Houzz TV: Step Inside One Woman’s 140-Square-Foot Dream Home

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When we profiled designer Vina Lustado’s tiny house in a recent article, the response was swift. Hundreds of readers left comments, mostly praising Lustado on her efficient 140-square-foot home that she built for $40,000. Now watch Lustado give a personal tour of her house and see how she lives in the compact space.

Video: Step inside this tiny house and see how she makes it work

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Darrel Rose

Don't think I could live in this small of a house I think I would get claustrophobic sooner or later but would love to live on the ground she has for her home with my home, that would make it a dream home for me.

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penelopel

Well thought out use of space. The growing interest in Tiny House living is very interesting - it's very similar to living on a boat - which I did for 25 years working and raising a family - both are mobile and both involve an organized use of space, minimalistic possessions, and an appreciation for connection with outdoors. Vinas little home is lovely, affordable and reflects her lifestyle choices.

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Sylvie Dicaire

wow. What a fabulous life style. Little but complete. I wish I could go see it. Very smart.

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duffyda3

Great design and beautifully built. A bit small for me, but the southern CA, setting makes it doable,as in spending time outdoors. I realize it's California, yet $40,000? That's $285, per square foot! Wow.

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coopershouse

A lovely home, beautifully executed. But I wish more folks would realize that home size isn't an all-or-nothing proposition...it's not just a choice between 140 sq ft or 5,000 sq ft. My 750 sq ft home is more than adequate for me and my large dog; living "smaller" can achieve many of the goals of living "tiny."

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Kendrah

Most tiny houses seem ridiculously uncomfortable and compromising, plus unrealistic as many do not have functioning kitchens or baths. This one does not. I could certainly imagine living here and I am claustrophobic. My one question was about sewage. Where is the toilet and where does the waste go? Certainly not untreated to the grapefruit tree right?

I concur with coopershouse - The 700 - 1200 sq foot home is never spoken about. I guess it doesn't sell books or make for cool videos on home blogs.


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Sheila Schmitz

Lots of "small" homes, yet not this tiny, right here on Houzz: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/Small-Homes

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Highlands Mountain Realty

Thanks for sharing. I am considering a "small home" as a winter or summer get away.


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susanseward

I really don't see the difference between the tiny house vs the camper trailer. If someone wants to live in a tiny house on wheels, isn't it the same thing as an RV trailer home ?

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ashley915

How fun wold this be for a weekend getaway? I love it!

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Lesley Hartwell

I like small and even very small like this but a ladder to a loft is not a practical option, space saving and cute just not practical


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meora

Yes, this would be great for a summer weekend getaways. I don't I could live in it year round.

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Tracy Evans
Outstanding, a beautiful way to Simplify and enjoy Quality. I'm sure others would find this a perfect home.
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atxsdc

The curtains seem awfully close the gas fireplace! Vina, please be careful with your curtains. Love the home. Thank you for sharing and for making such a wonderful video. : )

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Emmelyne
I wish toilet and laundry facilities in tiny homes were featured more often. That they aren't makes me conclude that there's no sewer hookup - so no laundry and the toilet is composting. Not for everyone, even if everything else about the home is perfect.
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Arizona Snoopy
You can get used to anything but I think I'd prefer a house with a minimum of 1600 square feet.
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loolabelle
Peaceful.
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davsay
Looks really nice and cozy for her. It's much too cozy for me.
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mrsstem
Tiny houses are not for me but this lady did an excellent job. Very charming
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tombly

This is the only tiny house I have ever seen myself living in. The functional layout and modular furnishings are the key to making this space work, and that loft is to die for.

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Maryl Hershelman

I've seen gypsy caravans that are parked on the hillsides of Europe...not quite so "boat" like. More like Professor Marvel or Maude (of Harold and Maude). Soft furnishings and wonderfully arched ceilings.

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audreygwyn

Very lovely house and lifestyle. You are well grounded. Could live like that very easily. I think your video was very impactful also insightful. People are so use to the race of life and material stuff that i don't think they know how much peace of mind and a peice of their whole lives they actually give up for the insanity we all chase (to some degree). Your life looks full from what i just watched. Have a blessed life and keep the wonderful balance you have chosen to live! You look rich to me!


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ndufcat

This is actually quite cute. I personally could not survive it long term due to having to constantly move things around. That would drive me crazy. Also, unfortunately the way the house is right now can't be her forever home because good luck with that ladder in your advanced years.

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gel69

$40K for 140 sqf , so this thing cost $287 dollars per square to build? I believe the builder was hungry on that one.....

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craigmerrow

I read the original article, but it is nice to see a video of the home and the homeowner - it gives a better perspective and feel for what she has. Very well done!

