11/04 Tiny Houses Could Be Huge, but Rules Stand in the Way

Peter Hartel 's tiny guest house

Peter Hartel owns one of the few tiny houses in Athens, GA. He says it was a “nightmare” to get it approved.


Living in a historic district meant Hartel ended up with a guest house that looks very much like the main one. Historic preservation standards forced him to leave out much of the whimsy he’d hoped for, he says, and some building requirements—like a seven-foot minimum ceiling height—seemed arbitrary and unnecessary.

“With regards to zoning, it becomes very apparent very quickly that there are a lot of things that are completely appropriate for building that concern a person’s safety,” he says. “But there are some things in there that make utterly no sense when it comes to building a tiny house.”

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Elaine Walker