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.
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.
Insurance will be a requirement if you are going to finance your tiny home. Insurance for Tiny Homes and Park Models has become very affordable and many carriers are jumping on board because it has become a very hot market. Prices vary greatly so do some price comparison, because it is now a buyer’s market.
Park Model Or Tiny Home
Many builders market the park models they build as tiny homes. It is important to know this when you want to obtain insurance. There is no legal, unified definition for a tiny home at the moment.
The term’s definition is as fluid as the wind and because it is not universally agreed upon, it is up for interpretation and you will find that almost every lender, insurance company , city or county has a different explanation for what a tiny home is.
Some insurance companies lump tiny homes and park models together and some companies have created separate divisions for them. Some allow wheels, some do not. Some companies allow tenant occupied, but not an Airbnb and some will allow an Airbnb.
Almost 5 years ago, my insurance was canceled 2 weeks after the policy was written because they said my park model was a tiny home. Now they are insuring both. Progress!
RV Certification is required by some companies and not required by others. Most companies want the home to be professionally built, but now there are options for self builds. There is actually only one insurance carrier that requires certification that I have listed here.
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Builders Risk Insurance
When choosing your builder for your tiny home, make sure the company has Builders Risk insurance that will cover your tiny home while being built and find out when the coverage stopped. You will want to have your insurance in place to avoid any gaps of coverage.
Every resource I list allows for full time living whether it is owner or tenant occupied or an Airbnb.
Your credit score counts toward the amount your policy will cost. Talk to several companies without pulling your credit to determine what is best for you, the prices range considerably. as much as a $500.00 difference.
Tiny Home Villages
If you have a tiny home village or you are going to start one, make sure you consult with your insurance company to make sure there is not a lapse of coverage with your property and outbuildings and your tenants. Get their advice on what the insurance requirements should be from your tenants including liability.
Who would clean up the mess, if someone brought a tiny home in and they had no insurance and a fire occurred? I personally lost everything in a fire because of someone else’s negligence- so I know the devastation that lack of insurance can bring.
One Policy With A Primary Residence And A Tiny Home ADU
You can also check with your primary insurance company and see if they will insure your tiny home as an ADU as a secondary residence on your property.
When choosing a company to transport your tiny home, make sure they have liability and cargo insurance and make sure their drivers are vetted.
Every Need Can Covered In The Tiny Home Industry
Park Model Insurance For Temporary, Vacation, Full Time Residence
Tiny Home Insurance With Or Without Wheels For Temporary, Vacation, Full Time Residence
DIY Tiny Homes With Or Without Wheels
RV Certified And Non Certified
For Those Who Travel
Tiny Home Villages And Hotels
Trip Collison Coverage
Rental Reimbursement For Loss Of Income
Off The Grid
Wood Stove As Primary Heat
Loss Of Contents
Professionally Converted Vans And Skoolies
One Policy For Your Primary Residence And Tiny Home As A ADU
Tiny Home Insurance
Homeowner’s Policy: Perfect Policy Meant For Owner Or Tenant Occupied
American Modern Specializes In Manufactured Home Insurance: Direct Insurance Company In All Fifty States
American Modern is now insuring Airbnbs!
Park Model: Wheels Must Stay On
The type of product they offer will consider your home as a park model style home under the manufactured home category. It is meant for a home that will not be moved around frequently, and that will stay in one spot once placed and be tied down/secured or placed on a foundation. Wheels must stay on.
Program offered is for home located in a park or on private land
Can be full-time owner occupied, seasonal, rental or vacant
Comprehensive coverage for: The home itself, including any professionally attached structure, deck, porch, awnings and content coverage’s for belongings
Liability coverage in the event that a neighbor slips and falls on the homeowners deck for example.
Can offer flood and earthquake coverage (as offered per state/program)
Primary Heat Source Must Be Electric
Home cannot have a wood stove or fireplace (supplemental source) as main heating source- must have electric baseboard, hot water baseboard (boiler) or forced air/ducts as primary heat source
Home also must be wired for electricity, cannot be 100% solar powered. Solar must be a secondary source of power.
American Modern has an excellent trip collision coverage that is priced very reasonably with a $100.00 deductible. It only lasts 30 days, but can be added when you first have your cabin delivered OR at anytime you have to move it. It covers the entire cabin including tires and axles. Depending on the location, the cost is between $25 to $35.
