Salvaged 'Tiny Texas Houses' Redefine Small-Space Living

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Photo: Tiny Texas Houses

Small-space living has seen somewhat of a revival in recent years, with young people flocking to the cities and moving into “tiny” apartments that measure 500 square feet or less. But how about living in a 65-square-foot home?

That’s the concept behind Tiny Texas Houses, a Luling, Texas–based building and salvaging cooperative that constructs pint-sized homes from recycled materials.

These compact cottages surely have small physical footprints, but their ecological footprints are even smaller. On average, each Tiny Texas House is made from 99 percent salvaged materials — some dating back 100 years or more.

The founder and owner of the cooperative, who goes simply by Darby, has been reclaiming building materials for decades. His store, Discovery Architectural Antiques, had more than 130,000 square feet of inventory — making it the largest architectural antique store in the United States — before it was all reallocated to Tiny Texas Houses.

“The whole idea is a pure salvage living renaissance where we bring back to life something that used to be ordinary and everyday, and that’s taking down a house to build another house,” he tells Earth911.

Read on for an up-close look at this innovative project. You may never look at a home the same way again!

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Mary Mazzoni

Mary Mazzoni

Mary is a lifelong vegetarian and enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, biking and relaxing in the park. When she’s not outside, she’s probably watching baseball. She is a former assistant editor for Earth911.
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