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The tiny house trend

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Feb. 18, 2016 – The tiny housing movement has been growing in popularity in Gainesville as more people recognize it as economically and environmentally friendly.
However, zoning ordinances around the U.S. have kept it from taking root.
In January, the Gainesville Community Development Committee discussed tiny housing as a feasible solution for homelessness and affordable housing, and as an option for older adults who want to downsize. Dwight Fitzpatrick, a construction cost consultant, has commissioned and received design plans to build what might be the first tiny-house neighborhood in Gainesville.
“It’s a trend that has been going all over the United States,” Fitzpatrick said. “The demographic of Gainesville with the large student population and percentage of income are what make Gainesville compatible with the plan.”
Alachua County has also discussed the idea. It held an Affordable Housing Summit on Feb. 16 where county leaders discussed current existing restrictions that don’t allow tiny houses in most places.
The maximum size of a tiny house would probably be about 600 square feet, said Alachua County Commissioner Robert Hutchinson – about the size of an average two-car garage.
Nichole Campbell, a research scholar at the University of Florida’s Shimberg Center for Housing Studies, specializes in design and building that optimizes health and well being for older adults. She said small spaces don’t have to feel cramped if they’re designed with function in mind, and they have a lot of benefits.
Source: Gainesville Sun (FL) (02/17/16) Wiesenthal, Nicole
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