Letter: Relaxed standards for very small homes ‘a bad idea’

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The Tiny House Appendix that is being considered in the proposed Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code is a bad idea. Take the tiny house that would be stationary and on a permanent foundation: the current MUBEC standards and codes could not possibly be met, even with the proposed appendix giving some relief. And a portable, movable tiny house built on a trailer chassis would most likely not meet the standards and codes that apply to RV trailers.

It is simple really. Picture a house, think about some of the standards and codes a builder used when he or she constructed it. Now picture an RV camper trailer and think of some of the standards and codes they were built to. Did you come up with quite a different list? I bet you did. One is built to go down the road; one is built to stay put. These structures are two different animals and should not be morphed together without the use of solid standards as houses and RV trailers are today. I am far from having issues with Tiny Homes and the Tiny Home movement. And I realize many Tiny Homes are built solid with safety in mind. We need way more standards in place before we move forward.

Passage of this appendix in the proposed MUBEC drives the burden of a new morphed undefined standard down to a local level.

Russ Schmidt
Pownal

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  • farmertom2

    People should be free to build and live in very small homes– if that’s what they want. I think they’re nuts, but I understand their thinking, and you have to ask– whose ox is being gored? No one’s. Someone living in a small house doesn’t hurt you. Leave people alone.

  • Chew H Bird

    If someone wants to live in an over sized acorn so be it. If someone wants to build a box and live in it why not? If someone wants to put wheels on a box and live in it why not?

    While standards for trailers, self powered recreational vehicles, and regular houses will all vary we have arrived at “standards” by learning what is necessary for basic safety. The current tiny house craze may not personally appeal to me but I can see how it does appeal to others. Live and let live.

    Basic safety standards such as meeting street worthy requirements for towing, and electric standards for living are common sense, however where one chooses to live and how they manage their personal lifestyle should be their own business.

    If I want to live in a place where I have greatly reduced ability to do what I want I would move to an area that has a homeowner association and an overgrown rule book. If I want to live in a tiny house on my own property and am not in a managed neighborhood I should be able to do what I want.

    People who choose to live in a house the size of a walk in closet should have every right to do so.