Hello Virtual Friends!
I am managing the blog this week. My name is Matt Nahrstedt and I am a Masters of Environmental Planning and Design student at UGA. My background is architecture and environmental studies so this class is right up my alley!
I have thoroughly enjoyed this class so far. The balance between hands-on learning on the site and background research and discussion in the classroom is perfect. So far we have had class for 4 weeks.
Today I go to the site to work again. I’m pumped! It will be my third work day…stay tuned!
Here are my highlights from the class so far:
—Student Blog Post // Matthew Nahrstedt // Environmental Planning and Design Student, Construction Amateur, Proud Student of Tiny House Class at the University of Georgia
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I live in Athens (since 1992) and have been planning to design & build a Tiny House which I intend to live in IN Athens. I have been in contact with commissioner Melissa Link who is a strong advocate of Tiny Houses in Athens (and affordbale housing in Athens in general. She informed me that former mayors Heidi Davisson & Gwen O’Looney are also por-Tiny Houses, and that she (Ms Link) is trying to work with Athens Land Trust & Habitat for Humanity in order to locate some property IN Athens that might be suitable for a Tiny House Community. I attended tha last Mayor & Commisioners meeting (Sept 1st) at City Hall and addressed the officials about the need for affordable housing in Athens and that Tiny Houses are the trend all over this country, as many people downsize, retire, don’t have credit to buy a “traditional” house, and other reasons why NOW is the time for Athens to get our act together and be prepared for when LOTS of residents will want to live in Tiny Houses IN Athens (not in Madison County, not in Oglethorpe County, etc).
I am attending a 2-day workshop this weekend (presented by Dan Louche, who has built MANY Tiny Houses and written a book about doing this. It’s a hands-on workshop and I hope to learn a great deal about designing & building, which will help me cut down on costs when I can do a lot of the work myself. I am VERY interested in the course UGA is offering and would love to hear back about who can register, when it’s offered, how much it costs (I’m 61 years old now; I believe UGA allows people over 62 to attend classes for free?).
Please reply to me as soon as possible….seeing this article/blog/whatever has come at a very opportune time for me!
Thank you & best regards~ Paula Loniak, DVM 445 Ruth Street, Athens, GA 30601
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