The Tiny House Summit 2017!

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I'm pretty excited to share this the announcement of the Tiny House Summit with you guys! Every year there are numerous tiny house gatherings, be it the Tiny House Jamboree, or any of the Tiny House Festivals that occur throughout the country, I get a pang of sadness. My husband and I are working professionals with two small children, and sometimes traveling for these amazing events is just not an option. I'm sure many of you are faced with the same challenge of finding either the time or the money, required to attend these awesome events.

Well, what if I told you that there was a way for you to hear awesome keynote speeches from: Abel Zimmerman Zyl, Macy Miller, Andrew Bennett, Andrew Odom, Becky Elder, Brad Kittel, Chris Galusha, Chrissy Bellmyer, Damon DesChamp, Darin Zaruba, Darren Hughes, David & Jeanie Stiles, Felice Cohen, Hari Berzins, Jake & Kiva, Jay Shafer, John & Finn Kernohan, Kelly Hart, Keri Fivecoat-Campbell, Pat Dunham, Saul Rip Hansen, Thom Stanton, Tracey Powell, Valerie Cook & Tim Boffe, Vera Struck, and Zack Giffin without EVEN LEAVING YOUR HOME?!

You'd be stoked right? Like REALLY EXCITED??

What if I told you that you could also hear ME speak about Airbnbing your Tiny House at that very same event? While in your PJs. You don't even have to wear pants! (And, for the record, it's the only time I'll invite you to an event with me without requiring pants ;)) That would be even MORE awesome, right??

What if I ALSO told you that there is one more amazing thing about the Tiny House Summit? IT'S FREE!!

I'm not kidding. You get access to nearly all the amazing leaders in the tiny house movement for absolutely NO MONEY.Well, as you guessed, that event actually exists, and it's being held February 20-the 24th. It'll be on

Well, as you guessed, that event actually exists, and it's being held February 20-the 24th. It'll be on an online summit of tiny awesomeness full of SO MUCH KNOWLEDGE. Seriously, people, I get emails from people all the time asking questions that'll be answered in this event. Questions about:

  • affordability and financial freedom
  •  financing
  • zoning and regulation
  • insurance
  • building your own or buying from a builder
  • family living
  • environmental and healthy materials
  • energy and waste
  • solar power
  • design decisions
  • communities and renting
  • sustainability
  • minimalism
  • permaculture
  • intentional living
  • and MUCH more!

That list is insane. There's no possible way an onsite event could contain this much knowledge share! That's why I had to be a part of it, and why I absolutely had to share it with you guys. 

*BOOM*

Don't wait. Register for the Tiny House Summit now. Click Here, or Here, or pretty much any highlighted place in this post and register now!!

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*This post is cross posted here and at Tiny House Hotelie*

Music City Tiny House is SOLD

 

***Update! Music City Tiny House has been sold and is residing with her new owners in Augusta,GA. It's possible she'll return to the Airbnb market soon, so stay tuned!***

Honestly, I don't know if I ever saw this day coming. When John and I designed and commissioned Music City Tiny House to be built, we envisioned many things, but selling it was not one of them. The tiny house is my happy place. I sit there on the couch and dream of the adventures we could have together, the views that could her windows deserve to behold and the people we would meet along the way. 

Though, when we built her, I never envisioned renting her out to other people either. 

John and I wanted what every tiny house dweller wants. A simpler lifestyle, financial freedom, less environmental impact, a lifestyle we knew we could afford even if one of us lost our jobs. We've taken some risks to get her and keep her, for sure. We cashed out my retirement (I hear the gasps. I know.) to buy her. We ended up buying a "big house" in a not-so-great area of Nashville so we had a place to park her since nobody would host us, and we decided not to hide her, but to openly host public open houses, charity events, tiny-house friendly politician fundraisers, and putting her all over Airbnb and the tiny house network. We did it because we believe in what tiny houses stand for, and who they can help. We did it because we wanted to increase awareness and, hopefully, legal acceptance of them. 

