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Flexible Future with Tiny Homes on Wheels for Windsor

on Wed, 05/13/2015 - 20:39

TO: Windsor Town Council – General Plan Windsor 2040

Converging trends demand new solutions for affordable housing, especially rentals:

  • foreclosures and rising rental demand throughout Sonoma County

  • retiring Baby Boomers transitioning to fixed incomes in huge numbers

  • elimination of affordable housing agencies in California in 2012 due to federal budget cuts

  • skyrocketing cost of education and challenging terms in education lending

  • growing gap between wages and "average" housing costs

It's clear we need more affordable housing for students, elders, and families in transition woven into the fabric

Tech for tiny homes; built in USB charging ports

on Tue, 06/11/2013 - 18:18

Power2U AC USB Wall Outlet
For those of us who love tiny living and are also into our tech toys, here’s a great way to add integrated charging ports for iPhone, iPad, Kindle, cameras, and all our other USB devices.


I stumbled across a reference to a USB charging wall outlet online, so later when we were building our second tiny house, we decided to install some in it. I shopped around for quite a while for the right one, and finally chose the Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet by Newer Technology. It has two AC outlets and two USB outlets arranged so they can all be used at one time. You can get it for just over $13 on

Motion Sensing Porch Light for Tiny Homes

on Thu, 06/06/2013 - 00:12

The act of approaching your front door and entering your tiny home should be as comfortable and convenient as possible, and a good light right over the front door is an important element. Fitting an effective porch light into the front entry to our tiny homes can be a challenge given space constraints. Here's one way to get it done that has worked well for us.
We framed our last two tiny houses with 2x6 loft joists to allow room for recessed lighting.

How 2x6 Loft Joists Work for Our Tiny House

on Mon, 05/13/2013 - 18:31

When we built our little yellow Goldfinch we went through several different design changes. Before we started I decided it was going to be a more affordable house, with fiberglass batt insulation and T1-11 siding. I modified the Wee Bee plan and drew up a new floor plan calling for split lofts and a different kitchen configuration to allow for a bigger stove with oven. We were still working under the tutelage of our neighbor and friend, a smart guy with years of building experience.

By the time we got through the framing of the exterior walls we had heard many requests for just a room

Moving a Wider Tiny House in Sonoma County

on Wed, 05/30/2012 - 22:10

If you want to buy or build a tiny house that’s a little wider at some point than 8' 6" and still be portable, you can have it on skids. Here's how to get a single trip permit in Santa Rosa California to move your wider tiny house.

12 Steps to Freeing Yourself From Stuff

on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 22:30

Figure out what really makes you happy. Be specific, and forget about realistic for now. If you don't know, gather information. Become a happiness detective. Think back over your history and reflect on times you've been happy, how long they lasted, and what you learned from those experiences. Expose yourself to new places, people, situations and reflect on how you feel during and after those experiences. Investigate; talk to people about what their happiest moments in life have been. Ask them how long those good feelings lasted, how and why they changed and what feelings followed.

Speaking at the Tumbleweed Workshop

on Sun, 11/06/2011 - 20:05

Speaking at Jay Schafer's local workshop Saturday in Santa Rosa was a privilege and an honor and I am thrilled. It was an absolute joy to have that experience and to meet all those wonderful people. I'm filled with hope and a sense of connection right now as I think it over; the way people nodded and got excited when I talked about tiny house communities, the way so many folks came to talk to me as we stood around outside my house to tell me what the tiny house dream means to them and how they can see it changing lives for so many people.

It makes me think... does it seem time for someone to

Introducing Pepper, Bungalow to Go CEO

on Wed, 07/13/2011 - 20:31

Hi. My name is Paprika, but most of my friends call me Pepper. My earliest memories of learning about the world are colored by grief for the destruction we humans wreak on nature and each other. From the beginning it seems my brain lingered around the biggest questions I could frame, especially those I could apply to both situations in my own daily life and those in the nightly news. How could people be so good and yet behave so badly? Why did we keep making the same mistakes repeatedly? Why did we seem so unhappy and yet feel powerless to improve our lives?