BIG NEWS! On October 26, 2017, the Lake Dallas City Council APPROVED the ordinance to allow a tiny home village! With parameters from land owner and developer, Terry Lantrip, and advice from the local (and not-so-local!) tiny house community, Lake Dallas city officials Kevin Lasher (City Planner) and Kevin Laughlin (City Attorney) wrote the ordinance using Appendix Q (formerly known as Appendix V). Hooray for community effort!
We even got press coverage!
- Denton Record-Chronicle (article)
- NBC DFW (video)
- Dallas Morning News (not available online yet, but Oct 30, 2017, Metro & State section, page 1B, “Tiny home park gets green light”)
You can read the ordinance and other presentation materials in pages 51-67 of the city packet here.
Now that the city has approved the existence of the community, Terry can start getting the land ready for its first tiny homeowners! First, Terry will need to obtain a loan to get the property prepared for tiny housers. As soon as that’s obtained, water, electric, and sewer lines will be installed. Slabs for each tiny house lot will be poured. The grasscrete driveway will be constructed. Landscaping will be planted and fencing will be constructed. Terry is estimating that this work will take only six months to complete!
Have more questions about the community? An FAQ is in the works, so keep checking back in and I’ll let you know as soon as it’s published! We’re just waiting on some final details. The community guidelines are also being finalized and will be published soon.
For updates, please follow Terry on Facebook! You can find his official announcements for the Lake Dallas Tiny Home Village on this page. For community conversations, please follow the Lake Dallas Tiny House Community Supporters group.
Lake Dallas Tiny Home Community – August Update
Time for an update regarding the Lake Dallas Tiny Home Community! First, I’ll share what we know right now, then I’ll let you know about future meeting dates (we need you there!), and action items where we could use your help!
Continue reading “Lake Dallas Community Update – August 2017”
Terry Lantrip (of Urban-Retro) is working with the city council and planning & zoning committee in Lake Dallas to create a 15-unit tiny house community. This month, he has asked me to present my views on how the tiny house movement could positively impact the city. Below is my presentation. Continue reading “Lake Dallas Tiny Home Community – Meeting with City Council”
Earth Day Texas 2016 “Tiny House Exhibit” photo courtesy of Christian Parsons at Tiny House Expedition (tinyhouseexpedition.com).
Below is a collection of information regarding this year’s tiny house-related events at Earth Day Texas. I will continue to update this post with relevant information, so feel free to bookmark it and refer back as the date approaches. Continue reading “Earth Day Texas “Tiny House Exhibit” Info Roundup”
We have a DFW Tiny House Enthusiasts’ meetup at IKEA today, hosted by Cory Hagen of Tiny Modern Homes. So excited to see what he has in store! (ha, pun intended)
He’s provided a set of slides to get us started, which you can download by clicking this link.
After the trailer purchase and finding a spot to park while I build my tiny house, I’ll start on the subfloor. The insulation in my subfloor will be within the trailer ribs and frame itself, gaining about 4 inches of headroom without losing trailer ground clearance.
Continue reading “Planning, part 2: The subfloor”
Finding a good deal on materials online can be exhausting. Daily searches to get the best deals before they’re gone can be impossible to keep track of. Luckily, there’s a site called IFTTT that will do most of the work for you! Continue reading “Using IFTTT to source materials – Craigslist”