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Joanna Nowaczyk

I love it :D

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Kat C

Uplifting, wonderful woman

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Leslie

I appreciated Vina's point about the cycle of working so many hours a week in order to support a more material lifestyle. I read more and more about people who are learning to appreciate a slower, more mindful way of living; jumping off the hamster wheel and reconnecting with family and friends on a regular basis. As the saying goes, "work to live, don't live to work."


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mariannamaver
I love the idea of a tiny house, and I've learned a lot from "tiny housers" about stretching the space I have in my 576 square foot home... but for me and my lifestyle, 576 square feet is still not quite enough...
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Delvs Bread

Good job!

   
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Mark

Fantastic. Very well thought out. I think we all could take something from this and see that we could do with a lot less. Doing with a lot less can help us use what we have in abundance to help others. Something to think about.

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Rene Ruiz
The simplicity of your design was base on your background in life. Simple but inspired by nature and cleanliness, modern,no extravagant but with all the amenities of simple life. If we could build a community like this, it will be less stressful and will find happiness easily in our lives.
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garyganderson

SInce it no longer rains in California more than a few days a year, she can spend a lot of her time living on the deck. A gas heater out there and she'd be all set for dinner parties and everything. I lived for a year in a space 14x14x14 (converted formal parlor in a New York Murray Hill brownstone) and it's not really a problem at all. Does help to have a small rental storage unit down the hill for e.g. luggage, documents, books, etc. that aren't needed every day or every week.


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Corrie Zacharias

Where does she store her clothes? Without having to iron everything she puts on? I'm assuming they're under the couch.

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beverlybossio

It's Magical!! Excellent work!

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gibbedittome

After a few months I think I would feel like a fly in a bottle.

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toddlorson
Wow 40,000 I would think you could do this a lot cheaper. Unless I was paying someone to make this for me, I think it's a bit much.
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David Satterlund

Lovely house, lovely story; bespeaks of a lovely person.

This would make a great retreat in nearby mountains.

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Coastal

For me the difference between a "standard" structure like this & an RV is significant. RVs are great & have their place but I like the solid feel of a home built like this one. The wheels are an added benefit as I love portability. Lovely home! And inspiring to me as I contemplate building something similar.

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karihailey

This is the only tiny house I have ever seen that I could picture myself living in. All the special touches, like the fireplace, the skylight over the bed, the deep kitchen sink, even the sofa - you rarely see those in Tiny Houses! - make it a true home. The site is gorgeous too. Such a lovely tour, thank you for sharing your home Vina!

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deniselipper

My husband and I spend 6 months of the year in a 40X12 "tiny house" by the beach... and we love it. We've spent 40 years there and hope to spend many more. We call it "the Goldilocks Experience".. not too big,not too small, just right!

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Lisa Pierson

Love how she can live in such a compact space. Not for me but well done.

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susanaikman

One of the best tiny homes I have seen. Great job.

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noseometer...(7A, SZ10, Albuquerque)
Is there a bathroom? Toilet? Shower?
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Jeff ginsburg
Susan Seward, the differences are vast. We have a wonderful 13 foot fiberglass trailer built in 1978. It's cute, has a solar panel....but they are flimsy and need constant tiny repairs. Almost no natural light and one itty bitty door makes for claustrophobia. Just the option of the loft bed in a tiny house is huge. Tiny camper means huge 'to do' every morning and every night. Love it but would not live in it.
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owlrun08

I love this and the other "tiny" homes houzz has mentioned. So logical.

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podipedim

it looks lovely ......i love it


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thickskin

I really love this tiny house. She did mention that it is her forever house. I will be 68 next month. I don't know about that loft area with my slightly arthritic joints; and my poor husband is nearing 80.

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M. Studio Gallery, Fine & Applied Arts, LLC

I am an interior designer who just recently went through the "big to small" transformation. I built a 1000 square foot home with Blu Homes, transitioning from 4000 square feet. It's prefab, modern and green. It feels like freedom. Less is truly more. The secret is to create as much outside living space as inside and to find a wonderful property. We are a lake in Garrison, New York. Also, essential to making this work is to understand scale and the positioning of all furnishings and objects...creating a tidy and space for everything. Wonderful!


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Beth Holmberg
To be able to live on an acre in Ojai! Hers is the best tiny house I've seen. This sounds amazing to me.
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grommey

Any small space can be groovy in a bucolic setting.


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humblebody

We don't need a lot to be happy, just get rid of clotter organized your space

Keey it nice and clean.

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Paula Wiley

The lovely location really helps to make it special. I bet she does her laundry at her boyfriend's house :-)

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vyjohn

We had a 3 room camper trailer that was bigger and more comfortable and cost a lot less

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marsharenee

The problem I have with the promotion of these cute but unrealistic tiny homes is that developers take this anecdotal example and think it will solve all kinds of affordable housing issues. A home even twice this size anywhere in the north does not allow storage or space for winter coats and boots. (One would take up her whole closet!)

