Ground Broken on Affordable Cincinnati Tiny Homes

Monday, October 19th, the ground was broken on a new development of tiny houses, called Start Small, in Cincinnati’s historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. The houses are for sale at 144 and 142 Peete St, one for sale to anyone, and one intended for sale to a low-income family. These small homes, only 290 square feet plus a 160 square-foot basement, are being developed as a solution to affordable housing. It has a paved parking space and a stone patio and versatile back garden space.

They are one of the first Net-Zero Energy Building Certified homes in the region, with an electric bill at less than $55 per month. There is no gas, everything runs on electricity generated by solar panels on the roof which can hold a 3Kw photovoltaic array, meaning it can power your home all year! The home is also designed for passive heating and cooling with strategically-placed windows and fans for both summer and winter. Sound complicated? Fear not! When you buy one of these houses, they will show you how it all works. For now, you can check out these diagrams that illustrate how it works.


Click on photo to expand. By using the heating and cooling methods illustrated in these diagrams, you’ll only be paying the service charge for electricity instead of being billed for high AC use during the summer and winter! Photo courtesy of


While many builders opt for bigger and cheaper, Start Small Homes are built to last. For instance, the solar panels have a lifespan of 25 years! The sacrifice in square-footage is well worth the quality of the home which is durable, sustainable, and beautiful.

Click on photo to expand. Interior rendering of the second floor bedroom area. The bathroom is fully tiled and provides a storage loft above it. Photo courtesy of


The homes will sell for $200,000, and you’ll also get a tax-abatement after the home achieves Net-Zero Energy Building Certification valued at $98,000. You can visit their website for information on purchasing one of these unique homes.

Construction begins in early November, 2015.


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