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NOAH Builder of the Month September 2019

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Wahoo! NOAH is proud to announce that Indigo River Tiny Homes has been selected as NOAH’s Builder of the Month for September 2019!!! Indigo River Tiny Homes is a premium Tiny House builder located in Garland, Texas. Their models feature custom, sustainable and high-quality craftsmanship. At Indigo River Tiny Homes their focus is on creating environmentally conscious Tiny Homes that promote simplistic living & freedom.

IRTH is a Veteran owned and operated company with over thirty years of combined construction industry experience. Their long-term goal is to create a (much needed) collaborative workspace for DIY Tiny Home builders and to create a Tiny Home Community within the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. They are also planning on providing Tiny House Trailers & Shells in the near future!

They make it a point to customize every aspect of their builds, not a Tiny that looks like a cookie cutter RV. There is a Tiny House ‘Planning Tool’ available on their website to help people begin to realize their dream of living Tiny. They also have multiple Financing options listed on their website for their clients to utilize, making getting into a Tiny House more feasible for many people.

You can check out their portfolio HERE! You can tell by viewing their builds that the construction as well as the aesthetic of their builds are a priority. The quality of construction is as important to IRTH as is the design. Who cares if its pretty if it doesn’t last? So, we at NOAH commend this builder on placing the construction aspect of building Tiny, high on the priority list and ensuring their clients investment was well made!

You can learn more about Indigo River Tiny Homes by visiting their website HERE. So, a big congratulations for being selected as NOAH’s Featured Builder of the Month for September 2019! Only 12 builders each year are selected for this honor. And as a small token of our appreciation for your outstanding work, we will be sending out a NOAH ‘Box O’ Goodies’ to the Team at Indigo River Tiny Homes! We would be grateful if you would take a photo of you sporting your goodies, and tag us on social media, or just send it to us for posting so that we know you’ve received it.

And a big THANK YOU to all builders that have taken the time over past months to take a photo and submit or post it! We love our Members!!!

MIA Seals

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In some cases, the need has arisen for an additional Seal to be requested from NOAH for a Unit that previously had an initial Seal issued for it. Sometimes the Seal has been mis-placed or the buyer of the Tiny Home did not ensure it was placed on the unit before purchasing.

Each Seal is VIN specific to each Tiny House so unfortunately, we do not stock or issue duplicate Seals.

NOAH will however issue a new (free) Certificate of Completion upon request and Seal replacement is available for a fee.

Members are required to schedule an additional Final Inspection once the newly issued Seal is received and placed on the unit. There is no additional fee for an additional Final Inspection.

Because we value our Members, we are eager to accommodate them at every turn possible, even after all inspections are completed and the initial Seal is issued. That is the motivation behind our readiness to re-issue Certificates of Compliance and any new Seals needed.

Noah Trivia:

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We strive to afford our Members with relevant and entertaining information each month in our Newsletter. That is why we have added a new segment to our NOAH Newsletter! In addition to providing useful information through the Trivia Contest, we would like to say a big thank you to all of you who read it! So, we have decided to initiate a monthly NOAH Trivia Contest!

The rules are as follows:

  • Read the Tiny House Trivia and the first person that answers correctly will receive a free NOAH Swag box!
  • Prizes will vary month to month but will include items like:
  • Travel Mugs, T-shirts & Gift Cards!!!

Winners will also be announced in the following months Newsletter!

McMansions = Immoral?

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A continuation of Are Huge Homes Morally Wrong.

Do you have a home that takes two days to clean? Is there more than one room in your home with cathedral ceilings? Do you have more garages than you have cars? If so, you can safely say that you live in a McMansion. Seattle, Washington is now cracking down on McMansions.

The city council in Seattle recently put new laws in place that would put a stop to the large and often disparaged against larger homes that were produced prior to the Great Recession. In coordination with these new laws restricting these McMansions, Seattle is allowing people to build more backyard cottages and they are permitted to be larger too! This opens up neighborhoods and school districts to people that otherwise would not have the opportunity to enjoy those locations for fear of the McMortgages that accompany those areas.

Minneapolis and Portland are also becoming more welcoming for these alternative forms of housing! People are now wanting and needing more affordable housing, not the larger homes that the baby boomers wanted back in the day. Bill Gates lives in a home with 24 bathrooms and pays over one million dollars every year in property taxes, that’s nuts! You only have one butt so why would you ever need that many bathrooms?

What’s even crazier is that as American homes got larger, the size of the American family got smaller! The majority of most homes have too much wasted space. Most of us spend a great deal of our time primarily in the kitchen and living room. However, a lot of Americans use their garages and at least one room in the house to hold a plethora of ‘not so needed’ stuff. And when is the last time you used your formal dining room? Last Christmas maybe?

Bottom line is that if you live in Seattle, the size of your home will be determined by the size of the lot. "For example, a new house on a 5,000-square-foot lot could have no more than 2,500 square feet of above-ground living space for a single family (not including accessory-unit space)," the Seattle Times reported.

 

Millennials are believed to be the reason McMansions are losing steam. Younger buyers have different wants than their parents did. Millennials tend to want a smaller home with better amenities that is located close to town instead of chasing after square footage.

Many people agree that having more space doesn’t make you any happier but having the freedom to live sure does.

Quotes for Living Tiny…

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