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Tiny Houses: Trending Big

By Tom Ward

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Two months ago my friend Todd Sternfeld, CEO of Superior Concrete Products, invited me to visit his Cleburne, TX plant to stage a mini-golf clinic for some of his employees. Before giving his staff some golf lessons he took me on a tour of his impressive facilities. While on my tour Sternfeld showed me his newest project called Concrete Tiny Houses. I came away marveling at how well-designed these homes were and how good they looked inside and out.

Then last month, his company’s factory in Cleburne showcased the Cleburne Ranchette and the Chisholm Trail Cabin during an open house, so I brought along my wife, a realtor, to see the Tiny Houses. There was a good turnout of the people invited to see modern living in action during the preview of the company’s first two Superior Concrete Tiny Houses. I learned that Superior Concrete Products are the nation’s first superbly designed and crafted precast concrete tiny houses.

Todd Sternfeld spotted a housing trend that is sweeping the nation – tiny houses. People are living large on a smaller scale in increasing numbers, and Sternfeld’s expertise in the modular precast construction industry made the move into custom concrete tiny houses a smooth transition.  In fact, his first project, the Cleburne Ranchette, has been featured in numerous publications, and won a first place award for the creative use of precast concrete when his design was recognized by the National Precast Concrete Association in March 2016.

“There is a new tempo in American life as people are choosing energy-efficient, smart homes with minimal upkeep and maintenance,” said Sternfeld. “Superior Concrete Tiny Homes replace bigger dwellings, giving busy homeowners more time to enjoy living.”

“All Superior Concrete Tiny Houses are customizable from start to finish!” he added. “If you can envision it, we can build the tiny home of your dreams!”

Shown here are some samples of the Tiny Houses that Superior Concrete Products has already built:

The Cleburne Ranchette

A 600-square-foot modular precast custom tiny home, The Cleburne Ranchette is finished in a luxurious, but care-free rustic ranch style.

This home features:

  • Large kitchen with full-size stainless steel appliances
  • Granite countertops
  • Wood-textured porcelain tile
  • Two-bedrooms and a full-size bath
  • Maintenance-free precast concrete exterior finish in Superior Brick™ which duplicates the look of used brick
  • Energy-efficient walls, windows and insulation to minimize heating and cooling bills
  • Two outdoor living areas
  • Engineered concrete foundation

The Chisholm Trail Cabin

A 375-square-foot bungalow, Superior Concrete puts tiny living on wheels. The Chisholm Trail Cabin includes a 120-square-foot outdoor precast concrete out porch area. This cabin features:

  • A compact, fully functional kitchen
  • Laminate countertops with a ceramic tile backsplash
  • Wood laminate flooring
  • Two bedrooms
  • Bathroom has fiberglass shower, custom vanity and ceramic tile floor
  • Maintenance-free precast concrete exterior finish in Superior Wood™ which duplicates the look of rough-cut cedar siding
  • Energy-efficient walls, windows and insulation to minimize heating and cooling bills
  • Space-saving interior pocket doors
  • Roof is covered in DECRA® Shake XD® in a Chestnut color

The Californian

A 150-square-foot building, The Californian is ideal as a micro-mini-tiny house, a shed, office or storage shed. This building features:

  • Rugged steel reinforced precast concrete panels of Superior Wood™ give the exterior a natural wood finish
  • Reinforced precast concrete posts and panel trim are in Superior Cobblestone™ to resemble weathered stone
  • Wood trusses demonstrate that the building is well-engineered
  • Energy-efficient glass windows
  • Double-wide wood doors
  • Decra Steel Villa Tile roofing

About Superior Concrete Products and Superior Concrete Tiny Houses:

For more than thirty years, Superior Concrete Products has been engineering, manufacturing and installing modular precast concrete walls, fences, structures and other barrier systems, and now the company is debuting its newest product line — Superior Concrete Tiny Houses. Superbly designed and crafted tiny homes and cabins, these dwellings offer a smart custom look that stands out wherever it goes – whether it be a lake lot, a hunting lodge, a granny pod or a micro unit hauled behind a truck. Superior Concrete Tiny Homes are built to last. Constructed and engineered from modular precast concrete available in a variety of wood, brick, stone or stucco finishes, home components can be shipped anywhere in North America. Certified by the National Precast Concrete Association, the company is headquartered in Euless, Texas, and the state-of-the art manufacturing facility is in Cleburne, Texas. For more information, please visit their websites at: or or call them at 1-800-942-9255

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