Building a home requires quite a bit of materials – wood, roofing, windows, doors, hinges, cabinets, flooring, electrical, plumbing, fixtures and more. Some estimates state that a 1,500 square-foot home requires about 24 medium-sized trees, or 100 smaller diameter trees, to build it. That’s quite a bit of material, and that’s just the wood!
There were 489,000 single-family homes built last month in the U.S., according to the U.S. Census. Obviously, it takes quite a bit of lumber and other building materials to construct these homes. The impact on the environment can be quite significant. A Texas-based building company may have a solution to the problem – tiny homes made from up to 99% salvaged building materials right down to the nails.
Tiny Texas Houses, founded by Brad Kittel, utilizes nearly 100% salvaged building materials in its homes. One of the most unique aspects of these homes is their size. As the name of the company implies, these homes are quite small…but still very livable. They're as small as 200 square feet. The size makes them very mobile; the company actually delivers your home straight to your land plot fully constructed.
Each one of these custom-built homes is one-of-a-kind so nobody else will own the exact model you have. And the demand for these unique homes is high. In fact, the company was maxed out with orders in 2012. It takes about 3 to 6 months to complete each custom home. Kettles states at the company website, “I believe that there are presently enough building materials sitting on the ground to build much of the next generation of housing. All it takes to make it so is pure human energy, spirit, and the desire to build something that will last for several lifetimes.”
The homes abide by all of the current electrical and plumbing codes, and they feature all of the modern conveniences of most homes, just on a smaller scale. Buyers are using these homes for art/photography studios, home gyms, guest houses, cottages, and even as primary residences.
Salvaged lumber costs much more than buying new lumber, but as you can see from the photos below, the aged lumber produces a beautiful result. The price of each home varies, since each home is unique, but starts at around $32,000. Building with salvaged materials not only produces unsurpassed results, but it’s also the most eco-friendly way to build. It reduces the number of trees cut down for lumber, and it cuts down on the amount of reusable waste entering landfills. Kudos to Tiny Texas Houses!