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Throwing a (tiny) dinner party. 724 483 Lexi Long

Throwing a (tiny) dinner party.

FACT: When converting to a tiny house your lifestyle will change.

You will need to get rid of some items. Your cleaning routine will be altered. You will become more aware of the space you once occupied, for better or worse.

Fortunately for you though, there are just as many things that will not have to change. You can still bring your own sense of style into your home. You can still cook yourself meals whenever you want. And, you can still have friends over and host dinner parties.  Here are some simple tips and tricks to help you throw a party in your tiny space.

  1. Clear out the clutter. Living in a tiny house, there isn’t much clutter, but if you aren’t planning on using it for the party, put it away. You want to be able to take advantage of as much countertop space as possible.
  2. Take advantage of outdoor space if the climate permits. If you are hosting your party in a warmer climate, consider having it outside. There are places where you can rent a table and chairs, if needed. Hang up some string lights and set up an outdoor speaker for a chill vibe. Just be courteous and let your neighbors know what you are planning.
  3. Keep the menu simple. This is something that I struggle with. I love cooking big, extravagant meals, but the truth is, it can be very labor intensive for a large party. Nothing is wrong with a good cheese tray, one-skillet dinners and ice cream sundaes for dessert.
  4. Make it a potluck. I hate going to a gathering empty-handed. Plan to cook the main dish and appetizers, but let some of your guests bring a side or dessert if they please.
  5. Serve food that requires minimal plates and utensils. If there isn’t a ton of room for your guests to sit and eat at a table, you need to ensure that you are serving food that can be eaten standing up. That means nothing that needs to be cut or held with 2 hands.
  6. Keep the air moving. Packing several people into a tiny space can result in not a lot of air movement. Consider how you will cool the space.
  7. Designate a space for the stuff. Depending on the time of year, your guests may come with coats. Make sure you have a space to put these that are out of the way, like your loft. You don’t want to lose precious seating because everyone is throwing everyone their jacket over a chair.

With a little planning, your tiny space can be just as functional as any other! And a little more cozy!

Navigating Around the Roadblocks to Ownership 724 483 Lexi Long

Navigating Around the Roadblocks to Ownership

Last month we discussed a few of the roadblocks to owning and living in your tiny house. If you haven’t seen that blog, take a few minutes to go back and read it.

 

Good news:

If you are planning on traveling with your tiny house on wheels, you won’t have to worry about zoning or building codes. You just need to find someplace to park it. You can choose to pay to stay at a campground or RV park, or you can stay on a friend or family member’s property. Some states prohibit living in one full-time, but that rule is usually only reinforced if your neighbors are complaining. (https://bit.ly/2D2A96p)

 

However, some states do allow Accessory Dwelling Units to be built and used. These are tiny houses built on foundations, with a secondary residential dwelling located on a single-family lot. In other words, a tiny house is acceptable if there is another, larger (standard sized) house, that meets the zoning and building codes, on the same lot.

 

Better News:

A citizen is able to apply for a variance through the local planning commission to build outside the existing codes. Some states are more progressive than others, so if you’re thinking of moving look into these places: California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Oregon & Texas.

 

Best News:

There is momentum behind the Tiny House Movement to permanently change the zoning regulations. Tiny house advocates are currently pushing to include a tiny house code in the IRC that would become a model code for all tiny houses used as a primary residence within the United States. Code would ensure that safety regulations are created and met by all tiny house builds.

 

Ownership of a tiny house may be tricky right now, but it isn’t impossible, and we want to help you accomplish your goal of living in one. Contact Us with your questions and we’ll see how we can help!