Texas home made from antiques, reclaimed materials is known as the 'haunted house' by local kids

In between La Grange and Round Rock lies a 10-acre farmhouse made largely from recycled materials that visiting kids

In between La Grange and Round Rock lies a 10-acre farmhouse made largely from recycled materials that visiting kids call the haunted house.

The unique, antique-filled home started as a small two-bedroom 1920s farmhouse and has grown into a 3,000-square-foot home for Amy and Brian Kleinwachter and their two children.

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"Our goal was to try and use 100 percent reclaimed materials, aside from electrical, insulation and the structure's 2 by 4s," Brian told Chron.com in a phone interview. Since the couple first met at an antiques show 18 years ago, they bonded over the love of vintage finds. From their relationship, building a house made totally out of reclaimed materials became a dream of theirs.

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The home's inspiration came to light after Brian built his children a two-story treehouse made entirely out of reclaimed wood, windows, and frames from their antique business, Old World Antieks.

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Photo: Fernando Gutierrez, Old World Antieks

The home's inspiration came to light after Brian built his children a two-story treehouse made entirely out of reclaimed wood, windows, and frames from their antique business, Old World Antieks.

The home's inspiration came to light after Brian built his children...

"At first, it was going to be a platform and that thing kind of morphed into a freestanding mini house and a two-story treehouse with all the reclaimed materials," Brian said. "That's where we got the design inspiration for the main home."

For three years, the Kleinwachters collected materials and stored their finds in the barn on the 10-acre property. With the help of Mancha Builders, the Kleinwachters were able to build their dream home in six months. 

The materials include wood from local Texas barns, doors from Victorian homes across America, and other unique pieces from across the world, including Egypt, France, and India. 

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"We're using materials that were left behind that either was going to be broken, thrown away or recycled," Brian told Chron.com. "The wood we used - if the walls could talk. Who in history was around these materials? We won't ever know, but it's still a warm feeling."

Among his favorite pieces in the home include an old sign from The Famous Blue Heaven, which was a supper club in the 1930s, and a swing in the great room.

"The swing was my wife's idea and I thought she was crazy, but now I totally see it," Brian said. "There are 14-foot ceilings so you can really get going."

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Photo: Fernando Gutierrez, Old World Antieks

A unique, antique-filled Texas home started as a small two-bedroom 1920s farmhouse and has grown into a 3,000-square-foot home for Amy and Brian Kleinwachter and their two children. The home is largely made from recycled and reclaimed materials. 

A unique, antique-filled Texas home started as a small two-bedroom...

If you're wanting a home like theirs, fear not - the Kleinwachters have aspirations to continue building homes like this in the future. 

"Our next one would probably be better than this one cause we've been through it before," Brian said. "I've been in the antique industry for years and I think building homes is the next chapter of our business."

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In the meantime, the couple plan on making tiny-home guest houses on their property with the same goal as their home - to reuse the materials they find through their antique business.

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