed.

Even more importantly, we can create like-minded communities designed to have the least amount of impact on the environment they live in.  I am not saying that the materials and salvage building concept can not be applied to larger structures, it obviously can.  But it is easier to teach with small examples than to do a big project that the common person can not relate to from the standpoint of solving their immediate needs.  This solution can do exactly that and create a replicable system that could spread like wildfire across the country as more people look for alternatives to conventional housing and are willing to use their human energy to get what they want rather than waiting on the government to come to their aid.  

There is the potential for larger homes to become obsolete for great portions of the population as the economic crisis emerges as a factor in addition to rising food costs. It is only logical that if that occurs, people will be looking for solutions that would not have been considered feasible only two decades ago. While much of the building material resources have already been destroyed as waste, all is not lost.  Enough wood, bricks, and salvage exist to house an entire generation now.  Better still, the houses we build from salvage have the potential to last for a century or more and could form new energy-efficient housing communities.  

Each Tiny Texas House we build is either a prototype or an improvement on the last, never reaching perfection but seeking alternatives to the various issues that prevent us from creating universal answers.   Our goal will be to continuously develop solutions to the many challenges that will arise as we convert people in different regions to our philosophy of Salvage Mining and Salvage Building.  The movement toward Salvage Building and its facilitation through Salvage Hunters can spread quickly given the financial incentives, but more importantly, it can provide a million skilled jobs, training, and nearly instant results: proof of concept was Tiny Texas Houses as illustrated in this booklet. 

Regional villages will be able to consolidate processing, warehousing, and even packaging which will create even more training and jobs.  It will cost the least to do it in rural areas near the cities where the land is cheaper and the cost to the warehouse will be less as the value of the buildings sitting empty is less.  The incentives to the communities to participate are obvious given the potential for job creation and the elimination of nuisance houses as well as new housing that creates even more jobs. 

I believe that the operations can be easily replicated every few hundred miles without saturation issues well into the next decade.  Rarely are there solutions that can be applied so quickly and use pre-existing infrastructures left behind by industries that moved their labor costs overseas?  

This American-grown resource can only be harvested by people who live in America and it will provide houses for the citizens as well as create a possible export industry.  It could play a significant role in solving America’s needs for housing, jobs, and the revitalization of historically industrial communities around the country where the industries are gone and empty obsolete buildings or houses abound, presently awaiting demolition, not salvage.   What we do not use in this country could be exported or warehoused for generations ahead.  We stock oil reserves, why not this valuable resource, my invisible commodity.  

Each Tiny Texas House we build is an opportunity to create the building plans and options for the Tiny Texas House communities to use repeatedly in the future.  No two houses will ever be identical, because adaptation is an essential element in the Salvage Building concept.  It creates a sense of pride as well as individuality that is critical in a modern world if we are to maintain and express strong identities in a global society.  I believe many people are ready to live with less in order to have more time to enjoy life rather than work under great stress.  Many people are realizing they have too many things they don’t really need and live in big places they can no longer afford or desire.  

Some will choose the minimalist lifestyle because of a lack of alternatives, others with the desire to limit their carbon footprint and truly lead an eco-sensitive existence.  Regardless of the motivations, it cannot hurt to have this sort of alternative housing for the poor, elderly, students, and everyone who likes the simplicity of the lifestyle.  It is not what you have, but what you do with it that determines your legacy.  It begins its new life with a pure environment that adds to life instead of compromising your immune system and taking away from your life.

Life seems shorter every year and knowing that stress kills us, some of us baby boomers are opting to give up many of the things we have accumulated.  Without reservation, simplicity reduces stress and hopefully, we thus live longer healthier lives.  Wasting life hours to pay the mortgage, taxes, insurance, maintenance, and fees to keep more house than you need wears after a few decades.  Some fail and lose it all only to need the chance to do it all again on a Tiny Scale and find the simple happiness that security brings without the stress of going big.  

The Tiny Texas Village

The concept of a Tiny Texas Village is simply one of bringing together small groups of like-minded people, preferably at least 10, on a space as small as an acre.  Then it is possible to have enough participants to share and care for a common organic garden and take care of other community functions that come with group living.  As with some other good plans that exist, I envision common houses for cooking, eating, and gathering other than the Tiny Texas Houses each person lives in.  The Tiny Texas Inn could be the common cookhouse and meeting area.

We also have a Tiny Texas Chapel for spiritual meetings and even an old-fashioned one-room schoolhouse that would be great for homeschooling within the community.  The idea behind many of my objectives is to create options for simpler lifestyles where people are willing to sacrifice space and things to free up their most valuable asset, time.   We can create living spaces of all sizes using salvage materials so that people do not have to destroy the environment or give up so many of their life hours to pay for housing.  

We can join Europe, Japan, and other societies where space is a luxury, not just to own, but also to heat and cool.  In most other countries the easy-to-consume building materials and resources were used up centuries ago.  They treasure their trees and water, while we are just waking from a long party where the resources were abundant and the price was hard for our society to comprehend until we nearly used them up.  Now, as our society awakens to this problem, I hope that we can recognize the vast resources available in the form of salvageable building materials sitting in a place that is being thrown in the dump rather than being up-cycled and entirely re-used.

Given that 100-year-old building materials came from some of the best trees ever grown, or likely to be grown in this country, it is amazing that we will throw them away rather than cut them up to use again. We protect our tiny remaining Virgin forest with a vengeance yet let the product of the past logging of the rest of the Virgin Forests be thrown into the dump to rot.  It is a rare tree that will ever grow to be hundreds of years old in our country again unless it is protected.  Even now our last stands of Virgin forests are under siege by the lumber companies.  Why not just re-harvest the incredible lumber made from the trees that have already been slaughtered? 

Every house we build without cutting down a tree makes a difference in the big picture.  If people build smaller, less wood is needed, but if they use salvage, no trees need to be cut.  An entire village can be built from wood without ever cutting a single tree down, and built to last for centuries.  Therefore, with a smaller footprint for each house, more houses could go on each acre without crowding the acre from having trees, gardens, and other features that allow for nature to share the land.  Families can live together without living under the same roof, thus allowing them to be in their own space, an essential part of independence and for many, happiness.

