What we're about

You've found the starting point for the next revolution in personal shelter - Small and Really Tiny (SmaRT) houses!

Small houses are defined as having total living space of less than 400 square feet. We are taking that all the way down to a minimum of 100 sf (or less), Really Tiny. Inspired by Jay Shafer, originator of the Tumbleweed Tiny house on wheels, now commonly called THOWs. Refined, mobile living with glass and class, here. (https://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/)


One such tiny is the Heart of All (http://www.heartofitallhouse.com) tiny house by Trevor and Mary Gay.

A serious second place consideration are for those converting panel trucks or (more commonly) older school buses - referred to as SCoolies. We have a bus conversion happening right now in downtown Dayton!


Both of the above solutions involve following rules and regulations from various state and Federal Departments of Transportation. There will always be links to these two styles.

A third and growing group of people want to live tiny without the problems involved living and moving on rubber. This group favors either slab or pier attachment to the good Earth. This style of housing, we'll call PATH for Pier Attached Tiny House. These will allow for anyone to get on the PATHway toward individual freedom.

It's International!

The International Building Code IRC was recently revised for calendar year 2018 allows for some changes that allow THOWS under specific circumstances. Regardless, the existing IRC that Dayton follows is the 2012 code which allows for a minimum of 120 square feet per adult. More later:. . .

Dayton has NO minimum structure size for an occupancy permit!

• Riverside wants to attract new residents and has available land.

• West Carrolton wants to attract new residents and has available land..

• Vandalia wants to attract new residents and has available land...

• Springfield wants to attract new residents and has available land....

• Huber Heights wants to attract new residents and has available land......

See a pattern? Any Mayors? Managers? Council folk? Developers?

• New Lebanon wants to attract new residents and has available space NOW!

We have a member in New Lebanon now allows for THOWS to park and live!

LOVARE is growing center of small and tiny living on Friend Road which is right out side De Graff Ohio.

Smart space for your space on wheels or on the ground. One of the best solar systems in the region - outstanding workmanship. A working collaboration within an hours drive.


This interweb space is for anyone interested in building a tiny home, tiny-home living, sustainable living, etc. All interest levels are welcome.

Three years ago this Meetup started to meet other people interested in sustainable, off-the-grid, debt-free lifestyles and to learn and exchange ideas, resources and skills. Since then, we have grown to over 600 tiny house lovers and still counting, about 10 folks a week!

This is the year we move small/micro houses into the reality of building codes and zoning issues. Join US!

Upcoming events (1)

September Drive-In Pull-Up Meetup; Little Links, & FUN!

West 2nd and North Conover

Hello Smarties! PLEASE READ ALL THE EMAIL Everyone's health matters more than our monthly get-togethers. Our governor has made things more interesting by his constantly changing 'rules'. With the virus still claiming over 1,000 US deaths a day, we will continue to be aware of the common sense things we can do: wear MASKS, Wash Hands, Avoid crowds. The worry that our lives have changed for the next several years, is quite real. Actually, we have a major role in this - namely small separate housing. With many people in this group at or nearing retirement age, we have an option to the group nursing home - a small house neighborhood. Takes care of these issue without requiring a huge endowment or giving up your personal freedoms. We can also control future expenses by reducing our environmental footprint: renewable energy, reducing dependence on cars, a walking community close to essential services. ************ With this background, I am having another Drive-Up Meetup, in an open, paved, and secure location (See map area in red). We can social space in our vehicles, doubling as a virtual 'small house'. We will park in a former RTA Park&Ride lot off North Conover and 2nd. Off West Third, it is directly behind the Charles Drew Health Center. THIS SATURDAY AFTERNOON around 1:00 PM - rain or shine. As you can see on the map, there are several land only parcels. Ones of immediate interest are west of the parking lot directly along West 2nd. Please attend if you are serious about buying a small lot for your small or tiny house in the Wolfcreek Neighborhood. ########## Little Links! Follow this link to over 20 small Architect designed small houses. I've set the search to 400 sq ft. Feel free to adjust the search to your needs! https://www.architecturaldesigns.com/house-plans/search?sort=lal&term=&tla_min=80&tla_max=400&w_min=&w_max=&d_min=&d_max=&h_min=&h_max=&pt%5B%5D=single+family+home&u_c_min=&u_c_max=>%5B%5D=none&page=1&from_page_links=yes There are several design plans that should excite you. Some of my favorites are on the first page. Look at 69561, 69660, and 62925. The 'farmhouse style' on the 2nd page is also tempting for someone who wants stairs or a 2nd bedroom. It's a good start! @@@@@ One of the very first small house pioneers is Dee Williams. She's authored several e-books on small living including her 'Go House Go' and PAD (Portland's Alternative Dwellings). Consider her one of the very FIRST Handy-M'ams and an inspiration to all women (& guys) who may doubt their construction abilities (sorry guys - ya gotta pick up your game). This link has a couple of video links including to her TEDx Talk and what it's like to live a smaller life filled with honor, humility and grace. Diagnosed with a life-ending heart condition, you will not feel pity nor would she want you to! If there was ONE person I'd invite to Dayton, it would be Dee Williams. The other would be Derek “Deek” Diedricksen. Please check out her videos here: https://tinyhousetalk.com/living-in-a-tiny-house-for-seven-years-interview-with-dee-williams/ Also, if you have not added TinyHouseTalk to your online Favorites, please do so! I curate a lot of information from Alex's Pino's great site. @@@@ Now for some FUN! Inspired by the small designs and Dee's story, this site has an interactive design with 360 view of what you create. Try the various models and customize any way that interests you. It will even calculate the running price so you fine tune what you can afford. These comes pre-built from Louisville. No, not that one but the suburb of Denver just north of I-70 West, very west! https://www.studio-shed.com/ ++++++++++ Brand NEW! I have added a Poll and updated a couple of the older ones on the Meetup board. Please go here and complete the new one on Location, Type, and Events from 2015. https://www.meetup.com/Dayton-Tiny-House-Community/polls/ &&&&&&&&& See you THIS Saturday, September 26, around 1:00PM!! Stay safe and well!

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