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

Tiny Houses Meet Park Homes At Recent Shows

Recently at several RV and sportsman shows throughout Florida Chariot Eagle RV Park Models of Ocala, Florida had a park model/tiny house hybrid on display. Needless to say it was drawing quite a bit of attention. It seems a proper fit since Chariot Eagle is one of the top producers of holiday and vacation park homes in the USA and in North America.

Chariot Tiny House

Chariot Eagle is an independent and privately owned builder of the very finest and most luxurious park models available in the industry. Continue reading

Cubicco Cabana

For anyone living in hurricane prone areas of the U.S., a new prefab company is designing and building units just for you. Cubicco designs and builds various sized units that can be attached together to create a larger building, but the one that is attracting attention is the tiny Cabana concept, which is 8×12 and costs $17,000. The full package includes all materials such as insulation, finishes, roofing, steel support legs and lifting brackets and all screws, bolts and sealants. Optional packages like rainwater catchment and solar panels are extra.


Cubicco is a modular housing company with a focus on creating contemporary mixed communities designed around people’s health and well being. A Cubicco community is born from a profound respect for long term conservation of natural resources, energy-conscious building and pedestrian oriented urban design. Originally from the Netherlands, the company now has an office in Miami, FL.

All the Cubicco units (including the doors and windows) are designed to the 180 MPH High Velocity Hurricane Zone Florida Building Code. The pre-engineered, termite treated laminated beams are designed to withstand extreme natural conditions and are created in an assembly facility with a recycled, no-waste policy. The R-45 insulated panels are all made from recycled cellulose and the laminated beams come from FSC & PEFC Certified 15 year cycle forests. The units can be assembled anywhere in a few days and are engineered to be relocated.

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Photos by Cubicco

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]


Wanted: Home for our Custom Woody Teardrop

by Lynn & Don Ventura


Our “tiny home” isn’t your standard, however, it is a “tiny (temporary) home!” My husband and I built our custom woody teardrop (Benroy model) three years ago and have enjoyed every minute since. We can’t go anywhere without sometimes literally hundreds of folks coming by to check it out! In August we took it, with our 1951 Chevy pickup, from Florida to Michigan, Canada, & New York and even shared it with a bus of Japanese tourists in the Shenandoah National Park on the way home! (Needless to say they’d never seen anything quite like it in their country and had to take pictures of it (and us) to take home.)

woody teardrop

While this is based on the original, it has modern upgrades including:

  • 5’x8′ base to accommodate a queen size air mattress
  • door on both sides for easy ingress/egress
  • open/close windows complete with screens
  • custom square tube frame for durability
  • larger tires than typical with “store-bought” frames
  • outlets/lights inside & out
  • wired for TV
  • A/C (hidden in the trunk on the tongue)
  • completely oak wrapped, including fenders (regular metal fenders underneath for durability)
  • etc.

Unfortunately we are now moving on and need to find it a good home with someone who will treasure it the way we have.

interior teardrop

We live in Central Florida, just west of Daytona Beach in the little “town” of Barberville.


Check out our blog showing how it was built! http://dlvent-teardropper.blogspot.com/

Oh yes – the price! $6,000 and I’ll cry all the way out the driveway! We really have enjoyed it that much!

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kitchen closed

oak covered fender

teardrop and truck

Aqualodge Houseboat for Sale

by Stephenie Hollyman

I have been living tiny now, floating, in fact, off and on when not teaching internationally. I have a 35 foot by 12.5 foot 2006 Aqualodge houseboat I am now selling in Miami, Florida. It just came out of the shipyard with a freshly painted bottom and sterling survey. It’s tied up at a marina in Miami Florida where the buyer could probably continue to live aboard as long as they call themselves ” year round cruisers.” It’s a wonderful way to live.

I am sadly selling it for $52,000 as I am moving to California. I have owned it for 3+years.

You can contact Stephenie via her email for more information: blazingcontent [at] yahoo [dot] com

Learn more about the Aqualodge here: http://www.catamarancruiser.com/id16.html

Aqualodge houseboat

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living room wall


living area/kitchen

dining room