We don't regret a single thing about our tiny house journey, except for the fact that we never got the chance to live in her. We came to terms early on with the fact that OUR place in the tiny house movement was in the advocacy of tiny houses; in the facilitating of OTHER people to go tiny by hosting them, allowing them to "test drive the tiny life," by answering the hundreds of inquiries we've received via email, and speaking at public events in front of large crowds who are intrigued and seeking additional info about tiny houses. 

It has been an AMAZING few years!

Unfortunately, last week we were served with the papers we knew would someday arrive: Codes telling us to "shut 'er down."

We could fight it, we could go underground and just avoid Airbnb, which is how they likely found us. We could move her to another location, like an RV park, and host from there. We could do a lot of things. What we're doing instead, is selling it.

Why? Because life has caught up to us. When we first started on this journey, it was to simplify our lives. The minute we started Airbnbing, hosting open houses, and advocating for tiny houses while each holding full-time professional positions and raising a toddler, things got more complicated, not less. Then, 5 months ago, we had another baby. Then my sister and HER newborn moved in with us. Then I started the ball rolling on a business venture that I am so excited about my heart wants to explode. Then we got served papers to stop hosting people in our tiny house. And while it makes me sad that this move to sell the tiny house means this chapter of our tiny house adventure is coming to a close, something needs to give or the complexity of our lives is going to IMPLODE our lives. Plus, I'm bootstrapping this business and I believe in it so hard I'd sell almost anything (seriously, my couch is for sale too). 

In truth, when we commissioned our tiny house from Tennessee Tiny Homes, I gave him our budget and told him to make it awesome because "She's going to be a flagship for the tiny house movement," and BOY has she! Her pictures are literally ALL over pinterest. She's been featured in Country Living, Thrillest, Refinery29, FYI, the local news, This City is Full, Shareable, and so so many more. We've hosted of 500 overnight guests, nearly ALL of them were tiny house enthusiasts test driving the tiny life. We've hosted hundreds more at our free open houses that we hold monthly. I've spoken to yet hundreds more on the topic of tiny houses at numerous Nashville events. I talk to total strangers and when MCTH comes up, people say "Oh! I've seen pictures of your house before!" By almost all definitions, Music City Tiny House IS a flagship for the tiny house movement. We couldn't be prouder <3

My guess is that she won't stop being a flagship wherever she goes next:)

SO. Here's the skinny. She's for sale, and we're asking $38,000 to drive her away with all the goodies you need to use her as a guest house, including multiple sets of sheets, towels, bathmats, shower curtains, mattresses, dishes, coffee maker. We'll also transfer the rights to the website, the social media accounts (almost 6k followers between Facebook and Twitter). Everything. I'll even consult on getting you up to speed on hosting (I do have a masters from the Cornell Hotel School afterall ;).

We're also taking best offers if you want to purchase it without all the business pieces. 

What's inside? There are a ton of pictures of her on this site, but she has a Separett toilet, a full electric range, an apartment sized fridge, a farmhouse sink, two queen sized memory foam mattresses, a leather couch, premium walnut hardwood floors, a Pioneer split unit, a 27' VIZIO smart TV, and 10 double paned, upgraded and GIANT windows. 

If you are a serious buyer with more questions, and you think you'd like to host MCTH on her next adventure, you can email me at musiccitytinyhouse@gmail.com.

Why We Fight for Tiny Houses

Originally posted on February 11th, 2015 and recovered via Wayback Machine.

There was a documentary primarily shown during WW2 to soldiers called “Why We Fight” to inspire their sense of duty and patriotism. While we know that what we are doing isn’t nearly as brave, selfless and righteous as soldiers in war, we also know why we fight. We fight because we believe in something greater than Tiny Houses.

