"I realized that I would be better off short-selling the condo and buying a tiny house. One can save up for a tiny house or, even cheaper, build it yourself. You can buy plans from a company called Tumbleweed. I found a company that builds tiny houses and campers: TrekkerTrailers.com. Andrew bennet is the owner. Cool guy. He's making mine and it will be ready in June."
|Brian's house being constructed. Photo courtesy of Brian Coyne.|
|The interior of the home being built.|
Brian is offering rent money to a property owner who is willing to rent out yard or driveway space for him to park his house in, as well as other tasks.
|Think you have space for Brian to park his house on your property? |
He would be happy to hear from you!
Because this is a fairly new concept, legislation doesn't appear to have caught up yet. In some cases, the home could be classified as an RV, though it could also be classified more appropriately as an accessory dwelling unit (ADU). After all, is there really much difference between living in a ~200 square foot rented space within a home and living in a ~200 square foo tiny house next to the home? I guess someone could claim that the tiny home adjacent to an existing home is unsightly, but these homes look pretty cool to me. They are attractive smaller versions of full-size homes with classic architecture and wood exteriors. They are quite different than a fiberglass and plastic RV.
"Because it's small, the materials are high quality. Nice wood interior. Things are beautiful and elegant inside and out." Brian said of tiny homes like his.
|Brian's house will have a wood exterior, seen here under construction.|
"Finally, with a tiny house I have the freedom to move whenever I want provided I find a willing host. This is something a mortgaged house did not easily allow for--also, if this experiment doesn't work out, I can sell the tiny house and recoup most of my costs."
If you think you have space for his home, feel free to contact him at 240-671-5948. Brian has found a homeowner in Rockville who is willing to rent space on their property to him, but they have not drawn up a lease yet, so he is still accepting offers from anyone willing to host him here in Woodmoor or Four Corners.
I think the idea of a tiny house is an interesting one, and I wouldn't be surprised if these became more common given the economic conditions facing many millennials in our neighborhood. While some people in existing homes may have reservations about this idea, I think tiny homes like these would enhance neighborhood character and provide an eclectic vibe to the community. I wouldn't mind seeing some tiny homes around the neighborhood, and I think Brian might be onto something here. To learn more about tiny houses, there is a great blog called Tiny House Talk that details what it's like to live in a tiny house, and why they are becoming more popular as a from of high quality affordable housing.