Tiny house living Illegal?

I do not think so!

Recently there has been a rash of posts circulating around the tiny house movement about HUD trying to make a rule that living in a tiny house illegal. The blogosphere around tiny houses erupted much like a volcano does, spewing all sorts of nonsensical verbiage and negative articles on living in ones tiny house.  And typical to the ‘net, there’s a bunch of mis-information splattered around out there

So, to set the record straight, Snopes published an article about this. And by the way, for Snopes to do a rebuttal of this fear mongering could possibly mean that the tiny house movement has ratcheted up another peg in what people are paying attention to.

Fine-y Houses

A lot of anxious bloggers incorrectly surmised HUD was moving to make “tiny homes” illegal.

Tiny House fact checking

Tiny House fact checking

To read the full article click here

Now we can go back to our next article.

 

 

Be Sociable, Share!

A tiny house named “Spirit”

Tiny House at Lochness Park for a photo shoot

Spirit has 238 sqft on the main level with 138 sqft in the 2 lofts. There is lots of storage in the smugglers holds, sliding spice rack, 7 -toe kick drawers, cabinet bridge, and stairs with built in storage.  Speaking of the cabinet bridge, it is constructed so that a guest could sleep on them, if needed. This tiny house also has a Airport Ball air exchanger to exhaust the stale house air and moisture to the outside while bringing in fresh air.

Tiny House Minnesota photo shoot, Tiny House Minneapolis, Tiny Green Cabins

Tiny House transport rounding a corner on the way to the photo shoot

Tiny House Minnesota photo shoot, Tiny House Minneapolis, Tiny Green Cabins, hOMe design

Parking the tiny house

Tiny House Minnesota photo shoot, Tiny House Minneapolis, Tiny Green Cabins, hOMe design

Tiny House photo shoot at the park

Tiny House Minnesota photo shoot, Tiny House Minneapolis, Tiny Green Cabins

Tiny house in the park

Tiny House Minnesota photo shoot, Tiny House Minneapolis, Tiny Green Cabins

Tiny house in the trees

 

Tiny house view thru the windows from the entry

Tiny house view thru the windows from the entry

Tiny house Airondack Recliner

A view of the tiny house Adirondack recliners built above the water storage tanks

 

Tiny House Cabinets

Cabinet bridge with cat sleeping areas, and a view of the Adirondack recliners built above the water storage tanks

Childs Loft

Loft for Wyatt

Tiny House Master Loft

Tiny House Master Loft

Fully functional tiny house kitchen

ully functional tiny house kitchen, with space saving dishwasher, range with oven, 7.2 cu refrigerator/freezer and table

Tiny House Boxout window over the sink

Tiny House Boxout window over the sink with custom mason jar lighting fixture

Tiny House Table

The drop leaf table in the kitchen

Drop leaf table

Justin and his father enjoying a cop of joe

Tiny House Kitchen

Tiny house kitchen view from the great room

Tiny house birch branch rail

Tiny house birch branch rail

tiny house, Minnesota tiny house

Tiny house Hobbit stove

12494794_10107462053866170_6807306672223353125_n (2)

12494847_10107462053182540_874695345449073016_n (2)

Tiny House Bathroom

Tiny House Bathroom

 

Tiny House Bathroom

Tiny House Bathroom

Tiny House Smugglers Hold Hatch

Smugglers Hold Hatch

There are 3 hatches with 6 peach crates inside of each hatch, and that provides 18 peach crates under the floor for storage.

Smugglers Hold Storage, Tiny House Minnesota photo shoot, Tiny House Minneapolis, Tiny Green Cabins

Smugglers Hold Storage

Tiny House spice and storage rack

Tiny house sliding spice and storage rack at the head of the stairs

 

 

Good night tiny house

Good night tiny house

The next post will show you how we made the Adirondack recliners and followed up by the step by step of making the mason jar lighting.

 

Be Sociable, Share!