Where do you go if you can't sit outside? And how do you entertain even one other person without this deck and the ability to use it all year long? I agree houses have gotten too big but one of the comments about featuring small but livable homes would be far more useful.

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Raleigh Cabinets & Remodeling

For 140 sq/f shed on wheels $40,000 it's a lot ....to small for everyday use.


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sonnydazey

Bravo! I admire the Tiny House movement! I wish I could join, but as an allergy sufferer who gets suddenly blitzkrieged by flora's air-borne allergens ferociously appearing and making life miserable (if not, compromising breathing to the point of serious respiratory distress)... I will always be a slave to whole-house climate control. Central AC: whadda silly feature for a tiny house, right?

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gingergirl115

Who owns the land ?

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Fine Art & Portraits by Laurel

I remember the initial article and am happy to see this follow-up video. Thanks. A friend once said there are two kinds of people: those who have just enough, and those who have everything just in case. This homeowner and I are in the former category.

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Patrick Loo

Can you buy a kit or a complete house like this? How much would it cost?

   
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inabunker

I've thought about buying a piece of land and doing this, but you can't. The county won't allow mobile homes on properties. Bummer.

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digart

40 K for a house, wonderful! I live in California where in most houses it takes 50 to 90K to do a full kitchen remodel. Wise move and beautiful!

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Natalie Thiele Home Staging

Lovely! And she couldn't have chosen a more wonderful location.

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Cindy Kelly

BEAUTIFUL home. We can live happily with much less than our American culture tells us we need. I'm soon to move into an 864 sq ft home and I am finding it very liberating to purge so many boxes of things I've held on to for "one day". Better that they go to someone who might need or want them. I'm glad to see this movement of living smaller becoming more mainstream. I know it isn't for everyone but I think a lot of people can find a happier existence stepping out of what our society tells us we need and really examining what we truly need, on our own terms.


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diyer59

Very cute, but on dreary and cold days when you are forced to stay inside will she feel claustrophobic?

Downsizing is one thing, but for me (who isn't a hoarder either) to get to this point would be difficult. I've lived in homes that have ranged from around 2000 sq. ft.-1200 sq. ft. and 1400 sq. ft. seems to be my sweet spot--everything fits without feeling like I'm crammed into each room.

Would I like to downsize more? I'm seriously thinking of buying an RV in a few years and do some serious traveling. By then most of my possessions will be well used so I can easily part with them. I don't want to have a huge storage unit stuffed with things, rather just a few boxes with my most treasured items at a friends home for safe keeping. With the freedom to go wherever I want, whenever I want, I think I won't miss having a stationary home.

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Marilyn Palmer
This home is so beautifully thought out in every detail. How freeing - to live simply, sustainably, within one's means, in accord with one's lifestyle and family size, and in harmony with the environment. What an admirable accomplishment. Nicely done!
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spondulux
We downsized from the family home to 1,400 sq ft in the summer, and 1,100 sq feet in our winter beach place. 1,100 never feels too small for us, because life is lived outside. 1,400 feels right for our more family oriented place, which has room for an 'away' space for each of us, which is vital IMO.
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karlywienker

That video is one of my most favorite things I have ever seen on Houzz. Now excuse me, I'm going to go clean out some closets and reduce my belongings!

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jdguerra

I love the concept. Minimalistic, without nonsense electronics an other staff. I believe is a reflection of a simpler life, connected to what it really matters and in the middle of nature. I imagine no stress for huge bills, maintenance, etc. Love it!!

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humblebody

I agree with you Cindy Kelly, I always believe if you have things you have not used for a long time you can always live without them, I am giving things away to people who needs then, declottering makes me feel light and free.

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npcanaday

Beautiful way of looking at life and beautiful little home. Love the property too. I think I would need a bit more room, but I wish I could live in such a tiny home.

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stubby5803

This is just lovely. So comfortable and homey. I can see why you love it so. Much love and enjoyment in your new space.

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iowavette

These are intriguing, but more than that I can't say. As a footnote, in the 60's when I lived on a small acreage with my parents, the neighbors across the (dirt) road built a tiny and adorable house for the mother-in-law where she could have her own space but where they could be at hand to care for her. They shared the chicken coop where she kept her mean little Banty chickens. When one of my own grandmothers began a transition into frailty, my uncle built her a little studio house on their own property outside of Stockton. The theme here is the weather. The featured home is built in Southern California. The houses I mention were built in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys respectively in Northern California. A tiny home in SW Iowa during and after a snowstorm would be challenging from a containment perspective.

