‘Deeply affordable’ tiny homes take next steps: BeLoved Village

Building crews raise a ridge beam onto the roof of a tiny home Sept. 1, 2023.

ASHEVILLE – Four homes framed in four days. That was the promise of BeLoved Asheville’s Labor Day weekend building blitz, the final push toward framing the tiny homes that will house people at deep affordability: those who earn 30-40% of the area median income. That’s a single-person household earning $23,800 or below. 

From Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, BeLoved co-director Amy Cantrell said they met their goal, and then some, hurdling toward an early 2024 move in, hoping to wrap construction by the end of the year. On Sept. 1, volunteer crews from across Western North Carolina were busy constructing the wood-frame structures on the four newest tiny homes, each 440-649 square feet.

Navigating the steep bank of the East Asheville site, a crew carried a 400-pound ridge beam, one of three that would support the home’s rafters, heaving it to the roof where other workers balanced on scaffolding.

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