The Hideout Creekside Village has been a campground for 42 long-term RV’s. It is slowly being converted into a Tiny Home Village.Today I attended the open house for the first Tiny Home installed.
This is the “Drake” model from Landark RV. Over 30′ long with a first floor bedroom, loft bedroom, full bathroom with a tub. Landark RV has a long and local past although their construction facility is now in Buena Vista. This model is constructed with metal studs, closed cell spray foam insulation (floor, walls and roof) with an extra layer of rigid insulation outside the framing (walls and ceiling). It is fairly light weight but strong enough to stand up to Colorado’s cold temperatures and snow loads. Brian Buzarde, owner/designed/constructor says the unique design makes it very stable on the road and add a smidge more room to the lofts. The metal siding, while not pretty, is almost indestructible. Check out the photos at their website. It sells for a hefty $139,900.00.
Beau Haines, general manager of the Hideout RV Campground is expecting to convert all 40 trailer owners to Tiny Home owners soon. Beau has been working with Garfield County officials for years to get this project approved. Space is so tight that some folks rented a lot and put an RV on it as they became available just to make sure they had a space when the time came. For more on this story see the Glenwood Springs PostIndependent article.
With the goal of creating affordable housing the price of the Tiny Home I toured doesn’t seem to fill that niche. Owners are not locked in to buying a Tiny Home from Landark however. I am looking forward to seeing what affordable alternatives they come up with. Tiny Homes will need to be built to RVIA building codes and be able to withstand the harsh winters of Colorado the mountains.