The tiny house movement for us isn’t just about individuals being able to purchase and live in tiny houses. It’s about more than that. Sarah and I had multiple reasons to build the Tiny House. Some reasons were practical; like it’s less expensive to operate, they’re more environmentally sustainable, and the lifestyle helps pay down debt. Still others were more “philosophical” in nature, and when thinking in philosophical terms, we ask ourselves of purpose: what purpose do Tiny Houses serve? What is the inherent value? These questions are more difficult to measure and not so quantitative.

When Sarah first started talking about tiny houses I was actually in the middle of a course in the Philosophy of Happiness. The over-arching question of the course was what makes someone happy and how one becomes happier. I’ve always been happiest when I had less to worry about. Less material possessions, nice clothes, and other stuff that inevitably, especially around me, would get dirty or broken. I also am happiest when I’m working on behalf of a community. I realized this when I switched from working in hospitality to nonprofits.

At the time I was working for Miriam’s Kitchen whose mission is to end chronic homelessness in Washington, D.C. We advocated for a model of housing called “Housing First” that, in my opinion, Tiny Houses could provide a real solution to increasing the quantity of units in urban spaces. Most people might not realize that it would actually cost less for our municipalities to house people experiencing homelessness then leaving them on the street. Housing First offers permanent and affordable housing rapidly without all the barriers of traditional subsidized housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Once housed in a permanent supportive housing unit, services such as health and case management are provided on-site or on a consistent basis. Through this method, we reduce the frequency that people experiencing homelessness use emergency services such as emergency rooms, police, and other expensive public services.

Tiny Houses in urban centers would generate urban in-fill and provide low-income communities with better access to jobs, services, and community-groups or organizations that help support and create a thriving environment. The more Sarah and I thought about it the more I wanted to put my money where my mouth was. When we realized that we could not yet legally live in our tiny house it was demoralizing, but we soon realized that it also offered an even more impactful opportunity for us to open our doors to more than just friends and family, but to everyone! We could provide an opportunity for tiny house hopefuls, advocates, and even skeptics to see its potential.

But we went even further. We opened our tiny doors to policy makers, organizations and affordable housing advocates to inspire them by what Tiny Houses provide for affordable housing and urban planning policy. Tiny Houses serve many purposes, but the inherent value to them is perhaps its symbology. It’s a symbol of possibilities. Possibilities for more sustainable lifestyles, for improved efficiency, and most importantly for the possibility to house people that need it most.

All of you that have stayed, followed, or visited Music City Tiny House are all apart of this change. You support us with your enthusiasm, your passion and your excitement. We hope that you will tell more people about us, or short of that,  at least tell them about the movement. We hope that you will continue to share with us your successes, challenges, frustrations and questions so that we can be a part of each of your own tiny house journeys, because, at the end of the day, we’re here for this community and our main goal is to improve our country/city/towns ability to provide affordable housing for everyone.

Sometimes The Tiny Life = MORE Stress

Originally posted on January 12th, 2015 on our original blog, recovered using the amazing tool Wayback Machine

This morning I read a post from The Rich Life with Casey Friday and SO much of it really connected it with me. I really love posts that open up the chest and get to the meat of things, and this was one of those posts.

To summarize, their tiny house was stolen, and the reality of that moment really got them to thinking about their decision to “go tiny.” When their tiny house was returned, they decided to sell it. They had realized that, for a number of reasons, they did not want to live in the tiny house they had just spend 2.5 years and over $20k building. And you know what? THAT’S OK!!

John and I get asked all the time why we don’t live in our tiny house, and while many of the questions are out of pure curiosity, others seem to insinuate that we’re hacks or impostors and that we can’t really be part of the movement without living in the tiny house. We don’t take it personally because we truly believe that our part in the movement is an important one (and arguably more beneficial to the movement than if we were quietly living in it ourselves) but that kind of criticism can be a lot for some people. I want to be the first to tell you, if you’re considering going tiny, and you get half way through the process, or hell ALL the way through the process, and you change your mind, WHO CARES?? You have not failed at anything, you’ve just found something that doesn’t work for you. Like that orangey-red hair color I tried out in college, or that anchovy pizza I ordered and convinced my husband that I’d like. Sell the house, move on.

