02/26 Tiny House at Nashville’s Old House Fair

David Latimer (with hat on) and Ben Sistrunk show the tiny home they will bring to the Old House Fair.

David Latimer (with hat on) and Ben Sistrunk show the tiny home they will bring to the Old House Fair.

A new element this year is a chance to see one of the “tiny homes” that have been in the news as a new lifestyle trend…

Even though I sometimes entertain the idea of downsizing from our large historic house, I have absolutely no intention of moving into what one of my coworkers described as an “oversized dog house.” But the concept is definitely interesting.

I went out for a preview of the “tiny home” that David Latimer, the founder of Nashville Tiny Homes, is bringing to the tour and found it to be far from an “oversized dog house.”

Built in conjunction with Ben Sistrunk’s Urban Living Design company, it is a 200-square-foot mini-home, featuring hardwood floors, granite countertops, a stainless steel shower, a composting toilet, super-efficient insulation, a sleeping loft and cedar board and batten exterior…

What’s the connection of tiny homes with the Old House Fair? According to Robin Zeigler, historic zoning administrator for the Metro Historic Zoning Commission, the tiny house is included because they can offer a great way for property owners in established neighborhoods to obtain extra income to help maintain their historic buildings, and they can also provide a way for people to stay in their neighborhood if downsizing.

When can you tour: Anytime from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Old House Fair at Sevier Park.

About the fair
The Metro Historic Zoning Commission’s fifth annual Old House Fair is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 5 at Sevier Park Community Center, 3021 Lealand Ave. The free festival is designed to introduce property owners to new ideas and offer practical advice, information on innovative materials and quality services through exhibitors, presentations and hands-on demonstrations. The event includes door prizes, food trucks and a chance for children to learn more about historic architecture.

Read more – http://www.tennessean.com/story/life/shopping/ms-cheap/2016/02/26/old-house-fair-full-ideas-remodeling-renovating/80753774/


Elaine Walker