City council approves 954-unit tiny house community

By April Fultz

With living spaces less than 100 square feet, including bathroom and cooking spaces, tiny homes are trendy, and quite often the subject of TV shows and YouTube videos.

Soon, a community of tiny homes will spring up in Lewisville, after approval from City Council Monday night.

Located on Corporate Drive, just east of Timber Creek, the 10 acre complex currently in use as a golf driving range will accommodate 954 tiny homes.

The developer of the project, Ben Lyons, told the Council Monday night that his company, La Quinta Development LLC would begin construction as early as May for the tiny home community that they have tentatively named “Shack and Save.”

“People have told us that they aren’t interested in houses as a place to live,” Lyons said. “They’ve told us they want a safe place to sleep at night with utilities included for less than $400 a month, so they can afford their active lifestyles in public spaces.”

Even though the community has yet to be built, Lyons said the waiting list already accounted for 80% of the new homes.

La Quinta’s chief engineer Jerry Riggs explained how Shack and Save will differ from other tiny home communities that residents may have seen on TV or read about online.

“We start with human functions, and design the bare minimum spaces to allow for sleep, hygiene, and cooking as well as limited leisure activities like napping, laying down and watching TV, and laying down to read a book,” Riggs said.

“Then we optimize that space so that no square inch is wasted.”

The next step is where things get wild.

“Then we stack them all together to make one great big tiny home,” Riggs said. The company’s proprietary method calls for a building with several levels of hallways connecting the front doors of all of the tiny homes. The building has an attended front desk and controlled access. Parking for residents is combined into one large lot.

All 954 tiny homes will be in the same building, 8 stories tall.

“It allows us to optimize construction, because if one tiny home’s roof is another tiny home’s floor, then it’s less materials,” Riggs said.

Also unlike other tiny home communities, the developer, La Quinta, will retain ownership of all of the Shack and Save units, leasing the tiny homes to the residents.

“It’s a great way to get people into their own homes without having to come up with the $2,500 cost all at once,” Lyons said.

Another unique aspect of the project is that it will allow people to try out a tiny home before committing to living there. “We’ll rent you a tiny home for a night or two, or even a week,” Lyons said.

“I’m eager to try it,” said Jim Treehan, a 25-year-old senior journalist with The Lewisville Texan Journal who has been staying at Budget Suites. “$400 a month? You can’t beat that. Budget Suites is expensive!”

The development will include amenities such as a pool, a workout room, laundromat, playground, a smoking lounge, dungeon, and a conjugal visit trailer.

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