The Great American Tiny Home Building Contest to be held in North Carolina

What does a tiny house or small house community look like? Does it have a community center? Can you grow a garden? Can you have chickens? It is near a pedestrian friendly city? Who knows? The conversation has taken place in a number of forums, on a number of platforms, and around many a campfire. Towns like Spur, Texas have launched large scale marketing campaigns to bring out tiny house enthusiasts and posture themselves as tiny house friendly towns. But for one reason or another none have truly been as successful as anyone would hope and this is especially true on the East coast. I think that is why I am so personally excited for the Great American Tiny Home Building Contest (click here to read more about the contest or if you are a builder and would like to enter) held at Coral Sands Point Recreational Village near Lexington, NC.

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Coral Sands is a park model tiny home resort located on the Abbot’s Creek section of High Rock Lake near Lexington, NC. Established in 2008, they were literally “tiny when tiny wasn’t cool.” I first came to know about the community in 2010 or so. Coral Sands offers deeded, waterfront lots for sale (or lease) for park model, RV-style tiny homes under 400 square feet. They have the land, you bring the tiny home. They do occasionally have lot+cabin packages available and currently have two. One is 298 sq.ft. with a sleeping loft (no bedroom) and the other is a 398 sq.ft. with a full sized bedroom (no loft). The community currently has 21 tiny home lots for sale or lease.

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In addition to being able to own your land, each site has its own private pier and floater and is allowed the use of the concrete boat launch, swimming area, bath house, and other amenities not available to other High Rock Lake homeowners.  Continue reading

Catawba Falls Cabins

While on a recent trip to North Carolina, a walk in the rainy woods revealed a few mushroom-like cabins tucked into the trees. The Catawba Falls Campground’s gypsy cabins are 8×14 foot arched wooden cabins available for rent and sleep up to four people. They share the campground with a few other cabins for rent.

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The cabins, complete with small porches, include four built-in beds, lockable storage space and lockable doors, heating and AC and electricity for lighting and computers. While cooking is done outside on picnic tables and the tiny cabins do not contain bathrooms or showers, the campground does offer larger cabins complete with tiny kitchens that include a dorm refrigerator, microwave and coffee pot as well as AC and heating.

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The cabins are located right next to a bubbling creek and are about a two-mile hike from beautiful Catawba Falls. The cabins rent for $50 a night and bedding is available for an additional fee. Dogs are allowed in and around the cabins as well.

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Contrary to what the little gnome says, this place is hard to leave.

 

Photos by Christina Nellemann and Catawba Falls Campground

 

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

Tiny House in an Ice Storm

by Marsha Cowan

My very tiny home just recently went through an ice storm here in North Carolina and she didn’t even notice it. The crepe myrtle you see laying on my tiny house was the only one along the neighbor’s fence that lost no branches to the weight of the ice. He simply laid on top of my roof until the ice melted, then slowly raised himself up back to his 25′ height.

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The house in whose driveway I am currently parked lived four days with no electricity or heat. I had a propane heater and cooktop, so I was able to cook for everyone, and their four year old hung out with me a lot to warm up. I also have rechargeable battery overhead lights, and I keep extra batteries charged as back up, so I was never without lights either.

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This one is called The Nest. She is my second tiny house, and she is for sale on craigslist because I want to build a little bigger one in which my family can find shelter in an emergency. However, if she does’t sell, it won’t bother me because I have really enjoyed living in it for the past 5 months, and I will just keep living here. I see her as a great place for a single lady (or perhaps man) to live near her family or at the beach or mountains.

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She has been through temperatures continuously in the lower teens and single digits and done quite well keeping me warm and snug. She has held up beautifully in high wind storms and blustery wind storms without a sign of trauma. She is a tank!

Here is the craigslist ad for “The Nest”. Enjoy!

http://greensboro.craigslist.org/for/4374918558.html

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