In the area between Grave in North Brabant and Venlo in Limburg, thousands of tiny houses will be built over the next ten years, divided over six ‘nature villages’. There are still talks with dozens of farmers who are open to having their agricultural land converted into new nature, with the small houses on it.
“There will be a maximum of three tiny houses on 1 hectare of land”, says Pierre Bos, chairman of the Peel Nature Villages Foundation and mayor of Boekel. “We try to monitor the nature reserves for urbanization, so the tiny houses become part of nature and are not clearly visible.”
According to Bos, there are only advantages to placing the small houses. “Thanks to this initiative, tiny house residents will soon have a beautiful environment in which to live and farmers can also earn something from it. Derived benefits are also that the number of farm animals decreases and thus leads to nitrogen reduction,” he says.
Jeanette van Boxtel will soon be the happy resident of a tiny house on the Peel. She can’t wait. “The idea that I will wake up in a house in the woods and then sit on the veranda and hear the birds there, that makes me very enthusiastic.”
Van Boxtel would prefer to live completely outside. “If you wake up here in the morning and then open all the windows and doors. Then I can take a little outside in.”
Someone who knows better than anyone what it is like to live in such a tiny house is Marjolein Jonker. She is the founder of the Tiny House Netherlands platform. “I have been living in my own tiny house since May 2016,” she tells EditieNL. She certainly sees the small houses as a trend of recent years. “Partly due to corona, the city has been losing its luster for some time and because people now no longer have to live close to their work, a tiny house has become very interesting.”
She calls the project in de Peel ‘exceptional’. “It is the largest tiny house project in the Netherlands to date. I hope they will succeed in realizing it all,” says Jonker.
“A trend we do see with tiny housing is that there are more and more permanent projects. Normally these were five-year projects with the option of extension, but now there are more permanent locations,” she continues. “There are currently more than 46 of these types of housing projects in the Netherlands. Demand is greatest in the Randstad.”