Emily Gerde’s Tiny Story

Emily Gerde’s Tiny Story

Tiny House, Big Moments

Written By Emily Gerde

When choosing a name for our tiny house journey I didn’t realize how truly accurate it would be. I thought Tiny House, Big Moments was catchy and fun but I soon came to realize just how big the moments would be in our tiny house journey.

I’ll start back at the beginning where it all started. We had a 2,200 square foot house and I was running an organic daycare in my basement and coaching gymnastics part time. My husband was working full time and in grad school and we had a newborn. This was the tipping point! So many jobs and no time to actually enjoy our beautiful property and home that we were working so hard to pay for. We needed a solution and the tiny house movement caught our eye as a possibility. Fast forward a few months and we found the only builder at the time in Minnesota who had already built several tiny homes and we got to see their model. We fell in love with the minimalist lifestyle and so began our journey.

Emily Gerde

We started our tiny house build August of 2014 and moved in May of 2015. We stayed in several backyards which was fine at the time but the goal had always been to either have some land or create a tiny house community. We had some sketchy run ins with rent disagreements and people not honoring their contract but overall it was doable and affordable to live in back yards. We never had anyone call on us and never got caught. We even stayed a summer in a tiny house builders parking lot. We have friends who found great spots on farms and animal sanctuaries but we wanted to find a legal place to ease our mind after 3 years of “hiding”.

Emily Gerde

While we were searching for a more permanent spot we decided to store the tiny house and live in an RV  next to my parent’s house. We were in suburbia Minnesota so we knew we couldn’t hide a tiny house. Luckily, no one figured out that we lived in the RV, so we stayed in it for the winter. This was an eye opening experience on the differences between a tiny house and an RV. We had no issues with our RV for recreational use but after a week we had issue after issue. First off, it was not made for the winter and the lack of insulation created a lot of problems… including mold which we didn’t figure out till later. With the cheaper materials RVs are made of, we had a ton of things break just in the few months we were in there. The air quality was awful. Luckily we were only in it for night time and spent the days in my moms house. We were very thankful living in the RV was temporary, especially with the mold and chemical smells from the nasty glues and cheap vinyl. We had a greater appreciation for our well constructed tiny house and couldn’t wait to get it to Colorado.

Living next to my parents was a huge blessing because it allowed me the time to write my book, “Minimalist Living For A Maximum Life.” I love sharing how we downsized and minimized clutter, toxins, stressors, and debt thanks to tiny house living. We also spent this time at my parent’s place to figure out the best places to settle in Colorado. We finally found a spot come spring of 2018 and off we headed to Colorado to find adventure! We stayed at a farm, a tiny house builder’s parking lot, a family’s back yard, an RV park, and now a mobile home park. Moving to Colorado made me truly see the housing issues we have as a society. We were sheltered from it in the Midwest, but here in Routt County we have been in several situations that gave us much more empathy for those trying to survive and find housing.

Tiny house living has provided so many freedoms and yet there is that inherent issue of them not being legal in most areas. I started my advocacy back in Minnesota and helped a city allow tiny houses as ADUs. Then in Colorado I connected with the American Tiny House Association and presented to Jefferson County (along with Joe Callantine ) on the need for moveable tiny home communities. They were very excited about the concept and Joe took that on as his mission. Our family moved just outside of Steamboat Springs where we connected with a local tiny house developer, Michael Buccino, and have been doing what we can to help encourage tiny homes in the county. Now in Hayden, Colorado we have been able to get tiny homes allowed in mobile home park zoning (stay as long as you like), and RV parks (Maximum of 6 month stays). There is much more work to be done and I am honored to help out the Tiny House Industry Association in their mission to Make Tiny Possible.

There is much more work to be done as we work together as an industry to create a tiny house code, work with municipalities, and collaborate with builders. There is a stigma of tiny homes that municipalities are having trouble getting over. There is the “not in my backyard” mentality. Through education and the success of current tiny house communities, we can show the world how tiny houses play a role in attainable, healthy, high quality housing. Tiny houses offer the same quality materials and construction of a “regular” home in a pint size version. Be sure to support the Tiny House Industry Association by becoming a member and you can support my efforts by purchasing my book. For more insight into our journey, you can find us in all social media @tinyhousebigmoments.

May abundance flow to you with ease! May you follow your bliss, and live the life you always dreamed of.

Emily Gerde

Thank you Emily for contributing to THIA’s collection of What’s Your Tiny Story? We would love to know yours.

