Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Tiny House Followers Hold First National Jamboree

The first official National Tiny House Jamboree took place in Colorado Springs, CO Aug 7 - 9, 2015. The free, three-day festival aimed at encouraging the spirit of the tiny house movement, a social phenomenon rooted in the countercultural idea that it’s better to live small than large.

A combination of exhibits, education, advocacy, food, live entertainment, and more; The National Tiny House Jamboree demonstrated that you can have big fun in a small space. The main attraction was a community style display area where more than 20 professional tiny house builders showcased their tiny models. Attendees had the opportunity to take tiny tours, meet the designers, and got first-hand knowledge of several unique options for modern tiny living.

Each day had an impressive line-up of celebrity speakers including Derek "Deek" Diedricksen, a tiny house designer and host for HGTV, Andrew Morrison, a tiny house designer and advocate with over 5 million YouTube views of his own tiny home, and Jay Shafer, known as the pioneer of the tiny house movement, who popularized the idea of tiny living with an appearance on Oprah in 2007.

The National Tiny House Jamboree's founding sponsor, EcoCabins, a Colorado modular home company, created the Jamboree "as a way to bring the community together in celebration" said EcoCabins president Darin Zaruba. One of EcoCabins' tiny houses, the 24' Morrison hOMe, will be on display alongside the other professional builds. Non professional builders should not be deterred, many attendees brought their DIY dwellings.

Will this tiny house movement ever catch the eye of an East Coast modular home factory? Maybe. Will there ever be a line of tiny modular homes targeting this new emerging market? I doubt it but one never knows what can happen if the tiny house buyers start moving into the East like they have in the West.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wait until the government regulators get their mitts on them. Code? What code? I'm pretty sure I'd be thrown in jail if I built to the same standards that I see "Tiny House Builders" building to. Stair configuration? Egress? Energy standards? Should I be jealous that they can basically do whatever is groovy? I hate regulation but what's good for the goose should be good for the gander. How about we build to the same code the tiny house dudes are building to. I like that better. Ahhh, maybe not.