Quality and Customization in a tiny house

A birch branch tree stair railing

One of customers requested a stair way railing for the stairs to keep her children safe from falling off as she has seen a lot of tiny homes without railings at the stairs. The request was for something woodsy like a railing made out of tree branches. On one of the couples exploratory trips to find some wood, we suggested a visit to Maina Hardwoods in Hayward, WI.  On visiting the lumber mill, they found some branches and wood slabs to put in their tiny house.  The gallery of pictures below show the start to finish of the stair system and then adding the birch branch rail.  Emily’s comment, “Yeah! Better than what I had in mind!!!”

016

Jim built the cabinet staircase in the shop area and Caleb, Nate, and Larry came over to help install the stair cabinet. Jim and Caleb brainstormed on how to build and install the tree branch railing. After we agreed on the concept and look, Caleb and Nate started cutting the pieces and making the tree branch railing. The tree bark will be left on and sealed/varnished to protect it.  The wood slabs will be used as open shelving and a mason light jar fixture/chandelier in the great room.

Be Sociable, Share!

Big Tiny House News

This is BiG and that is why I am posting it here.

Fresno has said it is legal to live in a tiny house, full time – all the time.
Once one city does it, others will start adopting the same rules, giving many people the ability to live tiny – Legally!

Prairie-Schooner-Final-Front web sized

Fresno, CA has a population of 509,000 and is the 5th largest city in California.

California Tiny House and the City of Fresno, held a press conference in front of Fresno City Hall to publicize the recent enactment of an ordinance which permits tiny homes on wheels as 2nd dwelling units on residential lots throughout the city. The new ordinance can be found at: http://www.californiatinyhouse.com/new-zoning-code/

Fresno Bee article and video:

New Zoning/Development Code Details

The City of Fresno enacted a new Development Code in November 2015 which is very favorable to tiny homes and tiny homes on wheels on single family residential lots of 6000 sq ft or more (5000 sq ft if corner lot) as secondary dwelling units.

Specifically, Code Section 15-2754 Second Dwelling Units, Backyard Cottages, and Accessory Living Quarters, sets forth regulations for siting such units and further adds a definition in the code to include “tiny homes on wheels” as an acceptable “backyard cottage.”

This new ordinance, which goes in affect January 3, 2016, becomes a template that can be used by other cities and counties for permitting tiny homes and tiny homes on wheels.

We must give a great deal of thanks to Fresno Council Member Esmeralda Soria for carrying forward such progressive legislation in the Development Code update.  We at California Tiny Homes are proud that Member Soria represents our business in her Council district.  We were pleased that Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin is a supporter of the tiny home movement and, with assistance from the  City’s Development Department, moved forward to make the code changes a reality.  The Fresno City Council unanimously accepted these amendments for tiny homes on wheels.

Below is a complete copy of the relevant sections of the City of Fresno Development code:

 