What stops this transition from one generation of housing supplying the materials for the next century of housing?  Simply the perspectives of the people who can do the work, live in the houses and earn a living from making it all happen.  The people become the spokes, parts in a big wheel that turns without the need for huge amounts of investment versus the huge returns to the society.  This is an opportunity for the little guys to find empowerment through hard work and some vocational education, the sort that empowers people to put a house over their family’s head in hard times.  This adheres to my belief in teaching men how to build a house from scraps so that their families will never need a home.  

At this moment in our society, there is an abundance of building materials and a growing amount of unspent human energy in the form of the unemployed.  Their greatest cost is housing and it is possible to create it out of nearly nothing more than human energy and knowledge. 

Why not teach them how to transform it into the answer to their problems, as well as for others looking for a new future in the new economy?

Tiny Texas Outposts for the future

The concept of a Tiny Texas Outpost is based simply on replicating what we are doing here every 200 to 300 miles.  It is a simple matter of logic.  Why transport materials a thousand miles when they can be used within a hundred.  Likewise, why transport a Tiny Texas House a thousand miles if we can build it within a hundred miles of its destination?  The response to Tiny Texas Houses has been good from every part of the nation.  I have had inquiries from Florida to Maine and from Washington State to Canada. Clearly, there is lots of serious interest.  The problem is the proximity of the demand if we are to remain conscious of the time and cost of transport.  We must make that our goal or the proliferation of the concept of Tiny Texas Houses outside of Texas is doomed due to costs and logistics.

If we create a template for a Tiny Texas House (TTH) Outpost that includes several components, we can enable the rapid growth of the network.  We need to include the warehouse and central processing facility, space for building a few houses inside, and for creating building material packages that can be shipped for assembly in remote places where transporting houses is not viable.  

Another module will be the TTH Salvage and Farmers Market on the front of each TTH Outpost.  This will create a venue for selling all of the other items that are found in the old houses from clothes, household goods, and furnishing to tubs, sinks, lighting, and other cosmetic goodies.  We can replicate these TTH Outposts all around the country.  It will also provide a place to sell organic veggies and fruits to fit in with the buy local concept for food.  Likewise, there will surely be other products created from salvage or rebuilt to live again in new households. 

Each Outpost is capable of providing a hundred related jobs or more when you factor in the Salvage Miners and Salvage Builders who will be working off-site and coming in just to drop off materials.  The Salvage and Farmers Market will be operated by people who share the labor of the operations and are on-site mainly to service their spaces or put in their shared work hours on the floor.  

 Outposts are intended to create a communal entity and help reinforce the eco-lifestyle and ethics behind the Salvage Style of Green Living as well as providing support and solutions to the challenges that arise from developing each community and being self-employed.  Each TTH Outpost could have a specialty to barter so as to perhaps include a Wood Mizer saw, a good helical head planer, a five-head molding machine, an industrial table saw, and a large industrial band saw.  A co-op in one village could work with a smaller community that does not have that machinery.

We can use salvaged semi-trailers to make kilns to kill the larva in bug-infested wood.  That with some other smaller tools lets people reprocess salvage into more valuable forms of building materials, like trim, and beaded boards or tongue and groove boards for the ceilings and floors.  Again the equipment and the skilled workers are out there due to the loss of industry to offshore manufacturing, they just need the opportunity to work and make a living wage. Truckers could haul otherwise empty beds for bartering parts or labor to build a house with some of the materials they help haul around from one Outpost to another.

What this does is create a new core industry that must feed off of local labor, materials, and teach skills if it is to survive?  It creates smaller housing that is more in line with the sustainable world that we want to create.  It is a change in our thought processes that must take place if we are to regain our stature in the world as a society that cares about the future of the planet.  It gives us a chance to prove through our actions that we are willing to make the sacrifices it takes to leave resources for the future rather than use them all up now.  The ecology-minded need not look hard to see all of the advantages of working with Salvage.  

This is a paradigm shift in how we think about Salvage can give us the ability to change the way we build homes for the next generation.  We offer salvation of all sorts for the unemployed, the homeless, and the large families that want to live near each other but not under the same roof and want to do so in an environmentally sound way.  Salvage is an old form of eco-consciousness that came from honoring what God created by treating it with respect, using only what we need rather than wasting it all.  If we as a society can make the transition from waste to salvage consciousness then we should be able to turn what is now considered to be trash into new careers, housing, and a whole new world of eco-conscious living, perspectives, and opportunity, not just jobs. 

I believe there are enough people out there who believe this is possible and they are willing to live together, form new villages and communities centered around this objective.  The rewards fall in all directions and the cost to the planet and society is negligible.  The villages will develop barter systems and network with others around the country to move materials and talent to where it is needed most.  Housing can become a new engine to unite people under a common goal that benefits all who get involved in one way or another.  The beauty of this whole vision is that it can all be funded, fueled, and supplied with what most people in our country think of as trash. 

Tiny Texas Houses modules for the Future

I can create small enough housing modules to ship anywhere in the world, or break the house down into walls that can fit into a container and be reassembled anywhere we can reach with the container and a crane.  Once we prove that and the cost-effectiveness of the idea, we will be able to ship to markets that will appreciate the quality of the wood and craftsmanship and pay well for it.  That market is our retail target since the high-end prices would help fund the growth of Tiny Texas House’s, Outposts, and Villages.  The media attention to our finest creations and the pictures of what is possible will be what inspires the public interest and opens their eyes to what they could do if they take the opportunity and run with it.  The great part is that people do see the possibilities and many are interested in the transition to smaller houses already.  

I want to teach the principles of Sustainable Salvage Building techniques that will create multi-tiered solutions to multiple problems facing our country and society.  These in turn fit into the goals of global movements that target the same end, low eco-cost housing at affordable prices.  On a global scale, our country has more to salvage due to our wasteful ways over the last two centuries.  We’ve developed the throwaway perspectives to their zenith over the last 50 years as we dismantled the remnants of our industrial revolution and sublimated America’s pride in craftsmanship.  We have replaced them with a Wal-Mart attitude of cheap, fast, and disposable.  More than most other countries, the United States should set the example for transitioning to eco-minded living by leading the charge toward converting salvage into housing and reducing waste.  

How does this help change the world starting locally?

