Brad Kittel on the Pure Salvage Living Movement

Brad Kittel, owner of Tiny Texas Houses, has some great ideas about how and where we the people should be taking our freedom – starting with our homes. I’ve admired his tiny houses for years now and really happy to see him cranking the tiny house movement up a notch.

Brad is suggesting that we’re surrounded by vast amounts of free resources and that if we choose to, we can build a better life from what has been thrown away.

Or you might say that Brad is articulating one path to the paradigm shift our civilization needs and will eventually require. The current paradigm based on debt, consumerism, and what amounts to imperialism can’t and shouldn’t last. New ideas, new business models, new lifestyles, new jobs, new politics, will emerge and replace the current failing system.

We can allow the current powers-that-be to control the shape the new world takes, or we can choose to take it back. Unfortunately the current powers-that-be are so dedicated to the old paradigm that they seem willing to do anything to see it continue. Another challenge is that most regular folks are also married-to/stuck-in/trapped-by the old paradigm. After all at some point in our lives we’ve all tasted that Kool-aid. We need an antidote.

One antidote is tiny houses, not just living in them but the life change and values they convey. Another is building value from the valueless and rethinking true (not monetary) value. Brad has found a clever way to combine these two by producing beautiful tiny homes from what was once trash. But now with the message the Pure Salvage Living Movement sends, he’s showing what a new viable paradigm looks like and how easy it would be to make the transition.

Below, Brad talks about his life, company, and vision for the Pure Salvage Living Movement. He gave this talk at the Institute of Noetic Sciences in Austin, Texas on March 12, 2012.

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4 thoughts on “Brad Kittel on the Pure Salvage Living Movement

  1. Peggy says:

    Pure Salvage Movement, I am there. Now I want to build a tiny house on wheels with salvage, reclaimed materials.
    I am 56 years old and moving to Friday Harbor (San Juan Island), WA to build my tiny house on wheels.
    I will need help with transporting materials and building, as I am a solo girl with a dog, no building experience, tools etc, just the ideas and ability to manifest my desire. I want to offer opportunities for people to learn how to do this and possibly make a film to share with others.
    I am inspired by your movement. If you know of anyone in the NW that might be interested in my project, I would love to connect with them. Thanks for you vision and good work for the planet!

    • Bonnie Robinson says:

      Greetings Peggy, I’m a 63 year old single lady who lives in a town called Roseburg, located in southern Oregon. Interstate 5 runs right thru Roseburg between Eugene and Grant’s Pass, OR. I have a brother/sister team of Schipperke dogs as my Service Animals, because of my hearing disability.
      I just found Brad Kittel & his Tiny Texas Houses, on the internet last week! I was so excited after reading his mission statement; because it is the same basic philosophy as I have! It has been a long held belief of mine that I’m about the lousiest capitalist around, I just can’t be that driven by money!
      When I saw your email I just had to reply, hope we can make a connection – who knows maybe we northwestern girls could help each other out! Bonnie @ #541 530 6445

  2. Patricia Nunez says:

    I am 65 female and tired of the rat race. I would dearly love a step by step instruction booklet on how to build a tiny house. Is there such a thing?…for dummies. lol Just having a blueprint/plan is not enough. That only tells you what to do, not how to do it. I built a lovely arbor one time from a step by step how to from a gardening magazine. I do NOT want to go into a “retirement communtiy” on the way to a nursing home. Tired of working and cannot live off $497 mo. SS check.
    Next question is…how would I secure a tiny home so that someone does not drive off with it while I’m at the store? lol
    Love your site. Thank you for your advice.
    Pat Buckly-Nunez

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