The demand for more affordable housing is growing and designers are rising to meet this big demand with a tiny solution: specifically, tiny homes.
Gig Harbor’s Brett Marlo, president of Brett Marlo Designs, has joined the trend by constructing her own design for a tiny home.
“We really believe in quality of life,” she said. “This home uses less resources and healthier materials.”
Because the home requires less materials to construct, a better quality of materials can be purchased and the chances of hazardous gases from cheap materials, called “off gases,” decreases.
We really believe in quality of life. This home uses less resources and healthier materials.
The current model being constructed outside of Marlo’s office is 204 square feet and is built on top of a 24-foot trailer, which allows for easy movement. With such a small living space — though the structure features two sleeping lofts with room to sleep up to six people — Marlo said that using outdoor space is important to tiny living.
“I think tiny living is about connecting to nature,” she said. “I think that’s the crowd it attracts.”
Marlo said that the tiny home can be used either as a primary residence or as an accessory dwelling unit, to provide extra housing for family or more living space. However, Gig Harbor zoning codes do not allow for tiny home with wheels to be used as primary residences within city limits.
Additionally, the tiny home designed by Marlo has the option to function completely “off-grid,” with solar panels providing energy, if that feature is requested.
As for interest in this type of housing, Marlo has see a range of age groups and demographics.
I think tiny living is about connecting to nature. I think that’s the crowd it attracts.
“From young people flexible in their idea of what a home is to baby boomers wanting options,” she said. “Quality of life is probably a big driver ... not being a slave to a mortgage.”
The tiny house will be completed and featured in the Maritime Gig Festival parade on June 4 and will be parked after the parade at the intersection of Pioneer Way and Harborview Drive to allow for tours and more information on the home’s features.
Options for building are entirely customizable, Marlo said, and anyone interested can discuss different features and the overall size of the home.
“This is definitely a home,” she said. “And it’ll feel that way (when it’s completed). This is a very upscale tiny home.”