Mortgage Free Tiny Home Was Built For How Much? WOW!


After spending years in the rat race, with their lives revolving around paying a hefty mortgage, Andrew and Gabriella Morrison decided to call it quits. They bravely decided to downsize to save money and adjust their lives so they could focus on more important things than monthly bills. Since they both had a background in construction, Andrew and Gabriella built their tiny house (called "hOMe") together. Then, they even set up the website Build A Tiny House to help others do the same.

It’s not everyday that we hear from a Code Enforcement Officer, especially one that is interested in building tiny. So when Jaime wrote to us, I was excited and asked if he would be willing to share his “insider” perspective into the mysterious world of zoning and building departments. In this article you will learn how to go to zoning/building departments with your tiny house plans. He has been gracious enough to reveal everything he has learned during his time working for an East Bay area city in California. Though I realize not everyone will want to go the legalization route with their tiny house, for those of us that do, this information is invaluable.

If zoning says “no” to your project, ask what they would allow and try to get them to work with you. Overall, nearly all Building Officials are friendly, polite and there to help so I hate to admit that there are some that are downright rude. I have even seen some deny projects because they didn’t fit in with the Official’s vision for their jurisdiction, even though the plans complied with the zoning and municipal codes. It helps to ask local builders in your community who they recommend you work with. People in the building community will know which Officials are reasonable and which ones aren’t.

Small and tiny houses have received increasing media coverage including a full length documentary and a serial television show, Tiny House Nation, in 2014 and Tiny House Hunters. The possibility of building one's own home has fueled the movement, particularly for tiny houses on wheels. Tiny houses on wheels are often compared to RVs. However, tiny houses are built to last as long as traditional homes, they use traditional building techniques and materials, and they are aesthetically similar to larger homes.

Some companies have put into motion plans to create tiny home developments.

Workshops to teach the art of tiny house building began to be offered by Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company and others in 2008. In June 2013, the first Tiny House Fair, sponsored by Tiny House Community, was held at the Yestermorrow Design Build School in Vermont, drawing together builders and enthusiasts from across the country. A Tiny House Conference followed in 2014. In August 2015, The Tiny House Jamboree took place over the course of two days in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Sponsored by manufactured housing company, this event attracted an estimated crowd of 40,000, surpassing the expected attendance number of 10,000 visitors.


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