Lake Dallas Tiny Home Village – November Update


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? Check the FAQ here!

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.


Earth Day Texas “Tiny House Exhibit” Info Roundup


Earth Day Texas 2016 “Tiny House Exhibit” photo courtesy of Christian Parsons at Tiny House Expedition (


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”

Meetup: Tiny house design and research

Earlier today, Cory, Robert, and I hosted a meetup lecture and social hour centered around Tiny House Design and Research. Our slides are shared below for those who couldn’t join us, or who want to review them.



If there’s anything we didn’t cover that you’d like to see in the future, or if there are things we went over today that you’d like to hear more details about, please email me at so we can consider it for future events. Thanks!

What’s happening?


Earth Day Texas festival tiny house exhibit, homeowners and volunteers, April 24, 2016. Photo courtesy of Tiny House Expedition.

The #tinyhousetribe has been BUSY this past year!

Our tiny house meetup group has grown exponentially – over 1500 members! We’ve held numerous hands-on workshops, lectures, and tiny house tours for the public, and have made friendships that go far beyond tiny houses.

Here’s a handful of the things we’ve been up to here in Dallas: Continue reading “What’s happening?”