Tiny Homes: Without Wheels
American Modern has another division just for tiny homes WITHOUT wheels.
You Can Call American Modern Directly Or Find A Local Agent
Strategic Insurance Agency LLC: Andrea 719 476 0106
If you are going to be traveling in your tiny home and need a homeowner’s policy and you want to cover the transport because you are picking it up yourself, give Andrea a call. Strategic also offers insurance for off the grid tiny homes.
States they provide tiny homes insurance in are Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oregon,Tennessee & Washington. Liability limits of $50k, $100k & $300k, and a trip endorsement which is $150 for the policy term, regardless of the amount of trips.
Commercial Insurance With Strategic Insurance Agency LLC
Martin Burlingame 719 476 0104 For your commercial needs
Homeowner’s Policy: Self Built And For Those That Will Travel Often: Transport Can Be Covered
Mac Insurance Company
Micheal Carmona : Agent, Owner 971-238-2502
Specializes In The Lloyd’s Of London Tiny Home Policy
Located in Portand, Oregon: Can Insure In Over 40+ States
Tiny Home Coverage Can Include:
RV Certified And Non Certified
Coverage When You Are On The Move
Types Of Tiny Houses That Can Be Covered:
Tiny Homes On Wheels Stationary Or On The Move
Tiny Homes Without Wheels Or On The Move
Professionally Converted Van And Skoolies
Tiny Homes Can Be Used As:
Second Home-Vacation Home
A builder can be covered for general liability, professional liability, business auto and inventory
What Is The Difference Between A Homeowner’s Policy And The Tiny Home Policy?
Regular home insurance policies weren’t written to cover a home that has the ability to be on the move or has a chance of getting stolen.
Types Of Coverage in The Tiny Home Policy
Coverage A – Dwelling – This is the value of your tiny house if it gets damaged. We insure as low as $25,000 to as much as $150,000. If you buy it from a builder the price of purchase is usually the Coverage A limit.
Coverage B – other Structures – This is for your solar panels, built on decks, and other property structures that are not part of the tiny house. We can do up to $50,000.
Coverage C – Contents – All personal belongings inside your house. If you were to turn your tiny upside down and whatever falls out is part of your personal property. Clothing, pots and pans, TV, electronics, your bed, etc.
Replacement Cost for Contents – Whenever you have a loss your contents will be replaced brand new and not at its depreciated value. Meaning your 5 year old TV that might cost $40 now would be replaced by a $500 TV.
Theft of Contents – We can offer up to $3,000 in theft coverage for your belongings.
Theft of Tiny Home – If you are worried about your tiny house being stolen then you need this! We provide a tracker so that if your house was ever stolen we can always have a way of finding it.
Trip Endorsement – If you’re the type of person who travels with your home or needs to move it from an old location to a new we can make sure you are always covered on the go.
Personal Liability – Provides coverage for inside your premise and outside your premise. If someone were to get hurt on your premise and they were to sue you this is where your liability comes in. It would help pay towards any medical bills or charges from a lawsuit. This also covers you if you were to accidentally somehow hurt someone else. Like when a snowboarder collides with another or a fisherman hooks his buddy. Personal liability would also cover your tiny home if you are renting a space on someone’s else’s property in case you cause damage on their property.
Wood Stoves- They will insurance tiny homes that have wood stoves as their primary heat!!!
Foremost Insurance Group: The only company that requires certification
Foremost Insurance Group writes park model policies and tiny home policies. When you speak to an agent, make sure they know there are separate divisions for them. It is a newer change and not everyone is up to date on this.
You can obtain Foremost insurance through a Farmer’s agent.
Dave Burns is a broker with Kingston Specialty Group that can help you obtain insurance in Ontario, Canada. If you live in a different province, he can refer you to another broker. Dave can provide insurance for owner or tenant occupied and off the grid tiny homes. Dave can also provide insurance for shells. If you are from Canada and you are having a cabin built in the US, it is a good idea to talk to Dave Burns first regarding the heating choices allowed and inspections required.
The prices are very reasonable. Dave writes commercial policies as well.
David BurnsRIB (Ont.) CAIB
844 Gardiners Road
Kingston, ON K7M 3X9
Fax (613)634-5822 email@example.com
Operation Tiny Home has a down payment assistance program to help those that are eligible and are in need of housing. The down payment is often the biggest hurdle that someone is faced with in planning a tiny home purchase.
