KEENESBURG WELCOMES TINY-HOME FESTIVAL
Festival celebrates creativity of downsized dwellings
Keenesburg will become the temporary tiny-home capital of Colorado this weekend, when 25 homes go on display for those curious about downsizing and living off the grid.
Bob Kamtz and his son Luke, who have a combined 30 years of experience in custom-home and custom-cabinetry building, started their family tiny-home business in Johnstown a year ago. After two months and thousands of hours, they put the final touches on their $120,000 prototype Sunday and drove the tiny home to the festival grounds northeast of Denver.
“I love the creativeness and being able to build for the wants and needs of people’s lives,” Kamtz said.
The 360-square-foot home features two bedrooms, a bathroom, living room, kitchen, two televisions and even a doggie door that leads out to a doggie deck. They believe the home could comfortably house two or three people — and, for shorter periods, up to six.
“It’s move-in ready — just bring your personal belongings,” Luke said.
The Colorado Tiny Homes Festival runs Friday through Sunday at The Wild Animal Sanctuary. Most of the builders are from Colorado, but some are from as far away as New Mexico and Alabama. Seventeen other companies, as well as educational speakers, will be on hand to help consumers learn all the ins and outs about the process of going tiny. Part of the proceeds will benefit the sanctuary, and attendees will also get a discount on entrance to the park.
Tiny homes are gaining in popularity as more people seek ways to reduce their impact on the environment while living more economically, organizers said. Although the idea is about living more eco-friendly and downsizing, what consumers lose in square footage they gain in flair.
“This is still so new, but it’s getting harder to afford traditional housing, and more and more people are interested in tiny living,” said Elisabeth Monaghan, a marketer for the festival.
The consensus on what’s tiny is 400 square feet or less. But Art Loubach, co-founder of the festival and owner of Einstyne Tiny Homes, said the newest trend in tiny homes is to build
them all the way up to 600 square feet. This is still a far cry from the average home size of 2,000 to 3,000 square feet.
Loubach said people most interested in tiny homes are millennials, empty-nesters and seekers of an inexpensive vacation home that can double as a short-term rental.
“This is not just an event for builders and lookie- loos,” Loubach said. “Here, people want to learn about, buy and build tiny homes.”
Bryan Booth, of Harmony Tiny Homes in Oxford, Ala., has been building homes since 1999 and jumped into the tiny-home business last year.
“I’ve been fascinated with small structures for a long time. I’ve wanted to do tiny building because it’s creative and inventive,” Booth said. “You have to think 3-D, cubically, instead of 2-D. Things have two to three uses that way.”
Half-pint houses start to arrive Thursday for the Colorado Tiny Homes Festival at The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, northeast of Denver. The event, proceeds from which will go to the sanctuary, will run Friday through Sunday.
Twenty-five residences, such as this one by Kamtz Tiny Home Company, will be on display at this weekend’s event, which will also feature educational speakers.