Tiny Homes and Community Living: A Recap

The country, and the world, is currently enamored with the idea of tiny houses. Just look at the popularity of DIY Network’s Tiny House Nation, which documents the building of a tiny house from concept to completion in just one 45 minute episode. Asheville company Wishbone Tiny Homes has even been featured on an episode.


I have not been immune to this concept. I have written about tiny homes as an option for aging both in community and in place. Several times I asked a local tiny home dweller, Laura M. LaVoie, to share her insights and for other installments I explored the possibilities myself. Let’s take a look at the tiny house resources I’ve shared on this blog.

  • No one size fits all option. In this post I explored tiny homes and other options for the future of community building. There is no right answer. The home and community that suits you can be determined through a journey of self-discovery.
  • The Big Tiny by Dee Williams. Laura reviewed Dee Williams’ memoir about building and living in her little house in Washington State. It is a book full of inspiration from a very strong, and funny, woman.
  • The New Retirement by Ryan Mitchell. In another feature I asked Laura to provide, she interviewed Ryan Mitchell of The Tiny Life about his eBook The New Retirement. The book includes floor plans for tiny homes that have first floor beds or are ADA compliant.
  • Tiny homes as an alternative. In this post I looked at a variety of options for living in community, which is what I updated in the No One-Size-Fits-All post. This goes into a little more detail on each type of housing.
  • Downsizing and simplifying. In Laura’s first guest post on my blog she talked about her experience downsizing into a 120 square foot house from a 2700 square foot house in Atlanta. She gives practical tips on how to let go of “stuff,” a lesson we could all use as we transition our lives.

Tiny houses have a lot to offer from affordable housing to alternatives for aging in community. They give their owners a sense of independence, whether they are on wheels or a foundation.

Have you ever thought about a tiny house for your older years? We would love hear from you. Answer in the comments below or join the conversation on Facebook.


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  1. Erica Hunter says

    It was actually the HGTV tiny house show that convinced me I DIDN’T want to live in a tiny house! Watching people actually try to walk around in one of those things made me feel incredibly claustrophobic! And most tiny houses seem to have sleeping lofts, which aren’t practical as one gets older. So I’ve decided I’d like a 400-600 sf house as my next house. I currently live in an about 900-sf condo, but I miss having a bit of a yard.

    • Hi Erica! Thanks for your comment. This is Laura, Marianne’s friend and tiny home dweller. It is important to know what you want and why you want it. Tiny homes are not a one size fits all solution. I share my home with my partner of 20 years and we absolutely love it, but it isn’t for everyone. But a 400-600 square foot house is still a good use of space.

      But I will say tiny homes don’t have to have lofts and there are lots of great examples with first floor beds.

  2. I am looking for a tiny home community for retirement. Are there any communities out there in the US like this?

    • Hi Judith. This is laura, Marianne’s friend and tiny home dweller.

      There are a few tiny home communities popping up around the country. It is still a legal gray area for most municipal building and zoning codes so it will be a gradual change.

      The city of Brainard MN allows tiny homes. There is also a community in Orlando designed specifically for tiny houses. And Jay Shafer, the grandfather of the modern Tiny House movement, is working on a community in California called The Napoleon Complex.

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