Aaah, the Tiny House movement. The Tiny House explosion. The dozens of Tiny House TV shows. The Tiny House luxury market. The family of six who want to live in 200 square feet. The young couple who want to eschew accumulating things and live tiny. There’s the group of Tiny House fans who want to travel all year in their tiny home on wheels (aka mobile home). Please ask them how they plan on making money.
Now I ask you – is there a difference between the photo above, described as a Tiny House, and this below? I don’t see any difference.
I happen to love the second photo. It’s a classic streamlined mobile home, in a mobile park, where all mobile homes should be.
NOT in Uncle Fred’s back yard and NOT on grandma’s farm. The problem for tiny home owners is there are lots of town regulations that prohibit them. I know our son who owns land in upstate NY says his deed specifically prohibits a trailer, or any mobile structure, for that matter, not even a $100,000 Luxury Tiny Home.
The Alpha, The Alpha Tiny House was featured on HGTV’s “Tiny House, Big Living,” Season 3, Episode 9.
No matter if the Tiny House is pretty or ugly, the fact remains that they are illegal in most municipalities. This Oregon couple found out that to be true.
To keep costs down, they located their new home behind a duplex on land owned by Teasdale’s parents near Mount Tabor Park. The 15-foot-wide strip, tucked between an unused garage and a hedge, was covered in brambles and castoffs from previous duplex tenants.
They moved inside the teeny dwelling with their 80-pound sheepadoodle named Trek. Since their front door was close to the alley, they met neighbors and felt they were part of “a cute little community,” she said.
Then a neighbor’s complaint triggered an inspection from the city’s Bureau of Development Services. Officials see tiny houses on wheels as mobile homes and in violation of Portland’s single family zoning code when used as a permanent residence.
Teasdale and Frazier were forced to give up their tiny house life. They had to move out, and now are trying to find a place to park their DIY tiny house.
Leave it to Huffington Post to tell readers how to find loopholes in having your Tiny house where it might be illegal, but hay, laws are for little people, right, just not little homes.
Hey, here’s a fun thought, one of the keen suggestions by HuffPo.
6. Explore land sharing in a blighted area.
If you’re building a tiny home on wheels rather than a permanent foundation, consider participating in what the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development calls “temporary urbanism” by planting your tiny house on urban property that’s otherwise not useful.
Austin, who once lived on property held by another tiny house owner, now resides on city-owned land in Washington, D.C. The site of an abandoned middle school, the land is too costly to fix up or tear down. Instead, the city leases the front plaza of the property to a neighborhood farming guild, which in turn subleases a small plot to Austin.
“The idea is to move the house there for a few years, and then when they’re ready to start developing [the property], you find another place to move,” Austin said.
The ultimate irony in the Tiny House movement is reading the stories of couples/families who have abandoned their Tiny Home, not because it was illegally placed, but simply because the fun of living in 200 square feet wore off. HGTV even has a show Tiny House: Where Are They Now? They are in bigger homes, that’s where.
I’m not saying I couldn’t live tiny. I certainly could, as long as I could see out and it was clean. Our youngest lives in a 350 sf studio in NYC but up on the 16th floor with huge windows and a sprawling 160 degree view of lower Manhattan. A 350 sf studio looking at a brick wall, I might go stark raving mad.
Looking the typical tiny house owner, they tend to be young and idealistic, do not want the “responsibility” of a mortgage or a permanent home. I’m not sure what that says about them, if it’s a good thing or a cop out.
Could you live in a tiny house?