This Green Fueled Salvage Revolution will create jobs to fill those left behind as the Industrial and Manufacturing Revolutions were moved overseas.  This provides immediate self-funded solutions to other significant problems within our society that smaller communities could help solve.  Vocational training is in short supply but will be needed to salvage or build since much of the future unemployed will have no vocational skills as they leave the floundering service industries like retail, restaurants, and hotels.  Likewise, a re-orientation of people’s perspectives on housing needs and the reduction of living space will come as a likely consequence of the consumer credit crash and the time it will take to recover, if the system ever does, from the accelerating credit collapse already an inevitable event in the next couple of years.  Many people will never want to be in debt again, like those after the Last Great Depression.  For them, as with many of the baby boomer’s grandparents, a small house is all they will ever want or need. 

Once the solutions are proven to not only be possible, but teachable and easily repeatable, the entrepreneurial spirit of this country will take the opportunity and thrive on it.  I believe this to be especially true in times when they will be eager for real-life alternatives to their everyday problems.  The proof is in the past when the New Deal public works projects gave people hope in the worst of times and thus the belief that better times were coming.  This can be even more effective as I believe this movement can change our focus to empowering people to take control of their lives rather than depend on the government to pay for the solutions. 

The TTH Village Concept and TTH Outpost scenarios are describing ideal self-sustaining engines that should not need a great deal of capitalization before reaching profitability.  More importantly, if done correctly, with the common training,   philosophy, and realistic goals, there will come with it a social bonding amongst those who participate.  For many, there will be great satisfaction from being part of a big family or movement.  For some, the experience of living in a Tiny Texas House will be nearly spiritual as a willingly made sacrifice with a promise of salvation for the damage we have each contributed to by living large in a modern world.  

The corporate donations to the Salvage Foundation, a non-profit I have created (Never utilized and shut down… just paid for it all personally instead), as well as the individual donations from around the country (never came in) will be dispatched to help educate and train the regional Salvage Hunters and Salvage Miners.  This is crucial to facilitating salvaging operations as well as training people to build Tiny Houses out of salvage.  This network of certified TTH Salvage Miners, TTH Salvage Builders, and TTH Salvage Hunters will create an insurable, bonded group that can tackle big projects in unison or small projects on their own.  (This should be noted, was written originally in 2014)

Given uniform training and methods, these independent teams can work together like ants when called upon to dismantle huge projects with uniform methodologies.  They will share common ideas about the value of salvage and be motivated to work together and adapt to whatever it will take to tackle any salvage challenge.  The fact that there will be a highly visible Non-Profit to accept and dispatch projects all over the country means that a clearinghouse can be created to move valuable materials where they are needed the most.  This transport only needs to happen if there is a known demand before materials are shipped since the goal is always to transport the shortest distance possible. 

For this reason, there will be many benefits to linking up all of the Outposts and a need for tracking inventory that passes through all of the regional Outposts.  Thus the best stuff can get to where it will have the most value and be tracked in order to ensure the Salvage Hunters can monitor the harvests from their projects and what happens to them once they are put into the warehouses.

The secret of this whole concept’s success is that the inventory moves through the warehouses quickly to minimize overhead and to create low-cost housing or retail sales.  The margin of profit on the houses and materials sold through the Outposts is what will fund the financing and building houses for all of those who are participating in the process.  Bartering of skills and services, as well as the food and other community functions, can be coordinated through each TTH Outpost.  The Salvage and Farmers Market at each outpost will be run by the vendors as part of the bigger co-op perspective that could be instilled into each Outpost and help bond people together.  

Surprisingly, there is a potential for huge amounts of income to be generated and folded back into the TTH Outpost Community several times.   It has the unique feature, unlike most industries, to keep returning the income it generates in the form of payroll, that buys houses, which in turn rolls back into the Outpost community for several more cycles because it will include entire families that work on all of the various projects.  This is better than exports or service jobs for corporations or franchises that bleed much of the profit away from the people and communities that are doing the bulk of the work.   

Self-employed people tend to work harder and pay for their own way faster than employees who feel dependent on the system, their employer, or the government to bail them out of hard times.  This is a way that they can personally help change the direction of the world’s consumption of resources for housing.  It is also a way for people to get involved in solving the needs of their local community which gives people a sense of accomplishment and comradeship that cannot be given or bought.   It creates an opportunity for the resurgence of closer families and neighbors bonding together in ways that make the whole community stronger. 

The cycle of Salvage Mining to Salvage Building creates a place for everyone to work if they want to participate.  Some people will be great nail pullers and others, great builders.  How the proceeds and benefits get divided will be important to the sense of community that results, but it should create nearly universal success if the motives of the people involved are positively channeled under a common cause.  

It will be important that the people do not feel alone as independent entrepreneurs but rather feel like part of a big community that benefits from each of its member’s success.  The Pure Salvage Living Renaissance Family (PSL) will be a giant support network that interacts and shares the improvements and benefits of new ideas that develop over the course of working in various regions with different building materials, ideas, and climates.  

Regional and national seminars, conventions, and other management tools will aid in trying to keep the PSL family united, motivated, and working with a common standard and vision.  Such events will give us the opportunity to recognize people who excel and ideas that can be shared.  Likewise, we can create financing programs for members, sponsor seminar training, and support a viable mechanism for salvage jobs to be dispatched by the Salvage Foundation to certified regional Salvage Hunters and Salvage Miners.  The benefits of being part of the TTH family will also help cement together the communities that will appreciate the opportunity and provide the support it takes to be self-employed. 

Just like the Tiny Texas Houses, where we don’t try to create exactly the same house twice, we aren’t going to try to create exact copies of the Outposts or Villages but instead, we expect to relish the diversity because of the ideas and solutions that will be generated for regional problems that arise.  Tiny Texas Outposts and Pure Salvage Living Villages are intended to each be different from the other, but hopefully, all formed with the same common modules and the goal of making a difference on a global scale, one house at a time, one life at a time, and one community at a time.

It is not what you have, but what you do with it that determines your legacy.

If I can teach a man how to build a house from salvage then his family will never need a home.

The workers are available and unemployed, buildings empty and unused, and equipment sitting idle and for sale cheap. We just need to supply them with a new industry:  Salvage is the solution. 

Please share, consider how to help if you can, and let me know if I can help you get started too. The Pure Salvage Living Renaissance is about sharing, caring, teaching others how to thrive with all the treasures still full of life… like your elders and wonders you have yet to see.

Darby Lettick

Where do you Start that Utopian community? With whom? Who pays? Who rules?