Jessica Friday goes into great detail about why they’ve realized that living in that tiny house (note that I didn’t not say “going tiny”) was not the right decision for them at this stage in their lives, and I want to discuss a couple of them.

1) Safety. She talks a little about how the land they painstakingly located, purchased, and planned to live in their tiny house on no longer felt safe after having their tiny house stolen from it. She went on to say that that she didn’t want to go through that process again to sell and then buy more land. I personally have been through that painful process and I can tell you I wouldn’t want to do it again either, but there is merit in her safety expectations. While there are ways to prevent your tiny house from being stolen, if you live in an area where people steal shit, they’ll just go for other shit. Your car, your bike, or maybe they’ll just break your window and come inside. My point is, don’t compromise your own sense of security just because it’s the only place you feel like you can put your tiny house. That’ll just add stress to your life.

2) Living in the “boonies.” Anyone who has spent 5 minutes with me, watched some of our video interviews, or read our blog from end-to-end knows how I feel about tiny houses placed on large acres of land. To each their own, and right now it’s the only option for people who are passionate about living in a tiny house (legally), but John and I believe tiny houses BELONG in urban centers. They belong in areas where they are helping deal with affordable housing needs and infill. They belong where you can take a quick trip to the market on your bike, or where you have access to things like public transportation, and well, other people. To me, there is no sense in downsizing your life, moving out to the sticks, and then commuting and hour each way to work. You’ve just made efforts to reclaims a chunk of your life, just to give it away to your daily commute! I should clarify (before I start getting hate comments) if you WANT to live in the country an hour from civilization and you work from home or love commuting, or whatever, DO IT! Our retirement plan includes a homestead, farm animals, a few acres and our tiny house, but right now, we’re working at jobs we love and saving that cash for that farm and I don’t want to spend the hours I could be with my family in the car driving to and from.

3) Priorities changed. This is a big one. The tiny life is a patient life, and sometimes (especially when it takes 2.5 years to build) what is the most important to you at the beginning isn’t at the end. Maybe you had a baby, or started school, or graduated school, or changed jobs, or changed significant others, or maybe you tried out the life and realized that you hate small spaces or that you like having stuff. That’s life! You know what else is life? Not living in the same house forever.

I’m starting a new paragraph here to emphasis this point. Deciding to live in a tiny house does NOT mean you have to continue to live in one FOREVER. I have always seen tiny houses as the perfect housing solution for some people are SOME points in their life. Simple as that. When you’re in college? Perfect housing solution. Single? Perfect. A couple without a lot of stuff? Perfect. Retired? Perfect. A small military family that moves a lot? Perfect! This list goes on and on, but my point is that tiny houses may not be the perfect housing solution for EVERY stage of your life, and that is OK! John and I get asked a lot if we’ll move into our tiny house if (when) we get the zoning and building codes changes in Nashville to allow them. Our answer always shocks them when we say probably not. The thing is, we built the tiny house with the expectations of living in it a few years while we built a small house (600sqft or so) and then used the tiny as a guest house. We don’t plan on being a family of 3 forever, and when that 4th person comes, our tiny just won’t be big enough. It’s already been a year since we began our tiny house journey, and it’ll be only another year or two before we add that 4th person. Luckily it’ll still be there when we retire:)

4) A shrinking life. This is a realization that probably wasn’t easy for Jessica to make. Her determination to fit herself and her life into her tiny house had resulted in her shrinking her expectations of herself. To her, this life decision meant she didn’t need to make much money or live a life with any luxuries. But she LIKED making money and maybe she wanted to choose a night out with friends drinking good wine instead of saving every dime to construct her tiny house. I get this one. I TOTALLY get this one. If you’ve made a life decision that is compromising your happiness with your own life, move on. I applaud her for recognizing that her tiny house life was not making her as happy as she would have liked and taking steps to rectify that.

