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Archtoberfest To Showcase Tiny Homes As Solution To San Diego’s Housing Shortage

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Photo credit: Courtesy Of Ellen Stone

One of the tiny homes that will be on display is pictured in this undated photo.

Archtoberfest To Showcase Tiny Homes As Solution To San Diego's Housing Shortage

GUESTS:

Ellen Stone, chair, Tiny Home Central

John Weisbarth, host, Tiny House Nation

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Photo credit: Courtesy Of Ellen Stone

The inside of the above tiny home is on display in this undated photo.

Photo credit: Courtesy Of Ellen Stone

The kitchen of the above tiny home is pictured in this undated photo.

Photo caption:

Photo credit: Courtesy Of Ellen Stone

One of the other tiny homes that will be on display at the event is pictured in this undated photo.

Tiny homes could be one of the solutions to San Diego's housing shortage.

A common definition of a tiny home is a home that is 400 square feet and under. John Weisbarth, the host of Tiny House Nation on the FYI Network, said a tiny home has a kitchen, living room, sleeping area and a bathroom just like a regular home.

"When I talk about a tiny home, it's everything you need and nothing that you don't," Weisbarth said.

Weisbarth estimated that the average cost of a tiny home on wheels is $40,000 to $70,000.

Tiny homes will be on display at an event on Thursday through Saturday at Market Creek Plaza at Euclid and Market. On Friday, workshops will also be held on tiny homes and modular construction. The event is part of San Diego Architecture and Design Month, also known as Archtoberfest.

It is currently not legal to build a tiny home in the city or county due to zoning and building codes. The goal of the event is to raise awareness among elected officials and community members about tiny homes and the needed changes.

Weisbarth said there are a few reasons why it is time to change the zoning laws, including California's housing shortage and the role larger, less energy-efficient homes have in contributing to climate change.

Ellen Stone is the chair of Tiny Home Central, a coalition of volunteers and nonprofits. The coalition is hosting the tiny home event.

Stone and Weisbarth will join Midday Edition on Wednesday to talk about what they see as the benefits of tiny home living.

Video by Katie Schoolov

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