Recently enacted City of Fresno Development Code Requirements for Second Dwelling Units, Backyard Cottages (including Tiny Homes on Wheels), and Accessory Living Quarters (Effective January 3. 2016)
15-2754 Second Dwelling Units, Backyard Cottages, and Accessory Living Quarters 
A. Purpose. The purpose of this section is to: 
1. Maintain the character of single-family neighborhoods; 
2. Ensure that new units are in harmony with developed neighborhoods; and 
3. Allow Second Dwelling Units as an accessory use to Single-Unit Dwellings, consistent with the Government Code (Section 65852.2). 
B. Architectural Compatibility. If visible from a public street or park, the architectural design, roofing material, exterior materials and colors, roof pitch and style, type of windows, and trim details of the Second Dwelling Unit, Backyard Cottage, or Accessory Living Quarters shall be substantially the same as and visually compatible with the primary dwelling. 
C. District Standards. Second Dwelling Units, Backyard Cottages and Accessory Living Quarters may be established on any lot in any residential district where single-unit dwellings are permitted. Only one Second Unit, Backyard Cottage or Accessory Living Quarters may be permitted on any one lot. Minor Deviations and/or Variances to meet the minimum lot sizes are not permitted. 
D. Minimum Lot Sizes. 
1. Second Dwelling Unit. 6,200 square feet. 
2. Backyard Cottage. 
a. Interior Lot Size: 6,000 square feet. 
b. Corner Lot Size: 5,000 square feet. 
3. Accessory Living Quarters. 5,000 square feet. 
E. Type of Unit. 
1. Second Dwelling Unit. May provide separate, independent living quarters for one household.  Units may be attached, detached, or located within the living areas of the primary dwelling unit on the lot, subject to the standards of this subsection. Kitchens, including cooking devices are permitted.
2. Backyard Cottage. May provide separate, independent living quarters for one household. Units may be attached, detached, or located within the living areas of the primary dwelling unit on the lot, subject to the standards of this subsection. Kitchens, including cooking devices are permitted. Backyard Cottages shall be located behind the primary dwelling unit, unless attached and integral to the primary dwelling unit.
a. A Tiny House may be considered a Backyard Cottage if it meets all the requirements of this section.
b. The Director shall review the design of the Tiny House to insure that the structure is compatible with the main home and the neighborhood.
3. Accessory Living Quarters. Accessory Living Quarters provide dependent living quarters. They may be attached, detached, or located within the living areas of the primary dwelling unit on the lot, subject to the standards of this subsection. Accessory Living Quarters may not provide kitchen facilities, however a bar sink and an undercounter refrigerator are allowed, but no cooking devices or other food storage facilities are permitted. Accessory Living Quarters shall not be located in front of the primary single-family dwelling.
F. Maximum Floor Area. The following are the maximum square footages of habitable area. The following calculations only include habitable floor space. Minor Deviations and/or Variances are not permitted to increase the maximum floor areas.
1. Second Dwelling Units. 1,250 square feet.
2. Backyard Cottages. 440 square feet.
3. Accessory Living Quarters. 500 square feet or 30 percent of the primary single-family dwelling, whichever is less.
G. Development Standards. Units shall conform to the height, setbacks, lot coverage and other zoning requirements of the zoning district in which the site is located, the development standards as may be modified per this subsection, other requirements of the zoning ordinance, and other applicable City codes.
H. Lot Coverage. Per the underlying zone district.
I. Setbacks.
1. Front Yards. Per the underlying zone district.
2. Side Yards/Street Side Yards. Per the underlying district.
3. Rear Yards. Shall be separated from the main home by a minimum of six feet.
a. Second Dwelling Unit. Per the underlying zone district.
b. Backyard Cottage and Accessory Living Quarters.
i. Alley Present. Three feet.
ii. No Alley Present.
(1) Abutting an RS. 10 feet.
c. A tandem parking space may also be used to meet the parking requirement for the Second Dwelling Unit, providing such space will not encumber access to a required parking space for the primary single-unit dwelling.
d. An existing two vehicle garage and/or carport may not be provided in-lieu of these parking requirements unless the parking spaces are accessed from different garage doors.
3. Backyard Cottage. No additional parking required.
4. Accessory Living Quarters. No additional parking required.
O. Access. Vehicular access shall be provided in the following manner:
1. Driveways. Shall be provided per the underlying district.
2. Pedestrian access Access. An all-weather surface path to the Second Dwelling Unit, Backyard Cottage, or Accessory Living Quarters shall be provided from the street frontage.
P. Mechanical Equipment. Mechanical equipment shall be located on the ground or, in the case of a tiny house on wheels, incorporated into the structure, but shall in no case be located on the roof.
Q. Utility Meters/Addresses.
1. Second Dwelling Units. Separate gas and electric meters may be permitted if approved by the Building Official and Pacific Gas & Electric.
2. Backyard Cottage and Accessory Living Quarters. Separate utility meters and/or addresses are not permitted.
R. Home Occupations. Home occupations are permitted pursuant to Section 15-2735, Home Occupations.
S. Airports. All applications shall comply with operative airports plans.
T. Owner Occupancy Requirements. The following shall apply prior to the issuance of a building permit.
1. Second Dwelling Unit and Backyard Cottage.
a. Either the primary dwelling unit, the Second Dwelling Unit, or the Backyard Cottage shall be owner-occupied.
b. The property owner shall enter into a restrictive covenant with the City, which shall be recorded against the property.
c. The covenant shall confirm that either the primary dwelling unit, the Second Dwelling Unit, or the Backyard Cottage shall be owner-occupied and prohibit rental of both units at the same time.
d. It shall further provide that the Second Dwelling Unit or Backyard Cottage shall not be sold, or title thereto transferred separate and apart from the rest of the property.
Definition of Tiny House added to City of Fresno Development Code
Tiny House. A structure intended for separate, independent living quarters for one household that meets these six conditions:
  • Is licensed and registered with the California Department of Motor Vehicles and meets ANSI 119.2 or 119.5 requirements;
  • Is towable by a bumper hitch, frame-towing hitch, or fifth-wheel connection. Cannot (and is designed not to) move under its own power. When sited on a parcel per requirements of this Code, the wheels and undercarriage shall be skirted;
  • Is no larger than allowed by California State Law for movement on public highways;
  • Has at least 100 square feet of first floor interior living space;
  • Is a detached self-contained unit which includes basic functional areas that support normal daily routines such as cooking, sleeping, and toiletry; and 
  • Is designed and built to look like a conventional building structure.
Be Sociable, Share!

