IN THE PRESS
Home of the Week
April 26, 2018
Living small may not be for everyone, but when Pam McMasters retired in Saint Petersburg, Florida,, from the hectic life of a boutique owner, she decided to scale down and live a quieter, more peaceful lifestyle. She said she has found that in a tiny home village under development in Henderson County.
McMasters said she first purchased a tiny home in The Village of Flat Rock, NC, as a summer retreat but that decision soon changed.
“I came for three weeks and decided I was not going back [to Florida],” she said.
What sealed the deal for McMasters to make her 400-square-foot tiny home her permanent residence was the community interaction, she said.
Tiny Homes Selling Big on Orchard Road
May 3, 2018
The most notable thing about the tiny homes on Orchard Road is that they’re not as tiny as you might think.
“What you’re seeing on TV is what we call the tiny towable,” says Jacob Lions, director of sales of the Village at Flat Rock, a community of tiny homes on Orchard Road. “That was a different animal than what we’re doing out here, that we call park models. The tiny towable is totally mobile, it can be pulled around with a full-size pickup truck.”
The development has a small section of towables but is doing its real land-office business in the bigger cottage-like dwellings. Built on the Twin Ponds trailer park land, the development is about four years old and has been growing fast since new owners bought it last August. It’s closer to Dana than Flat Rock but thanks to the U.S. Postal Service the property has a Flat Rock address and the cache that goes with it.
Park models are 400 square feet with 13½-foot ceilings, a bedroom on the ground floor and full-size appliances. Built at Blue Ridge Log Cabins and Clayton Homes in Georgia, the homes are brought in on a trailer and set up “just like you would a mobile home,” Lions says. The difference is the tiny homes are built to residential stick-built code. Skirts made of Hardie board hide the trailer and wheels.
Tiny Home Community Celebrates Success in Flat Rock
News 13 WLOS
May 4, 2018
Just a year ago, Shirley and Merle Braley were living like many Americans — working hard to afford a big house filled with lots of stuff.
But, after an unplanned visit to The Village at Flat Rock last summer, that changed.
“We drove in on an impulse and left with a contract,” Merle said.
Now, the Braleys live in a 399-square-foot home. They sold 90 percent of their “stuff,” and they couldn’t be happier.
Tiny Dreams In North Carolina
HGTV Tiny House Hunters
May 11, 2018
An avid antique collector is going tiny to live a simpler life in North Carolina, and her daughter is tagging along to be a sounding board as they hunt for something near Asheville. She’s looking for a home with a view that has plenty of space for her large antique collection, but it may be difficult finding a tiny home without having to give away a prized possession.
Forest Friday with Joel Osgood & Coles Whalen
May 25, 2018
For over 20 years, Dogwood Alliance has worked with diverse communities, partner organizations and decision-makers to protect Southern forests across 14 states, through community and grassroots organizing, holding corporations and governments accountable and working to conserve millions of acres of Southern forests.
This episode of Forest Friday focuses on the sustainable forestry and landscaping work being done at Simple Life. Interview with Joel Osgood and Coles Whalen.