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Spring Break!

Hi and welcome back!  Can you guess where I was last week during spring break???

the famous carpet at the Portland airport.

It was a fun time and the weather held out and I only experienced 1 day of rain the whole week.  For Oregon, that is pretty darn good! =)  However, it is now back to reality and back to work.  Only 6 more weeks of class.

Spring break

So during my time in Oregon (I also had a brief stay in Chicago for a conference) I discovered this little beauty…

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Tiny house in Denver?

Hello and happy hump day!  So as we were exploring Denver this past weekend, we walked past a tiny house!  What?  In city limits you ask???  Yes… it was a juice bar!  I think this is becoming sort of a trend.  It’s really a fancy food truck that looks like a tiny house.  Actually, there’s one downtown where I’m currently located and used as a food truck.  Anyways, I thought this is an interesting concept.

juice bar

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Another tiny house community!

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. =)

Bartlesville, OK

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Would this work???

Hey hey!  This is a short post, as A) I’m busy busy busy and B) because I just want to feedback on this.  As mentioned previously, I’m on a public forum facebook page for tiny house enthusiast.  This page is often filled with tiny house dwellers (see what I did there?) who are building their tiny house and want some feedback or questions about some construction process/issue they may be experiencing.

One of the couples is finishing their build and having some issues finding a legal (key word) parking spot to live in their tiny house full time.  They created these flyers/infographics – which they posted in a public forum so that is why I’m sharing on here – to help them find a parking spot.  This is one of their mock ups.

infographic to find parking
infographic to find parking

They have another more traditional flyer as well but I can’t find their post or the copy I saved so you’ll have to take my word on it.  I have two questions about this from you guys.  1 – would you consider allowing a tiny house to park in your backyard if you had the space?  2 – would you worry about the legality of parking a tiny house on your property? 3 – if you saw a flyer asking to park on your property, would you consider it?

I’m asking because I may do this to find a spot closer to town and minimize my commute time.  I’m trying to think of all possible ways in which to find another (legal) parking spot.  I’m open to all suggestions and ideas.  Please…. =)

Update on zoning

Hey hey!  Welcome back!  This is an update from the zoning post last week. In between posting that topic and today, I uncovered two related resources that you  might find helpful if your having problems with parking your tiny house legally.  I’m part of a group of tiny house enthusiast on facebook and these two websites were posted recently.  This one is a list of states and communities that already legally allow tiny house living.

http://www.tinyhousecommunity.com/places.htm#tinyfriendly

Shout out as I’m also listed as a blogger under their “tiny house blog” page!!! =)

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Insurance Update

Welcome back friends!  Wow, what a busy week.  Hence my lack of a post yesterday.  Oh well, I’ll get caught up this weekend and it’ll be all good.  I just wanted to touch base and let you all know of my insurance update.  I decided to go ahead and switch to the full coverage with the company I discovered at the Tiny House Jamboree even though I had to pay quite a bit more for it.  If I ever move to a location in which the state is covered, I can then get a discount but for now I am able to relocate/move/park anywhere in the US (besides West Virginia) as many times as I so desire within the year and have full coverage.   It’s a relief to know that I will now be able to get a full refund if something does happen to my house and all of my belongings.  =)

In other news, I’m also looking into lots for sale in (or closer) to town to park at for an easier commute.  I found some that are reasonably prices and reasonably sized.  I don’t want to have to mow a huge yard but I still want privacy (and a short commute – by bike if possible).  So, yes, I pretty much just want it all.   I haven’t contacted the seller or anything as it’s just a look-see right now to scope out options.  I checked out the city’s zoning map and the areas I’m looking at are zoned residential, however, the zoning requires a house of at least 1200 sq ft.  wah, wah.  If I decide to pursue this route then I would have to approach the city about changing the minimum square footage requirement. I’m not sure I want to tackle that beast… or maybe just not yet. =)  Check back tomorrow and I’ll discuss some zoning ideas that I heard about from presenters at the Tiny House Jamboree.