…With these “tiny houses,” Kittel says, you can cut your footprint down to 120 square feet, you cut your utility bill down to maybe $150 a year, you cut your taxes down, you cut your insurance down, your maintanence is nearly nothing.
Kittel is also planning to build houses in “village” groupings. ”I believe in the compound concept which everyone else has done for centuries — where we have a common central house, we have a big kitchen, we don’t have redundant facilities all over. We take on acre of land and put 10 tiny houses on it.” There would be areas designed as commons, but with the small individual homes, ”I can go back to my space and play Beethoven and you can go to yours and play rock and roll.”
He has “37 acres on the side of the highway [where] we’re going to set up several different villages. Like a musicians’ village, an elderly village, a village for our people that are coming down to do seminars to show not only that we can build houses but that we can build villages — sustainable sub-zero carbon footprint villages that are not only off the grid electrically, but that are also off the grid financially.”
Kittel sees his “pure salvage living” as part of the larger movement for more sustainable living, and he also advocates establishing community resource banks and turning to a barter system…( more)…http://www.truth-out.org/brad-kittel-builds-tiny-texas-houses/1330310543