5) “Going Tiny” does NOT mean living in a Tiny House on Wheels/200sqft home. This one is the most important, so I left it for last. All of you probably already know this, but you CAN “go tiny” in things other than “tiny houses” and in things bigger than 200sqft. For Jessica and Casey, this now means a small apartment in the city without a car.  Yay! “Going tiny” might look different for everyone because the truth of the matter is that it’s not about living in a small space built on wheels, it’s about a mindset of living with less, making more mindful purchases, utilizing less of our natural resources, spending less money so that you can spend less of your life working to pay for your lifestyle and so that you can have more time to spend with your loved ones or on things that you love. None of those things require a house to do so feel free to “Go Tiny” where you live today!

To conclude my post, I want to invite all you readers to make efforts to “go tiny” in the lives you’re living right now, even if you’re not in a tiny house. Hopefully I’ve spewed some helpful information that will assist you in some way along your own tiny house journey:)

For The Record: The Tiny House Movement is NOT About Cheap Houses

Originally Posted on December 14th 2014 on our previous blog. Recovered thanks to the amazing website Wayback Machine

Oddly, I’ve been thinking about writing a post about the “spirit” behind the tiny house movement for a while now based on some of the comments I’ve seen floating around the tiny house realm. Last night, however, after the showing of HGTV’s new Tiny House Hunters, the negative reaction of so many “haters” (for lack of a better generalized term) finally gave me the incentive I needed to wake up super early and get it done. For some hard to explain reason, it’s super important to me that I clarify that the tiny house movement is NOT about cheap dwellings!

If you page through this blog, you’ll see some of my earlier posts that discuss the reasons that John and I decided to build a tiny house and a cheap house really wasn’t one of them. Sure, we were looking for financial freedom, a more simplistic and less consumeristic lifestyle, but we weren’t looking for a $5,000 dwelling or even a $20,000 one. We knew that if a tiny house were going to work for us we were going to have to love being in it and for us, that meant a kitchen we could cook in with upgraded appliances, tons of upgraded windows to keep the heating/cooling inside while letting the light and “space” of the outside in, a bathroom at the opposite end of the house as the kitchen, giant French doors, and a construction that would last our lifetime. We also knew that we weren’t going to be able to build it ourselves so we were going to have to pay for someone else’s’ time and experience. Our budget was $45,000.

This number, surprisingly, brings us a lot of hate in the movement, as though the fact we could pay such a large sum of money makes us unworthy of the tiny house movement.

“You could buy a “big” house where I live for that amount of money.”

We probably could, but we don’t want to live where you live. We want to live where WE live and there currently aren’t any houses with our finishes going for $45,000 in downtown Nashville.

“Looks like the greed factor is hitting the tiny house market”

Greed? We decided to pare down our belongings to only what could fit inside 204sqft and live with a family of 3 people a dog and a cat because we realized the consumerism of our society was causing us to work hard just to pay for our lifestyle without bringing any real happiness. We used the sale of our 1200 sqft condo and our 401k’s to pay for our tiny house. What part of that is fueled by greed?

“If you’re paying more than $15k-$20k for a tiny house, you don’t need a tiny house and should just put a downpayment on a big house.”

The reasoning behind this comment is so flawed I shouldn’t even include it here, but the spirit behind it works with my point. Tiny houses aren’t always about IMMEDIATE need. Sure, we had the ability to access a large chunk of cash in the immediate to build our tiny house, but the goal was to learn to live a more simplified life now so that we were financially more stable later down the road. Sinking that money into a big house would have done nothing to facilitate that PLUS it wouldn’t have addressed the other reason we went tiny, and that was to be an advocate for the entire movement!

