In the 10 months since I last posted much has changed.
Efforts to develop my concept of a site-built ecoqubz tiny home kit evolved to a pause! Lots of planning and preparation went into my application for an Affordable Housing Challenge grant from Wells Fargo. The $2.5 million grant competition ended for me when I failed to make the cut for the top 40 organizations with concepts to develop in three different categories.
So, I shifted my focus to the development of designs for pocket neighborhoods, cottage court communities, backyard ADUs, or small stand alone homes that are simply efficient and economical. My research led me to conclude that the "modern farmhouse" style was gaining popularity. Bye bye to "craftsman" style, which I love, and welcome to board & batten, metal roof, and black window sashes.
I made a decision to develop my first collection of designs at the low end of what I define as "right-sized" (click the link to see that definition in the Urban Dictionary). All of those designs are 750 sq.ft. and range from 1 BR & 1BA to 2BR & 2BA. They are designed to be economically built with traditional residential construction materials and practices.
The average cost to build these homes should fall around $100,000. Find this collection of plans on the Right-Sized page of this site.
Yesterday I posted one of me designs in a Facebook Group named Tiny House Concepts and in the 1st 24 hours I had 380 "likes" and 105 "loves" in response. This feedback inspires me to press ahead with my efforts to offer great design solutions for folks that, pending the needed changes in zoning regulations, would love to live in an economical, efficient home!
I will revisit my "Kit Home" concept for 400 sq. foot homes next year and hopefully that can become a reality in the future and be available to meet the demand which will follow the inevitable changes in zoning regulations across the nation.
After 20 years of designing and building custom homes, and 10 years teaching Architectural Drawing & Design in High School, I've decided to begin my "post-encore" career designing great looking, efficient living, Cubistic Style Tiny Homes. I'll try to post new ideas and old ideas alike as I share my past and present experiences in this blog.