The tiniest home in New Orleans pops up in the Irish Channel

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) –The tiny home trend is sweeping the nation, and now the first tiny home of its kind is making its way to New Orleans in the Irish Channel.

News with a Twist Reporter Kenny Lopez takes you inside a surprisingly roomy home, which is more spacious and affordable than you might expect!

Living in a Garden District mansion is out of the question for many of us, but that doesn’t mean you should have to pay Garden District prices to live in a much smaller home, right?

“Prices are being driven up in the city.  Simple economics…supply and demand.  The demand is driving the prices up.  A lot of people like teachers, firefighters, police officers can’t afford to live in these areas,”  Chuck Rutledge said.

Developer Chuck Rutledge and Architect Jonathan Tate have recognized this problem and are doing something about it by turning odd-looking small lots into affordable and liveable spaces.

Rutledge said, “There’s a void that encourages home ownership in New Orleans, so instead of waiting for policy to change, we’re trying to develop a proto-type that makes it more affordable and hopefully policy will follow the lead and make them more deeply affordable,” Rutledge said.

They are introducing the new tiny home at 3106 St. Thomas in the Irish Channel.  It may be tiny at 900 square feet, but it is much more than that!

“We call them affordable starter homes,” Tate said.

A home like this is less expensive than any other new home you could buy in the neighborhood.

“Because of the size we have to be inventive with how we design the house.  We want to work with the space and use every nook and cranny,” Tate said.

This affordable new home is small in size but big on space!

This home has a master bedroom, a master bathroom, half bathroom, living room, kitchen, walk-in- closet, washer/dryer room, and even a loft.

“The loft could work well as office space or a sleepover space,”  he said.

The goal isn’t to make tiny houses, the goal is to make liveable comfortable homes.

They say in the future they’d like to work with a public entity like HANO (Housing Authority of New Orleans) to help make it even more affordable to reduce the cost of the land.

If you’re interested, please contact the office of Jonathan Tate at 504-383-4203 or email

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