I’m about to get political here, so bear with me. If the tiny house movement was filled solely with thousands of people who couldn’t afford to buy any other type of house, where they spend only the bare minimum of money on constructing a tiny house, and then stick them the only place you can legally stick one (on a large plot of rural land), do you think they’d have gotten the attention of not one, not two, not three, but numerous national television shows? Do you think they’d be driving the change in many cities that are changing building and zoning regulations to allow tiny dwellings? Maybe, but I don’t think so.

There was a point in our build where we realized we’d have no place to put it without going rural, and that drove me to the point of panic. We didn’t WANT to live 60 minutes from work. Spending our lives commuting was one of the reasons we left DC and embarked on our tiny house journey. We sat down and contemplated pulling the plug on the whole idea. We wrote out a list of pros and cons of continuing with the build, and to be honest, the cons had a much longer list. Ultimately, we decided to forge ahead anyways though, and not for our own reasons. We decided that even if we couldn’t live in our tiny house right away, we could use it to spread the word about the tiny house movement. Exposure and education was the key to changing regulations and giving the tiny house movement the foot-in-the-door it needed to be legal so that the people who did truly need dwelling options that were more affordable would have access to them. We decided to host monthly open houses and to open up our home for tiny house hopefuls to rent out and test drive because we knew that most people wouldn’t take the plunge or fight for the tiny house movement unless they had seen one and moved around in one.

We decided to be a part of the solution and a part of the change instead a part of the problem, and to do that, we were willing to “pay to play.”

Ultimately, what I’m trying to get at is that not everyone in the tiny house movement is looking for a cheap place to live. Some people are looking for simplicity/minimalism, some people are looking for mobility, some people are looking for a luxury they wouldn’t be able to afford in a “big” house, and some are looking for something else all together. That doesn’t make them unworthy of the tiny house movement, it doesn’t mean they’re soiling the movement or detracting from the movement. The movement isn’t about money at all, it’s about the freedom to live within your means, whatever those means are. And in my opinion, those who NEED the cheap housing also NEED the people who can afford to make fancy expensive tiny houses so that they can gain exposure and move the movement forward. This movement requires all types and we need to work together.

In the end, we’re tiny, we don’t take up much room. There is more than enough room in this movement for all of us.

Tiny Houses in Nashville. What We Know and What You Should Know Too.

This post was one of the most popular posts on our previous blog, and it's the number one topic of the email inquiries that come through, so it's probably best to get this one out of the way first.

The short answer that I always give when people ask me about tiny houses in Nashville is this: Currently, there is NOWHERE in Nashville where tiny houses on WHEELS are legal to LIVE in. I know. That seems crazy because people have them, hell, WE have one! They're still not legal to live in.

Now, the long answer (buckle up, because I promise this gets confusing.)

Are Tiny Houses Legal in Nashville?

Yes. 

Wait. What? You just said they weren't. 

Kinda. I said Tiny Houses on WHEELS aren't legal to LIVE in here in Nashville. They are totally legal to HAVE. And tiny houses that fall under the guidelines for Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (DADUs) or Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are also legal in some zones in Nashville.

Sarah. You're an asshole. Stop splitting hairs.

Honestly, I'd love to, but the "law" is all about splitting hairs.

Let me start with tiny houses on wheels (THOW). If you want to have a THOW in Nashville, you can. The zoning codes that I dug up once upon a time (they've since moved the code and I haven't been able to locate it again. I'll update here when I find it) stated that you could park vehicles under 18k lbs on your property as long as they were on pavement or gravel. (Let's take a moment here to appreciate living in a city that still allows people to park their boats and RVs on the property, instead of making them pay for storage in the off-season!)

So what does this mean? It means you can have a tiny house and you can park it on property that you own. You'd think that checks all the boxes! But it doesn't. Unless you plan to keep your tiny house on wheels as an office or yoga studio or something, in order to legally LIVE in a tiny house, it needs to have an occupancy permit and in order to have an occupancy permit, it needs to pass building inspection and (please don't kill the messenger) you can't pass the building inspection if you're on wheels as structures on wheels fall under the purview of the DMV and are not considered dwellings (structures intended for sleeping).

