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Tiny Texas Houses

What’s better than a tiny house? (After frozen custard, sex, and memory foam.) Bingo: a tiny house built out of salvaged materials! But if you’re leery of just stapling some rotting doors together and calling it good, Brad Kittel of Tiny Texas Houses wants to help.

This spring, Kittel is leading two hands-on workshops in Luling, Texas: one on how to find salvageable wood and other items for a tiny house, and then a bootcamp from March 3 to 9 in which participants will build a tiny house from repurposed materials. The salvaging workshop is sadly already booked up, but Treehugger says the second one will teach you some critical skills:

This tiny house bootcamp will work on building a 15′ by 12′ home with two floors (which is said to be “big enough to live in full time but small enough to get around building code in urban areas”), from start to finish, and give attendees the skills and the confidence to go back home and start building their very own mini house using salvaged building materials.

Yep, the goal is to build a tiny house in a week flat. Wait, why would you wanna PAY $425 to build one for somebody else? Experience, for one thing — it could help you avoid ending up with the Leaning Tower of Pisa when you try it yourself. And if you can’t make it, you can learn the basics of salvage mining on DVD for a much cheaper $75. Preventing termites? Priceless.