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New Ordinance Legalizes Granny Flat Rentals in Dallas, TX

Good news for the urban density movement in Dallas, TX.

Dallas has just legalized an important urban density proposal in an effort to keep affordable housing in areas where pricey apartments have taken over previously middle-income neighborhoods. 

ADU's can now legally be built with the purpose of monetization provided the Board of Adjustment (BDA) approves the request. Which means you can build an accessory dwelling unit (like a granny flat or garage apartment) and legally charge rent. This is a game changer for the urban density movement and bolsters community-wide attempts to stem the tide of gentrification that has pushed many long-term locals outside the boundaries of their generational neighborhoods.

Frame your tiny house in a day!

So you want to build a tiny home or a small modular home. Well, now you can frame it yourself in a day or so with a few friends! It's like a modern-day barn-raising, and we are here to make it simple and fast. Here's how it works:

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A Starring Role!

Volstrukt was asked recently to participate in the an episode of the Texas Flip N Move show on DIYNetwork! We provided the quick-up steel frames for their Gary's Girls vs Guys tiny home build challenge. Our frames were up in a day save for some final detail work, and sheathing began the next day on-schedule. We were thrilled to see our steel frames saving the day in the challenge by saving the two teams both time and effort. To view the show, catch it on the DIY channel all this week, or you can watch it for a $3 cable network charge on Youtube here.

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Best in Show?!? We'll take it!

This past weekend at the DC/Virginia Tiny House Festival, Volstrukt took home the Best in Show award. We are both proud of and humbled by the award, as we saw so many awesome tiny house vendors out there this year. We want to thank the DC and Virginia tiny house movement for the warm welcome! You are a driving force in this movement!

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Award Winning Collaboration

Sheena Henry and Ross Pennington's award winning tiny house on wheels, 'Method to NOMADness', has been judged 'Best Collaborative Build' at the recent 2018 Georgia Tiny House Festival.  The collaborators?  Sheena & Ross, Tiny House Chattanooga and Volstrukt.

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Volstrukt at the 2017 Tiny House Jamboree.

Austin, Texas:  Volstrukt,  the tiny house movement's lightweight steel pioneers, unveiled some exciting new innovations at the 2017 Tiny House & Simple Living Jamboree.

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Comparing Tiny House Trailers

As steel framing specialist for the tiny house industry, we’ve been uniquely positioned to build on customers' trailers from all across the nation.

Most  Tiny House builders find one trailer manufacturer and stick to them. Others have gone the route of designing their own tiny house trailer and sticking with that. There are also a handful of trailer manufacturers out there who, although they may produce high volumes of trailers, really only experience their own trailers for the industry.

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Volstrukt Returns to Earth Day 2017

Volstrukt, cold-rolled steel design and manufacturing specialists will be returning to Earth Day, exhibiting at Earth Day TX 2017 to be held at Fair Park, Dallas over the weekend of 21-23 April.

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Best-in-Show have Volstrukt Inside

The builders behind the three most popular models at this year's National Tiny House Jamboree are Volstrukt partners who have embraced engineered lightweight steel as the backbone of their tiny homes on wheels.

In the "Best-in-Show" voting, Tiny House Chattanooga took out first place with "The Lookout", the latest model designed and built by Mike Bedsole and his team, early adopters of Volstrukt's engineered frames.  Jesse and Anca of Tiny Idahomes won many new fans and second place with their new model unveiled at the Jamboree with the "Mount Antero" by Tiny Home Co a popular third.

From steel sceptic to cold rolled convert.

In July, the Vostrukt team took took two of our engineered lightweight steel frames to the Tiny House Roadshow in Birmingham, Alabama.  The  CHANTEY is a model from our Configurable Stock Models of pre-engineered tiny home frames. These events present a great opportunity to talk about, touch & feel and walk through the cold formed steel behind our framing systems.