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El Paso County will allow tiny houses in unincorporated areas, commissioners agreed unanimously on Tuesday.

They voted to amend the land use code to permit the miniature structures in agricultural zoning districts, on some residential lots and in recreational vehicle parks – wherever mobile homes are allowed, according to the county’s Planning and Community Development Department.

The changes also will let residents live in the homes permanently, which the code previously prohibited because it classified tiny houses as RVs.

Tiny houses are typically less than 400 square feet, and some are mounted on trailers. Fans of the miniature dwellings see them as a solution to rising housing prices that also reduces energy consumption and allows for a new brand of minimalist, mobile lifestyle.


El Paso County is one of the first local governments in Colorado to change its rules for tiny houses.1

By Ourtinycabinproject (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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Remember Jay and Kim Merrett? They’re the couple who built a 240 sq. ft. steel-framed tiny house in the woods, remember? You may also recall when they shared photos of their tiny home decorated for Christmas!

Well, today, we’ve got an update from Jay and Kim and I’m happy to be sharing that with you. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to live tiny on your own land, and the costs associated, I think you’ll love this story/update! So I’m going to “pass the mic” to Jay & Kim. Enjoy!

Jay & Kim’s DIY Tiny Cabin & Homestead in Texas (Plus How Much It Costs Them To Live This Way)

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This is the Sturgis tiny house on wheels by Cubist Engineering. It’s a modern 21ft tiny house with “a queen-size bed that appears magically from the ceiling,” according to the builder. Watch how it works in the video below!


It also features a unique trailer with removable axles and trailer hitch. Very interesting! Did I mention the remote control gull-wing door? Take the tour below and let us know what you think in the comments!

The Sturgis Tiny House by Cubist Engineering

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Here are 35 inspiring tiny houses along with the people who are living in them!

People go tiny for a variety of reasons. Some want to save money, travel more, spend less time cleaning and working, etc.

All in all, tiny homes are really just a tool to help us get more of what we want out of life by helping us avoid the housing trap! So here are 35 people who are doing just that!

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SAN JOSE — A plan to build “tiny homes” for San Jose’s homeless residents passed its first major test Tuesday, and now the city must answer the most difficult question — where to put these micro sleeping cabins.1

After a heated debate, the City Council voted 9-2 to approve a yearlong pilot program to build one tiny home village comprised of 40 units. Elected leaders by next month will come up with three potential sites for the tiny homes and eventually want to place a tiny home village in each of the city’s 10 City Council districts.1

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This is the 28ft Pacific Getaway Tiny House on Wheels by Handcrafted Movement in Battle Ground, Washington.

When you step inside, the area to your left transforms between a bedroom and dining room but it can also be used as a hobby room (like for yoga or for kids to play) since both the bed and the dining table can be stored up into the walls. Pretty cool feature, right? Please enjoy and learn more below!

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This is the MADI model by Renato Vidal. It’s a design for a folding prefab A-frame cabin.

You can watch the video below to see how it works. You can even add multiple units together to create your own customized A-frame home! Pretty cool, right?

If you like this concept, be sure to read Lloyd Alter’s article about it on Tree Hugger. Over at MADI you can even download a printable paper kit to build your own miniature model of the folding M.A.DI. A-frame Cabin.

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