Victorian Tiny Texas House

by Kent Griswold on February 21st, 2010. 39 Comments
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A couple of days ago, I was chatting with Brad Kittel of Tiny Texas Houses and he sent me some new pictures of one of his recent homes, this cute little Victorian.

The wooden Victorian is a 12′ x 20′ and it is located in Canyon Lake, Texas. It is lined with 1800 circa metal roofing tiles in the bath area.┬áIt also has their new ladder design and a nice rounded loft front.

Brad also told me that he has been busy building and selling homes for several Bed and Breakfasts across the country. A recent one up in the Badlands of South Dakota and three more for another in Pasadena, California. I will follow up with an update on these before long.

Photography: Doug Gaidry III Digital Imaging

Tanner another one of our readers sent me this link to this article in the Austin News about Kittel and his tiny houses. You can read the article called the “Small House Movement hits Central Texas” and watch a neat little video along with the story. Thanks Tanner for sharing this story with us.

February 21st, 2010and filed in Stick Built
Tags: Brad Kittel, Stick Built, Tiny Texas Houses

39 Responses to “Victorian Tiny Texas House”

  1. Mia says:

    This is really nice! I love that it has a bathtub. Where do you find a tub like that to put into a tiny house?

  2. Anoa says:

    This is brilliant. I especially like the ladder/shelves. Love the tub area too. Great use of space.

  3. Denise says:

    The Tiny Texas Houses are my absolute favorite. His were among the first tiny houses, after Jay’s, that I found and fell immediately in love with. I love everything that Brad Kittel does with salvaged materials ~ the workmanship, designs, the gorgeous wood, ~ EVERYTHING is Beautiful!

  4. alice says:

    Oh, what an inspiration! I would LOVE to have a group of assorted tiny houses to operate as a B&B. This is my new dream!

  5. Mark A says:

    Wow, I love it.

  6. Valden says:

    I love that shower tub! You could even sit down (always a plus) without much difficulty. Would make it easier to shave the legs too. And if you want a bath, just lay your legs over the side.

    Very nice.

  7. I am also curious about that bathtub! Where did they find it?

  8. Anne says:

    The whole house is just beautiful.

  9. Corby says:

    This is a wonderfully luxurious home! The bathing area details are inspiring. Are those copper panels on the walls? If so, how do you keep them clean?

    • The shower tiles are not copper. They were once on the roof of a house and I think they are tin or some steel product. They are easy to keep clean. You just have to be careful of the edges when cleaning them.

  10. et says:

    no vehicle in sight, garage or driveway – very nice

  11. Kent Griswold says:

    Here is what Brad says about the bathtub:

    Generally they will be found in the architectural salvage yards but they are hard to find. That version would run about $750-$1,000. We get them on occasion but historically have not kept many in inventory. It appears we should be looking for more.

  12. Susan McReynolds says:

    Omega Salvage here in Berkeley sometimes has these tiny tubs. They have an online service. They also have a limited number of repro tubs-may include a tiny or two.

    • kathy norman says:

      That is a cute tub! don’t forget the japanese tubs. I do not know how expensive they are, but they might work also.

  13. Brand says:

    Excellent. I might go a little larger (I need space for a computer workstation and lots of books), but the proportioning is flawless. A wonderful design!

  14. Brad J says:

    This is my favorite design in quite some time. And right here in Texas! Thanks for sharing this, Grizz!

  15. Louise says:

    Lovely and inspiring!

  16. That is really nice. They usually build nice, cute, cozy small houses. I like them much better than the ones built with modern materials. I hope one day I’ll be able to buy old things from them, they have wonderful things.

  17. Barb says:

    This is gorgeous. It seems so much more realistic space wise than does some of the others. I love it.

  18. Ilana says:


    So much beauty, warmth, and luxury in just 240 sq feet!!

    Most large homes don’t even come close…thank you very much for sharing. Just seeing what can be done makes me very happy <3

  19. Gill says:

    That balcony next to the loft ladder needs some structural support underneath, or be hung from the ceiling above using cables.

  20. Hello,

    This beautiful Tiny House is located in Canyon Lake, Texas. Our website is Thanks for the positive feedback.


  21. badkittie748 says:

    OMG! i want it!!! too bad ill probably never own a house in my lifetime…

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  23. Karen says:

    Love the laddershelves…maybe an idea for my cottage which has a sleeping loft but I hadn’t figured out how I was going to get up there…the ladder shelf provides a stable (thus safe!) way to get up and also a reason to have it built in permanently!

  24. michelle says:

    Incredibly stunning house! I have been dreaming up and designing my own tiny house, nd it looks very much like this!! I wish I could pay you to build it for me on my land haha.

  25. Janelle says:

    Is this darling house for sale? Its located
    right where I’m looking to buy..If this
    isn’t do you have any for sale in or
    around Canyon Lake??? Thanks , Janelle

  26. renee says:

    I have lived in Canyon Lake ,Tx.For 23 years now.My house was built as a vacation home.-It is 1100 sq.ft -no garage.I thought of upsizing in the beginning or adding on.My boy friend is into simple living -living with less “stuff”.I get this.We visited our relatives this summer.His brother and mine both welcomed us with open arms,they both have small homes.His brother has 400sq.feet of living space and has his gadgets and lacks nada. They won’t let anyone build that small there anymore!In this economy?!?So when can we see this home?RM

  27. I went last week to see the houses in Luling.
    I really want a community of seniors. They could
    pick their own design & live in village in an out of the way setting.

  28. david says:

    can you tell me if these tiny texas houses are built to code for a place like cedar park, tx

  29. Ken G says:

    We have a tub like that in our home. I saw an ad for it in a 1949 Good Housekeeping magazine…something about the “Neo-spa” tub if I remember correctly. Tub measures 4″x4″.

  30. Mark says:

    That’s a good one!! More info please!! How much was the cost, more photos, you know the drill!!

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