It might be only 320-square feet, but the tiny house at Grayson County Juvenile Services, caused a big discussion in the county’s commissioner’s court Tuesday.
Commissioners were asked to approve putting the structure up for auction. And, eventually, they did approve that action. But first, there was a lot to discuss.
First, commissioners wanted to know how the person who purchased the house was going to claim the purchase. The head of the county’s Juvenile Services Department Lisa Tomlinson said whoever buys the house will have to arrange to have a crane come and lift it out of its current location behind the fence at the detention center.
Grayson County Commissioner David Whitlock said he didn’t think the county could even sell the structure. When Tomlinson’s predecessor Bill Bristow first asked commissioners to allow the project to build the tiny house, Bristow said the county wouldn’t be able to sell it.
The purpose of the project — Bristow told commissioners at the time that they approved giving his department $50,000 in seed money for it — was to teach boot camp cadets the trades involved in construction of a home.
Other commissioners wondered why that might be the case but it didn’t seem to bother them much. They all voted in favor of allowing it to be auctioned off. Commissioners Phyllis James said she doubted there would be many takers on the house considering the costs that would be associated with removing it from the county property.
Tomlinson said there is one buyer who is interested already and that person is aware of the location and the logistical problems it poses.
The house was built in 2016 and was last used in 2017. The house currently sits at 86 Dyess in Denison. It was built using Drummond House Plans, plan number 1901.
Information on the Drummond website showed that such a house could cost in the neighborhood of between $17,000 and $18,000 to build depending the cost of supplies where it is being built.