The idea of the tiny house is catching on. The homes as well as the trend itself are getting to be not-so-tiny. There are a few shows on TV about people building their ideal tiny home. Floyd saw something in the paper today about a website devoted to organizing and marketing tiny house plans called Tiny House Plans. I found another called Tiny House Basics. Pretty interesting if you ask me.
The face of neighbourhoods will change if this catches on more than it has. Imagine a housing area where people just hook up their houses and drive them away. If you don’t like the neighbourhood, move. Suppose you move your house into a neighbourhood thinking the dynamics of your area will be a certain way – but within a few months it could change dramatically.
- Will there be communes of people who govern if you can move your house in?
- Will it be like a mobile home park where you have to apply to a board or association to move in?
- Will tiny lots be for sale? For rent or lease?
- Will people have fences? Street lights? Sidewalks? Or will it be more organic like a campground with individual campsites?
- Will each neighbourhood have grey or black water dumpsites like RV parks?
- Will something like KOA start up tiny house areas called THOA?
- Will mobile home parks, like Parkbridge Estates, Bridge Villa Estates, Parkview Estates, or or Westside Trailer Court accept tiny homes? (These are all in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.)
- Should they have wheelchair access and comply to accessibility laws? What about the concept of Universal Design?
- Will Alberta Building Code eventually get into it? (Or whatever province, state, or country you’re in.)
- Should there be electrical, natural gas, water, and sewer hookups?
- Can you phone up Shaw to get a coaxial line into your house for TV & internet? Will Telus lay some phone lines for you?
- Will you pay land tax? Isn’t that what the tiny house movement is fighting against? Or will gentrification happen happen to this movement?
- Is this a green movement, or does the lack of building code for these houses allow them to leak heat?
- Can this solve some of the issues with homelessness?
- Can a person have registration or insurance on a trailer without owning a tow vehicle?
- Will hippies take over the world?
These are all questions that might want to be talked about. Like, where are all these tiny home people putting their newly-acquired tiny homes?
- “A tiny home on a permanent foundation is considered a single detached dwelling,” and
- “A tiny home on a chassis and placed on a temporary foundation with connections to utlity services is considered a manufactured home.” (Funny that they misspelled “utility”.)