Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Two Ends of the Ever-Evolving Tiny House Movement

Below are a couple of new videos that have featured Opportunity Village. The first is by PBS and the second was produced here in Eugene. I've also included a third called "Jay Austin's Beautiful, Illegal Tiny House." The short film begins at Boneyard Studios, and highlights the urgent need in DC for new affordable housing options, such as tiny housing. It also takes a historical look at zoning in the US—a major legal barrier to tiny houses—and claims that the one major city that has remained without zoning—Houston, TX—is actually the most affordable large city in America.

You may notice that the housing in the first two videos looks quite different from the tiny houses in the third video. This juxtaposition illustrates the two ends of the spectrum of the ever-evolving tiny house movement—simple, bare-bones structures at one end and elaborately detailed structures on the other. One aimed at providing a very basic housing option for those with little to no income, and the other aimed at  providing a novel housing option for the middle class that preserves many of the conveniences of the modern house.

OVE's next project, Emerald Village, will fall somewhere in between these two ends of the spectrum—offering the next step in the legal evolution of tiny house communities.


  1. May I repost this on my blog?

    1. Yes, for sure. Just please reference at the top: originally posted on tentcityurbanism.com

  2. As the economy presses harder on our pockets, I have been considering tiny houses so as I can be able to manage my bills better. Thanks for this post, it is absolutely resourceful. The developing tiny house community is inspiring. Here is another great post on tiny houses: http://survival-mastery.com/diy/construct/how-to-build-a-tiny-house.html

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