This is the story of how backyard tiny houses are helping to solve California’s housing problem, specifically in Clovis city where city planners have made it easier for homeowners to build a backyard tiny cottage on their current lot. Here’s how it works…
They are giving homeowners three house plans to choose from (for free). The designs are 400-square-feet or less and are only available to homeowners in the area who have a lot with access to an alleyway, which is common in Old Town Clovis. There are other perks and incentives, too. But what’s the catch? This is having an overall very positive impact on the community so it’s a win/win for the city and the homeowners. Do you think other townships should take notice of this strategy?
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Clovis City, California Helping Homeowners Build Affordable Backyard Tiny Homes w/ their ‘Backyard Cottage Program’! Here’s How…
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This is one couple’s unique tiny house lifestyle where they are living in a converted garage legally converted as an ADU (accessory dwelling unit) in conjunction with a campervan that they also converted themselves.
So whenever they want to adventure, they’ve got the van to jump into and take off! When they want to be home, they have a relatively tiny home with minimal maintenance. What are your thoughts on a lifestyle like this? Enjoy the full video tour by Faircompanies with the couple and then let us know what you think in the comments below. Thanks!
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Couple’s Garage Tiny Home + Camper Van Lifestyle
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“It is with heavy hearts that we are selling the tiny container house that we designed and built for us on our family farm (www.resilientfarm.com), but family drama and conflict has caused us to leave the farm. Our short term intent was to use this for at least a weekend retreat, if not a full time residence and possibly add on to it with another container that was a bedroom/bath module if/once we had kids. Medium term we wanted to put it on a trailer and use it for a luxury travel trailer, and long term we thought we could give it to the kids as a honeymoon cabin and starter home, something to be passed on to future generations.
This is the Blue ADU Tiny House (384 sq. ft.) near Downtown Asheville. It features a wonderful first-floor design (no upstairs or lofts) and is built by Nanostead.
What do you think? Would you live in a tiny house on a foundation kind of like this one? How would you customize it to make it better for yourself?
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Blue ADU Tiny House Built by Nanostead
Accessory dwelling units (ADU) are small homes that can be built in the backyards of larger homes, in cities where they’ve been approved.
They’re also sometimes known as carriage, coach, or laneway houses.
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ADU’s… Today’s Loophole for Building Small Homes Legally
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This is the Crown Hill Backyard Cottage designed by Bruce Parker who specializes in these in the Seattle area.
It’s a built atop a single car garage on the property’s backyard.
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Crown Hill Backyard Cottage Atop Garage
This is a tiny two-story cottage called the Fulton. It’s a 600 Sq. Ft. accessory dwelling unit (ADU) built by Wishbone Tiny Homes in Asheville, North Carolina.
The home has a tiny footprint and tall stature! It’s two stories with two bedrooms, one and a half baths, and three decks (including a second-story balcony). If you go the ADU route (meaning you build the home on land with an existing primary structure), the website says “$200 – $350 per square foot covers everything from permitting to appliances.” Scroll through the picture tour below and get in touch with Wishbone Tiny Homes if you have questions. Enjoy!
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600 Sq. Ft. Tiny Two-Story Cottage in Asheville
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If you’re looking to downsize, but under-400 sq. ft. is just too little, consider the Shilling 768 sq. ft. ADU (accessory dwelling unit) by Wishbone Tiny Homes.
This was built for a client on land that already had a larger home on it, and includes two bedrooms (one upstairs, one downstairs — also a loft!) and two baths. Wishbone Tiny Homes is located in Asheville, North Carolina, and they offer a number of ADUs in varying sizes. If you have friends or family that could allow it, you might be able to build an ADU on their property as one option for going tinier. Enjoy!
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The Shilling 768 Sq. Ft. ADU Cottage by Wishbone Tiny Homes
This is the story of an 800-square-foot cottage in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood. It was built thanks to a new ordinance which allowed small backyard cottages. It was built by a family who wanted grandpa to get to be closer to his grandchildren. Pretty cool, right? It’s the Magnolia Backyard Cottage by Microhouse.
Ben and January live in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood and were excited when a new Seattle ordinance allowed them to build a backyard cottage behind their home. “We wanted to build a place for my father to live when he retired, so he could be closer to his grandchildren Leo and Francis.” Said January. In the near term they planned to rent the cottage and ultimately decided to use it as a vacation rental through VRBO. This has proven to be quite successful helping fund the construction of the cottage.
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800-square-foot Magnolia Backyard Cottage😊