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Itty-bitty HQ on Beltline’s Eastside Trail aims to spread tiny house gospel

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But the Tiny House Atlanta organization’s mini office on wheels won’t stay put for long

A photo of the tiny office on the Eastside Trail.
The Beltline’s latest dockless, shareable vehicle.
Sean Keenan, Curbed Atlanta

With Decatur’s third annual Tiny House Festival right around the corner, talk of living little is again on the minds of metro Atlantans—particularly, those who frequent the Beltline’s Eastside Trail.

A few weeks ago, Tiny House Atlanta and the MicroLife Institute wheeled a tiny office—now their headquarters—onto the shoulder of the pathway, where it will sit for the next few months before relocating to help spread the tiny house gospel to other parts of metro Atlanta, according to Atlanta INtown.

In addition to spreading awareness for the tiny house movement, via its high-visibility locale, Tiny House Atlanta is planning the September festival from within seemingly cramped quarters.

However, take a tour of the office—virtual or otherwise—and organization reps are more than happy to speak to the deceptive spaciousness of the spot.

According to a YouTube tour, the little office can seat 18 people “comfortably” on its U-shaped bench, which also doubles as storage space (the hollow seats open up).

The office also flexes a kitchenette and composting toilet, and the whole thing—don’t go calling it a glorified trailer—runs on sustainable energy to reduce carbon footprints, according to the Tiny House Atlanta website.

The traveling office project was inspired by the City of Atlanta’s Office of Resilience, which “works to make Atlanta more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century,” according to a municipal website.

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Decatur details

Decatur’s festival is scheduled September 29 and 30, boasting more attractions than in years past.

“The 2018 festival features even more tiny houses, food trucks (a.k.a. tiny restaurants), speakers, local and national vendors, and bicycle parking,” according to a press release. “New features this year include a Tiny Travel area and an interactive Kid’s Corner with fun activities and games for tiny humans.”

The MicroLife Institute will also soon be looking for investors to help develop an “Affordable Demonstration Tiny House Pocket Neighborhood” in Clarkston, which could host eight single-family tiny homes ranging from 250 to 492 square feet.

The organization is aiming to build houses that will eventually ask for less than $100,000, and construction is slated to kick off in early 2019.

By next summer, Tiny House Atlanta’s site says, the development could be move-in ready.