We’ve been overwhelmed by the support and enthusiasm for the upcoming Lake Dallas Tiny Home Village! Thank you! Below are some answers to frequently asked questions.
- Where is the village located?
The village is located in the city of Lake Dallas, 30 miles north of downtown Dallas. Lake Dallas is located between Denton and Lewisville. The address is 206 Gotcher Ave, Lake Dallas, TX 75065.
- What about Lake Dallas?
The community of Garza was developed when the train came through town in the late 1800s. In 1929 when the Garza-Little Elm Reservoir was built, the town changed its name to Lake Dallas. There are about 7,000 people who live in Lake Dallas. There are many churches, restaurants, a marina, parks and an elementary and middle school. High school students are bused to Lake Dallas High School located in Corinth.
- What is the neighborhood like?
The village is located between office warehouses and residential and is near the heart of Lake Dallas in the Lake Dallas Downtown District. It’s two blocks from Main Street. A park with an open area for playing ball, a children’s playground and the Lake Dallas Library is located directly across the street. Another park with a covered children’s play area, ball fields, a pavilion and tennis courts is located at the end of Gotcher Avenue. Lake Dallas Elementary and Lake Dallas Middle School are just a few blocks away. There are several restaurants and eating establishments within a four block area and includes Sonic, Subway, two Mexican food establishments and Beatitudes Tea Room and Cafe. There’s also a Romano’s Pizza and Godfather’s Pizza within a few blocks.
- Who is Gotcher Avenue named for?
Dr. Gotcher was an early old-time doctor who lived with his wife and large family in a large turn-of-the-century home that can be seen behind Sonic. At some point he was helping sick people during an epidemic and caught whatever was going around and died, leaving his wife and young children.
- Who is doing this village?
Terry Lantrip is a long-time small developer and owner of Urban-Retro focusing on a four block area of Lake Dallas that includes both vintage structures dating as far back as the 1890s to newer vintage-looking buildings. There are homes, apartments and commercial spaces. For 21 years he was owner and publisher of The Lake Cities Sun in Lake Dallas.
- What needs to happen before it opens?
Currently engineering is being done. A site plan was completed and presented to the city during the proposal to the city. Once the engineering is complete a request for bids will go out for paving, electrical, water and sewer lines, a washateria, etc. Once bids are collected a bank proposal will be developed in order to obtain financing. Several banks have expressed an interest. The goal is to have engineering and financing in place by the end of the year. The goal is to have dirt flying starting in January and completed as soon as possible.
- What’s the estimated date it’ll be ready for tenants?
Estimated date of completion is June 2018. This is subject to change.
- What will the village be like?
The village will be built in two phases. The first phase will include 13 tiny home lots, a common courtyard, a shaded back yard behind the existing house, a washateria and a common garden. We’d also like to have a Little Free Library. Phase two will be years down the road but will include taking the existing 1910 farmhouse and renovating it into an office and workspace for Urban-Retro, a workout room, a community living room and we’d like to add on to the house to have a nice dining hall and kitchen. The dining hall could be a great place for the tiny home residents to have meetings, community meals, game nights and parties. The home would also be used by residents of the Lake Dallas Bungalows located next door.
- What is the Lake Dallas Bungalows?
Located next door to the village will be the bungalows, seven duplexes with very nice and quite unique residential units with several courtyards. These units will be built with quite a bit of reclaimed material and will have high end finishes. There will be seven one-bedroom units and seven two-bedroom units. These will make great homes for those who aren’t quite ready to make the leap to tiny living but want to be near the village.
- What will the Tiny Home lots look like?
This is the first urban tiny home village meaning that it’s the first located inside city limits and in a downtown area. Because of this it will be a compact village. Most lots will be 800 square feet. With most tiny homes being in the 200-300 square foot range there will be plenty of room for patios, lawn space and garden space.
- What if I want a lot with more space?
As mentioned above, this is an urban village. The Tiny Lots on the Prairie is located near Decatur and The Hideway is located just west of Fort Worth both have larger lots and the Hideaway has lots of trees and lots of space between homes.
