One year ago, four tiny home owners came together to form “Simply Home Community” in Portland, Oregon. They created a community agreement, purchased a big house and parked their tiny sanctuaries in the backyard. We visited Simply Home Community in April and again in October this year. Their growth as a community over the past six months is impressive (and we’re not just talking about the garden)!
Karin Parramore takes us on a tour of Simply Home Community:
*Filmed October 2015
Tony Deithelm explains the origins of Simply Home Community:
*Filmed April 2015
Advice for other Tiny House Communities
Both Tony and Karin stress the importance of their Community Agreement. They spent a lot of time discussing the logistics, chores, number of pets, responsibilities, rent payments, etc. with the other community members.
“Community dinners are an important together element that I think is absolutely necessary.” – Tony Deithelm
Tony’s tiny house is used as a rental on the property
Features of Simply Home Community:
- Community garden
- Bike shed
- Garage converted into a workshop
- Communal access to big house amenities
- Bulk food buy-in
- Community Social Events: Dinners, movie screenings and public tours
- Shared chores: cooking, gardening, trash maintenance, etc.
- Possible hot tub (TBD)
Where would you like to see a Tiny House Community?
It’s great to see a tiny home community model that works. Simply Home Community is an inspiration for other tiny home communities popping up all over Portland, Oregon, and the rest of the country. Personally, we can’t wait to watch and see how this community evolves over the years.