In Takoma Park, Md., Mark McInturff Architects (mcinturffarchitects.com) performed a whole-house remodel on a tiny 1950s box-like home, updating it in a thoroughly modern style.

Homes come in all different packages, but small, or even tiny home floorplans are starting to gain popularity for their ease of construction, their mobility, and for their affordability. The challenges are creativity in the design and making sure it all meets code.

In the months since Coconino County approved rules for tiny homes, Amanda Acheson, the county’s sustainable building program manager, has been contacted by “at least a couple people a day” who are interested in building or living in a tiny home.

“A lot of the people I talk to are teachers, I have worked with nurses, retirees, students and anyone who wants to live more simply,” Acheson said. “These can be transitional homes, either for young people trying to transition into the housing market or people who are retiring and want to downsize.”

The growing interest in tiny homes, which are generally defined as a dwelling unit smaller than 400 square feet, has also created new business opportunities for those interested in building them.

NEW BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
Wyatt Brown, a managing member of Flagstaff-based Density Investments, is working on a planned community of about 30 tiny homes to be built near Kachina Village. He projects the soonest he could break ground on the project would be in about a year and a half.

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