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And We’re Legal! A Certificate of Occupancy for our Tiny House

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Legalize, Recent Posts | 21 comments

And We’re Legal! A Certificate of Occupancy for our Tiny House

This is the third and last post in my series about our interactions with our local building inspector and the steps we took to get a Certificate of Occupancy thereby making our tiny house a legal single-family dwelling. Read the first post here and the second post here. Andrew and Crystal Odom are seeking legal status in their North Carolina home. Good news over there, too! Finding an engineer was like a scavenger hunt. I like those. We started by asking for referrals from everyone we know who is remotely connected with building and design. We called folks who gave us more referrals. Since it was the week between Christmas and New Year’s, we left a lot of...

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Our Path to a Legal Tiny House

Posted by on Feb 16, 2013 in Legalize, Recent Posts | 4 comments

Our Path to a Legal Tiny House

This the second post in my series about our interactions with our local building inspector and the steps we took to get a Certificate of Occupancy thereby making our tiny house a legal single-family dwelling. Read the first part of the story here. This post is a compilation of excerpts from my weekly letters on December 23, 2012 and December 30, 2012.   “It takes courage to put ourselves out on the page, but it is better to be in reality than in denial. Reality is a place to start something. Denial is a place where something is already going on that we do not want to see and be a part of even though we are.” - Julia Cameron, The Sound of Paper  ...

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My Worst Tiny House Fear: Being Told I Can’t Legally Live Here

Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in Legalize, Recent Posts | 50 comments

My Worst Tiny House Fear: Being Told I Can’t Legally Live Here

This post is a compilation of excerpts from my weekly letters during the time between December 2, 2012 and January 27, 2013. I’ve been quiet on the blog lately, because the past six weeks have been scary and hard. I am sharing publicly now, because we’ve made it through and everything is okay. Thanks to my weekly letter subscribers, I had a safe place to share these feelings while they were raw.   I’m not one to keep you hanging in worry, so I’ll spoil the story now:  We were found in violation of the Universal Statewide Building Code because we didn’t get a building permit to build our tiny house. The code in Virginia puts any...

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