Check out this video of my chat with Ryan of the Tiny Life, discussing all things Tiny House Living & Tiny House Communities! This is an informal sitdown chat where we hold a casual conversation touching on various aspects of the tiny house movement. I hope you find it useful.
Living Tiny in Community Lecture Listen to find tiny house parking, with a focus on Tiny House Communities. Learn the different types of available communities, the pros & cons of each type, resources for finding or starting a community, and tools for working together. I regularly visit tiny house festivals as a speaker (before COVID-19). I recorded my lecture and subsequent Q&A when I visited a festival in Austin, TX. This audio is a great way to get a lot
Countless tiny house enthusiasts dream of creating their very own community. But for the brave few who pursue it, starting the process can be incredibly daunting. A common-sense place to start is a quick Google search.
But results on the topic typically include intimidating zoning obstacles, or misleading articles on “livable communities” that are actually mostly hotels or failed developer projects. Good news! If you found this site, then your research just got a whole lot easier with our ever-growing directory of tiny house communities of all kinds.
And this leads us to a couple of the most frequently asked questions for those looking to start a community…
Do you dream of living in a tiny house community? Researching options in our online database is a great place to start. But to truly find out if a particular village is a good fit for you, then you need to experience it firsthand. Time to schedule a visit!
If you’re like me, sometimes excitement can get in the way of clear judgment. So it’s important to thoroughly plan your trip to ensure you maximize your time there. After all, this is a huge decision, your potential future home that will likely involve a big relocation.
Use this helpful guide make the most of your tiny home community visit.
Do you have a group of friends who fantasize about creating a community together? Or, maybe you’ve already made some headway with your group, but you’re spinning wheels or everyone has their own (different) vision of the community. Overwhelmed? Not sure what the next step is? Do you all feel like you’re herding cats?
Never fear. Use this tool among your group to determine who goals & property types align with each other.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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Prepandemic I attended 1-2 tiny house festivals a month as a speaker and brought a professional courtesty booth to help visitors find places to live in their tiny house. This serves as a great benefit to festival goers, builders and festival organizers alike!
Now that the pandemic is easing, I’d love to help your festival.