24 thoughts on “300-Square-Foot House Coming to Dignowity Hill

  1. Is there really a “tiny house movement?” Or just a developer trying to put a noble spin on their work? Is there a craftsman house movement? Or a Toyota Camry movement? Does buying a thing make you part of a movement? Only in America

    • Its’ no longer a ‘movement’, its a form of architecture. What if he is? There was and look at the amazing structures we got from it. I like Camrys. Sometimes.

  2. I’m all for tiny homes for people in any stage of life, but often a tiny home needs to use the lofted space as a sleeping space or other area and I question where this would work for aging people who as time goes on can no longer do stairs (or ladders for that matter) with such ease.

    • You are making many assumptions here. Tiny homes aren’t only for ‘aging people’, they are practical, sustainable, desirable for several demographics and require imagination around construction and use of space. They drive innovation around consumption (less) and sustainability (more). Dignowity Hill is the perfect site for this.

      • GKP, my comment was not against tiny homes, I was just commenting on the quote in the story: ““What I’m seeing is a trend of baby boomers who are retiring, but with the amount of income they have, they can’t get into these larger homes, so they go smaller,” Turner said.” that was saying tiny homes would be great for Baby Boomers. I was saying I wasn’t so sure as most aging people need 1 floor spaces without stairs or ladders as they age.

    • Agree. I’m over seventy, I would have transitioned to a tiny house long ago, but they all seem to require a loft for a sleeping area. I have no knee problems for now, but I am fearful of falls.

      • What would work better is a Tiny Home community with shared guest room/community space for visiting family and communal kitchen, then you can have a tiny home without any upstairs and bigger space to entertain or be with family!

  3. I’m surprised by the concrete driveway. There are engineered structural solutions that replace impervious cover. It’s a failure of imagination. Being really cheap too.

  4. Its’ no longer a ‘movement’, its a form of architecture. What if he is? There was and look at the amazing structures we got from it. I like Camrys. Sometimes.

  5. “The Not so Small House” book came out over 10 years ago. Since then I rethink space and how often it is used in my life. Although I do not think I could live in less than 1000 Sq Ft. I do applaud the effort. There are a ton of books out now on Small to Tiny houses. On the ageing comment, there are some great floor plans for Granny Pods, which are also very tiny. What a wonderful thing to bring to the city and by a developer no less!!!

  6. Hope to see this project come to life. There is an affordable housing crisis going on throughout the entire United States! I have been wishing San Antonio would be open to allowing tiny homes to be built in the city. I’m 27 and the average cost of a home is well over 100k, so although I want to own my own home, the way the market is going every year it seems less and less likely. Tiny homes are the answer!

    • Nt no one forced you to read it!! Some of us find it interesting that the city approved the small house concept. Not everything is about you.

  7. Still cannot comprehend the ability of the City and “Commissions” to halt progress by telling land owners what they can and cannot build on their own property. I am happy that this particular house is moving forward.

    One of the reasons that I may never buy property is due to the overreach of Government which tells me what I can build or not build. Insanity if you are asking me.

  8. Tiny houses have to be built on tiny lots. The city historically has denied building permits on a vacant lot less than 50’wide. But due to the surge of redevelopment in the gentrified east and west sides, the city is being pressured to reassess their nazi stance. Now we need to get them to relax building codes on obsolete flood prone areas near creeks that have had mega major infrastructure to prevent flooding, but the city has not revised the FEMA maps. There are houses in these areas that have been there for more than 50 years, never flooded even before the mega major infrastucture to prevent it was built, and certainly wont flood now. Just vacant lots are a haven for criminal activity and debris being dumped by othe than the owner. This in turn only creates more revenue for the city, as they receive special assessment fees by fining the owner for overgrowth or debris dumping on these vacant lots. so they can cite for code compliance.

  9. I’ve got to applaud the HDRC for making the right call here–I’m honestly surprised staff were against this for the reasons pointed out in the article. By orienting the 20-foot width toward the street, that actually helps the building seem more aligned with the scale of buildings already in the neighborhood.
    A bigger, and more important, next step would be to allow 2-3 of these on a single lot to make better use of the land and to provide more opportunities for low-cost housing in neighborhoods near jobs and other amenities.
    Kudos to Troy Turner for being mindful of the architecture as well, and for actually responding to what people have been asking for.

  10. For those who are applauding the “tiny homes” in our older neighborhoods, just make sure you continue to followup and confirm these “tiny homes” don’t becomes STRs (short term rentals)…….which of course don’t address San Antonio’s problems with affordable and long term housing for the neighborhoods. Just saying…..

  11. Who cares about the size of the house? This isn’t a new idea and it’s not a movement. One of the nagging major problems in Dignowity Hill is vacant lots. This house or “any” house is helping remedy that problem. I also think this house looks nice.

    It doesn’t surprise me that Evelyn spoke out against it being part of the anti-everything-crowd that’s holding back progress on the Eastside. Speaking of real movements there is a movement called YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard) which is taking hold in a lot of cities right now. These communities are seeing and embracing change instead of resisting it.

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