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One of our favorite places east of downtown. They have changed their policy and now there is a charge for reserving any CR in any branch library of $25. I have to pass some of that on to attendees. We will discuss small and really tiny houses and how these structure might look. For those who have attended past MUs, you always get a hardcopy of the JDM catalog "INSPIRE". Same here also. For those who can't make it, here is a good link to an e-version: Make 2 clicks on the Next arrow to see the cover picture and for more INSPIRation, just click away. JDM is a partner with Unibilt Homes in Vandalia (factory tours every 2nd Saturday). None of their potential small houses are limited to 8' wide unlike THOWs. In fact, this is the main advantage of pre-built: you can get more human scaled widths of 10, 12, 14 even 16 foot widths. Sure they are "wide load". but much more livable. If you want to go this route, it is well worth it to hire a professional woman or man to do the driving while you take it easy. ********************** Today's interesting link is for a most unusual home in the deep woods of Oregon. If you thought taking a shipping container was wild, check out this guy's place and TAKE OFF! Just what do they smoke out West? ********************** REMINDER: Modern Tiny Living is having an Open House in Mason on October 20 - it's FREE. scroll down for their other events ********************** LASTLY, I just stumbled on this amazing site from a Tiny House Blog to Pinterest to following a random Solar Energy thread. What a site. Lots of interesting projects from furniture, to storage ideas, water collection, wind power and of course plenty about solar panels and such. Please visit and search for BACK YARD OFFICE or go to *Contests* and click the Tiny Houses link. I posted my project with the same name just yesterday and already it is Featured, which surprised me. Please feel free to Vote and to Like or add your Comments (be kind). I'd be thrilled to 'win' one of their neat T-shirts.... Thanks and see you on Oct 18th!

Burkhardt Branch Dayton Library

4680 Burkhardt Ave. · Dayton, OH


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    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. (

    One such tiny is the Heart of All ( 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!

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