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We’re doing a fundraiser for the urban ecovillage east nashville, where they regularly host donation based yoga, meditation, drumming, vegan meals, and community gatherings. In 2019, they’ll be selling these items.
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Hello tribe! Volunteers and collaborators have been putting in time at the Urban Ecovillage – East Nashville gardens.
Our friend, Lorenzo Kirkwood, put wood chips in the garden paths. We got them for free from a local arborist. The arborist even delivered them to the back yard!
Blake Norris pulled weeds and shared good vibes with the plants. Thanks, man!
This morning I did some huntin’ and shot some photos of the garden growing.
Exploring tiny houses was a two-year adventure for me. First, if you are looking for answers about the zoning, legalities, and more check out this blog post: Here is what my adventure looked like.
In 2012, I started to see tiny houses pop up in my Facebook news feed. At the time, I thought it was pure ridiculousness. I thought people wanted tiny houses only because they could not afford a bigger home. That was a privileged thought, but it was real. As more and more people tagged me in things, and more images of tiny houses started popping up, I got curious enough to explore why people were choosing tiny.
The societal desire for simplification makes sense. Our world has gotten so cluttered by things, technology, ideas, and more. People are swinging back towards simplifying their lives and focusing on what really matters to them. They are consciously picking and choosing what they want.
I could not explore tiny houses without exploring minimalism and essentialism. These lifestyles are at the forefront of the tiny house movement. For more on these movements, I recommend the following movies: I AM, Minimalism, Given. I watch them when I need to re-inspire myself.
I spoke to several “tiny house builders” and let me tell you, it is funny how many people claim to be tiny house builders when they have never built one before.
One guy who tried to sell me on a $90K tiny house. He did not have concept drawings to show me; just thought I would believe in his ability. By the way, he had never built a tiny house before, nor was he licensed or insured. I told him if I were going to spend $90k on a project that I had not seen, I would rather design a two-car garage with loft above it. It could be insured and increase my property values.
Another builder wanted $50-$70k. Another builder wanted $70-$90k. You can see the trend here.
As a real estate investor and broker, I had trouble putting money into something that I could not insure or finance. This is an important note to make: unless a tiny home builder is RVIA certified, you can not have either.
After these experiences, I tabled the idea for a while and began reading about homesteading, urban homesteading, and self sufficiency. It led me to define sustainable luxury for myself. It is the kind of life that I want to experience and comfortably maintain.
Growing organic groceries on property with an aspiration to year round production.
Working with nature for water and power.
Quality musical instruments to play and create with.
Sharing good, nourishing food with my community.
Making music with my community.
Honoring nature, to the best of my abilities.
To consider living in a tiny house, I had to ask myself some really hard questions. I started designing my ideal living set up on graph paper. I tried an 11′ x 24′ space with a loft. What do I use different rooms and zones for? Could I theoretically live happily in that?!
A kitchen for entertaining, workspace, dehydrator, vitamix, trash, storage, pantry, bar/eating space.
A full bathroom with shower, storage, and towel/linen storage.
A living/sitting area for entertaining/office.
A loft for reading, sleeping, and meditating.
I came to the conclusion that I could live in a tiny house full time if I had to, but if I could have everything I wanted, that included access to tons of musical instruments, which takes up a lot of space. I am the type of person that could vacation and retreat in tiny homes, but a full-time setup is probably not for me. If there was a tiny house on a co-living type of property that included an organic farm, workshops, and a musical instrument library and jam room, I would be pretty happy! If I had access to these elements in an urban property and a country property, I would have the best of both worlds.
There is a growing population of people who desire smaller spaces to live in, so they have the freedom and flexibility to roam around and experience the world.
100-400 square feet of private bedroom space, on an amenity rich property would still be satisfying.
From a developer’s perspective, I would definitely be building smaller units, as part of a bigger community rich with amenities. People want convenience and are willing to pay a premium for it. I also think there is a growing desire for membership-based property sharing. What if you could have access to a city house and a country house, for the cost of a membership fee? It is not a time share. It is a community share.
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I wanted to get rid of my grass. I hate the sound of the lawn mowers and a lawn seemed so wasteful to me. It felt like I was not getting the most out of my urban land. Then it dawned on me – I should grow groceries! I could save money, cut the middle man out, and provide food for myself. Believe me, if I can produce food, you can too! Honestly, once the seeds are in the ground, nature knows what to do. Humans just need to set it up, and nature takes over.
At first, I would take the butts of bok choy I bought from the grocery store and sprout them. It just evolved from there.
I lined the raised beds with cardboard to kill the grass and cut down on weeds. The beds were filled with Holy Cow soil mix from Southern Nurseries. In the future, I would love to be producing my own soil out at SimpliCity. It is so expensive to purchase high quality organic soil, but it is a really easy thing to make. Just a few compost piles and then nature does all the work.
After the soil was in, I sectioned all the beds into quadrants, to keep track of what was planted where.
While all this was going on, I had started plants in the green house. Once they were seedlings, I transplanted them into their respective quadrants. Now comes the fun part – watching my groceries grow!