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Contractor in Fight Over Tiny Home

December 8th, 2016 Comments off

Gregg Taylor’s tiny home. Credit: CJOB.

Gregg Taylor, the Alberta, Canada based owner of GHT Contracting constructed the home of his dreams.

And the county he is in told him he had to get rid of it, or face a fine.

Although I’ve been a contractor for my entire adult life, I’ve never built a house that I’ve lived in,” said Taylor.

CJOB reports that the tiny home cost Taylor $15,000 to construct and includes a four foot balcony, two sleeping walls, a full bathroom and a kitchen.  Pretty good when you consider it’s only 20 feet long.

You can tow it on a half-ton truck,” said Taylor. With this economic downturn we’ve experienced here, I decided I’m going to do it.


Gregg Taylor. Credit: Houzz.

Rocky View County has told him if he doesn’t move the home he’ll be slapped with a $1500 fine.

Taylor has the home set up on five acres, but there are no services, which is the problem.

You have to remember this is a rural community; what are you going to do with water and waste water?” said Grant Kaiser, spokesperson for Rocky View County.

If you don’t have a municipal address how are we going to find you when you need the fire department or police department.

The county contends that the home does not meet the proper requirements.

The bottom line is the house simply appeared on the roadside with a large banner on it promoting a construction company,” said Kaiser. “Neighbors objected to the home being there and called it in. This from our perspective has less to do with a tiny home and more to do with advertising, or perhaps to do with a mobile home.

Kaiser also mentioned that plumbing sanitation was also a big concern, but Taylor says there are non-traditional solutions to that problem.

There’s composting toilets, there’s incinerating toilets. You can just use a regular toilet and use a stow and go,” said Taylor. “I’m working on a system right now of recycling my shower water… I recycle my sink water.


Inside Taylor’s tiny home. Credit: GHT.

Kaiser had some advice for Taylor for getting what he wants done.

If he’s looking to build a real tiny home in Rocky View County, simply apply for a development permit and follow the process through,” said Kaiser.

If he’s looking to have a mobile tiny home in Rocky View County then he has to do one of two things; he has to actually find a place that allows for that, or he has to find a property that already has an existing permanent residence on it so that the mobile tiny home can take advantage of the water source, the waste water, the municipal addressing for emergency services.

The Daily Business News has covered the “tiny home” trend for years, including a Missouri based nonprofit that plans to use tiny homes to help the disabled and chronically homeless. MHLivingNews has compared tiny houses to manufactured homes, at this link here. ##

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Dutch Mini Homes start at $95,000 for Smallest Model

October 30th, 2014 Comments off

Dutch_mini_homes___2by4_architects_and_gizmag__creditThe 2by4 Architects design firm in the Netherlands has developed a series of three small modular houses, each a little larger than the previous one.  The tiny mods have wooden walls, frame and roof.  They include an electric heat pump system, as well as optional off-grid components such as a composting toilet, solar panels and rainwater cachement.

The smallest, the 226 square-foot Chalet Aida, has a double-height living room with sliding glass door, a small bedroom with a double bed and a loft bed that sleeps two. The kitchen has the basic fridge, sink and two-burner electric stove, according to gizmag, as well as a small bath with shower and toilet.

The Chalet Tosca has 319 square feet and Chalet Nabucco 516 square feet, similar to Aida, but both have a mezzanine area instead of a loft bed and a different interior layout. Prices range from $95,570 for Aida to $108,314 for the Nabucco modular. Additionally, MHProNews has learned the mini-homes can be lengthened an additional four feet at a cost of $6,371. ##

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Off Grid Tiny Modular Home Transports Readily

October 21st, 2014 Comments off

lucas_brown__tiny_home_lbdandf.com__creditStudents at Green Mountain College in Vermont, guided by Professor Lucas Brown, began working on tiny homes several years ago and have now developed OTIS—Optimal Traveling Independent Space—70 square feet of modular living space, easily suitable for one, that fits on a 5′ X 8′ utility trailer and can be towed by a large four-cylinder vehicle.

With environmental sustainability as the backdrop, the 16 students in the Renewable Energy and Ecological Design class (REED) included a composting toilet, a single 120-watt solar panel for electricity, water cachement and a small wood stove for heat and cooking. Making it if off-grid allows travel for the modular most anywhere.

The windows are made of polygal, which has a higher R value than single paned glass, and the

lucas brown  treehugger com  credit  tiny pod housetransparent shell, which brings in natural light, utilizes the same material as found in insulated Kalwall panels. The curved wood struts that provide the frame for the tiny home are milled on computer-controlled equipment for precision. The students researched, designed and built the home in 15 weeks.

As Brown tells MHProNews, noting that Millennials are shying away from the suburbs: “The appeal of living a smaller and more nomadic lifestyle represents a new take on the American Dream, especially among students in this millennial generation. They (students) aren’t interested in being tied down with rent or a mortgage right after college. Something about having their own living space which is very low maintenance and very mobile suggests a different set of priorities.” Student Adam Zais, from Wisconsin, says, “Things like this–even if it doesn’t change the world, it’s helping to change our ways of thinking and that’s important.” Brown says the house would sell for $8,000-$10,000. ##

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