“What is the most important stage of Tiny House & community construction?” Where does it go!

This is a great question that addresses the very foundations of what we believe in individually about the quality and cost of the materials we will build the future with, limiting the toxin load from the materials as they are being created, as well as outgas for the first year or two while living in them. It is also a question of living in smaller pollution and consumption footprint for life, not just talk about it, and the cost to the planet, from a resource, fuel, environment, and human energy calculation.  Each person has to evaluate which of these areas of our life’s needs or desires, physical, mental, and immune systems conditions, spiritual, political, and Earth-oriented perspectives or values.  This is about considerations if you want to build a house to live in for the rest of your life, to be able to take it with you when you move or leave it to your friends or heirs, this reflects on the materials and size, the SpaceMagic import-free design of your home, tiny as it might be or otherwise interconnects with porchways. What sort of community ethos are you joining and who is in charge? Will you be one of the founders?

Once you take into account that imports send wealth to other places, and generally global corporations make their profits on cheap foreign labor, resources, manufacturing, and transportation to Americans to take our money and jobs back out.  If you want your people to be employed you would decide to buy local.  If you want to create work, hire local people to create what you want.  If you want toxin-free, aged, and proven American made materials, like lumber from Virgin forests, bricks from clays rich in iron, baked hard at high temperatures to last for centuries, or hardware made from the finest iron, brass, copper, and zinc ever mined in the United States.  How this is treated and the examples of what can be saved for our grandchildren to also appreciate people with amazing skills turning iron and copper ore, zinc, and other metals into such incredible hardware? Artisans we can learn from again if our people ever want to or need to rebuild our country again. Rather than have the mines to get ore from, grow new trees, or import from other places, why not save the best of the past that is so far better than what can be found instead?

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If you want quality like America was once known for, buy it instead of the foreign-made built-to-break and bring you back culture, with oil base plastics, inside and wrapped around, then buy it and build with it or better yet, go out and get it for free.  Use your hands, your minds, your imagination, and know that you can save 99% of the materials to build a house from houses, buildings, and barns that already exist virtually for free.  You can do it without shipping across oceans, but instead, use some of the 51% of the vintage building materials that comprise what is going into our landfills each year.  This means your decision saves resources that are sorely needed, have already been mined, smelted, formed, porcelain-coated, and shipped all around the country, ready to use, like a giant home depot, but nearly free for the picking. How does one choose what to build with or how big without considering where it will go, and who you will then be living with? Who is in charge and decides vital things that set up the foundations, the rules, and who sings in a community chorus with the energy you bring?

What is a flower without a bee or helper to carry pollen all about? Kill them off and nothing lives, like worms, the bees, each play a part.

Every community will have an ethos about these things are important or not to the health and wealth of the community. If all of the people like organic gardens then no one has to eat the poison put on by others who disagree and share the gardens with you. Some would be very upset to see their children suffer for the poisons accidentally put down to kill bugs but hurt humans too. We need bugs, food for frogs, birds, and so many creatures. What will your community policy be?

Salvaged vintage clothes, parts, and pieces to truly live the Steampunk of our future… dreams manifesting.

If you want to help our planet, our species, and our environment socially, not only will you be thinking Tiny Houses to build Pure Salvage Living Villages with, thus a safety net for the 76,000,000 baby boomers hitting the wall. No, this goal is for the kids who need to know that all the parts and pieces for the future, that made this country great, are still hidden before our very eyes and will not only make us free, but teach our children how to once more survive without foreign imports, cheap labor, oil products, energy waste, toxic health issues, and a breakdown in family, community. We are due for some old-fashioned simplicity that modern marketing has nearly extinguished. How do villages and intentional communities teach the children without going to public schools that require jabs, even surprise parents by doing such without permission but a bribe to the child instead? Times are a-changing and some will choose to create alternative communities and this will be one of the issues each community will face… like the size of the houses, the source of power, the lawns versus gardens, and organic versus natural. These are the freedoms at risk which many choose to preserve over city life that may pay much more money but cost much more to experience.

To be fair, I am a purist at the fringe with the elements used in my artistic world of 95% Pure Salvage Tiny Texas Houses.  I have pioneered to push the envelope of what is possible in sub-zero carbon footprint sustainable, portable, healthy, 100+ year lifespan, import-free housing that is built entirely in America. I am biased towards my solutions lending themselves toward creating sustainable societies that can survive without taking but instead giving back to the local community as well as the whole planet.  That said, my bias exposed, the most important thing you can do is decide what you want to be happy and if that means making the individual decision, regardless of the size of your home, to do things that will benefit not only yourself, but the species, your parents, friends, children, and the generations to follow is important in the final score. Then decide if sub-zero carbon footprint, all-natural, organic, with the energy of our forefathers preserved and respected for the hundreds of years their creations can last should be handed off to others to appreciate and benefit from before throwing in the dump.  

Perhaps then decide on what you want to build with, how big, and for how long you want it to last when you are done.  How healthy do you want to be once you move in considering environmental causes for illness are now being recognized for numerous ailments, without even getting into cancer?  In the big picture, with due respect for the human energy, resources, and ingenuity we have been gifted, what our forefathers built centuries ago, without electricity or gasoline, these things can not be ignored, undervalued, forgotten.  If so, we no longer deserve to be taking more from the planet.  I believe that the right answer is, reuse, recycle, make it last, reinvent, reconstruct, pass it along, and never ever throw it away until there is nothing left to save. So many things that must be considered besides religion or political party. These are the things that freedom speaks of, the choices to pursue our great dreams on a farm, with a family, a homestead, a village as One.

Yes, this house named Miss Lilly was created from Grandma Lilly’s old house from the homestead.

I have proven the extremes are easily within reach so no one else has to prove it is possible.  Now the trick is to let everyone know there is such an alternative, and it only costs human energy, imagination, ingenuity, community, and the other things we have an abundance of in America.  Best of all, if we join together, this is also a passion, a fuel for hope, self-sufficiency, self-respect, freedom from debt, and a way out of the rat race at the end, when we need a tiny resting spot the most.  Thank you for being part of the dialogue about Tiny Houses and hopefully my vision for a Pure Salvage Living Movement that will make solutions possible even faster and for more people.  

Tis the Ship of Salvaged Dreams atop Miracle Mountain, not just a dream, as you wonder what to invest in that will make a brighter future for mankind, consider investing in AirSpace Certificates structured to help fund the salvage and rebuilding of areas that need help now.

