The tiny house movement has taken Texas by storm, and these two builders are bringing their own unique style to every one they create.
Rudy Rivas has spent years building multi-million dollar mansions for residents across North Texas. Now, he’s jumping on the bandwagon and setting his sights on building customized small-scale homes for the masses.
He’s currently building his first tiny home just outside of Allen, which will only be about 180-square-feet in size.
“It’s going to have something of a whimsical design — sort of Harry Potter-looking,” Rivas told the Dallas News. “The kitchen will be fully functional with a stove and fridge.”
Each tiny house has different feature and design elements chosen by the future homeowner. The biggest selling point of these pint-sized abodes are their quirky and unique designs. “If I was just building a 12 by 20 storage shed, no one would care,” he said. “But these houses capture people’s imagination.”
Rivas is just one of the Texas builders who are setting their sites on this new and rapidly growing market. Brad Kittel owns the San Antonio-based company Tiny Texas Houses, which has built over 70 homes across the state so far.
Kittel reiterates that the ability to make each home as simplistic or elaborate as the homeowner wishes as the key selling point for their creations. “The biggest one was about 340 square feet downstairs with the potential for about 280 square feet more upstairs in the attic,” he explained. “I’ve had one as expensive as $160,000 that was very elaborate.”
He calls his creations “house art,” and believes that each home’s quirky and original design is what keeps Texas coming back again and again. So will this tiny house building boom last? Only time will tell.