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  • Ellen

    I hate going into Atlanta and avoid it at all costs., which is a shame because there are many restaurants and cultural events I would like to attend. But, with no mass transit into the city from south of the airport, I spend my money elsewhere.
    We need to look to NYC, Tokyo and every major city in Europe for a model of how to move people in and out of Atlanta comfortably, effiecently and affordably.

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    The contest page from the July 2015 issue ( does not work properly.

  • Jack Sartain

    MNax Blau – Atlanta has joined the Tiny House movement – we had 75 people in JHune show up at a meeting in Tucker – we rold you all but YOU WERE NOT THERE!!!!!NEWSLETTER


    JUNE-JULY 2015

    Volume1 – Number 2

    A Few Considerations About Getting A Tiny House

    (This article is an amalgamation of
    thoughts from many sources as well as some original ideas – thanks to those who

    Jack Sartain

    Many of our
    respondents to the Pinetree Tiny House Communities inquiries had several
    questions and concerns about getting into a Tiny House. Here are some answers
    to those concerns.

    the FREE Pinetree Tiny House Communities Conference on June 27, there may be
    more definitive answers to even more concerns. If you have not registered, it
    is highly recommended. The agenda for the Conference is almost complete.

    register simply send an e mail to [email protected] and type “YES – INCLUDE ME IN THE
    TINY HOUSE CONFERENCE ON JUNE 27. (The FREE Conference will be held at the
    Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church in Tucker – 3142 Lawrenceville
    Highway in Tucker – 6/10ths of a mile outside 285.

    Tiny Houses are
    growing in popularity. They are popping up around the country as more people
    decide to downsize to allow a simpler and less encumbered lifestyle.

    Tiny houses are not for everyone.
    There is, though, a movement of a certain profile of people who want to live a
    different – yes –downsized – lifestyle for several reasons. Some are tired of
    paying big mortgages, others want to live “off the grid” in isolated places,
    and some just want to live a simpler life with perhaps more money in their
    pockets than in a large house with mortgage and large ongoing expenses.

    The tiny house trend
    is on the rise with more and more individuals, couples, and families choosing
    to trade in large spaces for simplicity. The appeal of a tiny house spans all
    age groups. Shrinking square footage not only cuts down on housekeeping– it’s
    a lifestyle change all about living with less, having more money and releasing
    one’s self from the “junk” ( a term of endearment for our “stuff”) that seems to collect in large spaces.

    To measure this “trending”, or really the “movement”, one need
    only to look at such things as postings on the online marketplaces about tiny
    houses which have increased dramatically in volume. A certain site’s Facebook
    count hit over 175,000 recently, up 5,500 from the previous week. Google trends
    demonstrate a widespread interest in the searching term “tiny house”.

    Once one decides to “get on board” with the Tiny House
    movement, there are certain questions one should ask himself or herself – this
    latter group is reportedly the largest group of tiny house enthusiasts.

    Here’s a few:

    Where will I place my tiny house? Idea: This is an obstacle for many people. One might be able to
    build or place a tiny house on a lot ( in the back yard) with a larger home or
    in a rural area with few entanglements such as no zoning codes – as in some
    states and areas. Or, one might need to build it on wheels and keep it in an RV
    park. It should really be known where a tiny house is going to be kept it
    before it is built. Advocating with elected officials about amending zoning
    codes will be a major thrust of the Pinetee Tiny House Communities Development
    Team. arn more at

    Rustic and Beautiful
    Backyard Tiny House is Built from Recycled Barnboard!

    Do I
    want a tiny house with a foundation or a tiny house on wheels? Idea: A traditional home will have to conform to the building
    codes for site built homes. A mobile home should meet the standards of the
    Recreational Vehicle Industry Association if you want to tow it or put it in an
    RV park. But – if one ever decides to locate in a permanent place – well –
    build it to building codes to start with and avoid lots of headaches..

    about my family size. Idea: While some folks live alone, tiny
    houses may not be a fit for a family of more than two – maybe not even for two.
    One solution to the “family tiny house” is TWO tiny houses with a breezeway
    between them. This works for tiny permanent locations. Another thought – if you
    need an art studio or similar space, the two-tiny-house idea has worked for
    some people. One for the home and the other with less “build-out” for other
    purposes. This
    is called a “dogtrot” – 2 tiny house(s) with breezeway

    I try a tiny space out before I buy a Tiny House. Idea: Rent a small vacation cabin or an RV of about 200 square
    feet and get the feel

    Outdoor space is important. Idea: Porches, decks ,
    patios, walkways, garden…

    An often asked question is – “I’m
    interested in building a tiny house and I was wondering about how much they
    cost?” Answer: The cost usually averages around $25,000
    to $30,000 for DIY- $35,000 to $40,000
    if done professionally (HIGHLY recommended for code compliance, insurability,
    warranty, etc.). The location is (usually) an added cost.

    This cost is
    for a relatively ‘high end’ tiny house on wheels with all of the amenities
    of home. If one doesn’t have that builder skill, to the price will be added a
    professional builder’s labor, overhead and profit. Even if the price gets to be $40,000, that’s
    20% or less than the cost of a “normal” house.
    And – consider the huge monthly savings on upkeep and utilities that a
    tiny house offers!

    These figures
    normally include buying a brand new trailer upon which to build a tiny
    house, construction plans, appliances,
    and materials.. And, the placement on a lot somewhere is an added cost. Hardly
    a way to estimate that cost just now.

  • Jack Sartain



    MAY-JUNE 2015

    Volume1 – Number 1

    To contribute
    articles or ideas [email protected] – we
    welcome your input in this exciting “downsize lifestyle” time!

    Meet the PineTree Development Team:

    Dr. John Kelley, Advocate; Jennifer Kelley, Advocate; Jon
    Cline 5-Star Builder;

    Jack Sartain, Development Coordinator

    After retiring as a hospital Chief Executive Officer and spending a few years
    building and repairing large suburban homes, a new opportunity has presented
    itself. Tiny Houses!

    Just less than a month ago, my friend Dr. John Kelley, now retired and
    investing lots of time in surgical missions to Honduras and playing a lot of
    bluegrass banjo, called and asked if I knew anything about “Tiny Homes”. “Only
    what I saw on TV” was my response. “Well”, says he, “my daughter wants one as
    does several of her friends.” Then he asked if I would do a sort of quick
    survey in the metro area (he lives in the mountains). Using the “Facebook
    Scientific Survey Method” I fired up a little simple question about who would
    like to think about living in a Tiny House….well…just two hours later I had
    collected 47 responses and by the time 24 hours rolled up, I had 147 people
    “express an interest”!

    So strong were the responses that we quickly gathered a development team of Dr.
    Kelley,advocate; a 5- star builder Jon Cline; a local civil engineering firm;
    Jennifer Kelley ,advocate and Tiny House enthusiast; and some investors. We are
    having a Tiny House Seminar on June 27 to meet with a good many folks who want
    to consider a Tiny House – as well as elected and appointed building officials
    who need to know about this coming wave of “new lifestyle” living.

    Before you, the reader, gets too excited and wants to join the movement, there
    are many barriers to be overcome – not to do with the willing buyer – but with
    the zoning folks in locations that we have targeted. In conversations with
    elected officials in the locations, there, too, is excitement about this
    possibility. Already two small cities have set about to amend their zoning
    ordinances to accommodate “Tiny Houses”.

    That is the first step in order to create a Tiny Homes community.

    financing of Tiny Homes is not like a BIG mortgage in the high six figures –
    and banks want the big money for a long time. There are many more creative ways
    to finance the purchase of a Tiny Home if your bank is not interested ( the
    reason probably is that the loan is not profitable). In one California location,
    a 28 year old paid for her home with a credit card – so, unsecured loans are

    will be NO WHEELS UNDER THE Tiny Home! That also is a concern of certain city
    officials who think of a Tiny House on wheels as a “trailer” and then we hear
    “…we ain’t havin’ no trailer parks here, son”! So, our Tiny Homes will be on
    permanent foundations. (Our secret – they are movable!)

    our Tiny House developments (or single lot homes-fee simple deed) will be as
    green and as attentive to the environment as possible. For example, storm water
    runoff will be minimized by having pavers as driveways (a cost savings in fees
    to the City or County), solar generated power will be used where feasible, and
    we will super-insulate the Tiny Homes (HUGE savings on energy) and… each Tiny
    House will have metal roofs – these last over a hundred years – just notice the
    old barns and homes scattered throughout rural Georgia – the barn may be caving
    in but the metal roof is still strong.

    Our first Tiny House project will contain from 6 to 15 homes and will be
    started in mid 2016 and built on a “fast track” basis – possibly in a warehouse
    and moved to the site. Each home will range from 200 to 450 square feet, will
    have a garden plot and a storage area. The lots will be about 1200 square feet.
    ( a 4:1 lot to house ratio) The smaller units could cost around $35,000 and the
    larger homes about $70,000. Accurate costs will be dictated by land purchase
    and development costs which are divided by the number of homes and the
    resulting cost spread to each Tiny House.

    The community will be operated like a campground – each resident will pay a fee
    which goes into maintenance of the spaces ad shared amenities. BUT there is NO
    HOA! Operated like a campground, there will be a community “manager” who will
    see that all the external maintenance is done, the grass is cut, etc.

    Local city officials have expressed enthusiasm for the project. Housing
    regulations typically require homes of a certain minimum square footage, and
    the elected officials are working to forge a zoning plan to accommodate the
    Tiny Houses.

    concept of Tiny House Communities is a high-end location for people who want to
    downsize their homes and simplify their lives.

    Eco-friendly lifestyles, efficient energy, convenient to amenities and low initial and continuing costs are our

    space is roughly the size of a one- or two car garage….and ranges roughly 12
    feet by 24 feet or 24 by 24 (SQUARE FOOTAGE FROM ABOUT 150 TO ABOUT 450)

    who live in Tiny Houses love the simple, frugal lifestyle. Tiny House residents
    may appear to be rather eccentric – leading edge folks, like us, do appear that

    appears to be a national “tiny house movement” that embraces homes that are
    about 500 square feet or less. Affordable housing is in short supply and
    planners are looking for creative ways to zone for tiny homes. Twenty-five
    percent of our population in the unincorporated part of the county is still
    spending 50 percent of their income or more on housing. That’s not sustainable.
    Tiny homes may be one of those solutions. ” And, if you are paying $850 per
    month rent plus urilities, the cost savings in a Tiny Home are huge – and you
    OWN it!

    Our team is convinced that Tiny Houses work best together as a cluster. That
    way, expensive amenities can be shared. At the center (or conveniently located)
    of the property shared storage, laundry facilities, maybe even a pool table.

    Finding the right site, helping to create new zoning ordinances to accommodate
    Tiny Houses, assuring the right utility hookups and enough financing to build
    the community are just a few of the challenges before the first Tiny House is

    Our team has already found a few potential sites which are beautiful,
    convenient, served with all utilities and are in need of improvement. Finding
    investors is a bit trickier but we are moving through that process fairly
    smoothly. We will accumulate enough cash to begin land development and start
    construction in the next year to eighteen months.

    Residents will have the best of the “‘burbs” — privacy and, quiet — and without
    the burden of a large mortgage, high utility expense and large tax bills for
    their residence.


    Want a Tiny
    House? or, want to know about Tiny Houses? – go to PineTree Tiny
    House Communities- OUR team is local (and accessible)
    and invites you to attend a FREE Tiny
    House Conference on June 27 at 10 am.

    Location is Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church 3142 Lawrenceville
    Highway in Tucker – 6/10ths of a mile outside 285. To register NOW e-mail your name address,
    email and telephone to: [email protected]. Register and
    bring a friend!

    Note: we will
    have follow up conferences on July 25 and August 22 – same times and location.


  • Michael Newman

    There is a 100% agave tequila in black color, delicious, its distribution base is here in Atlanta,
    I think you should post something about it. Michael Newman

  • College_Park_Guy_1812

    Hey Folks, wake up! Atlanta doesn’t end at I-20! There is life and great people south of I-20 … east and west.

    I’m tired, really tired of “Atlanta” only being northside, EAV, Decatur, Midtown, Avalon (gimme a break — it’s eff-ing Alpha (eff-ing) retta! I’m white and gay — yeah, we live outside Midtown and Va-Hi. While my first home was in Inman Park (3o+ years ago — when Stove Works were abandoned and there war only 2 “restaurants” (one was Zesto’s) in L5P. And Sevananda was in former derelict Piggly-Wiggly and Bass High still had students (not wannabe “hipsters”).

    Yeah, I appreciate the gentrification of many areas on east side, “west Midtown,” Decatur (a morass of parking lots in the 80’s), but please discover, re-discover the southside … West End, Adair Park, Sylvan Hills, Capitol View, East Point, College Park.

    I’ve lived here on the southside over 15 years and find it as vibrant or more than Inman Park, Candler Park (a snooze 30+ years ago — even recently).

    Wake up Atlanta Magazine! It’s not about your botoxed, face lifting, Biff’s and Muffie’s — they didn’t care about Intown, Midtown, EAV, Decatur, West Midtown 30 years ago, nor really do today (except for forays to their decorators and Sid Mashburn). Let ’em go home to Buckhead, Smynings, Alpharetta, and faux points north.

    “Bless your dear hearts” (wherever they might be).