There are a lot of people in America’s economy right now looking at simpler, cheaper, easier ways to live.
They don’t want to sacrifice quality of life to get it either. One solution that becomes more popular by the month is a tiny house: small, shed sized cottages with custom, quality construction built for full time living.
A few have managed to make the transition smoothly, without needing to move out of city limits, or into a mobile home park.
It’s not easy.
Municipalities don’t have anything like this in their building and zoning codes and many of them are afraid of the drop in property values they fear will happen if they allow it.
It’s rare when a group not only manages to find a home for a tiny house in town, but builds an entire community of them.
The outside of Lina’s charming tiny house.
Lina Menard is a pioneer. No, she doesn’t have a covered wagon, but she is challenging the frontier of what is commonly thought of as the proper way to live.
From the time she was fourteen, she has been interested in a movement known as “cohousing” that allows resources to be shared between individuals or families, such as gardens, storage units and yards.
The kitchen in Lina’s tiny house, including her cat’s favorite hiding spot.
It was not much of a surprise that she became part of a group that managed to find and purchase a piece of property that already had an existing home and plenty of room for multiple tiny houses.
This is not a “tiny house in a backyard” situation or an “upscale RV park” for tinies.
The community gives plenty of space for activities together, or alone.
So, how does it work? The big house on the property houses bathroom facilities, kitchen, dining and living areas, as well as a community guest room.
There are also four tiny houses on the property that serve as detached bedrooms. Residents decrease their living expenses radically, while still having full amenities available for their use as needed.
A lot of people haven’t actually done it, though, because it’s hard enough to figure out where to put one tiny house. To try to figure out where to put a bunch of them is really a challenge. Not just in terms of the physical space, but the legality.
Read more about Lina’s experience at Unlikely Lives.