Please share, like if you would help us get the word out that solutions are just a short reach away, with faith, Wii, all of us “I”s together can get through the rough times from this winter and spring to build smarter and better when Wii do it again.

2nd Edition: Truly Minimal Energy Built Art Houses for a LifeTime of simpler living.

Energy-efficient, better still, lasting lifetimes, materials for housing generation after generation freely& sustainably. Rebuild with salvage in mind.

Tiny Texas Houses33 min ago
From the mists of Avalon, the village of Camelot, in Salvage, Texas rises a quantum story you can become part of… the Pure Salvage Living Renaissance begins here.

When it comes to the idea of targeting minimal energy consumption from beginning to end, it is critical that the resources used to build the houses be of foremost importance. With that in mind, I contend that Salvage Mining and Salvage Building are the best paths to take toward the future of an energy-conscious evolution for housing in America in particular. If you do not have to recreate the materials to build houses with then you save before you move in, not just after as seems to be the normal way of looking at the energy cost of housing. Short analysis for your consideration and sharing follows with a million words in picture form.

Fuel to create bricks, glass, hardware, transport across oceans, or to put through a typical marketing and distribution network that requires air conditioning and advertising, giant profits for executives, and retirement benefits for all who bring it to your store for you to buy and pay taxes on for the privilege. Imagine why those many industries frown on the salvage industry that negates nearly all of those mundane costs to give you the best materials for little more than human energy required to clean the nails, doors, windows, and more to use them for another generation of housing, or two.

Foremost, there is the simple consideration of transforming the way we live in this country to bring us back in line with the rest of the world when it comes to the amount of space we use for housing. The most sobering of facts is that 50,000,000 people are reaching retirement age and a very rude awakening from an economic reality that is facing them as they realize that they will no longer be able to afford, nor desire to afford, to live in large energy-hungry houses. This Baby Boomer generation is realizing that having “things” is no longer as important as they once were. Downsizing is becoming the new mantra as they face the next few decades of their life and what it will cost to survive.

Tiny Texas Houses are based on the idea that we can build energy-efficient houses from the best of materials ever produced in this country over the last couple of centuries when quality resources were readily tapped and manpower was cheap. The 500-year-old trees that were once abundant became houses and buildings across the country and after one use is being thrown into landfills that are now 51% building materials. Why waste all of that energy and those irreplaceable resources when they can be reused in their present form as lumber, windows, doors, flooring, siding, and trim for the next generation of housing?

Likewise, the best of all cast iron, brass, and bronze hardware for doors and windows is still good after a hundred years of use and will continue to work well for the next century while also being repairable instead of disposable. This means a gigantic savings in energy from the standpoint of mining, manufacturing, and the shear longevity of something already made versus hardware with built in obsolescence as a marketing strategy.

With modern insulation like Icynene, it is possible to move away from fractured logic technologies like double-paned glass that fogs up after 12 years, which is the time it takes for the payback on the more expensive product. Using old glass also means that we do not crank up furnaces to create new glass every 12 years, fuel to carry it out to the houses and replace the glass, and the oil-based vinyl used to hold the glass in place until it fails again 12 years later. Storm windows for colder climates and window films to block harmful sunlight allow people in Tiny Houses to have utility bills in the summer of less than $50 per month with the AC blaring in the South, thus dramatically reducing the need for disposable windows.

Furthermore, going back to designs where natural ventilation of the heat out of the house, natural cooling through airflow, and placement of the houses to minimize heat gain all come together to reduce the energy needs of each person over their remaining life. This makes it viable for people to be able to afford to stay in their tiny house until the end of their lives because they can pay the utilities, taxes, maintenance, and share a smaller footprint on the ground thus freeing up land to grow their garden on. The concept of Tiny Texas Villages means people can live in groups with other like-minded people on land that would normally be consumed by a single larger Mac Mansion.

Tiny Texas Villages allow for 10-15 Tiny Houses of up to 300 square feet on an acre of land with 10,000 square feet of gardens for food, green space for trees and decorative plants, a common house in the middle for a meeting, sharing a larger kitchen and meals, and entertainment. Wind generators and solar panels could power the whole village, which would have a minimal power consumption footprint because of good uses of shade, insulation, and planning. Water consumption could be minimized through gray water separation and filtration for reuse in greenery as well as operating toilets, and non-potable functions. Shared talents in each village would provide opportunities for aging people or young people to grow food, do upkeep and maintenance, drive to the stores in groups to shop, cook together to minimize food waste, and to enjoy companionship with a like mind group that shares the village grounds.

Tiny Texas houses are built from the best materials and designed to last for centuries rather than decades as has become the norm. They use quality wood unlike most new housing built from trees grown in 19 years that are mostly soft cellulose and destined to decay quickly or be great candy for termites and bugs to eat. Using salvaged wood that has already been cured and paints that do not outgas means providing a toxic-free environment without plasticizers, VOC’s, sheetrock, or glues that outgas to add to the toxin load that the Baby Boomer generation has already absorbed and can interfere with good health and our immune systems. For young families, it means a clean environment for children to grow up in and stay healthy.

By utilizing LED lighting, low energy consuming appliances like induction cooktops, and minimizing the size of the houses, it will be possible for people to live longer healthier lives. Lowering stress levels by reducing the financial burdens that come with maintaining more house than they need and having a community to share the challenges of aging together with will also be healthier and delay or eliminate the need for moving into assisted care or worse, old folks homes.

These are the principles that are going to be important to the Baby Boomers and the planet as a whole if we are to preserve the future for the next generation. If we lead by example, then perhaps the younger generations will also see the logic and likewise choose to live in tinier houses, targeting a 0 carbon footprint instead of demanding giant houses that exemplify the excesses Americans have mastered more than any other nation in the world.

This is not a figment of the imagination because the proof that it can be done is before anyone who chooses to look and see we can build this way. Proof of concept has been completed and the BnB business plan allows for investing and growing small communities using salvage as a foundation. It creates work that is profitable and productive, with jobs for anyone who wants to participate in the Salvage mining, building, or hunting down and logistics involved in the Pure Salvage Living Renaissance… an industry that makes life better for all who participate. Better still, it helps keep the new housing sustainable and our compatibility with nature at its best.