- How much will rent be?
Nine lots will be 800 square feet, can accomodate homes up to 35 feet and will run about $500 per lot. There will be four premium lots of 900 square feet that can accomodate homes up to 40 feet and these lots will run $550. This is subject to change.
- What else will be included?
The goal is to have water, sewer and trash service included in the rent. Each lot will have its own electric meter and will be billed separately. We’re still working on internet service.
- What about a washateria?
Originally the 100-year-old bunkhouse located behind the house was to have been the washateria. A fire, probably caused by wayward children, gutted that building and it will have to be torn down. Another washateria will be built approximately where the chicken coop is currently located.
- How long is the lease?
Leases will be 12 months renewable yearly. Homes will have to be maintained or leases will not be renewed. Lots are not for sale.
- Can I bring my tiny house / what are the specs required?
All homes will be inspected by a city official and issued a certificate of occupancy in order to reside in the Lake Dallas Tiny Home Village. Homes must meet all International Residential Code guidelines, including Appendix Q (formerly known as Appendix V). Note that the city requires each tiny home to have (and use) a flushing toilet connected to the provided sewer line. Existing homes may require modifications to meet Appendix Q.
- Can I build my tiny house on the land?
The ordinance does not allow for tiny homes to be built on-site.
- Can I build my own tiny home?
Yes, but it must be built to current International Residential Code and Appendix Q. You’ll probably want to get a licensed plumber and electrician. Typically there are several tiny homes being built by individuals here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. A great way to learn about building your own home is volunteering to help with one or more of these builds.
- What size home can I have?
Homes must be at least 7.5 feet wide and no wider than 8.5 feet. Homes can be up to 40 feet long.
- Can I bring a Park Model home?
No, Lake Dallas specifically wanted (preferably custom built) homes on wheels with a maximum width of 8.5 feet.
- Can I bring my Skoolie or RV?
No, the city of Lake Dallas specifically wants Tiny Homes on wheels.
- Can my home have slide outs?
No, this village wasn’t designed for slide outs.
- Can I rent out my tiny home at this village?
No, with only 13 homes we want owner-occupied units only. No home may be rented or used as an Airbnb or similar program.
- Will you have tiny houses available for rent?
Urban-Retro does have the right to have homes in the village available for lease but we’d prefer the homes to be owner occupied. With the amount of current interest we feel confident we’ll be able to fill the spaces with owner-occupied homes.
- What was the ordinance that the city passed?
City Ordinance 2017-10-19. Here is the entirety of the proposal, contained in pages 51-67. This also includes the lot layout from the engineered plans. City Packet 2017-10-26
- What are the community guidelines?
Click to download the Community Rules 2017-10-23. This document is a living document, and is subject to change. Between city regulations and the community guidelines we hope to have a high quality community. The rules are very strict so you’ll want to read them carefully to make sure this is the right place for you.
- How will the spots be filled?
A list of interested potential residents is being compiled. In January we’ll be contacting people in the order they signed up to see if they may be good prospects and will be able to make the leap into tiny living. Prospects will have to pass an extensive background check. Prospects will have to be able obtain financing and have their homes built within a certain time period. If selected, tenants will be required to pay rent from the opening even if their home isn’t ready. Those with existing homes will have to make sure their home will qualify with Appendix Q.
- How do I reserve a spot?
Contact Terry via email to be placed on the waiting list, firstname.lastname@example.org
- How can I follow the community on social media?
For announcements only, follow the Facebook page, Lake Dallas Tiny Home Village. For discussion and community, join the Facebook group, Lake Dallas Tiny Home Village Community
- How can I find out more about Tiny Homes?
There are many tiny home television shows, numerous books, blogs and Facebook pages. A two-part documentary, Living Tiny Legally, can be found on Youtube. There are several tiny home festivals with the Tiny House and Simple Living Jamboree in Arlington in October.
- Will Urban-Retro build other communities?
Urban-Village only does development in the Lake Dallas Downtown District and there are no plans to do additional tiny home villages.
- How can I contact Terry?