Tiny House

It was a big idea. It started small.

It was a small project. And at times, it was a big headache.

But in 2016, Pittsburgh’s first tiny house became a home. Roughly six weeks after 567 people lined up on a brisk January afternoon for an open house, the new owners signed the closing docs and got their keys.

Eve built the Tiny House while she was president of cityLAB in Garfield, a neighborhood scarred with empty lots and and lack of investment. She documented the entire adventure, along with the challenges she overcame here. Her goal in developing the tiny house was to turn eyes to the neighborhood, to show it as place of opportunity, not liability, and to create a model for alternative, affordable housing. The tiny house drew a ton of public and media attention – some complimentary, some contrarian – but succeeded in getting people talking about the neighborhood, and establishing a market.