When Rachel Hastings, Director of the Center for Great Neighborhoods, started marketing the tiny home development, Shotgun Row, in Covington, KY, she thought artists would be a good demographic to reach out to. The homes are designed with a large north facing studio, ideal for painting and sculpture. They did sell one home to an artist but the last four homes were sold to empty nesters. See the video intro.
The Southwestern Ohio Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council hosts tours thoughout the year of sustainable homes to provide the public a chance to learn by seeing, touching, hearing and not smelling some of the innovative features of sustainable homes. The tours are held a minumum of eight times per year and include LEED Certified homes, historical preservation renovations, tiny homes, homes with gardens and many other examples of sustainable living. To learn more and attend the tours, please go to http://usgbc-cincinnati.org/about-us/committeesmember-circles/green-living-member-circle/ page.
Next year we'll be touring Brad Cooper's Peete St. tiny home development, which includes two homes with two stories and a 200 square foot plan. The groundbreaking for the sites was in October but Brad is still working on getting required code and historical preservation approvals before preparing the foundations. View the plans and learn more here.
The Covington neighborhood which includes the Shotgun Row houses has many structures that are in good shape. Other properties made way for a chicken coop and a community garden. The neighborhood has a long history dating back to the middle of the 1800s when the expansion in Cincinnati caused the growth of Covington. The nearby lumber yard has been purchased by Covington's Center for Great Neighborhood and will be renovated into a community space as well as artist studios and offices. Learn more about the great work by the Center for Great Neighborhoods here.
Contact the USGBC Cincinnati Green Living Member Circle Chair Chuck Lohre to join, receive the newsletter or register for any of the tours, Chuck@Lohre.com, 513-260-9025. Chapter membership is required for the tours (you can bring a guest). Tours are sponsored by The Sustainable Partnership of Cincinnati, a group of businesses offering sustainable products and services to create sustainable homes and offices. Learn more at www.tspcincy.com.
The next tour is January 16, 2016; 10 am till Noon: Winding Walks of Sayler Park – Winding Walks will be a development of 82 LEED Certified homes. The developer is striving to blend Winding Walks of Sayler Park with the already charming community; adding walking trails, significant green space, tree lined boarders and sidewalks leading to Sayler Park’s business district. Homes will start at a price point of $275,000-$375,000. Learn More.
If you are interested in more information on building or renovating your home or office sustainably, please get in touch with Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy for a free consultation. You'll get an overview of the tools available from the U.S. Green Building Council that will open your eyes to a broader picture of how you can measurably benefit the environment from urban living to pellet stoves. Contact Chuck Lohre, cell 513-260-9025, firstname.lastname@example.org.