Brad KittelLuling, Texas, United States
Tiny Texas Houses
Everything we need to live, already exists. We don’t need to take anything new out of this Earth. That’s the idea behind Tiny Texas Houses. We salvage material from old buildings and turn them into new homes. I love knowing that I’m making a difference showing people a different way to live.
We create beautiful structures without importing from other countries, using toxic materials or harvesting an already taxed planet. I’m passionate about the quality of work that I do, and also about educating people about the salvage movement.
This job is more than a passion, it is my mission in life. My background in salvage goes back more than 30 years and I would easily be considered the leading expert in salvage building in the U.S.
Living in smaller spaces saves energy and keeps us out of the consumerism rut. By building tiny houses made of salvaged materials, we are not only creating beautiful living spaces, we are also leaving the earth with enough resources for our children.
We salvage materials from homes built decades to centuries ago. We are the only company in the U.S. who builds from all American trees and materials that were created or harvested decades ago. American craftsmen and women built products designed to last for centuries. We believe in respecting their work and giving it a chance to live out its full life.
I teach people everything from how to dismantle a house, how to pull the nails, how to sort the wood and the windows and how to build new houses out of that material.
Our houses are built out of 99% salvaged material free of all plastics, vinyl, sheetrock, carpet, fiberglass, formaldehyde, VOC, latex paints and other hazards found in new construction material.
Our homes have been featured on TV shows such as This Old House, This New House,
Renovation Nation, Texas Country Reporter, and news programs. We’ve been in numerous magazines including E Magazine, Healthy Home, Southern Living, Country Living, Victorian Living, and many, more as far away as Canada, Italy and Germany.
I have about 10-12 employees, a couple volunteers, and two locations. We have an inventory of more than 120,000 square feet of salvaged materials.
Prior to starting Tiny Texas Houses, I was a real estate broker and won Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year award from Ernst & Young in 1994 for my work in East Austin neighborhoods.
I started Tiny Texas Houses in 2006 and it is the best of the successful businesses I’ve run because it has the power to help the most people. I changed careers several times. I believe that when it is no longer the fire in your belly but the burden on your back, then it is time to move on.
I learned everything on the job and have developed methods to create homes that will last for a century or more, be portable, healthy and cozy. Tiny Texas Houses and the Pure Salvage Living Movement may be able to give hope and homes to millions that might otherwise not have them.
In this field, you are only limited by the number of hours you are willing to work. Starting a “Pure Salvage Living Outpost” or becoming a salvage hunter, miner or builder is a career that the whole family can participate in. If you have basic tools and a pickup truck, you don’t need a lot of money to get started. The whole business model is based on bartering, working together and sharing. By doing so we build what the large corporations cannot: community.
Ultimately, I want hundreds of other outposts like the ones we have created to spring up around the country so that we can empower people everywhere to get out, get the parts and pieces for free, and look at building their own tiny houses as a way of establishing independence, unplugging from the TV culture and breaking free of the consumerism rut.