A “tiny” home can go just about anywhere, especially when they come complete with wheels. Their unique size makes it possible to squeeze through alleyways, squat in backyards, or even fit comfortably within a typical parking space. While drafting his proposal for the Haile Fellowship, Brad Cooper sought the right neighborhood that would serve as a permanent foundation for his tiny home. The ultimate decision to bring the project to Peete St, located on the edge of Over-the-Rhine, was hardly an accident. While buried underneath affordable housing research, Brad connected with the non-profit community development organization Over-the-Rhine Community Housing. Their friendly relationship would largely affect Brad’s decision to settle upon OTR as a suitable location for his project. Let’s be honest—what better place is there for a provocative home? After much discussion (and a little bit more research) OTRCH decided to give Brad a shot at developing this experimental model on one of their properties.
They looked to the hillsides, which are uniquely suited for tiny homes. Disagree? Well here's the scoop:
- The homes are relatively lightweight and won’t stress hillside soils
- Small footprints allow vegetation to grow, a huge benefit to maintaining stable hillsides
- Buildings on and around Peete St. (and most hillside streets) were historically smaller when compared to other nearby homes.
Primarily made up of vacant lots and trees, the street remains relatively quiet, but not totally isolated. Parks and playgrounds are nearby and it's only a short walk to attractions such as Findlay Market Cincy’s Downtown area. The location also makes it easy to get to where you need to go; it has easy access to many Metro routes and eventual Streetcar stops.
The two sites, currently covered with scrub-trees and brush, are each roughly 25 ft. wide and 52 ft. in length. Once construction begins late this fall, the foliage will be removed and new homes will begin to take shape. Each home will come complete with solar panels, a parking space, and outdoor patio. There’s enough room left over for residents to expand their living space outdoors, potentially with a garden or patio area. The debate over how to effectively address the need for affordable housing continues, but this architect hopes to show that big change can indeed come in small packages.
Join us at the next Live Large event happening Wednesday, July 29th at 6:00 PM. 2015 Haile Fellow Brad Cooper will be conducting a full presentation titled "Live Large in a Tiny Home" at PL's headquarters located at 1805 Elm St, right across from Findlay Market. Potential tiny homebuyers are required to attend at least one of the Live Large events!