Virginia Pilot Project

Our First Project: Simply Sustainable villages

We are a Small Home Village/Community in Bristol Virginia.  You'll find no overpriced, oversized, leaky, draft-challenged, stick-built trophy homes in this Village!


Our goal is to construct 600 to 800 square foot dwellings at a cost of $50,000 to $70,000 with a 90 day turn-key move-in once the foundation is complete. Our builds are affordable, environmentally friendly and energy efficient. And, we will build our homes with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)!!  See more about SIPS in our Sustainable Small Homes drop-down menu under "Build Recommendations"

 

This pilot project has been in development since 2017. We celebrated our ground breaking on May 2, 2018.  Please be sure to check out the photos of our selected land and our construction efforts in the galleries below.


The Simply Sustainable Village Vision:


  • The establishment of an Intentional Community comprised of Small Homes/Cottages ranging in size from 550 to 1000 square feet of heated and cooled living space.
  • Sustainable structures utilizing passive solar placement, solar carports and Pavilions with energy storage and EV charging stations. 
  • Homes built with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) that sit on an insulated/high performance foundation. 
  • Heating and cooling with Mini-Split systems and Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV). 
  • Hardscape with geo-textile underlayment fabric in driveways, walkways and patios. (More details upon request.)


Simply Sustainable Village Governance:


  • All assets (with the exception of those of individual resident homes) including the value of the land, infrastructure enhancements and community buildings, are shared between Village Residents.
  • All residents commit to sharing annual expenses such as property taxes and infrastructure/road maintenance. 
  • Should a resident decide to sell their home, SSV has first right of refusal.
  • All residents commit to finding like-minded buyers in the event circumstances require them to leave the Village.
  • Changes and/or additions to Village membership shall, in all circumstances, require unanimous approval of current residents.
  • Consensus in all other circumstances shall be determined by a simple majority vote.


Simply Sustainable Village Residents:

  

  • Most have already embraced Tiny House Living in 400 square feet or less.  As a result of this previous experience, we believe the sweet spot for a home is 600 to 800 sq. ft. built on a permanent foundation
  • We believe in owning (not simply leasing) a share of the project and the land, with like-minded friends.
  • We all have a shared desire to build an environmentally-conscious, energy efficient home, to celebrate pollinator-friendly practices across the property and to create both a shared community pavilion with a kitchen, and large dining area as well as a community tool and equipment facility, thereby ensuring unnecessary replication of "stuff, stuff and more stuff", a concept that we are totally dedicated to moving away from.
  • We require our Village be located in an agricultural area where natural food resources, serenity and a deep connection with the land and nature abound. And surely last but not least, we ensure safe haven for our pets.