Tiny Town Blog

News and information about living legally in Tiny Homes and creating a place for vulnerable people to regain their independence.
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Tour 2018 Update

So today I am facing the potential end of the tiny home tour and the Tiny Town Association. The company I have been working with to build the model tiny home has told me they need me to pay for the work they have done beyond what they are able to sponsor for the model home. They have offered to buy me out for the cash I have put in, then finish the home at their cost, and lease it back to me when I am ready to go on the tour. They gave me until 1pm today to decide. The trailer manufacturer (whom didn’t sponsor the trailer) has told me I need to pay the balance of the cost of the trailer as well. I feel no ill-will to either company, as I understand they have bills they need to pay too.

However, I feel that although they say they will lease the house to me for the tour, because they have repeatedly expressed doubt in my ability to make the tour happen, they will complete the house and sell it, offering to build another when I am “ready” to make the tour. The fact that it would then be their house, they can then control if and when that would happen, based on their opinion of my readiness to take their house on tour.

My bills with the builder and the trailer manufacturer are $24,000. If you can support my effort to raise the funds to take over the completion of the tiny home and begin the tour with a GoFundMe pledge, I will see if there is enough support overall to proceed, if not I will fold the GoFundMe campaign returning your donation.

I have only until 1pm to see if there is support for our tiny home initiatives from people willing to put their money in to help.

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Logan32 Shower Sponsor


Every day we have new sponsors join the Logan32 build. The build continues as the 2018 tour launch rapidly approaches. Check out the latest build photos. Today’s shout-out goes to Longevity Acrylics who is sponsoring the complete shower unit, with built-in seating, grab bars, shelves, doors, and more. This is a great addition to our model tiny home as it is easy to clean, looks great and includes the features that make showering easy for everyone. 

Read about their products here...

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Logan32 Paint & Paper Sponsor

After Tiffany Pratt joined the project to build the Logan32, she started reaching out to her partners and one of the first companies to respond was Farrow & Ball to provide paint and wallpaper. They are a great company to work with and have a distinctive palette of 132 timeless colours which are renowned for their depth and complexity.

Wallpapers are usually made with ink, but not theirs. They use their own richly pigmented paint and traditional block and trough printing methods to give a uniquely tactile finish, creating a seamless connection between paint and paper.

This is going to be one beautiful tiny home for someone in need through Habitat for Humanity, after the tour. You’ve got to see the paint and paper choices Tiffany has made: Tiffany's Paint & Paper choices!

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Logan32 Design Sponsor

Back in February, I began looking for a designer that I could interest in working with me to create a unique "tiny show-home", the Logan32. I planned to take it across Ontario to promote tiny home living as an affordable solution in today's economy. I reached out to Tiffany Pratt, as I had seen her on HGTV's Home to Win for 2 seasons and was drawn to her personality and design style. Tiffany responded and after we chatted on the phone, we found we had more in common with the interest in affordable housing than I knew.

Tiffany was enthusiastic about the project from the start and agreed to work with me to help make Logan32 a reality. She has brought some of her corporate sponsors to support the build, and I am really excited that we are going to have a great looking model home for the tour and then to donate to Habitat for Humanity. With a 49-city tour of Ontario planned to begin this spring, the Logan32 will be the first tiny home to be seen everywhere.

Coming from a for-profit business background, into starting a not-for-profit association, I have come to realize how special the relationships you develop through the things you do are. Not just for the success of the project, but for the genuine interest that people take, and the effort they put into it. Thanks, Tiffany this would not be happening without you. I can't wait to see what you create!

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FEB
11
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Logan32 hits the Road

We’re building the Logan32, a tiny home designed for Tiny Town living and taking it on a 49-city tour across Ontario this year to give people a sense of the tiny lifestyle. We’re starting the tour at Perth’s Tiny House & Green Home Festival on April 21st.

We are also presenting a talk at the show about Tiny Towns, so if you are in the area, drop by the festival, walk through the Logan32 and other tiny homes, and ask questions about Tiny Towns in person: 

https://the2marys-events.com

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FEB
01
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#TinyTownBenefit4

We believe that mobility is a key feature of a tiny home. The fact that you pack-up and move your entire house, rather than the contents of your home makes so much sense to us (we all dislike the moving experience).

