Saturday, June 15, 2013
Live From the Tiny House Fair: Building an Eco-Village
Guest post by tiny house dweller, author, and former Yestermorrow Intern Matt Wolpe.
Starting with 14 acres and a lonely sugar shack, Gwendolyn Hallsmith delicately wove several tiny houses into her broader vision of an eco-village in Cabot, Vermont. Treading lightly on her land (leaving the majority aside for preservation, which supports seven families) tiny houses are carefully placed throughout to serve as guest houses, studios and temporary housing while families build their permanent housing - which then frees the tiny houses up for adaptive reuse.
Gwendolyn, as a zoning and code savvy visionary, stressed the importance of using a municipal sewer and water system as a responsible way to cluster housing on a smaller portion of a larger plot of land, noting that when you are relying on a septic system, residents need to be spread out further from each other, causing more interruptions of the existing landscape.
More home sites are available at Headwaters if you are interested in joining Gwendolyn and company. Additional info can be found here: http://headwatersfarm.blogspot.com/