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This is a guest article by Shaylynn Bates – “How she got her tiny house and ways you can too”

With all the articles out there about downsizing and living small, I’m sure the title of this article is very misleading. I’m not writing yet another article warning about the difficulties of living in a small space and how it’s overrated, and not all it’s cracked up to be; I have lived in a 10 ft. X 10 ft. space, 600 sq. ft. with another person, and the sleeper cab of an 18 wheeler (I am a proponent of living small). One needs to have a small space in order to live in a small space. After getting my tiny house I received several requests asking for information on how I successfully got into tiny house owning. All the information out there is either (at the time of this writing) 6 years old or very vague and general. A brief overview of tiny houses will be necessary as the rest of this article will discuss financing your little dream and where to put it. “Disclaimer this information is one person’s experience in the state of Oregon, your state and your experience may be different”

First – here’s Shaylynn’s beautiful tiny home…😊

Shaylynns beautiful tiny home

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This is to let you know about the Tiny House Estates Community in Northern Indiana, specifically, San Pierre, Indiana.

It’s a 34-acre retreat by carpenter/artist Michael Anthony. The property includes common areas like hiking trails, fields with views, a river, woods, wild horses, and more!

There are several lots still available. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks!

Tiny House Estates Community in San Pierre, Indiana

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Space includes fresh clean drinking water from onsite well. RV 30-amp electricity. A sewer line is ready to be connected to your tiny house that can accept both grey water and toilet waste. Room enough to accommodate up to a 8×24 tiny house and one vehicle. A 10×10 space for gardening is also included.

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During the discussions with El Paso County Commissioners on Tuesday the industry shared some interesting concepts for how these tiny homes are being clustered into highly efficient communities elsewhere and how they might play a role in addressing the need for more workforce housing in El Paso County.2

Video 1: Tiny Houses Regulation Discussion at BOCC

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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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The NY Times just did a piece called Where Can You Park a Tiny Home?

It showcases several stories of tiny homeowners and where they ‘park’ their homes.

The article covers a big issue in the tiny house world that’s often overlooked… Lack of legal parking options for people who want to live in tiny homes on wheels.

NY Times Asks the Big Question! Where Can You Park a Tiny Home?

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