By Nila McGinnis
Tiny homes have been taking the world by storm. Compact, convenient, and usually much more affordable than a traditional home, many people are flocking to tiny houses in order to achieve whatever their housing goals may be.
From hunters looking for a retreat in the woods to senior citizens hoping for less maintenance, tiny homes have a large consumer base because of their versatility.
While many may associate tiny homes with urban areas, one local company has taken the plunge to begin selling tiny homes to those in Eastern Missouri and Illinois.
Skip Gauldin is the owner of All About Shedz, a portable building retailer on the outskirts of Troy. About one year ago, Gauldin began carrying one model tiny home, and just recently has started carrying a second model. Made by Mennonite craftsmen throughout Missouri, these tiny homes are truly the pinnacle of quality workmanship. Everything from the cabinets to the flooring can be customized, and walking into the buildings, one can feel the amount of care taken to make sure these homes fit the needs of home buyers.
Gauldin says that once a customer orders a home, they sit down and work to customize anything about the home they’d like- from the flooring to the layout, unless they’d like to purchase one of the pre-made models on his lot.
Afterwards, All About Shedz delivers the building with a specialized transport to an owner’s land, where the building is placed on a slab foundation and hooked up to any utilities.
Each home costs just over forty thousand dollars, although All About Shedz also offers tiny home shells which are less than ten thousand but do not include any amenities inside and are expected to be finished by the buyer.
Gauldin believes that the tiny home trend will continue to keep strong. “There are so many benefits to tiny homes, and I don’t think their popularity will stop any time soon. They work for a wide variety of people, and their affordability makes them great for couples, reitrees, single people, outdoor enthusiasts and so much more,” he commented.
As tiny homes continue to increase in popularity, cities are dealing with the challenge of zoning these structures. Troy currently does not have any tiny home zoning procedures in place, but the city reportedly is working on putting guidelines in place in the coming years because of predicted increased popularity of the structures.
If you are interested in touring either of All About Shez’ tiny homes, visit All About Shedz at 101 Manda Court in Troy or on the web at allaboutshedz.com.