What many of you might not know is that there is a growing subset of Tiny House folks that see these houses as a solution to homelessness. I covered one group based out of Atlanta called The Mad Housers, a group that make modular Tiny Houses that they setup in a few hours. They do this all for free.
Here is another group that is taking on this challenge with design of Tiny Houses:
Fresno architect Arthur Dyson says he has the solution to the city’s homeless problem: villages of tiny homes built with recycled materials and surrounded by fruit trees.
The first structures — some measuring only 80 square feet — are already under construction on the Fresno State campus, where Dyson has been working with students in a construction management class to develop concepts.
But the structures won’t become living spaces for the homeless unless city officials can find a suitable spot for them.
Gregory Barfield, Fresno’s homeless prevention and policy manager, said the city is ready to assist Dyson with the project, including finding a site.
So I saw this today and it had such character and the reuse and re purposing of these materials is so neat I had to share. As most of us know, wine is often fermented in wooden barrels. Typically these barrels are oak, often from french oak trees, but what I didn’t realize is that they only last about 10 years and cost around $1000 a barrel! So this company takes the barrels which are often sold for rather cheap, straightens them out, mills then and the installs as wood flooring.
I wish I could find some exterior shots to this house, but as of now, no luck. This Tiny House sits pretty at 410 square feet. It really is just a big open area that has very well defined spaces by the use of colors and built in elements to separate areas by function. One downside I see is the need for a bit more storage, but their might be some hidden somewhere. This little house is located in Portland Oregon.