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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Indigo River Tiny Homes’ offers both tiny homes on wheels and those built on permanent foundations. This 24-foot model, dubbed ‘Baby Blue’ is on the market for $55,500. (Photo: Indigo River Tiny Homes)

And, to be honest, not all tiny homes are created the same way. When Peter Huggler launched Indigo River Tiny Homes, he sought to fill a small but increasingly important niche in the North Texas housing market. The veteran-owned firm, based in Garland, specializes in custom tiny homes on wheels that bridge the gap between pricey prefab and DIY jobs. Not only are they building beautiful, functional, and energy-efficient tiny homes on wheels, but they’re also starting to build tiny homes on permanent foundations, too.

That’s good news for Dallasites who want to take advantage of changes to the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) regulations in Dallas that now allow for homeowners to build income-producing space on their property with full kitchens and baths as a way to hedge against our growing affordable housing problem. 

Right now they have two spec models ready for purchase: Baby Blue (pictured above, $55,500) and Big Blue (below, $68,500). These two models show just how customizable Indigo River Tiny Homes are, with Baby Blue offering more of a stripped-down, minimalist aesthetic with bright white, streamlined interiors. Big Blue, on the other hand, features gorgeous custom finishes in a variety of wood tones, with a bent-wood spiral staircase and beautiful butcher block counters laid in a chevron pattern. 

Kyle Becker of Indigo River Tiny Homes in Garland gave Rosy and Conrad a tour of Big Blue and Baby Blue, the two spec builds for sale. (Photo: Jo England/Staff)

When you talk about what’s beneath the really fabulous finishes, you’ll be impressed, too. The company uses an innovative construction method using dense Styrofoam encased between layers of dense fiberglass. It’s durable, light, and has an outstanding insulation — which means you have to run your air conditioning less. It’s just one of the creative features Indigo River Tiny Homes sport, making them well-suited for either year-round occupation or as a lakeside weekend getaway spot. 

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There’s gonna be two kinds of stars in DFW this weekend: the kind that walk the red carpet and the kind that light up the sky.

On Saturday night, April 21, into early morning Sunday, April 22, North Texans can check out the Lyrid meteor shower, which coincides with Earth Day this year, when as many as 20 meteors can be seen “falling” in the night sky every hour.

Just look for the burning shards of rock and natural debris slicing through the sky at tens of thousands miles per hour. The experts at Accuweather say this should be one of the best shooting star displays of late on Earth. Depending on clear skies here in the Metroplex, you can catch a glimpse of these stars streaking across all areas of the sky, with no telescope required. 

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Got the tiny house bug? Who is not intrigued by the thought of simplifying housing to the Nth degree by pairing down living space to the minimum? Contemplate that at the White Rock Local Market, Saturday, April 7, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a gander at two tiny house models. Builder Indigo River Tiny Homes will be on site at the farmers market located on the campus of Lake Pointe Church, 9150 Garland Road.

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The Low Country by Clayton Photo: Clayton

The Low Country by Clayton (Photo: Clayton)

Never say never. Part of being a Lifestylist® is that I am a curator of things I love and want to share. Usually, that’s an unusual vintage plate, a quirky chair, or a book that I can’t put down — I need a lot of space to store all of these treasures. After seeing the stunning Clayton Designer Series Tiny Home that debuted at the Cashiers Historical Society Designer Showcase, I’ve now fallen madly in love with a tiny home, and one may be in my future.

For the first time, I’m actually thinking about letting go of some of my many collections and really thinking about what is important. Besides changing my outlook on how I want to live, this home also changed what I thought a manufactured home looks like. Architect Jeffrey Dungan of Jeffrey Dungan Architects called this home “a whole game changer” and we think you’ll agree — this home will change everything that you thought you knew about manufactured housing, and show why a manufactured home may be in your future as well. (more…)

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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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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Community First Village

 

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The concept behind the Community First Village is revolutionary — rent a tiny home to someone who needs a reason to hold down a job for an affordable rate, and help the homeless turn their lives around.

The fact that it’s adorable doesn’t hurt, either.

Austin, home of the food truck trailer parks and high-priced housing, has made something that Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League calls, “the very first ‘yes, in my backyard’ project!’” according to this story from KUT:

Mobile Loaves and Fishes’ Alan Graham, the man behind the project, says one reason many in the nearby community are on board is because there will also be a bed and breakfast in the village and an Alamo Drafthouse outdoor movie theater.

“We haven’t converted everybody, but when people come out here they go, ‘Oh!’ They see a chapel; they see medical and vocational services on site, and they learn that residents will not live there for free; they’ll pay a monthly rent.”

Graham adds that if 200 chronically homeless people get back on their feet, that could save Central Texas taxpayers about $10 million a year.

The village covers about 27 acres and features adorable micro homes like those on trendy blogs and websites, designed and built by University of Texas architecture students. Rent runs around $200 a month for some of the homes, which includes access to a community garden and social services. Mobile Loaves and Fishes is still in the middle of a fundraising campaign for the project, with a goal of $6 million. Find out more about the project here.

Considering the growing homeless population in Dallas, do you think there’s a space for this concept here? Where would you put a development like this? And if this was planned for your neighborhood, would you be a NIMBY or a YIMBY?