Map shows future location of Shack and Save tiny homes by La Quinta Devlopment, LLC.

By April Fultz

With living spaces less than 100 square feet, including bathroom and cooking spaces, tiny homes are trendy, and quite often the subject of TV shows and YouTube videos.

Soon, a community of tiny homes will spring up in Lewisville, after approval from City Council Monday night.

Located on Corporate Drive, just east of Timber Creek, the 10 acre complex currently in use as a golf driving range will accommodate 954 tiny homes.

The developer of the project, Ben Lyons, told the Council Monday night that his company, La Quinta Development LLC would begin construction as early as May for the tiny home community that they have tentatively named “Shack and Save.”

“People have told us that they aren’t interested in houses as a place to live,” Lyons said. “They’ve told us they want a safe place to sleep at night with utilities included for less than $400 a month, so they can afford their active lifestyles in public spaces.”

Even though the community has yet to be built, Lyons said the waiting list already accounted for 80% of the new homes.

La Quinta’s chief engineer Jerry Riggs explained how Shack and Save will differ from other tiny home communities that residents may have seen on TV or read about online.

“We start with human functions, and design the bare minimum spaces to allow for sleep, hygiene, and cooking as well as limited leisure activities like napping, laying down and watching TV, and laying down to read a book,” Riggs said.

“Then we optimize that space so that no square inch is wasted.”

The next step is where things get wild.

“Then we stack them all together to make one great big tiny home,” Riggs said. The company’s proprietary method calls for a building with several levels of hallways connecting the front doors of all of the tiny homes. The building has an attended front desk and controlled access. Parking for residents is combined into one large lot.

All 954 tiny homes will be in the same building, 8 stories tall.

“It allows us to optimize construction, because if one tiny home’s roof is another tiny home’s floor, then it’s less materials,” Riggs said.

Also unlike other tiny home communities, the developer, La Quinta, will retain ownership of all of the Shack and Save units, leasing the tiny homes to the residents.

“It’s a great way to get people into their own homes without having to come up with the $2,500 cost all at once,” Lyons said.

Another unique aspect of the project is that it will allow people to try out a tiny home before committing to living there. “We’ll rent you a tiny home for a night or two, or even a week,” Lyons said.

“I’m eager to try it,” said Jim Treehan, a 25-year-old senior journalist with The Lewisville Texan Journal who has been staying at Budget Suites. “$400 a month? You can’t beat that. Budget Suites is expensive!”

The development will include amenities such as a pool, a workout room, laundromat, playground, a smoking lounge, dungeon, and a conjugal visit trailer.


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5 COMMENTS

  1. This April Fools’ Day article is in incredibly poor taste. It pokes fun at very real living circumstances of very real human beings, whose lives would be positively transformed by the opportunity to find affordable housing in Lewisville … the kind of affordable housing a tiny home community would provide. To mock people who are left with few housing choices, trying their best to make ends meet, and forced to live in places like Budget Suites (which take advantage of under-housed people who cannot use local social services because it does not count as a permanent address) is unconscionable. I did not enjoy this joke, and I highly doubt that any other allies and advocates for the homeless and under-housed population of Lewisville do either. I hope next April 1, you might consider what it means to demonstrate basic human decency and value the dignity of all individuals who wish to call Lewisville home.

    • Unconscionable? That’s hyperbolic. Nobody is making fun of tiny homes or poor people.

      This is a piece of satirical fiction intended to lampoon society’s views of affordable housing. Tiny homes are trendy, apartments are considered evil because they bring poor people and crime. These are attitudes that need to change, because the problem is getting worse.

      We recommend that you don’t read The Lewisville Texan Journal on April 1, since you seem the type to find something to get offended by.

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