NEWS Builder of tiny homes hopes to change society’s thinking

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“Bigger isn’t better. Having more doesn’t make us happier. It indebts us, it enslaves us, it anchors us,” Brad Kittell said.

Kittell owns Tiny Texas Houses, which sits along Interstate 10 in Luling. For years he has built tiny homes from reclaimed materials.

“Here’s the part that blows everybody away,” Kittell said. “They don’t understand. We have the largest standing virgin forest in the world in the United States, disguised as old barns, old trees and old buildings.”

Tiny homes are a fast-growing trend. They have become so popular, there is even a reality show based on the idea.

“I take houses that are dead and bring them back to life,” Kittell said.

The tiny homes are less than 200 square feet, transportable, often nontaxable and made from hearty reclaimed wood. That wood is pieced together from countless other decades-old homes. Kittell has thousands of square footage of reclaimed material — enough, he says, to build an additional 100 tiny houses. But he said he will only build a few more and call it quits. His next move is to show society that big homes and debt are not the way to go.

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