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Joe Callantine’s Tiny Story

Joe Callantine’s Tiny Story

Visionary And Founder Of Life Size: Tiny Communities

Written By Joe Callantine

My tiny story started back in my mid-twenties but at the time, I didn’t really know it was part of my tiny story. I had a world view that cursed “the man”, cursed the “machine” and was not a big fan of society as it was. I started stock piling books on homesteading, bush craft, off-grid survival and the like. I swore that one day it will be “every man for himself!” Also, during this phase of my life, I was starting to refine my own personal passions. Those definitions came out of my end goal of being completely self-reliant and not dependent on the system.

It started with how I was going to power my homestead. The most obvious option was solar power. This set me out on the mission to learn a lot about solar, it’s operation and how to maintain a system. I embarked on a 3-year adventure of higher education and obtained a degree in Photovoltaic design. Throughout that process, I asked the question “what if my solar equipment breaks? Who works on this kind of stuff?” Electricians! During the 3 years I was attending college, I became an electrical apprentice at a small, local electrical contractor and started attending trade school. At one point, I was working full-time, going to college and trade school at the same time. Talk about a frenzy of chaos those couple of years!

I continued to learn about renewable energy and my interests further evolved into a love for electric transportation and while I dug more into homesteading, I found solid science in the field (pun intended) of Regenerative Agriculture. I was raised in a small farm community in rural Ohio and quickly learned that how we grow food today is a far cry from how Mother Nature operates. With organizations like the Rodale Institute and Regeneration International continually educating and advocating on practices that help heal the planet AND produce more nutritionally dense food we could have a solution to many of the modern-day problems in our society.

We’ve officially arrived in Denver by this time and I was introduced to the Tiny House Movement. While researching the finer details of tiny houses, I realized that there was one HUGE problem. No one knew where to put these things. It seemed that most cities and counties classified these structures as Recreational Vehicles which, in most cases, prohibited full time living. So, I set out to fix this.

While researching local zoning requirements and building code, I came across a local builder who appeared to be working toward the same goal. At the time, it made sense to join forces and make forward progress. Without delving into the emotionally charged details, a model home came out of the short-lived partnership. My tiny. Meraki – Greek – To put a little of oneself into what you do. Since the departure from the organization, I moved on to launch Life Size: Tiny Communities as a method and vehicle to solve the primary issue for tiny houses locally as well as nationally.

With the Limited Liability Company created, my name and voice well known in Jefferson County government, an engineering firm, attorney and real estate office at the ready, I was poised to start the next step of nailing down capital. I created business plans, financial estimates, investor pitch presentations and attended various groups, MeetUps and an accelerator program put on by the Denver SBDC. During this process, I’ve learned a lot about business and have grown to respect people who obtain a degree in business management.

Together, with my engineering firm, we created a conceptual design and started accepting “soft” reservation for Denver’s FIRST tiny house community. All in, I have 40 individuals who are willing to be founding residents. Which is nothing to scoff at! I have also managed to sign the official paperwork on LSTC’s very first investor, which happened just last month (Sept 2018). Throughout this whole process I’ve also been able to forge a partnership with a couple of individuals who have created a Real Estate Investment Trust, Seed Equity Properties, LLC which is managed by Budding Equity, LLC. This trust not only will be working to provide a reasonable rate of return for it’s investors but also aims to provide positive impact in the community. The partnership, in my opinion, will help poise LSTC for considerable growth in the future as the need and demand for tiny house community grows.

Along with that partnership, I also currently work with Bildsworth International for tiny house inspection and certification. We have to maintain standards of quality and safety within our own industry to ensure that these structures are safe, healthy and durable. Plus, we don’t want anyone’s house burning down! On the topic of standards, I also sit on the board of directors for the Tiny Home Industry Association, who is mobilizing to engage regulatory bodies such as ANSI, NFPA, IRC, etc so we can start nailing down building code specific to mobile tiny houses.

I’ve come to know many people in my own backyard and realized that I’ve finally found my tribe! I have finally found a place where I belong. A place where people believe in the same things that I believe in and a place where people see that things have to change in our culture and in our society if we are to maintain a new and sustainable status quo. The adage of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” no longer applies. There are many things in our society that are very much broken, just because that’s how it’s always been, doesn’t mean that is how it should be.

Joe Callantine

I’m choosing #mytinylife because I want to be the change that I want to see in the world. Sustainable, healthy, happy and prosperous.

Let’s all work together to forge this movement into the industry it deserves to be!

Joe Callantine is a Board Member Of THIA and you can contact him through his website.

Thank You Joe, for contributing to THIA’s What’s Your Tiny Story? series. We Would love to know yours.

