BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – There’s something new under the sun. In the Green Mountain state of Vermont, the village of Bellows Falls is seeing one key to neighborhood revitalization through the tiny house movement.
Work has just been completed on the first micro house built on a permanent foundation in the village, the 256-square-foot Little Sprout on 7 Green Street.
“We have a fantastic, walkable downtown,” explains Town Development Director Emmett Dunbar. “With restaurants, all services, shops, library, daily rail service to New York – just about anything one might need – all within walking distance. We think the village of Bellows Falls is a perfect place to offer comfortable tiny houses to those wanting to make a lifestyle change.”
The Little Sprout is built on a permanent foundation with a storage basement, and sports bamboo flooring, all-new appliances including a washer and dryer, solid cherry cabinetry, granite counter tops, a first-floor bedroom, a twelve foot vaulted ceiling, plenty of closet space, all atop a beautiful, spacious lot in a pleasant neighborhood.
Local start-up BigEnough, LLC tapped the town revolving loan fund for start-up capital to build their first project, which was designed by BigEnough partner Holly Bartel. Bartel lives in a tiny house herself, and finds the lifestyle perfect for young professionals, empty-nesters, and others.
“Tiny houses are very compelling for many people,” says Bartel. “Many people are searching for livable alternative housing, but worry about the legalities that surround the classic tiny house on a trailer. Others have no interest in maintaining a large home or the sometimes complicated water, power, or wastewater systems needed in a tiny house.” BigEnough LLC offers a really great solution for these folks.”
Radican Construction of Mount Holly, Vt. built the Little Sprout, and the property is being offered through Barrett & Valley Real Estate.
“Bellows Falls is an incredibly attractive place for someone who wants to live in a friendly little community,” says Sue LaCoeur of Barrett & Valley. “There’s a great, vibrant mix of people in town. There is plenty going on – from live music to theater, to art shows and movies. And the fact that all this – and all services – are within easy walking distance from one’s home makes Bellows Falls the perfect place to offer tiny houses.”
An open house has been scheduled for Monday Sept. 4 from 12 to 3 p.m. for the Little Sprout at 7 Green Street. Persons seeking more information in the meantime are welcome to contact Barrett & Valley’s office in Chester at 802-875-2323 or visit the website at bigenoughhouses.com.