Minimalism, believed to be a more meaningful way of living by its adherents, is pursued in hopes of creating a less materialistic world. For some that means living in a renovated school bus and traveling the country; for others, living in a sustainable tiny house is the answer. Tiny home manufacturers and their cool tiny houses are sprouting up across the nation as the downsizing movement continues to attract attention.

Now, we’re all familiar with reclaimed wood coffee tables, coasters and other custom furniture that keeps perfectly good materials from being dumped into landfills. But, what if we told you that you could build an entire home out of reclaimed building materials?

Tiny Home Manufacturer in Texas

Image courtesy of Tiny Texas Houses

Brad Kittel, founder of Tiny Texas Houses, commits his life and energy to constructing tiny green homes made almost entirely with recycled, reclaimed building materials – 99 percent to be exact. “50 percent of our landfills are building materials. 25 percent could be houses,” according to Brad. He proves that demolition can lead to construction with every tiny home he builds.

2017 darby 4616square“Everyone thought I was an absolute looney tune for building tiny houses and on top of that, building them with trash.”

Brad Kittel | Tiny Texas Houses

 

 

Brad’s sustainable living concept, aptly named “Pure Salvage Living,” has grown into an online community of members with exclusive access to salvage building tutorials and discounted building materials for tiny home manufacturers, community events and more.

2017 darby 4616square“I think one of the most critical things we have right now to consider is we see a downsizing movement and the population as a whole is downsizing. A large part of that is getting rid of everything we’ve saved all our lives. Our children don’t want it.”

Brad Kittel | Tiny Texas Houses

 

Why Use Reclaimed Materials for Tiny Homes?

As we choose to downsize and to live more simply, we must take into account the inevitable waste hitting our landfills as a result. Brad responds by salvaging materials to be rebirthed into tiny homes. This saves energy and resources that would otherwise be used to make new materials to build his tiny homes.

2017 darby 4616square“There’s a whole virgin forest, the largest in the world, at our fingertips. Yet, Americans want to go buy new crap at Home Depot. That forest is hidden in the form of buildings, farms and houses. It’s already been cut up, sliced, diced, cured and is free of toxins, for the most part.”

Brad Kittel | Tiny Texas Houses

 

Tiny Home Manufacturer in Texas

Image courtesy of Tiny Texas Houses

Rather than purchasing all the parts to build a home from big-box stores, which expend astronomical amounts of energy in shipping products, heating and cooling warehouse-sized stores and creating new materials, Brad’s philosophy is to use already cultivated resources that are readily available.

How Pure Salvage Living Can Positively Impact Your Health

As we shift to tiny home living, we must also be mindful of the materials many tiny home manufacturers utilize in construction. In a tinier space with limited air ventilation, it is critical to note that modern building materials, often treated with chemicals like formaldehyde and other carcinogens, may cause sensitivities and even severe illnesses, especially in children. Unlike many other tiny home manufacturers, Tiny Texas Houses creates homes out of clean, reclaimed woods.

2017 darby 4616square“I put houses together that when you walk in and you sleep in them, you’ll have a night of sleep like you’ve never had before.”

Brad Kittel | Tiny Texas Houses

 

 

Tiny Home Manufacturer in Texas

Image courtesy of Tiny Texas Houses

The Importance of Living Sustainably

Brad’s dream is to build tiny house communities in Texas that teach life skills and the ability to live “off the grid,” to revitalize towns and to respect the energy our elders expended in obtaining and curating these resources. He believes this to be “the most sustainable thing we can do in this country.”

2017 darby 4616square“Your generation is not going to pass their kids off to daycares so that they can go off and work for the big house and big car and things like that. That’s my dream. There are things that are more important to have – to be with your children, to raise them.”

Brad Kittel | Tiny Texas Houses

Brad Kittel, Tiny Texas Houses

Brad Kittel, Image Courtesy of Tiny Texas Houses

The Future of Pure Salvage Living

80,000-square feet of warehouses full of wood, thousands of doors, windows and other reclaimed building materials are at Brad’s fingertips to help others. Everything is in place for him to partner with organizations interested in starting a co-op or developing a pure salvage community.

Check out Tiny Texas Houses and learn more about the pure salvage movement.

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