Success with Salvage: A Short Book on the Pure Salvage Living Renaissance.
Why not let your passions to create be the guide to your successful career as a Salvage Builder of my genre Tiny Artistic Organic Cottages?
Tiny Texas Houses and Pure Salvage Living
by Brad Kittel
A Path to the Land of Solutions and Passions Fulfilled
Some of the best solutions are the simplest ones. I want to share some of the realizations and lessons learned while pioneering a proven ideology for building tiny organic houses. The research and 75+ examples of what could be done with 95% Pure Salvage materials using Space-Magic designs focused on transforming what the public sees as trash into sustainable Art Housing. This genre of Salvage Built Tiny Texas Houses has 100% American-grown, harvested, and processed trees for the lumber. Most of the trees were cut down and sliced up for use decades ago, in many cases, over a century.
The iron ore, copper, and other metals used to make the hardware were American mined, smelted, and ultimately manufactured into some of the world's best door and window hardware. We used these incredible natural resources and the once unmatched work ethic over the last 15 generations to build American homes that lasted for more than a century—that period ended in the 1960s with the advent of built-in obsolescence and the move offshore to foreign manufacturing. Nearly all of the doors, windows, hardware, sinks, and materials we use were made before the mid-1900s by Americans living in a world flush with resources and opportunity.
We still have those, but people have become blind to the wealth before our eyes and have somehow come to think that if it has been used once, it can not be as good as new. I believe we can refocus on those same resources and rebuild our nation from incredible treasure-loads of materials waiting to be salvaged throughout this country.
While the forests may be gone, their lumber is still waiting to be saved and reused. These troves of superior resources are readily accessible in most areas with a big population in the last two centuries. The structures await the taking, for now, much of it virtually for free, such that we can use the Pure Salvage Building concept to fuel creating solutions to American employment shortages. We can do this by salvaging the houses, buildings, and barns it takes to build a whole new generation of homes. Nearly 99% of the materials we use to build a Tiny Texas House were created in this country, helping make this housing concept a powerful solution to import/export imbalance issues. Admittedly we use new electrical parts, plumbing, nails, screws, and insulation materials that are not salvaged, but more than half of them are American made too. In some cases, there are no domestically produced alternatives.
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