Getaway in the spotlight

Getaway, our effort to build and share tiny houses in the woods, has been in the news these past few weeks:

  • CNN“Sure, living in a tiny house full-time may sound daunting, but renting a wee retreat for a couple of days is an easy way to get a taste of the downsized life.”
  • Yahoo“Hilary and Shane Lentz were hooked on the idea of a tiny house, but they weren’t sure the reality would be so appealing.Their curiosity led them to the hills of New Hampshire, where a business that started at Harvard University rents out tiny houses for $99 a night.”
  • L.A. Times“Ten designers, adventurers, campers and doers put their heads and brute strength together to build three homes on wheels. The results seem to have jumped from the pages of Dwell magazine. Get out of the city and leave its distractions; play a board game or grab the marshmallow stick that’s waiting for you. If you are OK with using a compost toilet and paying a nominal amount for the stocked provisions, you’ll be all set to enjoy the peaceful wooded surroundings and, of course, see if you could live tiny long-term.”
  • Associated PressGetaway is the first project at Harvard’s Millennial Housing Lab, a group of business, law and design students exploring new housing ideas. Staff, a graduate student in business, said his stints living on a boat and in an Airstream trailer inspired him to help spread the tiny house movement. “Small spaces force you out into the world, and I think that’s a good thing,” he said.”

Plus, Zipcar recently released a video about Getaway:

Onward!

Getaway in the news

The Lab’s first project, Getaway, is off to a great start.

We brought the Clara house, our third tiny house, to the Harvard Innovation Lab’s Hubweek event.  A BostInno reporter took a tour and did a nice write up on the Getaway idea:

Right now, Getaway is primarily pushing an “anti-vacation” agenda — the staff’s term for the low-cost, short-term and stress-free outings they provide. They’ve just built their third tiny house in the East Boston Shipyard and they’re planning on expanding to New York next year.

We also brought the Clara to Harvard Square and gave tours to hundreds of New Englanders:

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Last week, WGBH sent a reporter to our Getaway sites in southern New Hampshire:

If you are interested in test-driving tiny house living, including our newest Clara house, visit: www.Getaway.house.

Stay tuned for more updates on the Millennial Housing Lab’s first project, Getaway.

The Lorraine has launched!

photo 5Turns out our first project — Getaway, which places tiny houses in the woods and rents them out by the night to urbanites hoping to test drive tiny house living and unplug from the digital grind —  isn’t going to be a one-house wonder!  Our second Getaway house, the Lorraine, has launched!   Read more about the trek from the East Boston Shipyard to southern New Hampshire  here.

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A big launch week for Getaway.house!

The Millennial Housing Lab is serious when it calls itself an action lab: we have no intention of just publishing papers and hoping housing possibilities create themselves.  Rather, we are devoted to imagining, launching and developing proofs of concept for new housing ideas.

We are happy that ouScreen Shot 2015-07-27 at 10.57.31 AMr first launch — Getaway, which builds tiny houses, places them on beautiful rural land and rent them by the night to city folks looking to escape the digital grind and test-drive tiny house living — lived up to that call and made a big splash this week.

  • The Boston Globe: “The first of its 8-by 20-foot homes, located in southern New Hampshire, is ready to rent. The second and third tiny houses are under construction.”
  • Fast Company Article 1: “There’s a huge gap between people who post stories to Facebook about living in tiny houses and people who actually live in one,” Davis says. “We want to add a rung to the ladder so people can ‘test drive’ a tiny house.”
  • Fast Company Article 2“”We’re making tiny houses accessible to people who otherwise can’t experience them,” says Jon Staff, CEO of Getaway, a company launched at Harvard’s Innovation Lab. The company recently opened its first 160-square foot, off-grid tiny house in the woods near Boston, and will soon add more.”
  • Boston.com““We build it all in East Boston,” Staff said. “Then I get in a truck and drive them and we put them on beautiful land out of sight of any house. The first one has been completed and moved to Southern New Hampshire up on a hill.””
  • Treehugger: “The tiny house movement has mostly been ad-hoc, driven by people who for various reasons wanted to break away from the standard routine: get a job, get a mortgage, get a house. It is becoming less ad-hoc all the time as more people look at it as a real alternative model. Many of those are millennials who “trading stability for experience” either through choice or necessity. And now there is the Millenial Housing Lab looking at the problems they face. Founded by Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School and Harvard Design School students it is looking at the problems of housing a generation without stability.”
  • LifeEdited: “Both its modern interior and exterior are clad with attractive rough cut pine. The interior features built in furniture such as a table that doubles as a window cover and two built-in beds, giving the place capacity to sleep four. All electricity is solar, the toilet is composting and water is handled via a 110 gallon water tank that is refilled via the host house the tiny house shares its land with. Bookings also include fresh linens and available “provisions”–a sort of backwoods mini bar with things like coffee, trail mix, pasta, etc (these cost extra).”
  • Curbed: “Another day, another ravishing, eco-friendly, or otherwise fabulous tiny house hits the Internet, and you’re left to wonder: Can I really live in something like this? Without readily-available resources to research and build a micro home or just the sheer willpower to leave behind everything you thought you knew about a “home,” the burgeoning tiny house movement is a tough trend to get in on. But this tricky place between tiny dreamin’ and actual tiny livin’ is where Getaway, a new startup coming out of Harvard University, wants to wedge into.”
  • Boston Business Journal: “Staff said Getaway will build at least three tiny homes in the short-term, but the hope is to build at least 12 over the next year and expand to other places around the country. The homes are all designed by Harvard students and have a composting toilet, solar electricity and propane heat — among other basics.”

If you are Boston area resident interested in booking a Getaway — or hoping to request Getaway to come to your town — check out www.Getaway.house.  As always, if you are interested in getting involved with Getaway or the Millennial Housing Lab generally, please contact us: Pete@MillennialHousingLab.org.

Treehugger promotes Getaway

Treehugger, a media platform dedicated to “driving sustainability mainstream,” just covered Getaway in a new slideshow on their site.  Check it out here: http://www.treehugger.com/slideshows/tiny-houses/millenial-lab-harvard-builds-tiny-house/

We love the way they explained our role in the broader movement:

The tiny house movement has mostly been ad-hoc, driven by people who for various reasons wanted to break away from the standard routine: get a job, get a mortgage, get a house. It is becoming less ad-hoc all the time as more people look at it as a real alternative model. Many of those are millennials who “trading stability for experience” either through choice or necessity.

And now there is the Millenial Housing Lab looking at the problems they face.

The first Getaway house has arrived!

A few months ago, we at the Millennial Housing Lab had an idea: to grow the tiny house movement, let’s build some tiny houses, place them on beautiful rural land and rent them by the night to city folks looking to escape the digital grind and test-drive tiny house living.  After some late-night idea sessions, a few months of sketching with Harvard Graduate School of Design students Addison Godine, Wyatt Komarin, and Rachel Moranis, a few weeks of carpentry , and a harrowing drive of the first tiny house on I-93 North… the first Boston Getaway house has arrived in southern New Hampshire.

Here’s the house, named The Ovida (after a team members’ grandma), making the move:

Here’s finishing touches in the arrival in southern New Hampshire:

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Here’s the finished outside…:

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…and the finished inside:

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Many thanks to Kataram Studios for the photographs and to the whole Getaway team for launching the Millennial Housing Lab’s first project! Learn more and book your getaway at Getaway.house.