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Cheney Creek Tiny Homes Approved In Routt County

Cheney Creek Tiny Homes Approved In Routt County

Milner, Colorado’s  First Tiny Home Community

Cheney Creek Tiny Home Development was approved by the Routt Board Of Commissioners Sept. 24th, 2019 and will be the first tiny home community in Milner.  Milner is a short 10 minute drive to Steamboat Springs along US HWY 40.

Tiny Home Advocate and Board Member, Emily Gerde supports Cheney Creek and sees the development  as a solution to a regional housing shortage. As a millennial, a tiny home was an affordable option when she was looking to buy a house in Routt County for her family of four, particularly with the financial burden of student debt. “I really love to see this county opening to tiny homes,” she said. “It’s really what our generation needs.”

Michael Buccino Developer

Michael Buccino is the developer of Cheney Creek and  is current serving as a planning commissioner for the City of Steamboat Springs. He owns an interior design firm and Micro Living, LLC. and began getting involved in the tiny house movement in 2016. DOLA, Department of Local Affairs in Colorado, came to rural Routt County, Colorado to discuss tiny houses and begin the conversation locally. Since then, the movement has progressed to create legal way for conforming tiny homes to local zoning. Michael is also a board member of the American Tiny House Association. Michael Buccino plans to have the six tiny homes built by March 2020.

Cheney Creek Project Details

Cheney Creek will be building 6 tiny homes on foundations, connected to all utilities, and offer them for sale at prices lower than any condo in nearby Steamboat Springs. Our goal is to build a small community that displays what a tiny neighborhood could be under this site built type of construction, and give affordable housing a new product that is sustainable in the long term. Milner was selected due to the availability of utility services. There is a sewer treatment plant nearby, electrical and shared water wells available. The homes will be for sale on a deeded lot. Buccino plans to sell the tiny homes for about $160,000 each. By comparison, the average residential home price in Routt County was $686,781 at the end of 2018, according to a report from the Land Title Guarantee Company.

Cheney Creek HOA

Cheney Creek will have an HOA for reasons of the open space, snow plowing and other smaller services. There will be a total of 8 parking spots.

Tiny Home Advocate and Board Member, Emily Gerde supports Cheney Creek and sees the development  as a solution to a regional housing shortage. As a millennial, a tiny home was an affordable option when she was looking to buy a house in Routt County for her family of four, particularly with the financial burden of student debt. “I really love to see this county opening to tiny homes,” she said. “It’s really what our generation needs.

Pre Sale LIst

Sign up to be on the pre sale list. Paul Weese, the broker overseeing the sale of the tiny homes, said he has received multiple inquiries about purchasing a unit. He currently has six potential residents and expects a spike in interest following the commissioners’ approval.

Cheney Creek Tiny Homes Final Planned Unit Development and Preliminary & Final Subdivision

Article Source Steamboat Pilot

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Sprout Preferred  Builder: Tiny Homes At River Run

Sprout Preferred Builder: Tiny Homes At River Run

 Tiny Homes At River Run Colorado Tiny Home Community

Tiny Homes At River Run is a  beautiful, fully-planned and managed tiny home community in Colorado. It is  conveniently located just off I-70 at Silt Exit 97, only a two-minute drive from the picturesque “old west” town of Silt, 10 minutes from the thriving community of Rifle and 20 minutes from Glenwood Springs — the gateway to Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley — with its many tourist attractions, restaurants and excellent medical center.

Sprout Tiny Homes LLC

The homes at River Run will be factory-built by Sprout Tiny Homes, LLC, of Pueblo, Colorado, to the design and specifications developed by RRC. RRC will facilitate the placement of home purchase orders with this Colorado-based manufacturer and will be responsible for inspecting the home and certifying its proper delivery to the River Run home site. The homes will carry a two-year warranty from the manufacturer.

Homes For Sale Begin At $92,000

The cost of the home starts at $92,000 and the homeowner will be required to lease the land. RRC will consider renting home sites to owners of other tiny homes on a case by case basis.

Early Occupancy Opportunity

River Run is now  accepting deposits. The first 13 people to complete the deposit process will be assigned priority positions for the lease of a Site in the South Section in the order that their deposits are received – Lot One for the first Depositor, Lot Two for the second Depositor, and so on, and will be assigned a corresponding priority delivery/purchase position for a Home.

River Run Tiny Community Approved By Silt Town Board Dec 10th, 2018

The Silt Board of Trustees has approved a rezoning request from Camp Colorado River, owner of the Silt KOA campground, to transform unused adjacent land into a 70-unit tiny home community.

As partner Alan Danson explains, the project is still in very early stages. But, he added how excited the Silt town board was of the project and said the next step will be to go before the Silt Planning and Zoning Commission for approval on the actual design of the homes.Layman said the board has been interested in tiny homes. At its Dec. 10 meeting, the Silt board voted unanimously in favor of the property rezone, moving the project to the design and pre-marketing phase.

Article Source Post Independence

Developer Of River Run

River Run Colorado, LLC (RRC) will develop the River Run residential community (“River Run”) adjacent to the associated Glenwood Springs West/Colorado River KOA Holiday (the “KOA”) located in the Town of Silt, Garfield County, Colorado.

Vision For River Run

River Run will consist of 70 generously-sized (approximately 2,500 square feet), well-spaced and attractively landscaped home sites on 6-acres adjacent to the KOA, where the residents can savor the benefits of tiny home living. Residents will have easy access to 3,000 feet of frontage along the Colorado River, with all of the fishing and other water-related activities that implies. All the attractively landscaped sites will have a concrete patio, fire pit and parking for two cars. Residents will enjoy inspiring views of the surrounding Roan Plateau, Mamm Peaks and Battlement Mesa from their home decks, and the year-round outdoor wonderland that is the Colorado Western slope will be within easy driving distance.

Amenities

River Run will offer amenities that include attractive landscaping, tree-shaded open-space, a community garden and a dog park. Community Members will be able to access the Colorado River as well as the KOA boat ramp and convenience store.

Model Built By Sprout Tiny Homes

 

The model home that was built to CCR’s high standards, and that includes many features not common in tiny homes, can be seen on weekends, from 10am to 2pm.

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Hot Tiny Homes News For Denver

Hot Tiny Homes News For Denver

Appendix Q In Progress:  Denver, Colorado

Written By Janet Thome

Denver, Colorado is in in their building code cycle change to include the 2018 IRC and  Appendix Q Tiny Houses has been included in Denver’s proposed code changes and is in progress. There will be a public forum on Nov. 5th, 2019 from 3 to 5:30 pm that will be a courtesy briefing on all the code changes, including Appendix Q. There will be a window of time that will be announced after the meeting.

Denver Gov.

Support Information From Denver

Supporting Information​:For dwellings that are 400 square feet or less in floor area,excluding lofts, Appendix Q provides relaxed provisions as compared to those in the body of the code. These provisions primarily address reduced ceiling heights for loft areas and specific stair and ladder detail requirements that allow for more compact designs where accessing lofts

.Purpose: This allows alternatives to low cost housing.

Reason: Low cost housing is a city-wide initiative

Reasons: Denver has a housing shortage. The real estate market is inflated, thus reducing housing options

Substantiation: Without the amendment, homes under 400 square feet  are almost impossible to permit using the IRC

Impact: Proposal with reduce the cost of alternative low cost housing

City And County Of Denver

The City and County of Denver is adopting an updated Building and Fire Code, which will include the 2018 editions of the following international codes:

  • International Building Code
  • International Existing Building Code
  • International Residential Code
  • International Energy Conservation Code
  • International Mechanical Code
  • International Plumbing Code
  • International Fuel Gas Code
  • International Fire Code
  • International Green Construction Code (brand new to Denver – will be voluntary)

City And County Of Denver

International Green Construction Code: Voluntary Option

Denver has included the Green Construction Code that is brand new and will be used voluntarily. The 2018 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) provides the design and construction industry with the single, most effective way to deliver sustainable, resilient, high-performance buildings. The ‘IgCC-powered-by-189.1’ joint initiative frames the essential sustainable construction building blocks on which future resilient initiatives can develop and expand.

By collaborating on developing the 2018 IgCC, the strategic developing organizations supporting it envision a new era of building design and construction that includes environmental health and safety as code minimums. The goal of the 2018 IgCC will provide fundamental criteria for energy efficiency, resource conservation, water safety, land use, site development, indoor environmental quality and building performance that can be adopted broadly.

International Green Construction Code ICC

Joe Callantine Visionary And Tiny Home Developer Has A Big Announcement

Joe Callantine, Board Member of THIA, Visionary, Advocate, Electrician, Photovoltaic Specialist and tiny home community  developer has just announced that he signed the first investor and funds are deposited into the business account!  Joe is looking for  land for his first community. The Community will most likely be located in Jefferson County, Colorado. Potentially with in 45 minutes commute to Denver but all efforts are being made to be within the metro area.

