I’ve long been interested in designing villages that are integrated physically, environmentally, economically, and socially. The problem, of course, is that the Starfield Valley design would cost more than most land developers are willing to risk on an untried design with no assurance that enough people would want to buy into it.
I’ve since discovered the Tiny House craze. We have at least one Tiny House builder here in Colorado Springs (less than a mile from my house, in fact), Tumbleweed Houses. There’s another up in Woodland Park, and many more scattered around the country. While Tiny Houses range in size from 8.5 feet by 20-24 feet to 15 feet by 40 feet (small mobile homes), they’re intended to be put on relatively permanent foundations in everything from RV parks to existing mobile home parks to raw land out in the boonies.
They aren’t cheap, but they’re affordable compared with the 5 bedroom 4 bath monsters being built all over town. The problem has been where to put them as lot space is available at a premium because parks are relatively rare. However, El Paso County, Colorado (where I live) finally has allowed people to buy and place Tiny Houses on lots, and possibly to develop new parks if all the requirements can be met.
I’m not interested in developing Tiny Villages all the way through the permit process, to say nothing of the build process. That’s above my pay grade. I am interested in designing Tiny Villages for people willing to develop them. There is a significant market out there, with multiple segments ranging from standard RV Parks to villages for preppers–assuming enough preppers would be willing to work together to create a village capable of surviving the collapse of civilization.
So here goes nothing as I build my gallery of Tiny Villages for your enjoyment. These designs are shown on actual properties that are for sale (ain’t Google Earth wonderful???), provided to me by Tyler Daniels of the DanielsTeam at ReMax Millennium in Colorado Springs. Just click on the image to see it full-size so you can read the details.
Should anyone be interested in having me design something for a property in your state, find a good real estate agent or team and have them set up a property search of 5-50 acres. If you see a property listing you like, ask your agent for an image showing the property lines and measurements. Once you get it (probably as a png file), send it to me and I’ll see what I can design for you. I’ll also need to know what you want to do with it–e.g. an RV park for snowbirds or sunbirds, or a prepper village, or what. That’ll make it easier for me to design something that will meet your needs. If you can include the property description, as well as the MLS ID number, I should be able to look it up. I can also create proformas for you to share with potential investors.
Whether you’re interested on acting on any of these ideas or not, I’d still love to hear what you think of them!