There is something that hasn’t been talked about on the blogs yet, something that is THE topic of conversation for many of the Builders, Bloggers and others. It is that of tiny house safety. At first it started out as small one on one conversations, but in the past few months what once was side conversation has grown to serious discussion with most of the Builders and Bloggers coming to a single table. We have been meeting to try to figure out how we can take tiny houses to the next level, to make them universally legal and to make them safe.
It came about when some began to notice instances where we saw tiny houses being made in an unsafe manner. In most cases it wasn’t out of malice or unethical behaviors, but of not knowing any better. Honest mistakes that could have fatal consequences.
So as a group, both Bloggers and Builders, came together to discuss how we could empower tiny house people to be safer and to be more informed. We knew starting out we didn’t want to do anything that would hinder tiny house folks, DIYers or Professionals, but we also tried to balance that with the need for safety. How we do that is something we have been wrestling with as a group and also as individuals.
Tiny Houses have long lived in legal limbo in some places, some people have found solutions that worked for them, but others still struggle with it. There is a large part of the Tiny House Movement that never wanted to become legal because they see it as their protest, civil disobedience or other things; Some don’t really care either way, they just want to live in a tiny house; There are others that want to be fully legal.
At the end of the day, you can live in a tiny house, it is absolutely possible, right now, in your own town; I have no doubt in my mind that it is possible. However this group is working on a different level, we are seeking a universal legal solution, which is tricky. If we can achieve this, then you can choose to participate or not, it would be up to each individual to make their own decision.
Beyond legal issues and frankly way more importantly, is safety. We want you all to be safe, we want you to be informed, we want you to be empowered to build the best house you can. The Bloggers and Builders do what they do because they love tiny houses, because they care about the movement, and most importantly because they care about the people.
So when it comes to safety we realize that many people want to build their own tiny house, that’s a given, but the question then becomes how can I teach you to build it safely if you have never build anything before. There are plenty of people out there that don’t need my help at all, in fact I could learn a lot from them, but there are others that do need a helping hand. Coming together as a community is what makes us strong, it’s what makes this a movement. Viva La Tiny Revolution!
- What are your thoughts on Tiny House Safety, how can we address it?
- How can we at The Tiny Life help people to become empowered to build amazing and safe houses?