For proof of the popularity and demand check out the internet for tiny houses but limit it to organic healthy sustainable and out of Salvage. You will only find or on Youtube or Facebook. There are enough Salvageable Building materials sitting on the ground in this country right now to build the next generation of housing without ever needing to cut down another tree to build a house with, mine new ore for making hardware for doors and windows, glass, or mining copper for more wiring. Still few have taken this course to get tinier houses and cottage growing as an industry until the demand for intentional communities is there, the trick will be where to put them.

All it will take is human energy, which given the high unemployment rates we are experiencing, means that jobs can be created at all levels, from Salvage Mining to Salvage Building, that cannot be exported but rather used to teach skills to our youth and provide a future for the masses.

This Pure Salvage Living solution unleashes a trillion dollars, possibly much more once the true value is recognized. It is a treasure trove of invisible wealth in the form of a commodity viewed as trash. This vast reserve of sequestered carbon is preformed, cut, baked, smelted, mined, and transported to the local area already. These troves of building materials can be tapped to create work and housing without using carbon or energy that is being wasted for construction now. We can make the new technologies blend with the best materials and products we ever created during the industrial revolution in the last century when we were known for making great products and re-task, reutilizing, and revitalizing our country at the same time. Best of all, we can build healthy houses for our families without imports that send the future they should have abroad. Individual choices change what happens every day.

If it works as I expect, we can reignite pride in craftsmanship, simplicity, conservation, ingenuity, and preservation that once made us a country that was proud of what it created. I am afraid of what will happen if we waste what is left when there is nothing left to replace it and don’t pass on the knowledge or the tools to the generation that will inherit what we are leaving behind.

I hope this inspires people to think about the possibilities of changing their worlds in a new way they had not thought of before. Please ask questions, get involved, and stop the waste before it is too late. Let us start building our future out of it now, while we are still able, individually, physically, and joining together.

Better still, in the growth of this new paradigm, we may enable people to survive on the little savings that most Americans now have to live out the rest of their lives with as they face retirement. Bartering, local shared resources programs, education about life skills, and incentivized opportunities are natural means of maximizing productivity and yield at any Salvage Mining site. I believe this has the potential to provide hope for the younger generation that will have to pay for the excess and taxes from wars and bail outs that have brought this country to its knees economically.

This is not just about saving electricity or fuels. it is about saving resources, tapping and maximizing the potential of human energy and imagination, and reigniting an American pride that is going to be lost if we do not pass along the knowledge of the baby boomers to the young as to how to build with our hands, create housing that will last for our grandchildren, and save what we have before it is all gone to rot in the landfills, never to be seen again. This was the house in the double rainbow picture for the book by one of my heroes, Lloyd Kahn.

My vision includes the bonuses of not just American, as in giant American companies, it means on a local level across the country where all the resources lay in open sight available for all to use. It is the treasure trove of resources our ancestors left to their children, not to be squandered, but saved and used to house the generations that would follow.

Pure Salvage Living is a natural non-violent way of revolutionizing the way we live in America that promotes the individual choice as a solution, a local community knit together by passing along and saving not only the houses, barns, and trees, but the knowledge from the elders who built lived in and loved the many houses and buildings we are taking apart to reuse. We are promoting the simplest of solutions at the most local level. Tiny Houses like the rest of the world needs right now, are designed to last and to be energy efficient by using the best of the past and present to create a life that everyone can enjoy.

It means saving more energy and resources than most people presently imagine exist. When we wake up and see what we can do to teach the young kids how to build this sort of solution out of the strong bones of the industrial age of abundance. They have a future of Salvage Mining and stashing it away in community warehouses, Salvage Outposts I call them, to open the pipeline and meeting place with Salvage Builders, Salvage Hunters, and Salvage Miners.

It is hard to believe that it could take so little carbon and money from the world to make it all happen. Working together to share knowledge, tools, trucks, trailers, and all the resources sitting around underused, going to waste when they could be facilitating the transformation of our country. How many giants empty abandoned global corporate buildings lie vacant that could be used for storing the treasure left to salvage and save for the next three generations to build? Taking what is wasted and using it rather than tearing it down unnecessarily or wasting what we could retrieve is nearly sinful at a time when so many can use the wood, the windows, and doors to create housing. Salvage the past to create a future worth living instead of those who wish they were dead rather than face freezing in the rain and snow with starving children. Do not wait until it is too late. Act now!

This manifestation of a solution that benefits so many will need donors and mentors who are not doing it for the 501c3 tax deduction but because they want to help make change happen, not just talk about it. Passing along the assets and knowledge it will take to the new generation that needs them is wonderful. But with the incredible hand tools and possibilities we give, more essential is the knowledge of how to use them. This is part of what the mentors will do in the big picture. They, with the donors, will help us pass along to the next generation the tools and knowledge, as well as the materials it will take to rebuild this country from the bottom up.

We have so much to pass on to the next generation before it is lost, especially about how to farm the land organically again, living together to use that on a local level and share when in abundance. Our generation has seen the old homesteads deteriorate into obsolescence. Please don’t let them be wasted when they meant so much to so many for so long. They made this country possible by housing our forefathers from the weather so they could settle here.

We have the same forests around us now, except they are already cut up and ready to use. Bricks are formed, beams, windows, doors, and so much more, passed to us with the best of dreams and hopes that we would use them and appreciate the hard work and human energy it took to make them, not to mention the fossil fuels needed to bake brick. Hardware from copper, iron, brass that is seldom found of that quality today, before electricity and with 12-year-olds doing the hard work of bringing coal out of tiny mineshaft to make glass and other things for houses in 1875.

Nearly everything is here. Please join me in trying to save as much of it as possible and transform it into one of the many solutions needed by the people on the planet, the people of this country, those immediately around us locally. It is something we can act on in the morning and start changing it in a positive way rather than dread the worst and not take action. Awake to the world of Pure Salvage Living my friends and fellow Earthlings. There is an incredible future at your front door.

Brad Kittel wrote this in 2010

Revised with intro by Darby Lettick, Artist, curator, steward

Ghostwriter and SpaceMagic Designer at Salvage, Tx.

Tiny Texas Houses 8/21/10 12:25 AM

What is a Pure Salvage Living Outpost? Why the concept is needed now!

A Co-op where elders bring the tools and wisdom, knowledge and experience, to share with those who wish to learn to build with our salvaged treasures from the past.

