Building a Tiny House for Rental on AirBnB

Sounds great. Seems easy. May be a great way to make a little money... or get yourself in big trouble.

Tiny houses are "too cute to ignore," and -- thanks in large part to all the photos and TV shows -- have become an increasingly large blip on state and local regulatory radars. 

From a Long-Term Perspective

While AirBnB seems an option, many areas are taking an increasingly stringent stand against those that list spaces on the short-term rental site. Others, like the county we live in (Chesterfield, Virginia) state that they are actively collecting names of those offering space for rent in our region.

5 Little Words that Guide Our Lives

How simple this phrase, yet how poignant the command to live, laugh, love, learn, and share along a gently winding road... together!

In January, Midge and I joined friends at a local church for a White Stone Ceremony. 

In this personal time of meditation together, each person holds a pure white stone (okay it was a bright piece of bathroom tile), warms the little rock between clasped hands, and sits in quiet contemplation for guidance. Generally a word comes to mind, and helps set an intention for the next year. These first four words came quickly to my mind:

Live. Laugh. Love. Learn... 

Thom's Tips for Building a Tiny House Community

Martha's Vineyard is a historic example of a small, yet tight-knit community built right, from the ground up. Having a shared vision helps guarantee success.

Many folks who seek to live in tiny houses strive to become part of a community. Here are my thoughts on ways to synergize skills, access resources, and develop some momentum in building a shared community of tiny houses.

Building a Core Community

While the term "community" in today's American culture is often synonymous with "housing and development," tiny house folks often seek to strip the term back to its core definition and realize the greater aspects of living in cooperation and collaboration with others.

Our First Night as Full-Timers

This 2004 34' Artic Fox 5th wheel RV will become our new home as we transition from a conventionally constructed and traditionally styled 2000 sq ft Cape Cod home into "the tiny life" as full-time RV'ers.

Recent moments in time are galvanized on my mind, and I was struck with how our experience would have played on camera for a reality TV program...

Building a Cluster Community of Tiny Houses on Shared Property

Some folks have great plans for small spaces. Rather than merely offering tiny house parking, consider establishing a mission and vision that drive the values of your community. Check out the Village Collaborative for lots of great ideas for community development.

Many folks are exploring the concept of tiny house communities, especially with the opportunity to work with amenable neighbors on developing a small cluster community along a shared property boundary. 

Many counties consider tiny houses on wheels (THOWs) to be recreational vehicles (RVs) and they prohibit living full-time in RVs on residential neighborhoods, agricultural land, and even properly approved campgrounds.

Full-Time RV'ing to Test Tiny House Living

Thom and Midge Stanton purchased this 34 foot, 4-season, 5th wheel travel trailer to try out full-time tiny house living.

In case you hadn't heard, my wife and I have taken the tiny house plunge and bought a preowned 4-season 34 foot 5th wheel RV. Our Artic Fox RV has thicker walls and roofing than the traditional travel trailer, with construction that is more akin to SIPs than stick built construction. We'll have the same types of space as a tiny house, just no loft.


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