Hawaii Tiny Home News
Oh give me a home, a tiny home Oct. 19th, 2019
KULA — Clare Tiss will finally live out her big dreams in her tiny home after over a month of searching.
Tiss, 61, said it “has been a struggle to find some land to lease” to park her 400-square-foot home on wheels that initially required access to water and power hookups.
Putting multiple tiny homes on one parcel is typically prohibited under county zoning laws. One solution could be to change the County Code to allow more homes on certain types of properties and under certain conditions.
“It hasn’t been done yet, but it can be,” Maui County Planning Director Michele McLean said last week. “So for now, we regulate them like any other dwelling.”
Let’s Build Tiny Homes Oct. 17th, 2019
Councilmember Kipukai Kuali’i and Luke Evslin are introducing Proposed Draft Bill No. 2761 to simplify the construction of tiny houses in all zoning districts. While there is currently no prohibition on building small footprint houses, in practice there are a number of regulations in our current building code that make their construction difficult. For the first time ever, the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) includes an appendix drafted specifically to define a tiny house and to loosen up most of the building code issues that prevent their construction. Appendix Q legalizes lofts, lowers the minimum ceiling height to accommodate them, creates egress requirements specifically for lofts, and allows for stairs and ladders that can fit in small spaces. Proposed Draft Bill No. 2761 would adopt Appendix Q from the 2018 IRC into the Kaua’i County Code, but it amends the square footage maximum for a tiny house from 400 square feet to 500 square feet. Because Appendix Q repeatedly references other sections from the 2018 IRC, and the County of Kaua’i has not yet adopted the 2018 IRC, the proposed Draft Bill also includes those references written out in their entirety.
The proposed draft bill does not make any changes to the zoning code. So, a tiny house would still need to be permitted as either the main dwelling, an ADU, an ARU, or a guest house. And, all tiny houses still need to comply with all applicable state laws regarding waste water. Lastly, Appendix Q does not apply to movable units such as trailers or RVs.
State proposes permanent villages of tiny homes for the hardest to house March 14th, 2019
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Desperate to ease the homeless crisis, state leaders want to set up permanent villages made up of clusters of tiny homes.
The proposal comes two weeks after new data showed the number of homeless people living on the streets of Oahu had jumped 12 percent in the past year.
“This is the permanent housing answer for people who have otherwise refused to go to shelters,” said Lt. Gov. Josh Green.
Tiny homes would create what the state has dubbed Kauhale villages.
Hawaii high school students build tiny homes May 10th, 2019
Hawaii High School students are trying to be part of the solution.
Students from Moanalua and Waipahu High Schools took part in the tiny house design challenge hosted by engineering company SSFM.
They had to build half-scale model tiny homes using just $100,000.
“This house can be our future,” said Moanalua High School student Kara Yoneda. “It can help solve the housing crisis in Hawaii. It also incorporates a lot of our sustainability features along with our living wall and planter boxes.”
Update: Tiny House Big Island Home On Wheels Begins Pre-Sales Dec. 18th, 2019
“These tiny homes will hopefully offer solutions to this island’s housing issues and will begin creating jobs in Ka‘ū!” said Christine Kaehuaea, Stargazer Industries founder and CEO
“Each of our seven models allows the owner to move beyond the worry of adding anything except for sun and water,” said Kaehuaea. “These are not shells. There are no hookups. They are complete homes with solar, propane, a Honda generator and more. We have done all the legwork, including interactions with local vendors and the county, state and federal governments to provide units that adhere to the 2018 International Residential Building Code Appendix Q: Tiny Houses, Hawai‘i waste management and transportation laws, including having our plans stamped by a licensed architect, construction from a licensed general contractor, with professionally licensed and non-licensed construction crews.”