But wait. RV's are on wheels and they ARE designed for dwelling.

True! However, it's only "legal" to sleep in an RV if it's parked in an area zoned for an RV park. (Please know that I completely understand how ridiculous this is getting. I wish that were the end of it the insanity, but it's not)

So, what if I took it OFF it's wheels, so that it WOULD fall under the purview of the building department, they could inspect it and I could get an occupancy permit.

It's a good thought! Unfortunately, as of right now Nashville has only adopted the 2013 International Building Codes, and while they are more tiny house friendly than the previous version, it's still not possible to build a tiny house to road-worthy specs and have it pass the building inspection.

This is ridiculous. Okay. So I guess I'll just have to buy a plot of land and build a tiny house on a foundation.

 Well, not so fast. Maybe. There are some plots of land in Nashville without a minimum sq ft requirement; they are mostly located in historic districts. Unfortunately, those districts are also usually really expensive to buy land in, which kinda defeats the purpose of a tiny house to begin with. 

Shit. (I'm assuming here that you swear. If you don't skip that part). You mentioned that DADUs are legal in some zones. Tell me more about those.

Gladly! DADUs/ADUs are structures (and they can be tiny!) that are secondary to a primary dwelling. They must be permitted and built to code. In most zones that allow them (and not all do, so check the zoning for your particular plot of land because yours could be different than even your neighbors) they just can't be larger than 700 sqft (or over 900 if there is a garage in it). Last I read, there was not a minimum sqft requirement, but it would have to abide by all building codes, which would require it to be a few hundred sqft. 

So, having said all that, there are a couple drawbacks to DADUs/ ADUs. 

1) There has to be a larger primary dwelling on the property, and the property has to be located in a zone that allows DADUs. Oh, and the secondary structure has to be owned by the same person who owns the primary structure. This sucks for obvious reasons.

2) The structure can't be any taller than the main structure (so if the main structure has one floor, the DADU/ADU can't have two floors).

3) The DADU/ADU must have a similar physical appearance as the main structure. (Boo.)

4) They have to have a DADU/ADU permit, which costs upwards of $1,000. 

If all this is true Sarah, than how do you guys have Music City Tiny House?!?

Well, friend, it's because we're not following the rules. When John and I decided to join this movement, we knew full well that it wasn't officially permitted in most cities yet. Instead of being mad about it, we decided to push forward and become advocates, knowing full well that we could get shut down at any moment. We wanted to expose as many people to the tiny house world/philosophy as we could, because the more people that know about it, the more supporters it would have, and the more supporters it has, the more likely it is that we'll get the laws and regulations changed so that someday tiny houses will be LEGAL in Nashville!! That's our goal.

So, there you have it folks. It's what we know about tiny houses in Nashville, and now you know too. If you have any questions that I have managed not to include here comment below and I'll respond!

 

Where Have We Been??

The past year or so has been an epic year for us personally, but it's been so busy, it's caused us to have to pull back a little from our tiny house advocacy efforts. John started law school, we found out we were expecting our second daughter (which means I'm sick and miserable for 9 months), John changed jobs, etc. We've been running at max capacity for so long, that only now, in the 6th week of my maternity leave, have I had the chance to come up for air and take the time to rebuild the website and blog that got lost in cyber space. (Long story).

The good news is that I'm back, or at least I'm back to allocating whatever time and energy I have left after working full time and wrangling an infant and a toddler ;) The bad news is that all the posts, all the information, all the resources I had compiled for you guys on the other blog are lost, and I have to start over. It won't happen overnight, but I'll try and replace the content that was the most popular first. Be patient, and don't hesitate to send in requests for content you're interested in but I haven't tackled yet. 

In the meantime, take a look at this cuteness. It'll at least help you understand why I've been incapable of pulling myself away ;)