Tiny House Movement

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What is it?

The #TinyHouseMovement is a social movement where people are choosing to downsize the space they live in; others are moving out of their apartments and becoming owners of the space they live in. The typical American home is around 2,000-5,000 square feet, whereas the typical small or tiny house is between 150 and 400 square feet. Tiny houses come in all shapes, sizes and forms. It enables people to worry less about their finances and experience true freedom.

The most common reasons why people decide to #JoinTheMovement are but not limited to: (1) financial stress, anxiety and depression, (2) environmental concerns and (3) the desire for more time and freedom in their lives. For the vast majority of working Americans 1/3 more than 1⁄2 of their monthly incomes are dedicated to renting a room/apartment or house… or making payments on towards a 30-year mortgage. This translates to a lot of financial stress when emergencies take priority. According to many financial databases, over 70% of Americans right now in 2018 do not have an extra $2,000 for emergency expenses (and don’t we all have unexpected expenses when we least want them?).

The #TinyHouseMovement is exponentially growing. With international attention on CNN, AP, Guardian, HGTV, DIY, FYI, Huffington Post, NBC, Oprah, PBS and so many more, the tiny house movement has helped people learn an alternative way to live their lives.

Tiny House Cribs hears so many stories from customers and non-customers on why they are choosing to become Tiny House Owners and also, why Tiny Houses aren’t for them. We believe that The Tiny House Movement can solve many societal problems facing us.

At Tiny House Cribs, we have differnt subcategories of tiny homes or small homes.  All homes that we make meet life safety and fire prevention standards set for in the I.R.C. or A.N.S.I. -- UPA-1, depending on the type of tiny home we are building.  For those of you that want to live in a Tiny House Crib or rent them out on your private property, you will need to talk to your local Planning Department to make sure its allowed. The City of Fresno, California prides themselves for being one of the first cities to allow Tiny Homes on Wheels as secondary residences (backyard cottages or guest houses) on properties that have single-family homes. Since the release of the recent Tiny House Documentary and the new Tiny House Appendix added onto the 2018 International Residential Code, many cities and counties are really looking forward to allowing Tiny Houses as permanent living units. Many local governments have already adopted the Tiny House Appendix and are working with local Tiny House owners to issue Certificate of Occupancies so that people can live and “dwell” in peace with no government pressure or repercussions.

If your city or county government does not have a Tiny House ordinance or code, we ask that you let us help you achieve that with you. There is a process that each city and county have to go through in order to amend new ordinances and codes that are not currently in their definitions. The average person is not equipped with proper education to legalize Tiny Homes on a local level (they never teach this in our school system… not your fault). With this in mind, Tiny House Cribs advises its customers to abide by all local zoning, codes and land-use ordinances… contact your local city or county officials for specific details.

Emergency Management

2017 was a bad year for North, Central and South American countries. We got hit with record breaking natural disasters. Wildfires in Washington, Oregon and California; Hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida; Earthquakes in Mexico, Central and South America.

Because of these Disasters, millions of people lost their homes, others were devastated so much they developed severe anxiety and depression while others committed suicide.

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency defines a Recreational Vehicle (RV) as:

  1. Built on a single chassis;
  2. 400 square feet or less when measured at the largest horizontal projection;
  3. Designed to be self-propelled or permanently towable by a light duty truck;
  4. Designed primarily not for use as a permanent dwelling but as temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, travel, or seasonal use.

A recreational vehicle placed on a site in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) must meet the elevation and anchoring requirements for manufactured homes, unless it:

  1. Is on the site for fewer than 180 consecutive days, or
  2. Is fully licensed and ready for highway use.

Ready for highway use means that it is on its wheels or jacking system, is attached to the site only by quick disconnect type utilities and has no permanently attached additions.”

Tiny Homes on Wheels can become a great temporary housing option after natural disasters and affordable for Taxpayers who actually pay for FEMA Trailers.

Here is a link to the “Improved” FEMA trailers that are being deployed to devastated communities.

https://www.fema.gov/blog/2016-02-16/new-and-improved-fema-trailer 

As you saw on that FEMA link, Tiny Homes on Wheels are a better way and more affordable way to house devastated families after Natural Disasters.

Tiny House vs Tiny House on Wheels

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