A Tale of Zoning Happily Ever After


Groundbreaking Zoning Ordinace for Tiny House Communities

Documenting tiny house movemehistory in the making in Rockledge, Fl

Image from Tiny House Expedition, documenting tiny house movement history in the making in Rockledge, Fl.

Once upon a time in the small, forward-thinking city of Rockledge, Florida, some of the most progressive tiny housing zoning ordinances in the entire US of A were approved, in record time and with great ease. You see, the forward-thinking City Manager had an eye for viable solutions for the needs of his constituents and a knack for facilitating progress. A fair maiden, by the name of René Hardee approached him & the city planners one fine day with a few simple questions. The rest is history…

A little on the cheesy side? Maybe. But after a recent trip to Florida to witness tiny house movement history in the making, I realized maybe fairytales can come true. The city of Rockledge provides an astonishing example of how smooth the process of creating & approving brand-new zoning regulations can be. Of course every city’s approach to zoning is distinct, with many good reasons. The question is why do some cities make the process so complicated and drawn out? Particularly when presented with a viable idea that benefits residents and provides opportunity for economic development. Continue reading

Experience the Tiny House Jamboree

Photo by Tiny House Expedition

Photo by Tiny House Expedition

Tiny House Expedition captures the essence of the Tiny House Jamboree 2015 experience. The tiny house tribe takes over Colorado Springs for an inspiring, epic weekend. Featuring highlights from this historic tiny house community gathering. Over 35,000 attendees flocked from for all 50 states & many countries, to learn, connect & build community during this 3-day extravaganza. There were 28 tiny houses of all kinds on display, creating an energized temporary TH village.

The first of five videos from #TeamTinyX on the THJ 2015- stay tuned!

The Jamboree videos include advice & insights from tiny house community leaders. Plus, full-length presentations from tiny house luminaries Jay Shafer, Andrew Morrison & Zack Giffin.

One video to be released per day over this week!

Build Small, Live Large Spring ADU Tour with Caravan – Tiny House Hotel

With the explosion of newly built and available ADUs (accessory dwelling units) in the Portland, Ore. area, the option to view them has also increased. Caravan – Tiny House Hotel in NE Portland had over 850 attendees tour 12 ADUs during their Build Small, Live Large event last year. This year the attendance is expected to double in size and will include 25 units on the self-guided tour. The 2nd Annual Build Small, Live Large: Portland’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour will be held Friday, May 29 through Sunday, May 31, 2015. The early bird cost (until May 23rd) for the workshop and the two day tour is $75 per person. The two-day tour is $50 per person.


“We already have people registered to attend from 10 different states for this year’s tour, so it’s drawing national interest,” Kol Peterson of Caravan – Tiny House Hotel said. Continue reading

LEAP Adaptive Hummingbird

LEAP Adaptive sells modern, green home plans online and they have recently designed their smallest home plan and are making it available to owners, contractors and architects. The Hummingbird is a 480-square-foot home that is energy efficient and utilizes a passive photovoltaic framework, low-VOC materials and the latest in green technology.


The Hummingbird has a living and kitchen area with a fire-ribbon fireplace (which requires no venting) and a large, covered deck which LEAP calls a “chill” space. A small bedroom and bathroom suite are also included. Plans for the hummingbird are priced at $995, the building kit is around $55,000 and an on-site built Hummingbird is about $80,000 which does not include the general contractor fee, building or permit fees.

Other green options included in the Hummingbird are:

  • Cement board or teak siding
  • Trex recycled content-engineered deck planking
  • Low-mass Structural Insulated Panels
  • Multi-unit sliding glass doors with dual-pane Low-E glass
  • Simpson “Strong-Wall” seismic resisting brace-frames
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures
  • EnergyStar rated Heat-pump HVAC system, lighting and on-demand water heater

LEAP Adaptive is a home design group in San Diego, California. Design director Brian Darnell has spent the last 22 years designing multi-million-dollar residential estates, but realized that “the lust for size and granduer has given way to the realization that the economics and ecology of our flattening world can no longer support such extravagance.” LEAP seeks to create environmental designs that are easier on the owner’s wallet as well as on the earth.

Image Courtesy of LEAP Adaptive

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

Open Tiny House in Texas

Louis from Austin Tiny House who has just completed building his first tiny house in Austin, Texas is having an Open House tomorrow and I wanted to make sure you were aware of it.

The house is for sale and the price is $15,000. You can view the entire building process captured in photos and all the written details at Austin Tiny House.

Here are the details for the Tiny Open House:

When: 2-5 pm, Saturday, December 18th.

Where: Far south east corner of the property at 5213 Jim Hogg Ave in Austin, TX.

Please bypass the main house and the shed as you make your way back. The resident of the property has asked for people to stay out of those areas.

If you need more directions, feel free to call me (Louis): 512-698-6673