Everything’s smaller in Texas

Everything’s bigger in Texas, they say. Well, almost everything. Out in Gonzales, Texas, a local architectural salvage company has decided to put a few of its own offerings to use to make something small—something tiny, in fact. Discovery Architectural Antiques keeps 130,000 square feet of salvaged stained glass, doors, windows, beams, shiplap, tin ceiling, tubs and sinks in stock, but now they've decided selling the salvage isn't enough: they're building with it.

Their Texas Tiny House Project is a new wing of the business, whereby they construct new homes from their own inventory, 95 percent recycled materials (the wiring, insulation and plumbing will be new). They are portable and, dare we say, adorable sweet cottages and cabins (and even mini-chapels) in the 170-square-foot range, though they've got a 240 square foot model. They come in five models now, including Victorian and Ranch, and they hope to branch out into the custom tiny home field. Floors are made of butternut or northern pine, with cast-iron tubs or 100-year-old shiplap siding or wavy glass, and the units range from $32,000-$55,000—more for the custom homes.

Even as the average square foot of homes continues to rise (it’s more than doubled since the 1950s, says NPR), the tiny house market is getting huge, or at least bigger than tiny. Tiny additions, custom high modern sheds, hipster cabanas and teeny weeny little houses are popular among the green set, or just those who want a tiny bit of peace in quiet in the back yard.

But the Texas Tiny Houses don’t just hark back to a day when homes were smaller; they’re made of those smaller homes. Perhaps someday we’ll be saying that everything’s greener in Texas, too.