Rich Daniels, of Rich’s Portable Cabins in North Powder, Oregon is here to share some wisdom regarding tiny house building standards and safety issues. Since I think his concerns are valid and very important for the future of tiny homes I’m sharing it with you below. Please pass it on.
Wanted to just take a moment to show my appreciation for the Tiny House forum you have created and add a note of concern that I have. I truly enjoy seeing all of the Tiny living spaces that people create for themselves, it is great to see the marriage of art and ingenuity. My concern has been and continues to be our transition as a community into mainstream living. Fighting the decades long belief that bigger is better and trying to have city, counties and states recognize us as a viable legal living option. Those who build Tiny Homes for resale should be vehemently aware of this situation and there is where my concern begins. Although many of the designs I have been seeing lately on your medium are brilliant in many ways, some if not all are lacking the safety features that all manufactures must conform to.…(continued below)
Below you can see one of Rich’s tiny houses on wheels built to standards inside:
It is unfortunate the builders are ignoring the standards and that they are being promoted as a viable option for the consumers, when in fact they do not conform to the standards set forth by the industry. In no way to I criticize their creativity, rather I applaud it, but I do stand against the disregard for the safety of the consumer and the debilitating effect on the Tiny Living movement. Some obvious points are a lack of railing to prevent someone from falling from the loft, or off the stairs. By law, whether the home is considered an RV or a Park Model RV, there needs to be proper egress to the outside of the cabin from the loft. These lofts are not considered storage lofts and are clearly for sleeping and therefor must have proper egress. It has been my observation that there are a very few builders that are following the standards because they are either disregarding them intentionally or they are ignorant of the safety regulations. It is my hope that as a consumer your readers will base their purchase both on the clever use of space and also the adherence to building standards for the safety of their family and friends.
As a community we are in this together! We pride ourselves in thinking outside the box, but have to work inside it, after all isn’t that what Tiny Living really is all about.
– Rich Daniels of Rich’s Portable Cabins
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Our big thanks to Rich Daniels for sharing his thoughts and concerns.
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