Guest Post: Our 415 Sq. Ft. Koastal Cottage Tiny Home with Bath and a Half!
We RVed full time in a 40′ fifth wheel for three years with our younger daughter (our elder daughter was already grown) and then moved into an apartment in Williamsburg, Virginia.
When Kaitie left for college, we moved back into the RV, placing it in a small mobile home park. Seven years later, when a tree destroyed the RV, we ordered a tiny home from Lil’ Lodges in Tallahassee, FL.
Now York County wants us to move, stating our home is an park model RV (although it is too large and an actual RV was here for SEVEN years!).
As a blogger, and someone who built a tiny home of my own, I am so grateful for the existence of this book. It is not overstating it to say it is an invaluable resource. I am often asked questions here on Tiny House Talk, over at my own blog, and on Facebook, about permits and codes. I had always felt powerless when faced with these inquiries as the answers aren’t so simple. Thankfully, Ryan Mitchell has come to the rescue by putting together years of research on building codes for his own house and releasing it as an eBook guide. Mitchell shares insight on how to work with your local government and how civil disobedience might be the best option for some tiny house builders.
Cracking the Code by Ryan Mitchell
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With the surge in interest in tiny houses, and the growth of a “tiny house community” online, there has been increased interest in the development of real-world tiny house communities.
Image credit: Four Lights Tiny House Company
Probably the most serious effort so far is the “Napoleon Complex” tiny house village being developed by Jay Shafer’s Four Lights Tiny House Company. It consists of 16-22 units per acre, with communal facilities including parking and a common house.
But people have many motivations for building tiny houses, and one model might not work for everyone. In this article, I talk about three general approaches to tiny house communities, and the pros and cons of each.
Rural life and tiny houses
For some tiny house builders, the countryside represents an escape from what they see as the overly restrictive requirements, and hectic atmosphere, of cities and towns.
You love the idea of living in a tiny house so you can have a maintenance free lifestyle with super low expenses.
I do too, but where are you going to park it?
If you’re like most people you prefer living in an environment where you can easily get to places like a park, grocery store, work, and neighbors.
It’s nice to be able to hop over to a coffee shop or something when you don’t feel like being home. After all, your house is tiny so you might as well be pretty close to the places you like to go to.
Those are my beliefs anyway and I am sure you have your own.
Finding your space to build and park
If you are buying your house ready made you really only have to worry about one spot which is where you are going to park it and live in it.
If you’re building it yourself you need to have another place where you’re allowed to construct it. Lots of times this might be the same place.
Here are some general ideas where you can start looking…
Backyards where RV’s or sheds are allowed
Renting your own piece of land (more on this later)
Run a free Craigslist WANTED ad
Newspaper classified WANTED ad
When posting on Craigslist I highly recommend using a photo of a tiny house so that potential land owners see what you’re working with and understand that they will not be having to look at an eye sore beat up travel trailer, etc.
Renting land or bartering with business owners is a great way to find a solution. And don’t forget to ask whoever you talk to if they know anybody else who might be up for the idea. I’ve found the best and most honest people to do business with just by asking person to person.
You can also search your local craigslist and look in your newspaper but I recommend for you to explore areas of interest to get a feel for everything and talk to people about what you’re doing.
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