The first step in applying for a down payment assistance grant is to contact an Operation Tiny Home professional build partner. You will work together with your builder to discuss your specific tiny home living needs and obtain pre-approval for a bank loan.
Once you have been pre-approved for your loan and your builder has determined that you are eligible for down payment assistance, your builder will contact us to request that we send you a grant invitation from Operation Tiny Home.
If you are interested in working with another builder that is not listed above, please ask your builder contact Operation Tiny Home.
Who Will Qualify?
The process consists of an application, background check and phone interview. Operation Tiny Home considers applicants without regard to race, religious preference, gender, handicap, familial status or national origin.
Criteria Needed To Qualify
You must be pre-qualified for financing and working with an Operation Tiny Home approved professional tiny home builder
The purchased tiny home must be your primary residence;
You must be a US citizen or permanent resident;
You must have a verifiable long-term legal location secured to build or place your tiny home
Who Can Apply: The applicant must demonstrate that they are in need of housing and fit the following criteria:
Military and Veterans
Emergency Medical Personnel
Pre-K – 12th Grade Teachers
People Struggling with Hardship:
You Live In An Area That Was Affected By A Hurricane, Wildfire, Or Any Other Natural Disaster;
Aging Out Of Foster Care;
Surviving Spouse Of A Military Member Or Public Protector.
Application Process: Once we receive your application we will review your information and contact you within 14 business days. You may be asked to provide additional information (including, but not limited to the following):
Become A Sponsor Of Operation Tiny Home Welcome Home Down Payment Assistance Grant Program? Learn More Here!
Gabrielle Rapport is the Founder and Executive Director of Operation Tiny Home, a national nonprofit that assists people struggling with severe housing instability to maintain a life with dignity through custom, high-quality tiny housing solutions, and empowerment training programs.
Operation Tiny Home is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit that assists people struggling with severe housing instability to maintain a life with dignity through custom high-quality tiny housing solutions and empowerment training programs. We are grateful to our rapidly growing base of volunteers and many partners including Milwaukee Tool, Wells Fargo Foundation, Home Depot Foundation, AT&T Foundation, Sutter Home Family Vineyards, and many others.
Additional National Operation Tiny Home Programs Include:
Building A Better Future for Veterans – Tiny Home Building Workshops,
Dignity Housing for Native Americans and Alaskan Natives,
Tool Distribution for Tiny Housing Community Development and Empowerment Training Initiatives,
Disaster Relief – Tiny Homes to Support Rebuild Efforts
Note: Please due your own due diligence and check with the county and city you want to live in yourself.
Tiny House Expedition
Alexis Stephens & Christian Parsons are documentary filmmakers, educators and advocates on an extraordinary ‘Journey with a Purpose’ with our DIY tiny home on wheels.
As co-founders of Tiny House Expedition, we seek to inspire others to redefine home and rethink housing through thought-provoking storytelling, resource sharing, and educational events. Humbly, we have the world’s most traveled tiny house on wheels. Our documentary work includes the acclaimed three-part educational series, Living Tiny Legally.
The American Tiny House Association ( ATHA ) is on the forefront of the knowledge of where to live legally and are the movers and the shakers of the industry, advocating for the legalization of tiny home living Nationwide.
The Tiny Portable Cedar Cabins Blog features vetted legal places to live from tiny home villages, RV Parks, Workcamping opportunities, backyard rentals, land for sale and deeded lots in RV resorts that are tiny home friendly. Please contact Janet Thome to have your community featured and listed.
Try It Tiny: Rent A Tiny House: Find Tiny House Parking
Try It Tiny connects people to give them the opportunity to rent a tiny house or share their land with tiny house enthusiasts nationwide. Become part of a growing community by renting a tiny house or parking your tiny house on hosts’ properties.
Craigslist is a great resource for finding tiny home parking. Look under parking and storage, rentals, land for sale and often barter. You can also put your desire for parking under wanted in the housing section.
Instead of throwing your money away leasing a lot. Buy a deeded lot. It is usually all ready set up for an RV- so it is perfect for a park model or tiny home. Another plus is year around living is allowed.
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.
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.
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.
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 …”
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.