Tiny Texas Houses1 hr ago7
Just imagine all of the materials that could be gathered after the storms that could create new houses for so many who need them and will not get them any other way.

So sadly, but finally, there is an impetus to force people to consider the salvageable resources that have been scattered across the center of the country as if the culture or religion had no bearing on the level of destruction from city to town, this is a wake-up call for all people in America. There is no common theme or reason for the disaster other than the storms, likely more ahead yet unimaginable, mark the turning of a global weather tide that will return deserts to being jungles, and the global breadbaskets now will go into deep freezers. It is a cycle of grand proportions written into historical records and now coming into fruition as predicted by so many cultures in the past. Sadly, it will take events like this and those that follow to convince others that the time has come for change, regardless of your desire for it, radical changes will follow the loss of electricity, water, and meds. We can prepare and thrive if people work together through these storms and rebuild with a truer picture of what may lay ahead… not what we will surely leave behind.

Rebuilding locally is going the be the fastest path to getting up and running, yes with outside help, but those that live there are the only ones that can stay indefinitely, others will need to go back to family homes, ranches, and take care of that as more storms follow into a record-breaking winter. Preparation and recovery will be local so these outposts are intended to get a home base where generators, electricity, tools can be gathered as found in fields and piles to put them to use in group settings where others can help teach, do, and create solutions. No global corps or government can match the local passion, desire, and need to make it happen as fast as possible, 24-7 for the next year or three.

This will not end fast, nor without further damage as rains follow, flooding, and more. Some know you do not need fire for it to appear like you are in Hell on Earth. My prayers are with those who are in strife. Please let us know how we can help with plans, sending some materials to start some Outposts with, and training if you can get some out here to learn quick, take home parts, and get Grandma and Mama back into tiny houses as soon as possible. Kids and elders need help fast and building big spaces to crowd them into is not a solution. Please consider salvage building tiny cottages and houses out of salvage now! No interest loans for packages of materials to build houses without imports and toxins during these times of need. If people local can help move them there, put them together, solutions will certainly follow that all can benefit from together.

We will provide the means if you have the energy, the help with screws, nails, house wraps, and insulation, you could be creating houses in a few weeks that will last for lifetimes in clusters where the people could help take care of each other and regrow the community tinier until you are able to grow bigger, if desired, again. For now, it is most important to have warm small spaces where people can sleep, eat, share ideas and energy to create and implement solutions with the elders helping guide thanks to their upbringing and knowing how to get by in hard times. Kids will be lost to this sort of catastrophic loss of the internet and all things social to them, work will be their future for a while, and what they will learn, what will come of it will make them incredibly stronger throughout their lives if we can make the experience as positive as possible with our intentions for recovery.

Please join me in promoting more Pure Salvage Living Outposts to grow, the concept of a place to meet, build, and organize with the help of elders and kids communicating for Unity and solutions for all. Prayers to all of you. May wii salvage as many dreams as possible from the wasteland that faces many now. Micro-funding, donations of windows, doors, and more for those who wish to join in the campaign to make a place in each community where recovery becomes a matter of repeating the examples of success and empowerment that we can bring into play during these critical times.

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If Americans do not save the best of the past, instead make landfills rich, where will they get building materials from? Wake up time yet? You can help!

A tiny organic cottage created out of the salvage from our past is far better than a mobile home or toxic box with imports from afar that may never get here, or cost much more than treasures at our fingertips. Please consider Salvage Mining, Building, and hunting for the answers right before our eyes.

Sadly, the storms, tornados, devastation that breaks all records… the resulting destruction means this is time to think of building smaller, better, and with a plan for the material shortages in the future due to already broken distribution and supply systems around the world. If this is not already anticipated there will be a disaster after unless the groups consider what happens next and how it gets paid for when there are shortages of all things needed to make this happen fast. Salvaging all we can make it easier if we can use that to rebuild with as these examples show is possible in a beautiful way. Why not?

From the simplest of things, such as plastic to package things, rubber tires, parts for trucks now off the road needing maintenance, not to mention airplanes and other machines, supply chains, restaurants w/o food, furniture stores without inventories normally imported cheaply, just now reaching critical supply levels, before the storms, are causing massive supply chain problems. These will not be resolved faster with the destruction of a gigantic area of tornado ravaged states, entire warehouses, postal systems, utility systems all crushed, not just broken a little, but damaged as if a bomb was dropped, a series of bombs that wiped out entire towns.

We, as a nation, can send enormous amounts of salvage during the next two or three years it will take to rebuild. People need to organize under the supposition that this is NOT the end of the storm season. It is not, sadly, even close, so please let us start planning for worse and look at all that can be salvaged and sent to rebuild when everyone figures out the big box stores will not be able to keep up.

This will take unity asap. Yes, this is time to work to help others… and hopefully the proof wii, all the “I’s together may be able to do what no government can unite. The “Song of Salvage” as sang by my son Adam before he passed on, is one of hope and prayers for all to find a path with the help of our ancestors and past.

Resources will need to be spread out thin and thus tiny house first, then grow them to the sizes of the recent past if the economy will support that in the future years. As it is there has been a shortage of labor and this will not get better. We are talking about the elders needing to go back to work for the rest of their lives just to survive in any comfort whatsoever given the loss of so many homes that will not be replaced in their lifetimes.

At this time, the health will not be fixed by a jab nor will all be fed with EDS cards when there is no store even standing for miles, no cars to get to them, no fuel stations open to selling badly needed fuel. What comes next is not within the imagination of the average person, and certainly few will be able to recover from this alone. Community, now more than any other time is going to be what saves many, keeps crime down, and allows people time and help to recover life, though nothing like what they had a week ago, a path that may give them a chance to find happiness again. There is no going back to normal soon.

This is a time for faith, for unity, for communication, and thus if truth can be the binder, community redevelopment that is focused on the benefit of all of those in the areas impacted. If not, chaos will soon ensue which will not lead to good places.

Please consider building back using salvage by getting codes revised to allow for that.

5 houses worth of roofing, siding, flooring and more from one old barn barely used anymore. Why cut down trees and import more when the best has yet to be reused?

Please get your local leaders to allow for smaller houses to replace the big ones until the material shortages prevent the poor from rebuilding due to the rich using all the materials to rebuild mansions first. Share the wealth that is available, the human energy and spirit that will create new opportunities all can share in rather than watching the poor exploited in these dire times.

