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Not Everything is Bigger in Texas

More publicity for the “Tiny House Movement.”

A new tiny house article written by: Amy R. Hughes of This Old House Magazine.

In 2006 Brad Kittel expanded his salvage business, Discovery Architectural Antiques, in Gonzales, Texas, to include diminutive, one-of-a-kind houses built almost exclusively out of the vintage materials he stockpiles; typically only the plumbing, electrical systems, and insulation are new. Each one of his Tiny Texas Houses evokes a period style, whether it’s a Queen Anne dripping with gingerbread trim or a gambrel-roofed Dutch Colonial.

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Read the rest of the article at This Old House Magazine.

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Jeff H - September 16, 2008 Reply

It seems like you could almost put pontoons under there and have a floating house if you live in a flood zone.

Kent - September 16, 2008 Reply

I would think that these would be perfect for a floating home, and that is a great idea if you live in a flood zone.

Katkinkate - September 16, 2008 Reply

Wouldn’t they be a bit top heavy to be safe on a pontoon? Anyhow, I love these little houses, but I’ve noticed there is never any guttering to harvest rain water from the roofs, not even just to redirect it to a storm drain. Don’t Americans trust rain water?

Greg M - September 17, 2008 Reply

Lots of Texans harvest rainwater. These little houses have to be shipped, so it’s probably smart to install gutters after the move.

Love the little homes and the recycled materials. Wish that salvage store was near me.

eileenneptune - September 23, 2008 Reply

I want the blue/green one….it’s so cute. Would be great on the beach…or at least the lake.

Carey Huffman - September 23, 2008 Reply

Anyone know if these can be put on a trailer frame? Because of permitting issues, a “permanent structure” is not in the cards, but a “mobile home” can be parked “temporarily” . Doesn’t make sense to me, but then, government regulations rarely do.

tsisqua - September 25, 2008 Reply

Rainwater is the best for washing clothes and hair,watering plants, and flushing the stool but can be injurious to one’s health if ingested, thanks to birds who might, uh, stop for a visit, on the roof. I’m sure you knew that, but did any others who’ll read this?

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Greg M - August 3, 2009 Reply

There are many effective systems for easily purifying rainwater. It’s a healthier option than most municipal water systems — do you know what’s in there? Ha.

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