Some of you have heard already, but myself and Macy Miller have launched a podcast called Tiny House Chat. We already have a few episode up and you can listen to it on iTunes through the podcast app or on the website.
I have been spending time looking at bus conversions and came across this video by Jake as he talks about how he built his bus and also give a tour of the bus. His bus is a Victorian style to it and he use a lot of reclaimed materials to build most of the furniture and storage. He also shows some of downsides to campers, RV’s and 5th wheels by showing a cut away of a travel trailer he has, he then compares this to the bus. He gets into some of the details of the plumbing and water systems that I haven’t seen anywhere else, so it was good to see a good application of these systems.
As of late I have been chatting with several tiny house people about what it would take to actually have a true tiny house community that was legitimate, legal and welcome in a city. It would be very easy to do this in a small rural city location or somewhere in the Midwest where there isn’t anyone for miles, but the fact is most people want to live near a city where they have career opportunities, a social life, things to do and ease of access to stores.
So how might we achieve a tiny house community in a decent size city? I was speaking to another writer who had taken an interesting approach that I think might work here in the US (he is located in Canada). They were able to get their tiny houses designated as a RV, and then they pooled their funds to buy out a mobile home trailer park. From there they waited until all the current leases had lapsed (they notified the residents that they would not be renewing the leases) and they had an entire trailer park to themselves. Now I have mixed feelings on this, but I think you could navigate this step in a way that is ethical and fair, but it is fine line for sure.
The key to this strategy is that you have to buy out an existing park, because there are few big cities that are allowing land to be newly zoned for trailer parks or camp grounds. Many cities are shifting to mixed income housing to handle low-income housing. Once you own it, I think the first step would be to clear the entire lot and do some heavy duty landscaping and design.
What do you think about the idea of buying out an RV park?
What ideas have you had to get a tiny house community started?
This is a neat little camper that you tow on the back of a bike. I don’t quite know the weight of the camper, but I would hate to see this in San Francisco and the hills. The camper is part of an art exhibit called “in the weeds” by Kevin Cyr.
So I don’t know if I am ready to run out buy a scooter to tow this, but it certainly is an interesting idea sent to me from Axel. The mini caravan will cost you about $9,000 and features a full bed, basic amenities, you can even add solar panels to brew a pot of tea or power the radio. I am always fascinated with this tiny campers, particularly the one I covered a while back (read it here).