Hello friends! How’s this Wednesday treating you? Are you back into your normal routine? Some exciting news today that I want to share about the tiny house movement. When you think of the tiny house movement you probably think people live in them in more progressive states such as California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, etc. However, I came across an article today about a tiny house village in OKLAHOMA! What? A very conservative state is building a planned tiny house community in Bartlesville, OK. Yup, I had to look that up too. =)
According to this article: http://www.examiner-enterprise.com/news/20170104/affordable-housing-plan-gets-go-ahead a a 22 house planned tiny house community will be built in this city (town?). However, the stipulations are that they are between 555 sq ft and 1,080 sq ft and most likely on permanent foundations – thus it’s not a THOW (tiny house on wheel) community but a small house community built for “affordable housing”. Uh, that term! Using the term “affordable housing” makes tiny home owners feel like what we’re doing is because we CAN’t afford a bigger house, which, isn’t always the case. I’m a prime example of that. Yes, I can afford a larger (ie, traditional) place to live but am choosing a tiny house not just for final reasons but also because it’s more sustainable! My carbon footprint is a fraction of the size it would be if I lived in a traditional sized house or apartment plus I’m saving water and energy, thus, there is a huge financial savings but there’s also other savings and reasons for going tiny.
Now that I got that out there, this community is still good for the tiny house movement as it’s gaining attention in less progressive states that could hugely benefit from this type of living situation as long as the housing complies with codes. It seems to me that more and more places are changing, adapting, and allowing folks to live in tiny houses. Anything that brings positive attention to the tiny house movement is good in my opinion. What are your thoughts?