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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 the story of Austin Smith and his 1953 GMC Fire Truck Tiny House.

He’s a pro snowboarder who turned the fire truck into a house truck! His brother originally got on eBay for $5,000 but wasn’t doing anything with it. So naturally, this is what happened. Enjoy!

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Pro Snowboarder Turns An Old GMC Fire Truck That His Brother Got On Ebay Into his Awesome Tiny Rolling Home (With a Motor!)

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This is an old park model community that has been revamped into a modernized tiny home community in Palm Springs, California. It’s called the Palm Canyon Mobile Club. What do you think? Would you consider living tiny/small in a community like this? Let’s talk about it in the comments.

“The biggest challenge with tiny homes is where are you going to put them? So that’s why it created a really great opportunity for us to do this.”1

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Mobile home community remodeled and modernized into a LEGAL tiny house community in Palm Springs, California

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This is Vina Lustado’s tiny house and home office joined by a deck.

When Vina Lustado moved into the 140-square-foot home on wheels she and her husband Cliff had built (for $40,000) in 2013, it was a continuation of a lifetime of living minimally: from a modest home in the Philippines as a child to a one bedroom duplex in LA shared with 9 siblings to an adulthood living in guest houses.1

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Vina’s Tiny House and Home Office Joined by Deck

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This is the story of a family who turned a school bus, short-bus, and a shipping container into their tiny homes.

Seven years ago, Jeremy and Mira Thompson quit their jobs and sold their suburban home to hit the road in a short-bus they’d converted into a mobile home. After a year on the road, they’d gone through their savings and were thinking about starting a family.1

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Family’s School Bus, Short-Bus, and Whimsical Shipping Container Tiny Homes

Familys School Bus Short-Bus and Whimsical Shipping Container Tiny Homes

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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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