The Birth of Burleigh Plantation – a Tiny House Community

The Birth of Burleigh Plantation – a Tiny House Community

Karen is a self-described rebel with a servant’s heart. She has the drive & gumption to create a brilliant community in Southern Louisiana.

The community layout she chose is among my favorite, which promotes social interaction and downright coziness. Each cluster of tiny houses will have its own central courtyard.

Right away, I’d say she is off to a great start! Read on. Decide if this could be the right community for you!

This Could End the Tiny House Community Movement

This Could End the Tiny House Community Movement

Facebook Google+ Twitter LinkedIn Pinterest That isn’t a click-bait title. There is a serious dilemma facing Tiny House Communities that isn’t receiving enough attention. People are focusing on the legality & development of communities, which is of course needed. However, few communities are focusing on interdependence skills. See my recent post on the difference between a neighborhood and a community Humans are beautifully flawed, messy creatures. Combining two households can be turbulent. Most marriages end in divorce, right? Combining the

Living in an Intentional Community: A Case Study of Twin Oaks

Living in an Intentional Community: A Case Study of Twin Oaks

Facebook Google+ Twitter LinkedIn Pinterest People often ask me to define “Intentional Community”. In short, it is a planned community of self-selecting residents with common values that prioritize social cohesion, shared responsibilities & shared resources.  I find it best to provide an overview of an existing intentional community. Below, I will provide a case study of Twin Oaks. You may resonate with or against some of what you read. Keep in mind that each community decides what works best for

2014 Annual Community Conference Recap: First Exposure

2014 Annual Community Conference Recap: First Exposure

Facebook Google+ Twitter LinkedIn Pinterest This was written in 2014 after my first visit to the Annual Communities Conference hosted by Twin Oaks, near Charlottesville, VA. I’ve since returned every Labor Day weekend to catch each year’s conference. Those in attendance hailed from all corners of the US and even some from across the pond. Many were already living communally, others were somewhere in the process of forming communities, while others were just community-curious. Each day consisted of morning and

7 Resources for Starting a Community

7 Resources for Starting a Community

Forming a community is HARD. I’ve tried (& failed) several times. Forming a community is like starting a business & marrying 30 people at the same time. The odds are really stacked against you. But there are successful communities out there. What did they do right? What resources are available to help you avoid common mistakes?

I HIGHLY recommend Creating a Life Together by Diana Leafe Christian. The author spent decades visiting successful and failed communities to determine what commonalities were found among them. She also outlines a slew of tools & resources.

What is the difference between an RV Park & a Tiny House Community?

What is the difference between an RV Park & a Tiny House Community?

I get asked that a lot. But I think it is the wrong question. I feel a better question is “What is the difference between a neighborhood and a community?”

Typically, a neighborhood is built to improve the wealth of a developer or landlord. The ultimate goal is profit. On the other end of the spectrum is a people-based model, where the bottom line is maximizing the happiness index & meeting the needs of the residents.