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 at the end of October. the  date is still to be determined. I will update this as soon as the date is listed. The anticipated adoption date is fall 2019.

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!

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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

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

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

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.

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Colorado Springs City Council votes unanimously in favor of tiny home village Sept 10th, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A plan to build the first tiny home village in Colorado Springs unanimously passed a vote Tuesday by the City Council.

The project will bring 18 tiny homes and two storage sheds to the northeast corner of Fountain Boulevard and Sierra Madre Street.

Article Source KRDO

Colorado Springs City Council to vote on tiny home village Sept. 10th, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A plan to build the first tiny home village in Colorado Springs is scheduled for a vote Tuesday by the city council. The project would build 18 tiny homes and two storage sheds at the northeast corner of Fountain Boulevard and Sierra Madre Street.

Article Source KRDO

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.

Article Source Post Independent 

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

Tiny Homes In Lyons, Colorado

Tiny Homes In Lyons, Colorado

 

Tiny Homes Are Legal In Lyons, Colorado

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.

According To Connie Sullivan: Mayor Of Lyons, Colorado

In Lyons, you can now have a tiny home on wheels as an ADU. The only place in CO where it is legal to do so. Kudos to the PCDC for their work on this complex ordinance. They spent two years researching and crafting a policy that will allow home owners to become or partner with tiny home enthusiasts to create affordable living solutions in Lyons.

Lyons doesn’t often “go first” where policy is concerned, but in this case it was important to lead. Boulder County has a serious affordable housing shortage, and we understand tiny homes thanks to local businesses like Wee Casa and SimBLISSity. This was a well thought out effort with a lot of input. Let’s see where it goes, but I look forward to getting to know the folks who are part of this movement. They will fit right in. Just another reason why Lyons is the coolest town on the front range.

Accessory Dwelling Units In Lyons, Colorado

Dwelling Unit, Accessory (ADU) means a second, subordinate unit co-located on the same lot as a principal residence in a single-family residential zone district. An accessory dwelling unit is no larger than eight hundred (800) square feet and may be either added to, co-located with as a detached unit, or created within a principal single-family detached dwelling.  ADUs are created for the purpose of accommodating a second family that lives separately from the family residing in the principal single-family detached dwelling.   An ADU is occupied by a second family that enjoys spatially segregated living space that provides for cooking, sanitation and sleeping that is separate from and accessory to and subordinate to the principal single-family detached dwelling.  In this definition, “family” refers to that term as it is defined in this Section 16-1-160.

Article Source townoflyons.com

Town Ordinance 1047

Tiny Homes Get Unanimous Approval From Lyons Planning Commission

Lyons has struggled with an insufficient stock of affordable housing since the 2013 floods ripped through the community. On Monday night, the Planning and Design Commission unanimously passed a resolution recommending that tiny homes on wheels be allowed under the town’s code, offering one more potential option to a community constrained by regulations and geography.

Article Source Patch

Small But Mighty

Sensing a need in the market, Fears started SimBLISSity to build larger and more luxurious tiny homes. “When we first started in 2014, I got hate emails accusing me of destroying the movement,” says SimBLISSity’s Byron Fears. “When you watch the TV programs,” he says, “it’s clear that most of those houses are designed by a guy who doesn’t have a girlfriend or boyfriend.” In those tiny lofts, “you’re restricted to one position, and that doesn’t encourage romance, so we built in sofas and all sorts of creature comforts,” he says. Fears adds that living in Colorado requires more space to store winter gear for playing o

“I see the tiny house movement as only growing from here,” says Alexis Stephens of Tiny House Expedition. “We live in a world with a lot of chaos and instability, and it makes too much sense to live within your means.”

Tiny Homes And Tiny Roadblocks

How Small Can You Live In Boulder, County?

The Aspen, a 24′ tiny home built by Byron Fears  was featured in The Boulder Weekly, at the beginning of his journey to legalize tiny homes in Lyons, Colorado. In 2015, tiny homes on wheels were not allowed. All structures had to be attached to a foundation.

Article Source The Boulder Weekly

Byron Fears

Lyons, Colorado

Byron Fears is the head creative and designer of custom built SimBLISSity Tiny Homes, located near Boulder, Colorado.  His love of Tinys led him and his wife, Dot, to a path of building for, and ushering people towards, more sustainable and size-appropriate lifestyles.

Byron is an enthusiastic, multifaceted individual who has participated in many creative careers and is now totally captivated by “Changing the world one Tiny Home at a time!”

Byron’s experience living Tiny in vans, sailboats, and RV’s, and his decades of extensive building and remodeling experience combine to create beautiful, space-efficient yet comfortable Tiny Homes on Wheels.  Byron understands that choosing to live in a Tiny Home is not a tiny thing, but is a serious commitment; he can offer helpful advice, even counseling.

He loves to be a “voice of reason” to make your dreams of Tiny living a happy and successful reality.  He has a refreshing and exciting approach to living and reminds everyone, “You don’t need to be a Monk to live Tiny.” You can enjoy luxury in simplicity. Additionally, Byron offers full design and Tiny Home building services, Tiny Shells for the DIY’ers and a 911/Rescue service for those do-it-yourselfers who need assistance at any stage of their design or build.

Byron is constantly reminding everyone that “SimBLISSity doesn’t build Tiny Houses, they build Tiny Homes.   There is a big difference!”

Byron and his wife Dot live off-grid in Bliss Canyon near the utopian society of Boulder, Colorado.  They are a living example of alternative and sustainable living.

He always strives to prove that “Not all Tinys are created equal!” and takes great pride in building sustainable Tiny Homes to help support sustainable lifestyles in hopes of a sustainable future for the Plant Earth.

SimBLISSity has built 30 Tiny Homes to date; Byron will be speaking at this year’s Jamboree on appropriate building materials for Tiny Homes on Wheels; you can count on him the make this subject matter interesting and entertaining.

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