It can safely be said that the tiny houses movement is full builders who know that it takes a little extra effort to turn a basic rectangular box into a personal nest that exudes warmth and welcome.
There are two distinct styles for Tiny Texas Houses, which both fall into the pattern of the tiny houses movement on the whole, which could be defined as an aversion to simply building tiny boxes for people to live in and letting it go at that.
Put another way, it can safely be said that the tiny houses movement is full builders who know that it takes a little extra effort to turn a basic rectangular box into a personal nest that exudes warmth and welcome. With that in mind, the McCullough House built by Tiny Texas Houses fits right in with what might be called Variation B of the company's two general styles.
Both styles have Texas written all over them and both are built under the earth-friendly auspices of the company's mission, which is summed up in their tell-it-like-it-is company motto: "The Rubble To Riches Renaissance.”
And when Tiny Texas Houses says rubble, they mean rubble. The company, says owner and founder Brad Kittel, is mission-bound to show the world that reclaimed materials can be used to build terrific homes are made to last. "My goal is to show people what can be done with a concept I call Pure Salvage Building … thus what you see is 99 percent Pure Salvage,” he says on his website.
“That means that everything from the doors, floors, windows, lumber, porch posts, glass, door hardware and even siding has been saved and reused,” he says, stating that it is his goal to build comfortable shelter that will hold up for approximately 100 years or more.
For style, Tiny Texas Houses has two distinct patterns. One pattern involves tiny houses that look like they would fit right in with the feel of Main Street in any 1950s or 1960s Hollywood Western -- defines as a feature film staring the likes of John Wayne, Clint Eastwood Randolph Scott, Gary Cooper or anyone else who could flirt with a leading lady while sitting on a horse.
Those tiny houses have a distinct rough-and-tumble look inside and out. But let's try to define the two styles this way: One style is for bachelor cowboys and the other is for married cowboys. There's a lot of country in both styles, but the McCullough house featured here was definitely scrounged and assembled for the man who wants to clean up his act – a cowboy home, but with the spittoon outdoors; let's put it that way.
The giveaway is the wheelbarrow and garden hose. Do bachelor cowboys do landscaping? Not likely. You'll see this home has plenty of beds for a family, as well -- 2.5 kids at least.
The perfect place for a grandfather clock -- not to mention, grandfather, too.
One of the features of this tiny house is the interior walls that define different rooms. Many tiny houses are, essentially, one room homes with each area defined by the furniture. This sequestered kitchen space is a rare find in the tiny houses milieu.
You might expect a house built of reclaimed materials would be a hodgepodge of various styles. Remarkably, the Tiny Texas Houses team builds homes with very consistent styling throughout. Notice this terrific ceiling fan that blends right in with the friendly, dance-hall feel to the McCullough House.
A closer look at the master bedroom. Great use of a circular rug and plenty of space around the bed. Notice the lack of a closet or shelves for clothes, which could be hiding under that great bed.
Another purpose-dedicated room. The photo with the grandfather clock (above) shows a better view of the recycled door, which is as stylish as any new door on the market today.
A second loft bedroom with plenty of space. What's the trick?
It's the roof, of course. Notice how much space the gambrel-style roof -- the hip roof -- gives to the two lofts. Kittel calls this an "extreme gambrel design," which alludes to the relatively shallow angle of the roof's apex, which allows even more roomy shoulders than you would find if the angle were sharper.