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


NOTE: re-posted from Bless This Tiny House

A little Tiny Life insight/humor.

  • If you’ve never been to jail yet you call your previous residence “The Big House,” you might be a Tiny House Dweller.
  • If you’ve ever capitalized the T in tiny when you weren’t even typing about Tiny Houses. You might be a Tiny House Dweller.
  • If you’ve ever wondered if you should just.stop.capitalizing Tiny House, you might be a Tiny House Dweller. (We can stop now, right?)
  • If you’ve ever run back to the front desk immediately after stepping into your hotel room to ask how many square feet it is, you might be a Tiny House Dweller. (…just out of curiousity!)
  • If you’ve ever yelled “Hangers aren’t allowed in my house!” while whipping sneaky hangers out the front door, you might be a Tiny House Dweller. (I’m telling you, hangers are the worst!)
  • If you’ve ever filled your Costco shopping cart completely full and then freaked out just-a-little because the cart itself is actually bigger than your entire kitchen, you might be a Tiny House Dweller.
  • If you don’t know where you’re going to live next but you do know that you don’t have to pack your stuff, you might be a Tiny House Dweller.
  • If you’ve started wondering if you should just go ahead and wave at the people slooowly driving by, you might be a Tiny House Dweller.  (It’s awkward… either way.)
  • If you keep track of how often you stir the poop, you might be a Tiny House Dweller.
  • If you have bulk paper towels and toilet paper stashed in your trunk, you might be a Tiny House Dweller.  (I’m not going to stop buying in bulk!)
  • If while someone is generously offering you something you accidentally interupt-shout “NO thank you!” before they finish their sentence, you might be a Tiny House Dweller.
  • If you’ve ever been asked if you “live in that,” if your home is an ice house, if you’re homeless, or if your house is just a fancy camper, you might be a Tiny House Dweller.

Kasl fam

KIM KASL lives with her homeschooling, adventure-seeking family-of-four in a 267 sq. ft. Tiny House in Minnesota. She shares her passion for family-style minimalism on her blog, Bless This Tiny House.


Tiny House For Sale: Eco Savvy and Family Friendly

Combat veteran, Lucas Berard, finds peace in the tiny house lifestyle while reaching out to empower other veterans to do the same.

Lucas is easy to spot from just about anywhere in Dancing Rabbit Eco-village. (He’s the beefy guy wearing a florescent orange t-shirt.) I recently found him working in his garden, where we chatted for a bit while he harvested a few peppers and plucked the last tender leaves of fresh lettuce for the year, near the tiny house where he lives: Bluestem.  (By the way, if you’re interested in seeing this house, and all the other tiny homes at Dancing Rabbit Eco-village, consider spending three weeks with us in 2016 through our visitor program.  You’ll get to see several different styles of tiny houses together in the same place, and learn a lot about environmental sustainability in the process.) Continue reading

Crispy Tiny House with Gary Bute of Tiny House Systems

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This week’s Tiny House Podcast features Gary Bute. Gary is a man on a tiny house mission… He’s on a personal mission to get all tiny housers to really think about S-A-F-E-T-Y when building that lovable little structure. Electric, gas, propane…many potentially dangerous things can lurk around each tiny corner. Builder…beware. It’s a spookie, mookie, mirthy Halloween episode of Tiny House Podcast. Download it now, if you dare!

What’s It Like to Move a Tiny House?

Moving a tiny house is a lot like having a baby. You can eat right, you can go to the doctor, you can read baby books, and watch videos; but in the end the baby is going to come out and be what it is. It’s stressful, and amazing, all at the same time.

After fourteen long months of construction of my tiny house, moving day arrived. Let me tell you, there is only so much planning you can do and eventualities you can attempt to control, and then you just have to let go. And “letting go” is not my strong suit so this was not an easy part of the adventure for me.

My moving day came a bit earlier than I really wanted. For some unknown reason, the landlord suddenly decided it was time for me to move it and in a rather dramatic fashion, she informed me thusly. I could have chosen to fight her and I’m not sure that her objections were/are a legal basis for the threats she lobbied against me. But, I chose instead to put my emotional energy towards finding a solution even if that meant finding a short term one, and then a long term one, sooner than I had planned.


I used painter’s tape to keep my kitchen drawers from flying open while in transit.

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