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Tiny House Case Study: Florida Getaway

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Dec 17, 2018 2:50:52 PM

To pay for their tiny house dreams, many buyers are offering them as short-term rentals to pay down the mortgage.

This Florida gem offers the kind of million-dollar water view none but the wealthiest of us ever see, except perhaps when camping at a seasonal resort. The reason for renting this tiny unit is obvious, but short-term rentals such as this sometimes puts tiny house owners at odds with local planners, especially in areas short on housing.

Florida GetawayHere’s the owner’s description. Note that she goes out of her way to remind renters how small certain rooms are, such as the bathroom:

“This “modern meets industrial” tiny house is a foundation build. Location is Polk County, Fla. (Babson Park on Crooked Lake). Took me quite a bit to go through the proper channels and get everything approved but this is a “legit” (legal) tiny house with permits pulled and certificate of occupancy issued.

Interior dimensions are 12-by-24 (288 square feet) with a 100 square-foot loft with queen bed and sitting area (388 square feet total). Two bedrooms—one on the lower level (full bed).

Appears roomier than most due to high ceilings-—14 feet—in the front sloping to 12 in the back which also provides a loft ceiling of
6 feet on one side sloping to 4 feet on the lower side. Concrete floors were stained to complete the sleek “industrial” look.

Features a 5-by-5-foot bathroom with a 33-inch corner shower, locker “console” table pops up and serves as dining for four. Locker also offers ample storage. Concrete counter top, leftover roofing material used as a back splash, used metal dental wash station was turned into great kitchen cabinets and pantry.

Home is eventually going to be my retirement home but for now is posted/listed on Airbnb .” 

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