The fewest spots available will be 15 up to 45 tiny homes allowed. We want to accommodate the people already living in tiny homes on wheels, who are striving for a legal place to call home. Bring Your Own Home.

There will be an application process, not unlike cooperative style living and insurance will be required. A 1 year lease initial agreement will be required, to be reviewed upon renewal.

Ownership dues will be between $650 and $850, which will be geared toward ownership rights, privileges and responsibilities. After the land and its development costs have been paid, lot fees will be reduced for the maintenance and upkeep of the community.

Each tiny home location will have all major utility connections, access to a plot in the pocket gardens and additional storage space will be available in the community building. With an organic community concept in mind, vehicular traffic will be kept at a minimum with the entire community being pedestrian, bike and pet friendly.

Please contact Joe if you any questions, would like to be an investor, have land or desire to be a part of his tiny home community. Joe is Making Tiny Possible!

Life Size: Tiny Communities

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Tiny-home villages could be allowed across much of Denver

She is proposing that the city change its rules to allow tiny-home villages on far more properties. The change could make it much easier and simpler to build the low-cost housing communities in Denver

Under Kniech’s proposal, which was written with city staff, villages would be officially allowed in industrial, mixed-use and commercial zones. Opening up industrial sites could give organizers new access to warehouse sites on the edge of residential neighborhoods.

Villages also would be allowed on church sites, community centers and other institutional sites in residential neighborhoods, but not directly on single-family properties. Villages in residential areas would be limited to 30 homes, depending on space. All units would have to be at least 70 square feet.

Denver Post 

Denver City Council to invest $500,000 in ‘granny flats’ program

The Denver City Council agreed Monday to invest $500,000 in an ongoing pilot program that provides forgivable loans to West Denver homeowners to help fund accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, popularly known as “granny flats.”

Those ADUs — small homes adjacent to a homeowner’s primary single family home, on the same lot or parcel — can supplement a homeowner’s income as a rental property, the city argues.

Photo Credit: The Stone Cottage Built By SimBLISSity Tiny Homes

Colorado Tiny Home News

Colorado Tiny Home News

ADUs come slowly to Denver in absence of sweeping policy changes Nov. 13th, 2019

The number of accessory dwelling units has slowly increased in Denver, with 58 new permits issued last year and even more in 2019.

The Colorado Sun reports that homeowners are drawn to ADUs for a number of reasons: to create another stream of income, to provide a living space for elderly family members, and to have another asset to pass on to children, among others.

Article Source Colorado Politics

Denver Public Forum: Code Changes Oct. 11th, 2019

Denver, Colorado is in in their building code cycle change to include the 2018 IRC and  Appendix Q Tiny Houses has been included in Denver’s proposed code changes and is in progress. There will be a public forum on Nov. 5th, 2019 from 3 to 5:30 pm that will be a courtesy briefing on all the code changes, including Appendix Q. There will be a window of time that will be announced after the meeting.

Denver. Gov

Tiny house project has big impact for small schools Oct. 10th, 2019

NESS CITY — Under the watchful eyes of their teachers, students drilled dozens of screws into metal frame after metal frame Wednesday morning at Ness City High School as they began a project that will provide vacation housing in Colorado and experience that will last the students a lifetime.

While 6A and 5A schools like Hutchinson and McPherson take on large building projects and complete an entire house over the school year, that’s not feasible for smaller schools like Ness City.

Instead, these mostly 3- 2- and 1A schools are taking on a 3-1A-sized building projects — tiny houses.

Ness City High School hosted a workshop for several area schools on Wednesday to share knowledge and kick off a yearlong tiny house building project. Each school will complete a house with the same floor plan, but will personalize some design elements along the way.

Article Source The Hays Daily News

Denver to welcome temporary tiny home villages Oct. 7th, 2019

DENVER — The Denver City Council voted Monday night to approve changes to the city’s zoning code to help welcome temporary tiny home villages hoping to use vacant land to help address homelessness, according to a news release from the city.

The city voted to approve the Beloved Community Village in April. According to the release, it was Denver’s first temporary tiny home village, and is a successful pilot of using tiny homes to help vulnerable or marginalized residents aiming to find permanent homes.

Article Source Fox Denver 31

Renters Only: These New Homes Aren’t For Sale  October 7th, 2019

A different sort of American dream is under construction outside Denver. More than 130 homes are being framed and nail-gunned together. But there won’t be any real estate agents staging open houses. Instead of homeownership, this development is all about home-rentership.

“We got started in around 2010 after the housing crash and people were losing their homes,” says Josh Hartmann, the CEO of NexMetro Communities, the company building these homes.

