Chris Galusha

Senior Project Manager

Texas EcoBuilders

Nearly three decades in residential design, construction and land development, currently working with nonprofits.

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Tiny Home Guru Texas EcoBuilders


Chris Galusha is a construction consultant and advocate for safe, affordable housing. Since 2010, he has focused on the tiny house industry and works to teach and mentor those interested in construction, regenerative agriculture, and land development. He is currently director of construction for a veterans organization, developing tiny home plans and construction training programs in the Dallas, Texas area.


Landscape Designer / Project Manager

Eat the Yard
November 2016 - present


American Tiny House Association, Inc.
October 2016 - present

Managing Member

Blackland Prairie Farm, LLC.
2015 - June 2017

Lead General Manager

RDStokes, LLC.
August 2016 - August 2017


Texas A&M- Commerce

Bachelor's Degree

B.S. Plant & Soil Science, Minor in Environmental Science

-Research in Soil as a Building Medium

-Special Project: Personal Aquifier Construction

12/30/2018 5:40:38 PM,
Chris Galusha replied:



I did not find any scientific studies on water usage in tiny homes, searching on the internet and in scientific research databases.


I do not know what other builders methods of water usage computation are, I will explain mine though.

1. I make a list of the individuals that will be occupying the home on a regular basis and some notes on their normal behaviors.

2. I factor in some assumptions based on human physiology.

3. I gather the water consumption of all the fixtures I am calculating for.

4. I build a spreadsheet to assist me in my calculations.


Some things that I find are typical with most people I have talked to about water use issues. 

-Most people bathe daily, water consumption can vary greatly. At my home our shower head uses 2.5 GPM (gallons per minute) and while my shower averages 8 minutes (8x2.5= 20 gallons of water used) my spouse takes an average of 17 minutes to shower and come out feeling clean and refreshed (17x2.5= 42.5 gallons) so our monthly water usages are considerably different (600 gallons vs. 1275 gallons)

-Most people use the restroom an average of 6-8 times per day at 2.5 gallons per flush that is 15-20 gallons per day.

-Clothes and dish washers differ wildly in water usage both from model to model and also based on the type of cycle selected.

-Handwashing dishes uses considerably less water than the comparable amount washed in a dishwasher, in my experience.


Our home of 3 uses about 6-10 thousand gallons of water per month where we live, a lot of it to water our garden and for bathing.

I hope this helps.



Chris Galusha

6/6/2018 12:53:45 PM,
Chris Galusha replied:



There are many potential costs associated with purchasing land in addition to the cost of the land itself. 

If a realtor is involved there will be realtor commissions those can be fixed fees for small inexpensive parcels or percentages for more expensive plots of land. In my experience they have ranged between 3-6% and can often be negotiated. 

There will be document preparation fees for the deed or title to the land. 

There may be fees for title search or title insurance policy, this ensures that you are purchasing the land free of any liens. 

There may be back taxes and taxes for the current year. 

Theae are just fees to purchase the land. There may also be fees associated with your city, county or state  

After purchase you will need to make the land is suitable for use so do your research in providing electricity, water and sewer to your land. 

Happy hunting!

Chris Galusha

Texas EcoBuilders. 

10/14/2017 2:16:10 PM,
Chris Galusha replied:

I find that tiny house festivals are very useful, there is so much to learn at a tiny house festival and what you focus will be your choice.

I usually go to tiny house festivals to:

  • look for new ideas and to
  • talk to manufacturers about the new and existing products
  • tour the homes on display and look for innovative and creative ways to solve problems, for instance what new places or ways have people come up with for making storage available in tiny homes.
  • look for design and layout ideas. I examine the use of different types of finishes on the exterior and interior of homes. The construction of the different built in furniture pieces and the artistic expression of the designer and builders.

Being a builder and an advocate for making tiny homes a legal option in as many places as possible I also look for stuff that would violate local, county and state building codes. I then figure out how I would do it differently or if it is something that could be updated in the codes without compromising the safety of the homes occupants or their neighbors.

Finally, as a speakerand advocate I look at it as a chance to make new acquaintances and friends, talk about ideas and hatch plans to work on making tiny homes available to everyone as a housing option anywhere in the US.


7/5/2017 12:40:10 PM,
Chris Galusha replied:
I recommend that appliances be sized for average usage. What I mean by this is if your do not normally use four burners at once for cooking then don't try and squeeze a full sized range into your tiny house. Most people usually use a single burner at a time and ocassionally two. I think more than two in use at any one time is a rarity for most people so I recommend a two burner cooktop at most or better a set of moveable induction hot plates. They cool off quickly and they can be stored out of the way when not in use.
Instead of an oven I recommend getting one of the larger toaster ovens or better yet a convection microwave oven. It can be more expensive than a cheap conventional oven, it takes up less space and can be stored when not in use.

On electronics consider installing a small HDMI projecter, pull down or fold down screen and a sound bar rather than installing a TV on the wall. You can then use that wall space for art, storage or something else.

Multiple-use furniture.

Most Furniture for tiny homes is custom built to fit the space and functions that it needs to accomplish. However, I recently bought some modular furniture that I am quite pleased with from It is modular so I was able to buid the sectional to fit my space, it comes ready to assemle (we built seven sections in about 3 hours), all the pieces come with a ten year warranty, and each piece has built in storage. If you want to change the fabric or add on at a later date everything is sold as individual pieces including the fabric coverings.

No matter what the category of item, space is at a premium in a tiny home, select the smallest and most energy efficient device for the task you are performing.

I hope this helps.

Chris Galusha