Posts Tagged ‘tiny home movement’

Vintage Tiny Home Living Nearly One Hundred Years Old

July 15th, 2015 Comments off

south_shaffer_cottages__ocregister_leonard_ortiz__orange_county_caWhile the tiny home movement is springing up in different parts of the country with newly-built homes and modular micro apartments ranging in size from 200 to 500 square feet, Hugh Siler has restored an original 1923 four-plex in Orange County, California, each apartment with 475 square feet.

When Siler bought the South Shaffer Cottages in 2011 for $585,000 they were in sad shape—a rotting bathroom floor, no heat in one unit, and another had not hot water.. He has since spent $175,000 and 4,000 hours renovating the units with furnishings and replicas of the era, including 1920s apartment-styled stoves, counter stools from an old Woolworth’s, restored 1940s refrigerators with tiny iceboxes. He even installed pull-chain toilets with the tanks high above the commodes, and apartment-sized claw-foot tubs.

He found authentic or replica light fixtures, switches and doors, according to ocregister, and while he replaced the termite-infested window frames, he re-used the original ripply glass windows, as MHPronews has learned. He also added heating and air conditioning units, and now rents each apartment for $1,500 a month, which is comparable to rents in Old Towne Orange.

Siler says he has a waiting list of prospective tenants. With original hardwood floors that have been refinished, if a unit becomes vacant, Siler says, “I can quickly get the unit repainted, cleaned and ready for the next tenant within two days – or less.

Newlyweds Cayla and Rob Alexander have lived in one of the units since December. For cooking they have a skillet, a casserole dish and one large pot. Cayla says, “We have three bowls and five plates. But when you really come down to it, do you need anything else? ##

(Photo credit: ocregister/Leonard Ortiz–South Shaffer Cottages)

matthew-silver-daily-business-news-mhpronews-comArticle submitted by Matthew J. Silver to Daily Business News-MHProNews.

Tiny Homes Recommended for Princeton, New Jersey

September 4th, 2014 Comments off

tiny_homes__oregonlive_com__techdwell_the_builderWriting in, Anne Waldron Neumann tells MHProNews the Tiny House movement is attractive because it is off the grid—solar panels, recycled building materials, composting toilets, propane tanks—and it offers an anti-consumerism while still being community/neighborhood-friendly. She even suggests they could create more population density in Princeton, New Jersey by parking them in the driveways of affluent homes. She says, “Modular tiny houses, assembled inside factories, could provide steady construction jobs and disaster-relief housing. Tiny houses could form neighborhoods of market-rate and low-income homes. And they could easily be reconfigured as community centers, clinics, or daycare facilities.

We Princetonians can be as forward-thinking and socially conscious as Berkeley, Austin, or Portland residents. Our zoning laws don’t permit RVs parked in driveways but only in garages. But what about tiny houses? How quickly can we reconcile our ordinances with our cultural values and accommodate these eco-friendly, people-friendly, neighborhood-friendly, brave new tiny worlds? How quickly can Princeton accommodate anything new and good? ” MHProNews has posted previous stories about tiny homes. ##

(Image credit: the builder–tiny house)

Very Small Homes Catching Public Eye

August 20th, 2014 Comments off

train_car_converted_to_tiny_home__tinyhouseswoon.com__ceditThe tiny home movement stretches from do-it-yourself models to made-to-order units to converted shipping containers and old cable cars from San Francisco. Pictured is a railroad car in Montana with a studded leather couch and chair and wood-grain floor and ceiling, offset by modern stainless-steel appliances. Compared to the cost of moving a train car and refurbishing it, a manufactured home constructed to Housing and Urban Development (HUD Code) standards is quite affordable. Many tiny homes also pale in cost when compared to redone rail cars, but their dimensions tend to pale as well. Their draw is the uniqueness of the concept of stratifying lives into as small a living space as possible.

These sheds and back yard homes are related to the Tiny House movement, which now has its own TV show, see more linked here.  MHProNews has tracked this and related developments for some years, with news stories like these linked below.

Mom and Dad are Out Back

Medical Mods, Aging in Place

Steve Lefler. VP at Modular Lifestyles, did a guest column on Tiny Houses, linked here.  ##

(Photo credit:–railroad car converted to home)