Article Source NPR

Denver to vote on tiny home village rules  Oct. 6th, 2019

Denver’s tiny home villages for homeless communities are seen as such a success by some council members that now, one is proposing putting rules on the books to allow more in the city.

The proposal has been drafted by Councilwoman Robin Kniech and the vote will be on Monday.

A tiny home village is a community of tiny houses that is fairly inexpensive for the city to fund and used to help get people experiencing homelessness into temporary housing.

Right now, Colorado has one village called Beloved Community Village in Globeville.

City of Denver code has it permitted as “Unlisted Temporary Use,” which, to advocates of these tiny homes, is a problem.

Article Source 9News.Com

Longmont City Council to review accessory dwelling unit regulations Sept. 30th, 2019

Longmont current regulations about accessory dwelling units — a separate residential dwelling on the same lot as the principal single-family detached home on that lot — are scheduled for City Council discussion on Tuesday night.

Council directed city staff in July to schedule a review of the city’s Land Development Code provisions about accessory dwelling units — commonly called ADUs — which are now an allowed use, under certain conditions, in most of the city’s residential zoning districts and the downtown mixed-use zoning district.

Longmont’s Accessory Dwelling Units web page — tinyurl.com/y5z2j9gw — says a unit is defined as “a second dwelling, either within or added to an existing single-family home, or in a separate accessory structure on the same property as the main home, for use as a complete, independent living facility …”

Article SourceTimes-Call

Councilman Aaron Brockett: To create Boulder’s future, look to its present Sept. 28th, 2019

What he’d like to do with his second: Creating policy to allow tiny homes in Boulder, perhaps as ADUs; securing more funding for the library; transportation (specifically bus rapid transit on East Arapahoe); affordable housing, including a mix of market-affordable and government-subsidized, as well as preserving existing housing; arts and culture support (specifically relaxing Boulder’s regulations on “what goes where”); social justice; small business support

Article Source Boulder Beat 

Winter Park moving forward with affordable, workforce housing project Sept. 19th, 2019

The $18 million development would go in on 1.9 acres on Kings Crossing Drive, next to Silverado II. Per the town’s request, the development is geared toward local workforce and some units will likely require tenants to work in the Fraser Valley.

All of the designs and details for the project are preliminary right now, as the development would need to go through the planning commission and get council’s approval, but right now Potter and his team are proposing 62 units at 40 to 60% of the area median income (AMI) and 20 units at 100% AMI.

Article Source Ski-HI News

Tiny Home Venture In Woodland Park Scores Narrow Victory In Marathon Hearing Sept. 17th, 2019

The heated battle between the opponents of the manufactured home project, known as the Village at Tamarac, and the developers, went before the city’s Board of Adjustment (BOA) group. After an emotional back and forth, which lasted more than six hours between the two parties, the board affirmed the developer’s right to proceed with the project.

But Woodland Park Planning Director Sally Riley staunchly disagreed with this assessment. She offered a defense of the city’s approval of the project and rebutted many of the points made by the project opponents. Riley cleared up the issue of the definition of a manufactured home by stating the difference between a mobile home and a manufactured home. She said that a mobile home is certified by Housing and Urban Development (HUD). But the major difference exist in the fact that a manufactured home is also certified by the International Building Code (IRC) to abide by higher standards than a mobile home. More specifically, a manufactured home is required to be installed on a permanent foundation, not on a chassis like a traditional mobile home.

Article Source The Mountain Jackpot News

New state law brings hope to Colorado’s mobile home residents Sept. 17th, 2019

Boulder led the way to protect ‘vulnerable families’ Mobile homes, and the parks that contain many of them, stretch all across the state. But this type of affordable housing has been watched with particular interest in Boulder, where both the city and county have sought measures to protect and maintain mobile-home parks.

That became HB 1309.

“There was a convergence,” Rep. Hooton said. “The impetus was there for a long time, but now the political makeup of the chamber of the Legislature has changed to make this more possible. … This sunrise report helped define clearly at least the first thing that needed to be done, and that was to have enforcement provisions for the Mobile Home Park Act passed in 1985 – and never enforced.”

Article Source The Durango Herald

Milner tiny home community a step away from reality as final approval vote slated for end of month Sept. 12th, 2019

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — In a unanimous vote, the Routt County Planning Commission during its September meeting gave its final approval to what would be the first tiny home development in an unincorporated part of the county.

Under the plan, six homes, ranging from 200 to 260 square feet, would be built in unincorporated Milner, just off U.S. Highway 40, about 10 miles west of Steamboat Springs.

Article Source Steamboat Pilot

Denver hotel could soon be turned in affordable housing in Northeast Park Hill Sept. 10th, 2019

DENVER — Complicated problems often require creative solutions, and Denver’s homeless population is no exception.

“We’re seeing an increase in homelessness, across the board,” said Cathy Alderman with the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. “You don’t have to go very far to see that this problem is exacerbating in Denver. It’s time that we need to really do something about it quickly.”

The coalition is answering the need for more housing with a clever solution. It plans to convert the Quality Inn & Suites at E. 36th Ave. and Quebec St. into 139 micro-affordable housing units in Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood.

Article Source The Denver Channel

Grand Junction, Basalt, Denver projects among those awarded combined $10.4M in state housing grants this summer Sept.4th, 2019

The Colorado Division of Housing last week released a list of projects that it approved for a combined $10.4 million in state Housing Development Grant Funds in July and August.

The money — drawn from a pot earmarked for supporting work that improves, preserves or expands the supply of affordable housing in the state — will benefit the following efforts, according to a news release:

Article Source The Denver Post

New affordable housing neighborhood coming to Buena Vista  Sept. 4th, 2019

BUENA VISTA, Colo. — Like many towns in Colorado, homes in Buena Vista can be expensive, often costing more than a half-million dollars. That’s more money than most people who live there can afford.

“A lot of the big employers here have employees who drive an hour and a half to work every day because they can’t afford housing in the community they work in,” said Charlie Chupp, the CEO of Fading West Development.

Article Source The Gazette

Colorado’s Tiny House Movement, Communities and Resources Galore

The tiny house movement in Colorado is booming. Despite limited legal parking opportunities for tiny homes on wheels. But that is changing in a big way, thanks to community developers and local advocates. Their efforts have been aided by all the positive press about the last few years’ exuberant festivals, from the first Tiny House Jamboree to the annual Colorado Tiny House Festival and the People’s Tiny House Festival.

Several smaller events and the gorgeous WeeCasa hotel have added to the growing tiny buzz. The roster of Colorado-based tiny home builders is ever-growing—there are over 24 to choose from! DIY building options are plentiful, as well. The Denver metro is home to TrailerMade Trailers, Einstyne Tiny Homes (tiny house shell specialists) and DIY build sites are available from Tiny Home Connection and Colorado Custom Coachworks.

Tiny House Blog

Public Comments Welcomed: Pagosa Springs, Co Sept 5th

Colorado Appendix Q News : Archuleta County Public Meeting Of The Commissioners Adopting 2015 and Appendix Q : Public Welcome Sept 5th,
2019 at 8:30 Am at Archuleta County Administration Office
398 Lewis St, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Details Call Mary 907 264 8308 / They welcome written comments before the meeting; Send to mHelminski@archuletacounty.org

Controversial Tiny Home Project Hits Roadblock August 29th, 2019

Although the board okayed the project, they imposed much more stringent conditions that those recommended by the city staff. In fact, some insiders now question if the development will ever get built, or speculate that the issue will be headed to court. Last week marked the first of several appeals mounted against the proposed housing project.

Article Source The Mountain Jackpot News

Colorado nonprofit looks to tiny homes to help homeless vets August 26th, 2019

Robertson wants to help veterans like Alvira Concepcion get back on their feet, that includes housing. But they’re looking to do that a little differently. He wants to put them in tiny homes.

Article Source The Denver Channel

Denver Closing In on Approving Zoning Codes for Tiny Home Villages August 8th, 2019

On Wednesday, August 7, the Denver Planning Board approved an addition to the city’s zoning code that would allow for temporary tiny home villages. If approved by city council, the final arbiter, later this month, the changes would ease construction for the villages in Denver, which proponents say would help chip away at homelessness.

Article Source Westword

McMillin: Why Denver’s tiny home village dream can’t be dismissed as just another fad gone bad June 30th, 2019

So, as a public hearing on proposed zoning code changes regarding temporary tiny home villages looms before the Denver Planning Board, I dug into the subject. If approved, the changes could open the door to the creation of villages in commercial, mixed-use and industrial areas or where there is an existing public or civic use.

Article Source The Denver Post

Tiny-home villages could be allowed across much of Denver July 29th, 2019

She is proposing that the city change its rules to allow tiny-home villages on far more properties. The change could make it much easier and simpler to build the low-cost housing communities in Denver.

Article Source The Denver Post

Tiny-home villages could be allowed across much of Denver July 24th, 2019

Now, that may change: Denver Councilwoman at-large Robin Kniech wants to allow villages to be built across more of the city and for longer periods of time.

