Denver Home Show Returns with Tiny Home Village

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Could you live in a tiny house? Courtesy Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses

Whether you’re actively ready to give your house an overhaul, are in need of some inspiration for your next improvement project or just love checking out the latest home design trends, you’ll want to make plans to visit the annual Denver Home Show, taking place March 17-19 at the National Western Complex, and featuring nearly 400 experts.

Fan of home improvement TV? Celebrity guests are set to include Matt Blashaw of HGTV’s “Yard Crashers” and “Vacation House for Free” and Derek Diedricksen of HGTV’s “Tiny House Builders.”

More highlights on this year’s schedule:

The new Upcycle Challenge, where Becky Ditchfield, Raquel Villanueva and Vida Urbanos, the hosts of “Fix This” on 9News, partner with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver’s ReStore. Each team member is challenged to find pieces to upcycle at the Denver store (where all proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership program for low-income families). The items will be part of the silent auction on display throughout the show.

The return of the Tiny Home Village. Featuring at least 12 tiny homes, including a shipping container home by Custom Container Living and a tree house from TreeHouse Colorado, the village will be located  both inside and outside of the entrance to the show. Local tiny home builders will include EcoCabins, Reclaimed West Tiny Homes, Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses, Schroeder’s All American Homes and SimBLISSity Tiny Homes.

Interested in this whole tiny home revolution, we recently spoke with Greg Parham of Durango’s Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses about the benefits of living on the small side.

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Greg Parham from Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses. Courtesy Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses

What inspired you to design tiny homes?

“I was living in Durango and … I was tired of wasting money on rent every month for space I really didn’t use anyway. So, a tiny home made sense. And buying a regular home in Durango was really outside of my means.”

Are tiny homes for everyone? Could anyone downsize to one?

“If you are a person who doesn’t need much, then yes. A single family? Maybe. But, the size in which we design for tiny homes is meant to be tiny—not to stretch that tiny home to a large tiny home. Although we get requests for larger ones, we don’t build longer than 34 feet for a bumper pull trailer. (Which is the way most people transport them).”

Where do you keep them? Is finding land sometimes a struggle?

“I keep mine on a friend’s piece of land that I rent, but you can keep them on land you rent (or own) or where people keep their trailers or motorhomes. They aren’t meant to be moved around constantly, but once or twice a year is usually what people will do.”

What is the typical cost? Are they purchased outright, or do you finance them much like a traditional home?

“It all depends on the design and what you want. They range from around $40,000 to start and can go on up to $100,000, depending on size and how you customize them. Most people do buy them outright but there are financing options available. Individuals who specialize in financing will be at the show and willing to discuss it.”

Let’s talk design. Are the homes like the typical structure of a mobile home or an actual home?

“The framing usually consists of a little of both. The homes have to be built in order to travel from time to timeso they can outstand the beating similar to that of an earthquake or hurricane. That being said, they are built pretty tough.”

For tickets and more, go here.

EVENT DETAILS:
The Denver Home Show
When: March 17 -19; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St.
Cost: Children 12 and younger free; adults, $11 at the box office or $9 online; seniors, $11, buy one, get one free (only available at the door); March 17 is “Hero Day,” military and first responders get one free ticket with a valid ID or pay $5 on March 18-19.

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