BA Norrgard Buzzfeed Tiny House

Have you ever tried to imagine what life would be like in a tiny house? Well, lifestyle repackaging expert, tiny home blogger, and Dallas native BA Norrgard offered a few BuzzFeed staffers the chance to live in her tiny house for a few hours. The results? Lots of laughs and a little introspection. Jump for the video!

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B.A. Norrgard is a Dallas-born, tiny house evangelist that has worked tirelessly to find a place to park her bed over her head in the North Texas area. Tomorrow, that work comes to fruition.

From Staff Reports

Ever since B.A. Norrgard launched her website and tiny home tour, the goal was to get more people to understand tiny home living and sustainability. The more people on smaller footprints there are, her reasoning followed, the more successful communal tiny home villages would be. She’s let countless people traipse through her home, including several members of BuzzFeed’s staff, and toured trailing her small abode across the nation. It’s been years in the making, but tomorrow, Norrgard will celebrate the fruition of that plan.

The long-awaited groundbreaking for the Lake Dallas Tiny Home Village will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the tiny home village site at 206 Gotcher Avenue.

Initial work on the tiny home village began in 2016 when real estate developer and investor Terry Lantrip brought the idea to the elected officials in Lake Dallas. By that time, Norrgard had already floated the idea past other municipalities, but it never really firmed up. Lantrip had been aware of the tiny home movement going back as far as 2008, but the idea came to life when Lantrip attended Earth Day in Dallas a few years ago when tiny homes were spotlighted with thousands standing in line for hours to view the homes.

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The “tiny house” movement, as well as eco-villages, co-housing, and pocket neighborhoods, are some of the responses to urban growth.

Nan Ellin

Nan Ellin

People living in these alternative houses are returning to a simpler way of life. These all incorporate shared amenities and social spaces, encouraging human interaction in order to nourish a deep sense of community. There’s less “stuff” to stress about, a smaller footprint, and fewer wasted resources.

The next Dallas Architecture Forum event is a panel discussion with residents, architects, and developers of such projects. They will explore their successes as well as opportunities for the future in an evening titled Village Redux: Co-Housing and Pocket Neighborhoods.

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A Bed Over My Head HH Parade

B.A. Norrgard’s tiny home was towed down Newell in Hollywood Heights during the neighborhood’s annual Easter parade last weekend. (Photo: Jo England)

Perhaps you already saw B.A. Norrgard’s adorable 112-square-foot house on wheels at the Hollywood Heights Newellian Easter Parade this year? Or maybe you saw it in this BuzzFeed video?

Well, if you haven’t yet seen inside the super cute but VERY COZY little home documented on Norrgard’s blog, you’ll have another chance to see it during Earth Day Texas. Norrgard will open the teacup cottage to visitors and talk about what she call’s “lifestyle repackaging” but is also known as “extreme downsizing” during the free April 24-26 event at Dallas’ art deco gem, Fair Park. She’ll also talk about the prospect of tiny house communities in Dallas, which is an idea we’re absolutely smitten with.

Jump for more information on Earth Day Texas!

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I’ve been following B.A. Norrgard’s tiny house adventures on her blog, and while it is at times funny and fascinating at others, her process of “lifestyle repackaging” has been thought-provoking for the most part.

Norrgard, once a paralegal at a Dallas firm, was disaffected with her highly consumer-oriented life and wanted to live in a way that was more fulfilling. So she divested herself from her possessions and her home and began work on her tiny house, a 112-square-foot design from Four Lights Houses. She’s now rent free, mortgage free, and property tax free, she says.

It’s been a long road for Norgarrd, but as her tiny home is close to completion (just adding air conditioning) our attention is turning toward what it would take to for Dallas to accept a development like the tiny house community that Norgarrd proposes.

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BA Norrgard is taking her tiny house on tour, but the Dallas native is hoping living small will catch on in her hometown.

BA Norrgard is taking her tiny house on tour, but the Dallas native is hoping living small will catch on in her hometown.

We’ve been following BA Norrgard and her quest to live small — tiny even! — in a hand-built home after divesting herself of her mortgage and working to help people simplify, simplify, simplify. And as much as I love her mission, I have to wonder if Norrgard’s work is ever going to pay off. Can the people of Dallas, a place whose very motto is “Big Things Happen Here,” live small?

Perhaps the real question is this: Can we appreciate time outside, putting more emphasis on experience and less on material things? That’s what Katie Arnold asked in her essay for Outside magazine:

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Drunk Brick

I’ve walked my dogs by this house at 1006 Clermont Street in Hollywood Heights for well over 20 years and always wondered about the brick mason that was in charge of the project. Was he wildly creative, or perhaps drunk on the job? That led me to do a ton of research trying to figure out this style of brickwork. It turns out the style is called Drunk Brick! (more…)

We need solutions to the North Texas housing crisis before it’s too late

In Part I we learned that there is a Housing Crisis in North Texas

In Part II we learned that New Construction Not Helping Housing Crisis in North Texas

In Part III we learned about the first-hand Struggles of Finding a Home in North Texas

Now let’s talk about solutions to this crisis.  Notice I said “solutions” with an “s” because there isn’t just one fail-safe, simple way that this housing crisis will be solved.  It’s going to take many different methods and changes to see real improvement.

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