I will offer plans, consulting, and all things I can from a distance with technology to help make the salvage and building of the future for these towns easier if I can by offering methods and ideas I have spent 30 years developing for building out of salvage to create better housing than anything being built with imports, plastics, and outgassing modern building materials and this is a great time to apply it to the reconstruction that will follow.

Zoning, house sizes, on or off-grid electric to insure going back to the energy-efficient perspectives that could allow us to save instead of waste the lessons of our past and the changing culture that makes tiny houses gathered together rather than big apartment houses or homes. Let us integrate the wisdom into our future instead of disregarding it now that the opportunity to do better is forced upon so many.

Please help make the choices based on what is best for the people, the planet, and leave out the greed and good old boy policies of the past for there is no surplus to skim off. Keep it honest, truth comes with transparency, not through deceit and obfuscation.

Freedom to make choices is critical in these times, with a unity from communication and human energy focused on intention and positive outcomes.

Now is the time to reconsider how Americans will rebuild our country in a time of needs that can not be filled through normal channels and in the volume needed immediately.

Why not help drive the dialogue to consider changing the codes to allow for tinier houses, salvaged materials to build with, and getting people in the shelter as soon as possible rather than stall it due to the systems that would normally be there is gone. Rebuilding faster, better than what was there, not a mobile home bought in a rush that is going to be hard to create fast and build healthy normally, let alone during supply chain issues. Join me in calling for the liberation of salvage mining and salvage building so a to help many get through this calamity as quickly as possible and not force everyone to build more than they need the next time, going for the masses getting housed first, then the luxury versions took care of when it comes to housing and rebuilding these towns. This version of the Song of Salvage shows how people join together having fun razing a home that will build 4 new houses later. How will your town regrow? Who will help, hinder, profit, or do it for the service to the community instead? Soon all will see the heroes and hopefully honor them when this is all over.


Has anyone proposed to you lately? I am!

I am proposing you become a loved hero in your family or community, perhaps even create the future full of solutions that locals will never forget.

I don’t suppose you have had a proposal quite like this in a while. Why not consider being that great Light to follow, to love, to respect, to honor long after you are gone for all the great things you may yet do?

Yes, I propose you have the power to accept a proposal to step up to the altar of Humanity and Be the Guiding Light as an example others can admire and follow to find solutions that will make their life better? No, not an invitation to pretend to be perfect or a god but for you to shine that Light from within so bright and do such great things that others, the kids born today, will seek to learn, want to grow more like when they get older. That is the job of our elders and leaders, not to create tax burdens, wars, and bigger overbearing governments. Somehow it may be up to the communities to create a unity that will allow us to thrive locally regardless of the world political stage but the times are a-changing so a good plan is great to have.

Without getting into any religion, without joining a club, fraternal organization, or political party, I propose you become the leader others will want to emulate, the example of what kids will aspire to become when they grow up. It will not take a great wealth you might make in the financial world, for real success will be generated from your good works and leadership skills, a reward system that can take many forms depending on what you seek.

Success is determined by peers and priorities but it is different from culture to culture. Thus if families sheltered, fed, loved, and grown-up healthy is a goal, those who succeed are the richest in their clans. When you measure by material things and money, not behavior and health but wealth by dollars, the gauge of success changes dramatically, and family may indeed be valued differently, even jettisoned for wealth in society or married for political and financial reasons rather than love.

Ideally, your motivation to succeed is not for the money but for what it can do for the world, a form of service to the world that also makes an income to support the life of giving back and paying forward. I want to see more people become that beacon and propose to help you if that time to illuminate your part of a darkening world has come. Is it your time to ignite hope, passion, and the means for locals to thrive, to unite the energies of the community around salvaging the best of your local resources to create solutions in housing, jobs, and unleashing hidden treasures to pay for it all?

This is the sort of empowering information that can get you thrown into some jails… FB Jail most likely, but it is legal, totally, not to mention a path to a wonderful life of Loopholology if you like that sort of valuable reality twisting techniques. How to do what you want to do legally, save people money, give them careers that will pay for a family to thrive in the midst of global problems, to have shelter, food, and protection from all sorts of storms, social or from the sky. This is about becoming a leader using your skills, carpentry, painting, roofing, or other life skills such as gardening or raising children.

Most people do not understand that if the proposal were made, your wisdom sorely needed to save our country from a brain drain through the loss of knowledge that no computer, no cell phone can replace. I am speaking to the ability to grow our ingenuity, to push our imagination into action that takes our society forward in positive ways, perhaps simpler ways that lead to happier and healthier villages, towns, even small cities that are not trying to increase 5G, TV, and the misery that too much distraction can lead to, as proven by our social experiment in America. Some say only sex sells nowadays but how do we mix that with building tiny organic cottages, houses, and villages?

After 25 years with computers in front of our children, more recently carried by billions to communicate as well as remember most of the critical information the under 30 generation needs to survive. Phone numbers, bank accounts, people’s names, and information as well as the avatar names they have on the internet which have no eyes on human equivalent which would be lost if the internet went down and never came back up whole… all stored in clouds that could all be destroyed by a solar flare of grand proportions. What happens after that? Is it possible that the distraction of what we might dream of but never have is better than the real thing? When I went to college nearly 50 years ago and took advertising courses, dress for success, and marketing, it appeared like sex was the best way to sell all things from cigarettes to alcohol, bed, and so much more. Why not the sexiness of building with Pure Salvage bodies, dreams, and visions of what could be? Use your imagination.

Not about that part silly, about the building tiny houses for the people you love out of great vintage toxin and import-free materials? Hehe. Hope that got your attention. It might even get me thrown back in FB Jail for showing too much skin in the game… but these are vintage pictures so they should not count. Thanks for sharing the idea if you like it. 35 years ago when I was a kid in Austin, wouldn’t you know, I thought of modeling once. The price of success was too high so I went down other paths to find success and raise a son, create several successful businesses, and be a dad for a couple of decades. Now that he has passed, the youth I was sees the world differently and hopes that you will too. Please, let us create a great place to be a kid in the decades ahead. Be the example and the guiding light for those who want to learn how to create a wonderful life on Earth that is compatible with all life in the world and beyond.

Darby Lettick December 2021

Make your 2022 incredibly bright as you Light up the future with Delight.