Tommy and Dewey Reen have been downsizing since they moved out of the colonial house they bought in Cape Cod when they got married eight years ago.
According to a report by the Portland (Maine) Press-Herald, they moved in and out of cottages and condos throughout the country, then finally built their dream home – a 288-square-foot, one-room house on wheels.
Now they just need a place to put it.
Since they decided to build a tiny house in January, the Reens have had ads on Craigslist seeking a property owner willing to let them park it on a piece of land, offering either rent or services, such as yard care, in return.
All they need is a 50-amp outlet, a water hose, room for their two rescue dogs to roam, and space to park their two Toyota Priuses, as well as a property owner willing to break the law.
The Reens’ quest represents a common hurdle facing the growing number of people building small, efficient homes, known as tiny houses.
Code regulations haven’t caught up with the movement, which has emerged in recent years as a way to save money, reduce environmental impact and live more simply.
“It’s still illegal. That’s the downside,” Tommy Reen said.
Because their house is on wheels, as most tiny houses are, it’s considered a recreational vehicle.
Only some RV parks allow tiny houses, and many aren’t open year-round or have limits on how long they can stay, said Elaine Walker, a founder of the American Tiny House Association. A more common option is to stay in a friend’s backyard, she said.
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