Missouri's first "Tiny Home" festival kicks off in Columbia

10 months 3 weeks 5 days ago June 26, 2016 Jun 26, 2016 Sunday, June 26 2016 Sunday, June 26, 2016 4:06:00 PM CDT in News
By: Stephanie Sierra, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA — The American Tiny House Association kicked off Missouri's first "tiny home" festival in Columbia this weekend.

"It's a solution for affordable housing and it's getting more and more popular around the state," said Steve Eidson, the Missouri coordinator of the American Tiny House Association.

The trend started on the West Coast, where it became popular in Colorado and Oregon before moving east. Eidson said the tiny home movement's affordability appeal is driving the demand.

"Affordable housing is one of the biggest driving factors with tiny homes; they have a lower carbon footprint, they're less to heat and cool, less to buy," said Eidson. "A lot of people brag that they clean their home within 10 minutes."

Over 2,000 people attended the exhibit on Saturday and Sunday where potential buyers were able to tour various housing options.

"People liked to have the opportunity to get a hands on experience," said Wes Medley, manager of Crisis Food Source. "I met people who came all the way from Alaska, Tennessee and Kentucky."

Eidson said even though the movement is relatively new to the state, it has been well received in Columbia.

"In Columbia, there has been a lot of discussion about the cost of housing right now," he said. "If we have this option for tiny homes, it will provide an opportunity for a lower cost option for our citizens to take advantage of."

For more information on future exhibits and affordable options in mid-Missouri: visit tinyhomefest.com.

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