Article Source The Denver Post

Phase 1 of newly approved Silt tiny home community is a go July 17th, 2019

Danson said his business partner, Nielsen, who owns the KOA Campground at Silt, came up with the design and is the architect of the planned community.On Tuesday morning, Tiny Homes at River Run will start taking deposits for the first 13 sites and living units.

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Updated: Developer of Village at Tamarac modular-home community refutes objections July 18th, 2019

The developer of a 53-unit Woodland Park modular small-home community, Village at Tamarac, said it is intended to be a response to a housing need.

Tiny homes as affordable and alternative housing gain in popularity. Colorado is at the forefront of the movement July 11th, 2019

The state has over 20 builders who are constructing more than one tiny home unit at a time, and over 40 companies that have built at least one tiny home. On tiny home websites, other states with a growing number of manufacturers include Oregon, Washington and Texas.

Article Source The Denver Post

Colorado’s Tiny House Festival Is Here, and It’s Not Tiny June 21st, 2019

Colorado is ideal for people living the tiny lifestyle,” says Art Laubach, the festival’s organizer and founder of the Colorado Tiny House Association.

Article Source Westword

Colorado Springs officials call ‘densification’ fears overblown July 7th, 2019

The Colorado Springs City Council is cautiously considering a proposal that would allow the construction of accessory dwelling units in predominantly single-family residential areas, often called ‘densification.

Article Source The Gazette

Tiny Home Villages Getting Home in Denver Zoning Code This Fall June 6th, 2019

Tiny home villages are months away from finally getting their own home in the Denver zoning code.

Article Source Westword 

It’s Moving Day For Denver’s Tiny Home Village May 13th, 2019

Denver’s tiny home village on Monday began the move to its new location in Globeville, a neighborhood in north Denver.

Article Source The Gazette

Despite Opposition From Neighbors, Tiny Home Village Moving to Globeville April 30th, 2019

On Monday, April 29, Denver City Council unanimously approved the relocation of the Beloved Community Village to a city-owned plot of land in Globeville at 4400 Pearl Street two weeks before residents must move from their current village in RiNo.

Article Source Westword

Fountain exploring zoning rules for tiny homes, short-term rentals Feb 20th, 2019

Fountain officials are considering adopting zoning rules for tiny houses and short-term rentals, such as those advertised through Airbnb and other properties that residents rent out for less than 30 days at a time.

Tiny houses, which are typically considered less than 400 square feet and mounted on trailers, are allowed in campgrounds in Fountain, and the City Council can grant a special use if a resident wants to put one in a mobile home park, Fountain Planning Supervisor Kristy Martinez said.

Article Source The Gazette

Tiny Homes In Lyons, Colorado July 7th, 2019

The journey to legalize tiny homes on wheels  in Lyons, Colorado was a three year journey.  We  need to thank Byron Fears, owner of SimBLISSity Tiny Homes for being on the forefront of this  battle. Byron Fears is the Director Of Communications for the Tiny Home Industry Association ( THIA ).

I want to chronicle this  journey that has helped the entire tiny home industry.

Chuck Ballard, President of Pacific West Associates and Director of Standards for THIA was also instrumental in legalizing tiny homes in Lyons, Colorado.

Article Source Tiny Home Industry Association

First “tiny home” comes to Glenwood Springs May 4th, 2018

Hideout Creekside Village was once part of the Midland Railroad, where coal was transported from the Sunlight Mine down to the county road now known as Midland Avenue in Glenwood Springs and onto the main rail line. 

.Hideout Cabins & Tiny Home Community owners Beau Haines and Zach Frischand 18 months ago decided to make their “dual vision” a reality by spearheading a plan to build a series of tiny homes in what is now a close-knit RV park.

Article  Source The Denver Post 

Colorado’s Tiny Home Owners and Builders Talk Pros and Cons of Living Small July 25th, 2017

Co-owner of SimBLISSity Tiny Homes, Byron Fears, compared the ’60s blue jeans fad to the tiny homes fad today. According to him, they’re here to stay.

“The Great American Dream of the three bedroom house with a two car garage was proven to be unsustainable during the past recession,” Fears said. “The current economy is proving that the hopes of home ownership is beyond the reach of most working class people.”

Article Source 303 Magazine

La Plata County building codes to take on tiny house provisions Feb 19th, 2017

Last month, the building department and county commissioners discussed plans to replace outdated county building codes with more current standards as well as upgrade energy efficiency standards tentatively sometime this year. The county’s new regulations will include the new international building appendix for tiny houses.

Article Source The Durango Herald