Tiny Texas Houses' "Willy Wonka" on making magic reusing wood
Brad “Darby” Kittel came to Texas living on a conved school bus. He had planned to write the Great American Novel, but he ended up buying up boarded-up homes and fixing them up using materials he salvaged from other old houses, barns and buildings. After a couple decades refining his salvage mining techniques, he began using his collection to build “new” tiny portable homes from salvage. Since he builds with natural materials (mostly wood) or materials that have already off-gassed, he calls his homes “organic” (he makes clear he doesn’t use plastics, formaldehyde, sheetrock, VOC paints, latex paint, carpet or toxic glues and minimal vinyl or PVC). Kittel has stad a tiny home community on his land in Luling, Texas to embracing what he calls Pure Salvage Living. Right now he offers the homes as rentals so people can experience a “truly organic house”.