› OWNER’S MANUAL››››››››› B AC K STO R Y It’s a Small World HOW A TINY HOUSE HOTEL IS MAKING A BIG IMPRESSION BY CASEY GALE has made a large impact on American culture over the last few years. Ranging in size from 120 to 500 square feet, these small dwellings have received significant attention from home and garden programs that aim to promote the homes’ quainter qualities. While sus-pended sleeping chambers and cozy reading nooks add charm to already precious properties, tiny homes serve other, socially conscious purposes: They “We expected alternative-more are often eco-friendly and can provide an minded young people to affordable option in increasingly expensive markets. be drawn to a place like housing The social and economic benefits of tiny Caravan, but it has living are exactly what married couple Deb and Kol Peterson promote through attracted a larger Delman Caravan—The Tiny House Hotel. The Port-demographic than we land, Ore.-based hotel—which, ironically, is thought possible.” located in a city where in living tiny homes on wheels is outlawed on residential proper-D eb D elman , C o -founder , ties—provides visitors with a unique chance C aravan —T he T iny h ouse h oTel to experience major downsizing on protected commercial land, and, at the same time, edu-cate themselves on the lesser-known qualities of tiny homes. The hotel, fitting comfortably into the funky Alberta Arts District, features six individual properties created by different local builders for guests to book: Pacifica, Kangablue, Skyline, The Tandem, Rosebud, and The Caboose. These tiny homes, which are between 120 and 170 square feet, showcase differ-THE TINY-HOME MOVEMENT 26 LODGINGMA G A ZINE . C OM APRIL 201 7 ent approaches to tiny living. Pacifica, for instance, is the first known wheelchair-ac-cessible tiny home, Skyline is made almost entirely of salvaged materials, and, naturally, The Caboose is modeled after a train car. Though tiny homes have only gone “main-stream” recently, Delman and Peterson were there at the beginning of the movement when, in 2011, they conceived the idea and opened the property just two years later. Delman and Peterson have always been interested in small dwellings, living in small structures such as a yurt (a portable, round tent used as a dwelling by nomads), as well as an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), a secondary housing unit built on a single-family residential lot. Both Delman and Peterson advocate tiny living through their hotel. Peterson—who does ADU consultation work—and Delman host ADU tours around Portland. Now the site manager of Caravan, Delman also uses her previous work experience with refugees and at-risk youth in her interactions with guests, explaining the importance of affordable accessible housing.