First “tiny home” comes to Glenwood Springs

Chelsea Self, Post IndependentThe new tiny home is 364-square-foot and has a full bathroom, a washer and dryer, a toilet, multiple sleeping areas, storage spaces, and a full kitchen.

Hideout Creekside Village was once part of the Midland Railroad, where coal was transported from the Sunlight Mine down to the county road now known as Midland Avenue in Glenwood Springs and onto the main rail line.

In 1888, a fur trader purchased that railroad and built a series of cabins and storage spaces spanning the next 20 to 30 years.

Now, the campground, which has housed more than 40 RVs, is changing once again. This time, its pioneers are looking to create a more affordable space with a greater sense of community.

“And that’s what we’re trying to build,” said Beau Haines, the current owner of the historical campsite. “A community of like-minded people that want quality of life rather than size of home.”

Hideout Cabins & Tiny Home Community owners Beau Haines and Zach Frischand 18 months ago decided to make their “dual vision” a reality by spearheading a plan to build a series of tiny homes in what is now a close-knit RV park.

The campground currently houses 42 RVs and 42 tiny homes will replace those RVs once the project is finished.

“We spent a lot of money, a lot of effort and a lot of sleepless nights trying to build this into a community rather than just kicking everybody out,” Haines said. “It’s not the business plan. It’s not the life that we want to provide for this community.”

The goal, they say, is to create a more affordable, flexible living space for people who desire a stable lifestyle in the valley.

“Housing in Glenwood Springs is terrible,” Haines said, noting that the median price of a home in the valley is $465,000.

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