In 2012, Nick Olson and Lilah Horwitz quit their jobs and set off to build a glass cabin in the mountains of West Virginia.” – Half Cut Tea
By using reclaimed materials, passive solar-heating, and efficient appliances, our homes are built to coexist with the environment. We loved finding materials that were unique: wood that nobdy wanted, but that contained incredible colors when polished properly. Little vintage RV stoves that fit perfectly in our tiny space. Reclaimed barn roofing that gave siding style and color, found nowhere else. We thrive on the unique details that go into our tiny homes, because detail is everything to tiny home owners.” – Spice Box Homes
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Here’s another mystery tiny house from Flickr. It looks like they used a lot of reclaimed and found material like the old doors & windows, and variety of siding. Another notable feature is that it sits high above the ground on a steep slope… which must have needed some extra attention to build on that site. This house is part of a larger photo set that includes another interesting looking natural house. Photo by faythelevine.
“Clad in materials as rich in color and texture as they are in history, our spaces are built with one hundred year-old barn wood, longleaf pine, and corrugated metal that we have meticulously procured from historic barns and homes across Texas.
With pricing starting at $25,000, our spaces are accessible to a number of budgets. All spaces are built to suit individual needs and preferences. Typically built on site in Austin, Texas, they can be delivered to most anywhere in the continental United States.” – Reclaimed Space.
This wall was ENTIRELY made from free, found, and salvaged material. EVEN the cedar 2by4 studs on the back wall were rescued from a mill that was going to toss them. The idea with our “Operation: Use It Up!” side mission was to take everyday scraps and junk, and see what could be made with them= saw horses, pallet chairs, modern lighting, tables, and more- we tackled quite a bit! What a fun weekend!” – Deek
If you are limited in time or money, waiting for the right materials to show up can be a problem. If you live near several re-use facilities (dump, Re-Store, Thrift stores, etc) then your chances improve, but you still need the luxury of time to visit them regularly in search of the treasures you need. The more flexible you have with your design the easier your search will be. You can also start collecting material before you finish your design so you can factor in the sizes and shapes of things you’ve found.” – Catherine Zola
Bill Thomas of Hobbitat Spaces in Maryland developed a passion for small spaces after 30 years of working in the historic restoration and custom home business. With the change in the housing market came a change in his focus of building and he began to develop small, custom homes that are constructed inside and out of the harsh Northeastern winters. The first Hobbitat (or “Hob”, as they are affectionately called) was constructed using materials from Bill’s grandfather’s barn, windows from his childhood cabin and other reclaimed doors and materials. Hobbitat Spaces then built 13 Hobs for Blue Moon Rising, an ecotourism retreat in western Maryland.” – Christina
If you’ve been keeping up with Tiny Texas Houses then you’ve probably seen the many unique tiny houses they’ve put together over the last 6 months. As if building all their houses isn’t enough, they’ve also released a full length tutorial series on how to start your own salvage mining business and teardown structures to re-purpose materials. They call it “The Salvage Mining Tutorial Series.” Brad Kittel, owner of Tiny Texas Houses, explains a wide range of subject matter relating to the salvage world and how to be successful in it…” – Kent
If you’re like me you don’t just like tiny houses.
I happen to like all sorts of unique shelters in all kinds of shapes and sizes.