Great State: A Builder of Very Small Homes
WYNNEWOOD, OKLAHOMA — His house sits on a hill looking south toward the Arbuckle Mts. Butch Travis has a little workshop next to it where he spends a lot of time. His wife has a space for her paintings.
During our visit he was clearing a little more space for his next dream house. “I don’t have anything else to do,” Butch chuckled. “This is from my head,” he says. “All this stuff is just from my head.”
There are home builders who would have to climb into a car to conduct a tour of the places they’ve built, but Butch doesn’t have to go far at all. As we walked together through the back door a half-dozen houses sat on a table and the washer and dryer. “This is the neighborhood,” he said.
From a cluster of homes in the laundry room, Travis continued the tour into the kitchen. He showed us a whole town on his dining room table. If you haven’t figured it out already, Butch Travis’ homes are small, very small. “I may have to build a large house to put them in,” he said. “But I’ve got a good start.”
He doesn’t draw up any plans. Butch just builds. Many of the fanciest homes he’s built are furnished too, decked out with all the amenities in miniature, and built right even if they are small.
Butch told us an axiom he learned from his mother. “If you’re going to build something do it right. It doesn’t matter how big or how small.” He spares no detail. Houses, cabins, even a model of his own stone house.
The sliding doors and the garage doors open. “And I cut the logs myself,” he said. Butch Travis is a builder of dreams. His imagination is big even if the physical translation is easy to gather in.