What is your role in pushing the tiny house industry forward?
Tiny Estates allows enthusiasts of the movement to experience tiny house builds in a unique way. We attract builders, weekend travelers, and potential owners of tiny homes to our 14-acre site. If someone is building a tiny home we inspire ideas. For a traveler looking for a place to lay their head, we can accommodate. Builders and current owners can bring their models to our site to showcase their work and rent their unit as an investor. We showcase all the groups that comprise this wonderful community.
How has a failure set yourself up for later success?
Like many who work so tirelessly to build their dream tiny home placement becomes the biggest hurdle. We spent almost three years completing due diligence planning this project. It was education and the abundance of open collaboration with other communities that helped us become what we are today.
What is the one tool or product under $100 that will positively impact a tiny house dweller?
If you plan to be a traveling tiny house I would say GPS- this is key when towing your tiny home as going down a road with a low bridge or too many turns is not the situation you want to be in. GPS can be set to avoid tolls, bridges and other restrictive obstacles so that is key in transport.
For a stationary tiny house, and even a traveling tiny home dweller, organization is key. For $100 or less I would recommend investing in a system for organizing manuals, personal files, clothing, etc. It can often times be easy to go overboard when you de-clutter but when the ac breaks and you cannot find the manual tiny life can be frustrating. Its key to think through your space and make sure you have enough to feel comfortable but not too much that there is no space for guests and relaxation. Organizing and pre-planning the best ways to live in your space is key. A few well designed spaces and bins can go a long way in a tiny home!
In the next 5 years, what will change the most within the industry?
Many enthusiasts agree that policy and code standards are the biggest challenges facing tiny living. Tiny homes solve many issues related to conventional homes specific to minimizing space and expenses. That said specific building codes regulate the construction of a living space. With no standardized code that is widely accepted, builders and owners alike will find it difficult to place their home. Fortunately, groups like Liberation and ourselves seek to educate our clients and guests about the future of the tiny landscape.
What are bad recommendations that you hear within the industry?
The recommendations aren’t necessarily “bad”. More so, we hear uneducated or misinformed recommendations. People looking to buy tiny homes look to the experts to be just that, experts. Zoning, code, and permitting stands are the major question marks for the inquisitive enthusiast. If you are giving advice about these areas it is so important that you know the information yourself. We always prefer to tell someone we do not know or that we will look into their specific area or situation rather than giving information that may mislead them to think they are able to place a tiny home in their area when they are not- nothing is worse than having the tiny house of your dreams and nowhere to put it.
What advice would you give to someone who is about to go tiny?
Educate yourself. Building a tiny home is unique and requires planning, knowledge, and proper guidance. Seek contractors and builders that have a track record of success. Don’t rush in. Take your time. Work with people that will guide you to your perfect tiny space.
Abby Hobson, CEO: Tiny Estates, LLC
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