Many second-hand tiny homes on the market today, are located on a piece of property. A lot of effort goes into finding a property and setting up the services for a tiny home. Unless the property is sold to another tiny homeowner, this is a significant expense that would not be recovered. The easiest way to recover the expense is to sell the tiny home with the lot. Sort of like you would do with a traditional home.

Buyer beware! Often the tiny home is legally parked on a lot because the homeowner has applied for a building permit for a traditional home. This allows them to reside in the tiny home for 2 +/- years while they are “building” their traditional home. This is a somewhat short-sighted approach as, during the permit period, the municipality that issued the permit expects that a conforming home will be built. They may extend the building timeframe for an additional year, but in most cases that is all.

Our Tiny Town plan is to locate our towns within commuting distance (15 minutes) of large cities. We refer to them as “Host” cities. These cities can provide jobs, markets for products and services, shopping and entertainment. Our Tiny Town will have services to each tiny home lot and plenty of common area around them. Tiny homeowners will be able to pull in, connect to the services and be set up in the new town in little time. Because they do not own the site, they are free to move to another site or town whenever they want. Moving is as simple as booking the new site online, then moving on the schedule they select. Rents (including all utilities) are planned to be modest, as we are designing the town services using renewable resources.

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JAN
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#TinyTownBenefit3

Many tiny home enthusiasts seem to be drawn to the country. Is it because they crave isolation or is it simply because they cannot find a welcoming, legal place to park close to the city. Unless you know a rural property owner that will allow you to park on their land, your only option is to buy land of your own. Once you own the land, you’ve lost your freedom. Moving your tiny home to another town for work or family becomes a chore and setting up in a new location, more work again.

Our Tiny Town model places each town within an easy commute of the host city (ideally 15 minutes max.) This puts you in the country enough that you can escape the rush, but keeps you close enough that you can benefit from everything the city has to offer. Moving within the network is as simple as booking the next town where you want to live, moving your house there and plugging in. It has taken cities a long time to get to the point where they can offer the amenities they do. Why not enjoy that?

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JAN
23
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The Non-toxic Tiny Home

I have started a New Discussion about building non-toxic Tiny Homes for people with chemical sensitivities. You can follow the discussion here:

https://goo.gl/SA6CBR

You can also Join the Association and share your concerns, knowledge, and ideas about any topic we're discussing on the website. 

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JAN
16
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Premier Wynne

Let’s make Ontario Canada’s most progressive province dealing with #affordablehousing #homelessness  https://www.tinytownassociation.com/ARTOprogram @Kathleen_Wynne @housingON @ONgov @jyduclos ‏#nhs @JustinTrudeau .

In the wake of the release of the National Housing Strategy and Premier Wynne's town hall meeting across the province to get feedback from the public, we have Tweeted this to build interest in our proposal under the ARTO program.

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OCT
16
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Affordable housing floor-plan

Part of the TTA mandate is to design, build and manage affordable tiny houses for vulnerable people transitioning from social assistance housing. The program is designed to allow selected participants to own their own tiny home after a set rental period during which they will be required to perform volunteer hours within the town. You can read about the whole program here...

We have been working on designing a floorplan for these tiny homes and the latest version has been posted to our Board Discussion forum here...

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OCT
02
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NFP Certification

Just a quick note to keep everyone in the loop. On October 2nd, we received our official certification from Corporations Canada that as of September 29, 2017 we are a Federally incorporated Canadian Not-For-Profit. This certification will allow us to move forward on many of the projects we have on the go, as well as many new projects that are in the planning stages.

As always, if you are available to help out further, please send me a PM. If you know anyone that is interested in making Tiny Homes a viable housing option, introduce them to the website, encourage them to sign the petition and join the association.

Thanks to all.

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AUG
10
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Tiny Town Association website is active

The Tiny Town Association website is now active. We have been working hard to formalize our Mission and create a direction towards achieving our goals. While we understand that as new information arises and we move through the plan as it exists today, modifications and improvements will be required to bring a version of our vision to reality. ...
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AUG
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Looking for Corporate Partners

​ If you are a company with products or services that you feel will benefit our Tiny Town initiative and/or our Tiny Home social agenda, we encourage you to join our membership and indicate your interest in becoming a corporate partner. Your expertise in your field will be a welcome addition to our project development and its ultimate success. If y...
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