Florida Tiny Home News
St. Pete Housing Affordability Initiates Move Forward With City Council Approval Sept. 16th, 2019
St. Pete’s building code currently requires multifamily units be of a certain size. Current code requires a minimum of 375 square feet (SF) for studios, 500 SF for one-bedroom units, and 750 SF for a two-bedroom units. Each additional bedroom beyond two-beds requires an additional 200 SF. These minimums are larger than Florida Building Code requirements. By removing the city-specific requirements, the minimum unit size requirements would simply default to to Florida Building Code standards.
This change will allow developers to build smaller units, such as mirco-units, if they see fit. Micro-units are typically one room living units that are smaller than a studio. Think of a hotel room or a student dorm room. To be fair, micro-units aren’t for everyone, but they may be appropriate for some. And because of their small size they are typically more affordable.
Planning looks to change MUD language Sept. 11th, 2019
The town’s Joint Local Planning Agency meeting last Thursday covered a lot of ground, especially with the Minimum Use Determination, of MUD, ordinance.
Staff has presented the Town Council and the Zoning Board with possible solutions to language involving the density requirements. The joint council has agreed on the option to edit the ordinance and add additional qualifier language.
Florida moving toward adopting ‘tiny homes’ building codes August 27th, 2019
The tiny homes proposal is for Florida to adopt the “Appendix Q” regulations offered as draft rules by the International Code Council. The Florida Building Commission has introduced the proposal for its 2020 Florida Building Code, now in process, and there are plenty of public hearings and other steps before they might be adopted. The earliest the commission could vote on the proposed appendix is June of 2020, and the code would not be amended until December 31, 2020.
Paola Set To Tackle Tiny Home Project August 17th, 2019
Paola High School trade and industry teacher Kevin Bronson, who also is the PHS SkillsUSA coach, has a special project planned this year for the dozen or so students in his furniture and cabinet-making class.
The students will be working together to construct a tiny home to fulfill a contract the district is taking on through a partnership with a developer.
How tiny homes fit all kinds of lifestyle needs in Central Florida April 16th, 2019
Brevard, Floridia -Cheatham said the tiny homes are now being allowed in some neighborhoods both in the city of Longwood and in Brevard County where the commission recently came to an agreement.
“Brevard County now has a new piece of property that has just opened up some lots, it’s called Braveheart Properties in northern Brevard, and they actually are gonna be the first ones here in Brevard that will have an actual tiny home community — both on wheels, like the one you’re staying in, and on foundations,” Cheatham said.
Readers share pros and cons of ‘granny flats’ in Sarasota-Manatee July 12th, 2019
County planners prepared a proposed ordinance to allow “accessory dwelling units” in Manatee’s unincorporated areas. Their intent is to create more affordable housing, at least for single members of the work force who struggle with market-rate rents.
Affordable housing forum sparks ideas, protests July 9th, 2019
A community conversation to address affordable housing in St. Petersburg drew several potential ideas to create more places where middle and low income city residents can live.
Florida’s Most Popular Airbnb Is a Tiny Cottage That Rents for Just $85 Per Night June 27, 2019
The cottage sat empty more often than not, she opened it up to Airbnb in 2014. Since then, Ugolini says she’s hosted nearly 400 guests from 26 countries.
Amendment could affect tiny home construction February 12th, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – A public hearing will address tiny homes in Leon County, working to make sure developers are able to build them in a safe but timely manner.
Florida on a Tankful: 5 Things to Know About Tiny House Siesta Jun. 16, 2019
How These Tiny Homes Are Giving Exonerated Prisoners New Lives | Now This June 6th, 2019
Exonerated prisoners Sunny Jacobs and Peter Pringle created a tiny homes community in Tampa, Florida, to give others like them a second chance.
Some Central Florida governments seek to make tiny houses into permanent homes May 30th, 2019
Tiny Home Festival in St. Pete focuses on living a sustainable life March 21st, 2019
The Tiny Home Festival is all about the trend of trimming the fat and living with less. The festival will be held from March 23 to 24 at St. Petersburg College All State Center. The festival will not just be about purchasing or moving into a tiny home, explained Pat Largo, one of the festival organizers.
Longwood, FL Moves Forward with Tiny House Community Land Use Ordinance March 5th, 2019
This Florida Beach Resort is Filled With The Cutest Tiny Homes | Southern Living March 18th, 2018
Could Tiny Houses Catch On In Brevard ? June 15th, 2015
Coming to Rockledge
Rockledge resident Rene Hardee has been campaigning for tiny houses in her neck of the Brevard woods for the past six months. Rockledge City Council has agreed with Hardee’s idea and made a unanimous motion to move forward with new zoning regulations that would allow the creation of tiny house developments. Now Hardee is looking for a developer interested in creating a pocket neighborhood where she, her husband and their 1- and 3-year-old sons could happily reside.
How do I get zoning passed for Tiny Houses?
Tiny Houses. You’ve heard of them. You’ve watched the shows. You may have read some blogs, or liked a group on Facebook about them. You’re intrigued. Could I really live like that? And the more you watch, and the more you read, the more you answer “yes”. This is new. This is exciting! This challenges the status quo and makes me question my definition of “success” and “living”. I want in. I’m going to do it. I’m building my own Tiny House! So…where can I put it?
And there is it. The unicorn of all questions regarding Tiny Houses… WHERE CAN I PUT IT?
Second Chance Tiny Homes
PERC was one of three finalists for the $50,000 grant, which in in 2017 focused on proposals to start or expand social enterprises. (A social enterprise is project or program run by a nonprofit to meet a need aligned with its mission that also raises money to support the mission.)
The Tiny House company was the unanimous choice of the selection committee and won the grant.
A year later, PERC can’t build tiny houses fast enough. It has agreements with the city of St. Petersburg, Pinellas County and others for multiple houses. The first tiny houses will go to homeless veterans.