Portsmouth, NH will have at least one “tiny house” in the future after the Board of Adjustment voted unanimously to grant the variances needed so a local man could convert a small historic building into a studio apartment.
BOA Chairman David Rheaume noted shortly before the board voted earlier this week that “tiny living, tiny spaces (are) a growing trend across the country.”
“It’s going to be tiny,” Rheaume said of Mark Hepp’s plan to turn the historic building along the Piscataqua River at 390 New Castle Ave. into an apartment.
Hepp received the multiple variances he needed from the board to convert what city documents say is a 280-square-foot single-story building.
“It’s like the size of a hotel room,” Hepp said during a recent interview with the Portsmouth Herald. “You could easily put a full bath, kitchenette and a room that represents your studio apartment … It looks right out on the water.”
BOA member Christopher Mulligan, who made the motion to approve the variances, called the building a “micro, micro apartment.”
He alluded to a couple of neighbors who spoke against granting the variances, who said they believed it would create parking problems in a nearby neighborhood.
“To me it does not seem given the size of the dwelling space that’s actually going to be created, this would generate any type of overcrowding,” Mulligan said.
The look of the property will be “vastly improved,” when Hepp converts it into a small apartment, he added.