"Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer."
-Simone Weil
"I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful."
-Oscar Wilde
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."
-R Buckminster Fuller
"One’s destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things."
-Henry Miller
"Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
"I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace."
-Gaston Bachelard
"We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down."
-Kurt Vonnegut
"The future is already here––it's just not evenly distributed"
-William Gibson
"Happiness is not about more––it's about less"
-Anthony Douglas Williams
"We've multiplied our possessions but reduced our values. We've learned how to make a living, but not a life."
-George Carlin
"We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness."
-Tom Waits
"Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do."
-Edgar Degas
"In most large houses, the table furniture, the
cooking materials and utensils, the sink, and the eating-room, are at such distances apart, that half the time and strength is employed in walking back and forth to collect and return the articles used. "
-Catharine Beecher
"Une maison est une machine-à-habiter."
-Le Corbusier

New Mexico Welcomes Tiny Houses

A New Year’s Regulation Making Tiny Houses Legal Dwellings. Your tiny house on wheels can become a legal dwelling in New Mexico. At least, if it meets the right standards and you’re willing to take the wheels off. As of January 15, 2018 the New Mexico State Construction Industries Division has preemptively adopted the Tiny Read more….

SaltBox Featured on Tiny Home Tours

We had a great visit with the wonderful folks from Tiny Home Tours. Their whole lifestyle and working process is inspiration and envy-making. We’re honored to have the Saltbox featured as one of their video tours–with well over a million views!

Extraordinary Structures Receives Funding from Venture Acceleration Fund

We’re proud to announce that we’ve been selected to receive funds this year from VAF–an impressive regional program that supports technology and manufacturing ventures in Northern New Mexico. The funds will help use dedicate time and attention to developing the next iteration of our panelized construction system. That system manifests as the marriage of two Read more….

Extraordinary Structures founder Zane Fischer talks housing at TEDx

This fall, I was honored to be invited to the TEDxABQ stage to discuss disruption in residential construction. “What if smaller, smarter structures began spreading in urban cores, filling unexpected spaces and alleviating housing issues?” I asked. The wealthy, western world is, ironically, facing a looming housing crisis. We need to figure out how to move toward Read more….

Video from SaltBox Open House

We’re still reeling from the more than 500 people that came to see our SaltBox at the Tiny Open House event and from how fast things have been moving. We’ve been featured on HGTV. We’ve won a business excellence award. And our friends at 12FPS captured this footage from our open house event. Extraordinary Structures- Read more….

SaltBox Tiny House Featured on Tiny House, Big Living

Our SaltBox Tiny House was featured on the TV show Tiny House, Big Living. It’s Season 3, Episode 7, called Tiny, Techy, Tricked-Out House. It was great fun to work with the crew and to get an opportunity to test-drive our panelized construction system for thousands of HGTV viewers. OK, it was actually a little nervewracking Read more….

Honored by Business Excellence Award

Extraordinary Structures was honored to receive the 2016 Century Bank Business Excellence Award from the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce. We know that many businesses are considered for these prestigious awards and we’re grateful for the validation of the long hours our growing crew has been putting in for the sake of innovative housing being Read more….

Now Accepting Orders and Reservations

With the unveiling of our prototype tiny house, we are officially open for business. We’re in the process of creating an easy-to-use online storefront for calculating the rough cost of your project and scheduling a build date, a system that should soon be operational. In the meantime, here’s a guide to our standard offerings and Read more….

Introducing the SaltBox Tiny House

The SaltBox is the first iteration of the novel Extraordinary Structures panelized construction system as applied to the idea of a tiny house. Via the New Mexico Small Business Assistance program, we worked with Los Alamos National Laboratory engineers on thermal efficiency and our signature CNC-cut panelized construction system. Our goals were to combine great, human scale contemporary Read more….