A NEW Tiny House Village- Pocket neighborhoods hit ATL!

As the notion of tiny house living spreads, and the demand for housing increases in inner city markets, Will Johnston and his team have managed to develop a tiny house in Atlanta, GA based on the pocket neighborhood principals of Ross Chapin. Both attractive and efficient, these micro-layout neighborhoods could be a game changer for both urban and suburban areas looking to minimize a development footprint. As you’ll see in this guest- from Will, nothing is really missed nor omitted from this small house community- with the planners and designers even going so far as to incorporate edible gardens and landscaping into their grand plan. Porches, sleep lofts, usable bathrooms and kitchen, and community space- these tiny houses seem to have it all.

Will Johnston os the Executive Director of the MicroLife Institute and a thought leader and innovator in the micro living world. Over the past six years, his organization has enabled policy change and brought acceptance of micro structures in the Southeast through events, projects and advocacy. MORE on the Micro Life Institute: http://www.microlifeinstitute.org

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  1. Cool. I dream of finding real humans who will build tiny home villages for the homeless with me. These are very beautiful. Thx for sharing!

    • @Brian TX Different villages for different types. Peace lovers & poo stirrers should live in different zones, teehee. We are all unique for special reasons. Human creative Spirit can be fostered for success when typology of sociological groups is used to spread Love Energy vs War & Profits Energy.

    • While I admire your dream, actual shelter deprivation is only a small part of the homeless issue. There’s a great deal of mental illness, disabilities, etc that plague the homeless. If we concentrate on treatment the rest can follow – horse before cart. But if we don’t address the mental/emotional instability of sufferers then giving them a house only “fixes” things for a few months at most, before it falls apart again. This is because we’re only beginning to understand the reality behind our less-fortunate population. We prescribe a band-aid where surgery is needed. The reality is sure, they need a boost and a safe home – but they also need a support system like all the rest of us. Something homeless people rarely have. Unfortunately almost everyone trying to help stops at shelter because in reality, the necessary solutions are overwhelming. I hope you’re braver/more determined than most and if you are, you’ve got my vote. 🙂

    • @Cleo Harper Agreed. I am homeless (renting room in son’s home, atm) USAVet Religious Affairs Specialist & Ex 33yr Psych Nurse Whisteblower. The homeless & Vets plight is part of my life experience & where my heart lies. I have no resources & am isolated with my family appearing targeted, so nothing is happening right now. I would love to be part of a voluntary community to support each other some day as possibilities open up. Thx for your support.

    • @Linda Chapman Yes, I’ve been close to homeless myself and completely estranged from my family. The only thing that saved me was I finally found my mother again (who is also estranged from the family) and now, as she is a senior, we manage to take care of each other. I have mental issues and when you’re out there, completely alone and with everyone judging you, every little thing can seem like a pointless, impossible task. The goals at the end of such tasks seem meant for other people who are more deserving, but not for you. It’s really an existence worse than death sometimes. I’m sorry to hear you’re currently having troubles. The only good thing my grandmother ever taught me was, This Too Shall Pass. Nothing can last forever, not even hell. What do you mean by targeted? If you ever find that community by all means, let me know. <3

    • I’d just add that tall trees will give folks a huge headache eventually. There’s no room to get any equipment in there in case they need to be trimmed or topped out and they’ll block roof top solar electric or water heaters. Nothings impossible just cost more to take care of it. I’d go with fruit trees that don’t get taller than the houses.

    • @Brian TX I understand what you’re saying, but honestly for me the trees make the property. Where I live (FL) the owners of the community property keep cutting down all the trees – big live oaks that are at least a century old. This has displaced vermin into our houses, killed us with hot summer sun, spiked our electric bills (a/c) dramatically, and has allowed big storms to cause more intense damage (live oaks don’t fall down easily/break winds). All sorts of other fiascos that we are directly financially responsible for (which we must handle ourselves). What was once a shady, breezy, cute little community now resembles a parking lot full of peeling paint. The trees were removed for the exact reasons you listed. Quality of life has suffered overall, while the owners (whom I now refer to as slum lords) have switched over their expenses, to our expenses. While raising our “maintenance fees” (rent) by over 23% over the last three years. Honestly, I would rather have the trees and the additional cost.

    • Honestly, I loved the meandering positioning of the houses. As the presenter took us through the property, I got the sense of going back into a safe little alcove. It felt deeper than it actually was, more secluded. Which is ironic because I hate navigating meandering streets by car. Also I loved that each house had a defined, not-container-like shape that really bothers me with other tiny houses. They looked like little *homes*. Just enough. Which is all I ever really want. XD

    • What I like best is the freedom of design, you’re not limited to a 8′ wide tiny house on wheels / bus. Way more freedom in design if you can add a couple feet here and there to fit your lifestyle into the space, while still living simply in a tiny/small home.
      What I don’t like is that most ways to legally live tiny you’re either far from the city, work, family & friends, or paying rent (HOA for this place) so it takes away the dream of owning your own place and takes away of benefit of it being cheaper.

    • Living in tight neighborhoods like this do lack a certain amount of privacy, but usually people who live in these types of communities realize this and are accordingly respectful of their neighbors. That being said, I’ve lived in big cities, party towns, the boondocks, you name it – and the community I live in now is definitely the LOUDEST place I’ve ever lived in. Just give top priority to insulation. My house is poorly insulated with windows everywhere. So yeah, watch your window placement too. However I never feel exposed, just annoyed.

    • Vermont is a beautiful place. It has very pretty fall colors. Summers are a bit short, and winters are a bit long, cold and snowy.

    • I lived in Burlington for two+ years. It’s really a great little town, very It’s-A-Wonderful-Life. Safe, walkable, beautiful summers/autumns/early half of winters. Mom asked me how I liked living there. I told her:

      On a good day, it’s like living in a snow globe. One a bad day, it’s like living in a snow globe.

      It snowed from October to May, both winters. It was all snow-mixed mud from March to nearly June. People too seemed cold at first but I was coming from the overly-friendly south, and also I learned that they’re just cautious with outsiders. Not judgmental or anything – just legitimately cautious. But once you’re in, you’re in for life. Good people. But they need to learn how to cook. XD

  2. That fire pit that close to so many houses makes me a little nervous. I’d like to see this done with more modest houses. It’s good for what it is, better than covering open land with a slew of Macmansions.

  3. America woukd be so much better off if we went back to small villages spread far apart and left the big chithole cities to the vermin that love them…

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