Kittel also draws on historic building practices by integrating into each of his houses the old-growth timbers, cypress windows, paneled doors, brass doorknobs, and cast-iron sinks that he rescues from demolished buildings. "Prior to the 1950s, you tended to tear down an old home and reuse its materials for a new structure. Today, we just crunch it up and put it in a landfill," says the former remodeling contractor.
The welcoming front porch of this Victorian Cottage was designed as a modular component that can be removed during transport. "The idea behind these houses is you can hand them off to your kids. They’re portable; perched on pier-and-beam foundations with bolted-on porches that are easily disassembled," says Kittel.