A Tuscaloosa-based home-building company, along with the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce, held an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday to preview a home that will be a part of an affordable community of "tiny houses" for future homeowners.

The Builders Group introduced the "Cottage Series" homes to the community at the "Marlow Cottage" model unit in The Village at Easthaven, just off Hargrove Road East in Tuscaloosa.

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According to a release, the Cottage Series homes consist of smaller floor plans, typically less than 1,000 total square feet, with one-, two- and three-bedroom models starting at a price point of $150,000 if built on property an individual already owns.

"Recent economic trends, supply chain restrictions, and the COVID-19 pandemic have severely affected the affordability and availability of quality housing,"  Brock Corder, president of The Builders Group, said in the release. "Our Cottage Series homes represent a modern take on efficiency and design, seeking to maximize usable space and livability while minimizing costs and waste,"

Corder said the new homes are built based on "today's more stringent code and energy standards" and can help homeowners save on utilities, insurance and other expenses while also having a lower monthly mortgage payment.

"We are proud to be a leader in providing differing housing choices to our community, and we cannot wait for the opportunities that this series of homes will provide to those who might otherwise be priced out," Corder said.

The release stated the Marlow Cottage will be used as a model for several months "so that new home buyers can physically experience the efficiency of these floor plans."

"We're actually going to put it on the market tomorrow and we're gonna hold it as a model for about six months," Corder said at today's event.

Corder said they have four Cottage Series developments planned and are working on building a couple hundred homes in Tuscaloosa and Northport over the next two years.

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