Ohio Accessory Dwelling Unit

9 thoughts on “Ohio Accessory Dwelling Unit”

  1. Wow,you really are involved with the coolest projects.
    I had seen your video before I found this blog. The house is inspiring because it is a real ,legal tiny house not a trailer home built as a legal dodge. It’s actually less expensive than some of those homes, and much more beautiful and practical.

  2. Very interesting story and the video is just great. Thanks for sharing. I really like the idea and it is kind of inspiring to reduce and eliminate things you dont need, maybe find peace in the simplicity of a small but useful space.

  3. Nice video. Great job with the construction. A little more information about the water supply system and sewage/septic system for the home would be helpful. Any issues with pipes freezing with the home on a pier foundation?

  4. This is a great post, but Yellow Springs is the most, per capita, crunchy place in Ohio. Not terribly representative of the vast majority of Ohio, perhaps, but still worthy of investigation.

    1. I had originally written a blog post in which I compared and contrasted Yellow Springs with nearby Ohio towns like Mason and Beavercreek, but then I changed my mind. Recent suburban towns do all they can to exclude accessory dwelling units and other such crunchiness. If you can’t afford a 2,800 square foot single family home on a quarter acre and at least one car they really don’t want you in their town and they really don’t want your kids in their schools, etc. But then I changed my mind because I thought I was getting too political. In the end different towns will take different approaches and they will succeed or fail on their own merits. It’s a big country. There’s room for everyone. Fine with me.

      1. I hear what you’re saying. The truth is that Yellow Springs has politics and a culture that allows such flexibility and I was just concerned that people reading the post may not understand the contextual ‘uniqueness’ of the community.

  5. Nice video. I’m impressed with the level of thoughtfulness and creative energy I’m seeing in the under 35 crowd these days. Just today I toured an organic farm in Bolinas run by a young farmer who is reinventing his father’s farm into a kind of permaculture eden (one practical enough to also pay the bills.) I see young people interested in food production, in energy efficiency, in frugality, in walkable, bikeable communities, and not just jabbering about them, but actually incorporating the principles directly into their way of life. It’s enough to give one cause for hope.

    1. Yep; the hippies version 2.0 are back 🙂 I don’t know if it’s the original hippie’s children or grandchildren, though. The twenty-somethings have had a lot of time to think about what kind of life they want since they haven’t been able to find jobs right out of college so easily, and economic as well as environmental pressures have hit them hard. This is a WONDERFUL post and I’m linking it to my FB page, I hope you don’t mind. Yellow Springs looks like a wonderful town, vibrant and forward thinking.

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