I was stoked and ordered a $12 general admission ticket for Saturday November 12th.
I came with a camera and binder, eager to go to my first tiny house event and tweak my tiny house plans a little more.
One matter I hoped to clarify was how I want to divide the vertical space between my kitchen and the bedroom loft above it. According to my builder, my trailer will use a low-drop feature which makes the bottom of the trailer closer to the ground. As a result the trailer sits at 20" and the house sits on top, up to the 13'6" clearance. (Tiny houses need to be at or under this limit to be road legal.)
Being able to stand in tiny houses, schoolies, and vans was super useful in order to understand what the space feels like. From my notes, I'd want the kitchen to have a height of 6'6" and the loft to have a height of 3'11" or more. Having plenty of head room in the loft is very important to me!
I also loved the conversation with those showing off their personal homes and small company spec-homes.
I talked for a long time with a couple from New England who had started a tiny house company after they built one for themselves. They told me that the profit margin on a tiny house AirBnB business is low, among other pointers about appliances, lofts, and flooring.
A couple starting a build on a schoolie was there, as well as a mom of three who uses a van as a summer vacation home for her and her three children. They use harvesthosts to find 'free' places to travel to, with the stipulation that you buy something fresh from the farm stand or vineyard which hosts you.
In an upcoming post, I will share photos from this event and more info I gathered.