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People Building Tiny Homes for Flood Victims in South Carolina

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This is the story of an organization called Bluffton Cares who is building and donating tiny homes on wheels as a relief effort for flood victims in South Carolina.

We are building and donating two tiny homes to assist in the relief efforts in the South Carolina flood relief. Children, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers are without food, shelter and most importantly, security right now. That’s not going to change unless those who can, help. We hope that you and your friends and families can assist us in our efforts. These tiny homes retail for $40,000 and can accommodate a family of four. Our goal is to raise $25,000 per home to help cover our materials cost. It is our hope that if we exceed $50,000 to build the two homes, we can continue to build more.

People Building Tiny Homes for Flood Victims in South Carolina

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  • Deadrock
    December 23, 2015, 2:26 pm

    It’s a lovely thought, and their hearts are certainly in the right places, but…aren’t there less expensive ways of offering temporary shelter? Or do they intend to give these homes away expecting people to keep them forever? Or do they want to create a small fleet of reusable THs and just keep deploying them to disaster areas to be used a few months at a time? Forgive me for not reading the information on their website…this is just a knee-jerk response, I admit.

    Aaaand after typing that last sentence I decided to click the dang link and just go look. It’s STILL not clear what the actual long term plan for these (truly) THs really is. They say they are intended to house a family of 4, but can’t see said family still wanting to live in one after more than a couple of months. Basic shelter and necessities yes, while those affected make long term plans for their future living situation, but a super luxurious tiny home? Just not sure yet if any money I donated I would earmark for *this* particular use. But again, heartfelt intentions all around.

    • French545
      December 23, 2015, 3:45 pm

      Lovely idea. The tiny house movement is nationwide, built to house people who want to live tiny permanently and to those who need an inexpensive place to call their own. In Austin Texas, there is a tiny house community built for low income folks who no longer need to live on the street. As I read the Bluffton web page, the hope is that the families who are given access to the 2 tiny Blufton houses will pass them forward to another family in need once they are ready to move on. Great plan.

  • Barbara
    December 23, 2015, 6:56 pm

    What a gorgeous home, and generous community to provide all that HOME means to a family in distress! Bravo!

  • Mike
    December 23, 2015, 8:10 pm

    Easily one of the handsomest tiny house exteriors of 2015.

  • Mike H
    December 23, 2015, 9:50 pm

    I agree with Deadrock. It’s a nice idea to want to help. I’m not really sure what makes one person in need more worthy than another. If only we could give everyone in need of a house a home. Rather than spend 25k on a permanent mobile home, why not build shells that can be trucked down there and then converted into sheds when finished? A shell, a few camping appliances, and an inexpensive generator would be really nice.

  • Bluesgirl
    December 24, 2015, 9:34 am

    Love the decor, actually when white is the backdrop you’re able to change the decor to what ever your mood is. The interior design is comfortable and spacious, it seems you need for nothing.
    All the best in comfy living and lifestyle enhancement.

  • Nerida
    December 24, 2015, 10:02 am

    This would be a great relief after any disaster. I hope the fundraising goes well.

    My pet peeve is stoves pushed into corners. My view is it is better to allow a small amount of bench-space between the end wall and the cooker, ie both sides of the stove should have some bench space to allow for pot handles to be turned out, not over the stove where they can become heated and dangerous to touch. You also need a little elbow room either side to work comfortably. I is a safety issue and a comfort issue. Also in this one it appears that it is so close the architraves may interfere with opening the oven door. A small point but it would drive me bonkers if I had to live with it.

    But as I said I would be very grateful to be able to use a little home like this if I had lost it all, in fact would be quite happy in one anyways.

    • Mike
      December 24, 2015, 10:36 am

      You’re right about the elbow room at the stove Nerida. These spaces need to be programmed very carefully if they’re to function with any comfort.

  • Susan Gunyou
    December 31, 2015, 11:34 am

    Thank you to everyone for your feedback and comments. We currently have our 2nd tiny home under construction that will also be donated to flood victims and will have sleeping area on the first floor. Many of the upgraded features in the 1st tiny home were donations from subcontractors and suppliers. Funding from BlufftonCares.com has been used to supplement what was needed. Please feel free to share the link to assist us in donations needed to complete the 2nd home.
    To answer a couple of questions, the appliances that were donated are Fisher & Paykel. And yes, the shower walls (and the kitchen counter top) are wood and have a marine grade finish on them.
    Feel free to let me know if you have additional questions.

    • Alex
      December 31, 2015, 12:55 pm

      Thanks, Susan!

  • Tom
    January 25, 2016, 4:29 pm

    Do we know if the plans for this house are for sale?

  • Kay
    March 13, 2016, 7:25 pm

    I commend the builder for their generosity, community spirit, and this beautiful tiny home!
    However, I agree with both Deadrock & Mike H; practicality and “highest and best/most use” is imperative in such temporary/transient living situations, especially where my donations are concerned; (this said after 40 years of working/volunteering with several rescue & disaster relief orgs world-wide).

    Perhaps after these first 2 designer houses are deployed, and market interest grows, builder(s) will consider serving more of our homeless & financially challenged residents by offering a basic “minimalist shell” (with the basic plumbing, HVAC, countertops, open shelving, etc) which can then be self-equipped (sooner or later), with options like portable appliances, patio/camp/modular furniture, bookshelves for storage, hammocks/futons, murfee/hideaway beds, etc. (rather than a designer kitchen, custom cabinetry, and expensive appliances & accouterments). Our entire county is in dire need of inexpensive housing options, weather the core issue is homelessness, disaster relief, or simply extra housing for students, elderly, mothers-in-law, or crazy cousin Vinny (lol)!

    • Kay
      March 13, 2016, 7:58 pm

      Alex please feel free to delete duplicate post (I get an error message so I reposted it). Thanks!

  • Kay
    March 13, 2016, 7:46 pm

    Tiny Home Specs and Pictures (“Specs” download link at top center right):

  • Terrie Kiyotee
    November 22, 2019, 5:06 pm

    Im in need of home. Im living in an old camper. No hot water no working stove. Leaks. Floor falling. No heat but use small heater. I’m 62 divorced domestic abused marriage. I have land. Thank you. Sincerely.

    • Robert
      October 2, 2022, 12:51 pm

      I’m inlove with Ms. Kiyotee with all my heart. Please marry me. ❤️

  • Terrie Lee Kiyotee
    September 11, 2022, 3:50 am

    Just love my tiny home. It’s perfect for my sweetheart. ❤️

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