Special Announcement;

Shop holds have been discontinued

We have shop space open for a new tiny house. Also, we no longer sell slot holds for production.

Effective immediately, jobs that are sold are moved into production in the order they are sold. No one can reserve a slot for possible use later.

Be Sociable, Share!

Freedom Tiny House Series

Ponderosa Tiny House

Features;

  • Custom tiny house trailer
  • Size 8′-6″ x 26′-0″
  • Sleeps 3 – 5
  • Curved Bow for aerodynamics when towing
  • Sunken Living Room
  • Full Sized tub
  • Space for washer dryer
  • Vanity at bath
  • Dual Lofts
  • Dual Stairs with storage
  • Fold up deck
  • Fold down deck canopy
  • Sliding patio door with grids
  • Wood framed (steel optional)
  • LP Smart Siding shingle panels
  • Corrugated Steel siding
  • Steel roof, guaranteed 50 years
Rustic Traveler Tiny House

Ponderosa Tiny House

Rustic Traveler Slice

Ponderso  Slice

Rustic Traveler Slice

Ponderoas Slice

Pricing starts at   $68,019.53

 

 

Be Sociable, Share!

2016 Prototype Tiny House

Transportable tiny cabin

Specifications

  • 8′x 26″
  • Weight approx 15,000 lbs
  • Sleeps 2
  • Main floor bedroom
  • Covered front porch
  • Green Roof over bedroom
  • Low Profile for towing
  • Box out window in bedroom
  • Beamed ceiling at pitched roof area
  • Separate shower from bath area
  • Closet in bedroom
  • Drop leaf table at kitchen eating area
  • Reading nook with window surround

 

2016 prototype tiny house

2016 prototype tiny house

Prototype 2016 a_2 Prototype 2016 b_2

Be Sociable, Share!

New home in Massachusetts for this tiny house

Parking found in Massachusetts

This tiny house has found a great place to park at in Massachusetts. It took a while but the owner never gave up on finding a great place to live in it. Massachusetts is probably one of the states that can make it difficult to park and live in a tiny house. But, this owner never gave up his search and kept asking a question, ” What do I need to do so I can live in it?”  He finally found a location and town that was willing to work with him. It shows that if one town or city says “no” just move on until you find a town or area that will help you out.

 

Tiny House Lakeview Tiny House Parking Tiny House view of lake

Be Sociable, Share!