When JoAnn Botta decided to build a house in 2013 she was thinking small. “I had 400 square feet in mind and even when the architect gently suggested something slightly bigger, I rejected the idea,” Botta said. “I calculated what I needed and no more.”
After building her first tiny house, Botta expanded her ideas to duplex rental units.
“I think they’re ideal for a single person or even a couple,” Botta said.
Botta was born and raised in Irvington, New Jersey.
“My parents had hoped I would attend Cooper Union but I attended Pratt studying and getting my degree in advertising and design. That’s when I met and married my husband Vince. That’s how I discovered Florida when we came to Miami Beach for the first time in 1966.”
After two more trips to Florida, Botta decided this would be a great place to stay.
“When I came back in 2009 the market was depressed and I had a small inheritance so I purchased real estate in the Cape,” Botta said. “A friend suggested Pine Island and I bought some land here.
“I’ve been studying small houses for a long time,” Botta said. “There was a book called the ‘Not So Big House’ in the 1990s and that gave me the idea to build my first small house on Pine Island. I think there’s a market for them and this gives me something to do. I’d like to leave a few of these sweet little houses on Pine Island.