People wait in line to tour the TinyHouse Expedition home Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, during the Tiny House Jamboree at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry in Colorado Springs. The owners, Alex Stephens and Christian Parsons, are traveling the United States for the next two years working on a documentary about tiny house communities.
As the real estate market takes off in Colorado Springs, some local builders aren’t thinking big. They’re thinking tiny.
Instead of using trenches and foundations, these builders are making 180-square-foot luxury homes atop trailers. And Colorado Springs, home to the largest manufacturer of tiny homes in the country, is quickly becoming the epicenter of the national movement that encourages finding freedom through the smaller price tags that come with these smaller homes.
“What the tiny houses do, they are mimicking a culture desire to get back to simplicity and quality of life,” said Justin Hall, human resources manager for Tumbleweed Tiny House Co., which produces about 125 tiny houses a year out of its Colorado Springs production facility. “It’s a natural fit that Colorado Springs becomes the tiny house capital of America.”
Colorado Springs was host to the 2015 national Tiny House Jamboree, which organizers say brought 40,000 visitors to the area. The city will host the national jamboree Aug. 5-7 at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry.