“Tiny homes” could be coming to a housing plot near you

Duluth, MN
Duluth, MN(KBJR/CBS3 Duluth)
Published: Sep. 8, 2022 at 9:57 PM CDT
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DULUTH, MN -- Colorado-based Simply Tiny Development is partnering with the Duluth Housing and Redevelopment Authority to build “tiny homes” across Duluth.

The homes are downsized versions of normal homes and are built to be more sustainable.

The first of those homes are being built in the Central Hillside neighborhood.

The first home is scheduled to be built by sometime this fall, but the company isn’t sure whether they’ll sell or rent it out.

Sean Dixon, Simply Tiny’s CEO, says the homes are built with more eco-friendly products, like low VOC paints. Thiose paints give off less harmful odors and chemicals. The homes will also feature natural hemp insulation in the walls.

The Colorado-based company says Duluth was the perfect place to develop these homes, using things like the city’s Housing Trust Fund to help achieve their goal.

“[It] allowed us to come in here and try to bring a new solution to Duluth. We’re originally from Denver, and this place is a little bit easier to enter the market, especially with all the agendas from mayor Larson,” said Dixon.

The group says they have four more homes in permitting right now in the Duluth area.