"Living in a tiny house was some of the happiest times of our lives," said Pamela Haberman, one of the developers. "It's so liberating."
Kelly Rae and Haberman build residential and commercial buildings under the name HabeRae. They said demand for small houses continues to rise as people shed their "stuff" to live a simpler life and spend less money. In the past, Rae and Haberman lived in a tiny house together while they developed properties and lacked the cash to buy a larger home.
They've built several other tiny houses throughout Midtown and downtown Reno, too. Tiny Ten would be a larger, but not too big, planned community with 10 two-bedroom, one-bathroom houses ranging from 650 to 684 square feet on Ryland Street and Wells Avenue.
All the houses would face the center of the community's grass areas and water feature. Each house will also include a detached one-car garage. HabeRae plans to use contemporary materials, such as engineered stone and hardwood, for construction and interior design. Each house would feature a full bathroom and medium-sized kitchen and living area. They even added a tiny backyard for pets.
For now, they said they will sell the Tiny Ten houses for the "low $200,000s" with the goal of making a mortgage payment lower than the current rent for an apartment of the same size.
Rae and Haberman said they hope to break ground by December and complete the community by June 1, 2017.