Small is huge this time at the Tacoma House & Garden Display at the Tacoma Dome.
Inside Tacoma’s biggest space by volume are a pair of homes — two really little homes.
They’re a part of what show advertisers are describing the “tiny house development.” It’s a activity toward residing in small areas.
“We’re reaching many folks who has the intention to live tiny,” stated contractor Kurt Galley.
The two houses on showcase are 200 square feet each. Each have a rest room, kitchen area and sleeping lofts. Everything could easily fit in a sizable walk-in cabinet.
Base cost: $31,500.
The houses were developed by Galley’s Carriage Homes Northwest. The Shoreline-based firm delivered to the show two of its 6 designs —the Northwest Cedar Bungalowalong with the Big Little Barn.
The houses were attracting plenty of attention.
On Thursday, showgoers came into, had a 360-degree turn and moved out.
That’s normal, Galley said.
“It requires people about 30 secs to see whatever they need to see,” he claimed.
They are not RVs. The 9-by-22-foot houses seem downright roomy when compared with those.
“People claim, ‘Wow. I can’t presume you got a shower and a bathroom in there,’ ” Galley stated.
He purchases the outer shells from an Oregon contractor and ends them to owner requirements.
He’s already been producing the houses since last summer. He believed clients would make use of them for backyard properties, holiday homes, Airbnb leases, home based companies, art studios and mother-in-law bungalows.
Rather, they will be using it them as a full-time dwelling buildings.
“We’re gathering a lot of young adults who are able to live in 200 sq ft,” Galley stated. “Millennials are involved about their CO2 footprint. Therefore several of them are already pondering small in everything which they do.”
Little houses are not without dispute.
“Before you actually consider this, discover what your neighborhood codes are,” Galley claimed.
Steilacoom’s little house combine, Peter and Shannon Johnson, got up against area officials in 2016.
The management ruled the couple’s 200-square-foot house cannot be utilized as a long term home.
The Johnsons relocated out of the house this week, after their appeal to the town was disputed.
Towns in Pierce County along with the county itself do not need rules particular to small homes, which makes it a gray area for buyers looking to purchase a home for a full-time home.
One couple at Thursday’s display, Sue and Bob Japhet of Olympia, were looking at the design homes as a potential dwelling layout on a holiday home.
They weren’t amazed with the lofts, which need ladders to get to.
“We understand what sleeping in a loft is much like,” Sue stated.
The 34th yearly show operates through Sunday and offers a lot more than 500 exhibitors, a classic Market, how-to workshops, garden shows etc. Parking is free of charge.
My name is Mariana and I have an avid passion for Straw Home construction and Tiny Homes that are affordable and eco friendly.