As the weather warms up, it may be time to start thinking about planning a vacation. But have you considered staying in a tiny house?
The popular tiny house movement is growing across the country, with multiple reality television shows centered around the concept of “tiny living”. To meet the “tiny” standard, houses must typically be residential structures with a floorplan of less than 400 square feet.
Kitty Hockman-Nicholas, the owner of Hedgebrook Farm in Winchester, saw the movement growing nationally and decided she wanted in.
She says her tiny house, known as the Bird’s Nest for a small barn-swallow nest perched inside the first room, was the first in Virginia. And it’s not just the physical footprint of the house that’s small, it’s the ecological footprint as well.
“I had left over logs from a house we had purchased, so we had to make something, build something,” Hockman-Nicholas said.. “So we put an extension on, so it’s all log in the back, partial log in the front. and lots of recycled material.”
The house has a small kitchen area, a television, a shower, and even a composting toilet–another environmentally friendly feature.
Hockman-Nicholas says the house is closed for the winter months, but will re-open to Air BNB guests April 15.
Hockman-Nicholas says she plans to build a small village of tiny environmentally-friendly houses in the future, including mobile varieties that can be moved to different locations around the farm.