Living Tiny Legally is an educational documentary series that explores the benefits tiny housing can bring to a community, the legal obstacles and how these are being overcome in a growing number of cities and in model building codes. This is YOUR guide for making legal, full-time tiny house living a reality in YOUR community!
Created by Alexis Stephens and Christian Parsons of Tiny House Expedition. Parts 1 and 2 are now available online and being applauded across North America as an insightful, inspiring educational resource for both tiny house advocates and government officials. Stay tuned for Part 3 and LTL short films.
Living Tiny Legally has been featured on Parade Magazine, TreeHugger and Curbed, and has been used as an educational tool across the world. The films are a go-to tiny house resource for the State of Colorado, Ventura County (CA) and the City of Victoria (BC).
Part 1 https://youtu.be/ZfLAKgJGc2g
Part 2 https://youtu.be/3qDG8X83auU
Living Tiny Legally, Part 1 provides an in-depth, inside look into how a handful of cities from across over the country are making legal tiny housing and legal tiny house communities, a reality via innovative zoning. Policy makers share their methods and insights to demystify the planning and zoning process. Advocates provide a better understanding of the tiny house movement and benefits tiny homes could bring your community.
Living Tiny Legally, Part 2 explores the benefits of tiny housing, examines the need for building standards and how current codes can be updated to be more tiny house friendly.
Features the following stories:
- Insightful look at how one CTE (career technical educational) program in San Antonio, the Construction Careers Academy, opened the door for permitted, inspected and certified tiny houses.
- Behind-the-scenes story of how Walsenburg, CO, became a tiny house friendly town– from zoning to building codes.
- Creation of the historic tiny house appendix for the 2018 version of the International Residential Code. This includes the important arguments for why this is needed, implications for the future of the movement and next steps for implementing the appendix locally.
“Simply brilliant! Loved the documentary.”
“Brilliant job! There is so much tangible information here that anyone wanting to move toward changing the ordinances in their own towns & cities, in other states can reference. Thank you for this!”
“Awesome. You guys really nailed this one on the head. I feel a lot of people will be able to forward this video on to planning commissions around their communities to help get the ball rolling. In a world that we want to live on wheels, this documentary helps build a strong foundation. Good job.”
“This was an amazing documentary! I am so glad you made this!”
“I’ve gained so much hope. Keep up the good work, all of you who are in pursuit of making tiny house living legal! Special thanks to Alexis and Christian!!!”
“As someone who is currently building my own dream tiny house, I thank you for sharing this excellent and inspiring documentary. Thank you!”
“Gave me goosebumps. Never thought building code revisions could be so gripping.”
-Kevin Polk, Makes A Village
“Thanks for this! We’re currently looking at micro housing on a city owned lot in Victoria BC but only with a temporary use permit. I’m inspired by other mayors and councils that have changed ordinances to make tiny homes a right within zoning. Great to see this leadership. ”
– Mayor of Victoria, BC, Lisa Help
“Amazing job!!! Thank you so much.”
“Kudos for this exciting, educational production. Can’t wait to see more!”
“This turned out stunningly well guys!!! SO glad it was all documented!!”
-Gabriella and Andrew Morrison, Tiny House Build
About Tiny House Expedition
Tiny House Expedition is a documentary and community outreach project, led by filmmakers Alexis Stephens and Christian Parsons. They travel North America with their tiny home on wheels to passionately advocate for greater legal and social acceptance of tiny housing through their educational events and thought-provoking storytelling. Their documentary work includes an educational documentary series, Living Tiny Legally on the legal barriers to tiny housing and community developments. Their latest, in-production docu-series is on the culture and community experience of the tiny house movement, featuring the people and housing projects that are revolutionizing American housing and redefining home.
Quote from Filmmakers:
“Living Tiny Legally is truly a passion project. It is our belief that legal acceptance is necessary to give more people the opportunity to live affordably, safely and without fear of eviction. This is crucial not just for the future of the tiny house movement, but for the future of housing in America. The current housing market is sorely lacking in housing options.
A better understanding of how to make this happen and the value tiny housing can bring a community, help both advocates and policymakers find a path forward.
We make these films to inspire positive change, empower others into action and amplify the efforts of the many dedicated advocates that we document.”
-Directors, Alexis Stephens & Christian Parsons
Author: Alek Lisefski