Pure Salvage Tiny House for Living

This Tiny Texas Worker House was built with 99% salvaged material on a minimal footprint of 120 square feet.  The home, which is valued at about $38,000, will be given away this year through an essay raffle by Tiny Texas Houses.  So, with the combination of a winning essay and $50, one could end up with an entirely new way of living and a unique, reclaimed, micro shelter.

All essay participants will get a set of plans for the salvaged home and a forthcoming ebook called “How to Build a Tiny House with Salvaged Materials.

The tiny house was built with 125-year cedar posts, 200-year long leaf pine siding, corrugated metal from the early 1900s, weighted sash windows from the early 1900s, 100-year galvanized roof shingles in shower, etc.

Tiny Texas Worker House has a full shower, toilet, and bath sink, as well as a kitchenette with a sink, under counter fridge and cooktop space.  It’s also fully insulated, top, bottom, and sides, with Icynene.

[+] Check out the first Tiny Texas Essay Contest.

Credits: Tiny Texas Houses via Tiny House Blog.


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  • http://twitter.com/styrohome StyroHome

    Sad state when we need to live in a chicken coop.

  • Elina

    This chicken needs a house!

  • Airshelves

    Different….very cool to see what can be constructed with all the old materials.
    http://www.airshelves.com

  • Needs Not Wants

    It’s sadder that people think they need more than that. This thing is awesome.

  • Justin L

    That’s pretty awesome.  ..and the age of the materials is amazing

  • A guest

    awesome…

    Just getting this kind of idea out is awesome.

    I am worried that no matter how economically the home (of this nature) can be built, that the powers that be in any US state would tax and regulate the whole enterprise to death, making it not really possible to live in such a structure at low cost.

    • Dan Sokol

      I build container homes and cabins (leedcabins.com) and you are correct in your comments.  Build an off-grid container home in CA (solar, composting toilet, etc.) and you are hit with water/sewer taxes and hookup charges (even when you don’t use them), HUGE permit and inspection fees, etc.  The local application and permit fees in Desert Hot Springs were over 40% of the cost of the structure! 

      The only reason solar isn’t common is because local gov’t entities cannot tax usage (no bill, no tax).  Investment in R&D was never done for this very simple reason.

      Dan Sokol

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peter-C-Nilsson/711602900 Peter C Nilsson

    This is so cool, and it looks great.

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