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Veronique Le Kim

I actually wouldn't mind having one similar as a cottage. Buy a nice quiet lot on a lake and place that mobile home there. It would be quite a view.

   
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srm1963

How awesome! I love it and could live in that exactly how it is! After I downsized to 750 sqft from 2500, I realized how awesome it was to stop worrying about cleaning rooms that are never used and could go even smaller. Now I want to buy some beachfront property and put a hurricane and flood resistant tiny home there. Any builders out there?

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csommers48

How can I reach you to find the person who built your beautiful house. Contact me at csommers48@yahoo.com I would like more info. I love the house.


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marytea

I read on hear how we can all live happily with much less. I have to be honest and say that I can't. I will live with much less when I'm dead, but for now I want my things, my prettifulls, my clothes, my coats, scarves, boots, shoes, comfy robes, makeup, blow dryers, curling irons, comfortors, pretty dishes, glassware, utensils, pots & pans, bug sprays, fly swatters, etc. etc. All of the things most people need in this world to live a relatively comfortable life before we drop dead and get to live in the tiniest of tiny abodes for eternity. But hey, it's nice that this lady is happy.


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Pauline S

Maybe she had to place it on wheels to avoid building codes?
I, too, wish these featured tiny homes would shine a brighter light on their bathrooms, sewer systems, washer/dryers (or lack thereof), and clothes/shoes storage. There's no way to house my four seasons' worth of clothing and shoes in a "tiny" home, so I believe this lifestyle is limited to consistently warm climates.

Very lovely, Vina. You've created an exceptional home.

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sonnydazey

For those who may not know.... Depending on your jurisdiction/municipality.... a tiny home on wheels pays a license fee like you would for a trailer you haul behind a truck or car. The land you park it on can be leased (and the land owner pays the property tax). Of course, comforts like running water, electricity and sewer are NOT part of that plan some times! Off-the-grid, baby, off-the-grid! :) You'll find this kind of living along Oregon's coast in some towns...


Also: just search for "shed" or "shed kits." You'll see EVERYONE is getting "hip" to this! Retro-fit a structure for living that would've otherwise been storage for lawn mowers or a kids' playhouse!

   
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Sheila Schmitz

Csommers48, you can find her contact info here: http://www.houzz.com/pro/vinalustado/sol-haus-design

If you build one, please come back and show us what you did!

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lake1114

Although there are some clever ideas here, and it is obvious that the home owner is quite proud and happy, I could never do it. I like to have my things and it is not because society tells me I need them or a big house, it is because I enjoy them. I enjoy my space. I enjoy using my grandmothers' china and my mothers' crystal. I also enjoy putting out all of my Christmas decorations (where would you store those?) and having enough indoor space to entertain friends and family.

Kudos to those who are comfortable in these tiny homes but I am not one of them. With RA, I could never do that ladder and if I ever end up in a wheel chair, then I would really be up the creek. You need a 5 foot radius to turn a chair around. These houses are certainly not handicap compliant. With this one on wheels, I wouldn't even be able to get into it. Stairs are difficult at best. That said, I am glad the homeowner is happy and certainly hope she enjoys it as much as I enjoy my much larger home.

One other thing, people have asked where she puts her clothes. My question is, where do you put the kids?

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lalonde68
Very inspiring! Thank you for sharing your lovely, tranquil home!
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susanaikman

To those wondering about bathroom details, go to Vina's Houzz page at http://www.houzz.com/pro/vinalustado/sol-haus-design. There are more photos of her house including bathroom views.

   
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ahavajava
I love this beautifully crafted house! Re: people who state that medium sized houses are never mentioned - I disagree. Consider Wright's Usonians and more recently the "Not so Big..." books.
   
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dfromthebdot

Cute certainly! But where is the phone, reading glasses, books in progress, knitting bag?? ( all located on or under my coffee table) and where's the clothes, the nail polish collection, the toaster, the hair dryer, the family photo album? Photos on the laptop, where's the laptop? does she have only 1 towel?? RV's have walls of practical storage at least. A neat idea, but not for most of the population .

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tinarama

Such a gorgeous home – thank you so much for the video! Really special. I do have a technical question: why did they install the furring strips horizontally in the rain screen wall (@ 0:35)? My understanding (and the way I built mine) is that they should run vertically, so any water or condensation can flow to the bottom of the wall, and so that air movement from bottom to top will help dry the space between siding and wall. Did I miss something important here?!

   
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Everett Owens

I just don't understand 40,000 dollars for this tiny house, I'm building a house in southern Md. right now and have a 150,000 dollar budget for a full basement 1700 square ft rancher 3400 if you include basement 3bd 2bath r-29 walls. Of course I'm doing the majority of the work and lucked out with a 25000 lot (long story)

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snchry

This works for now, but if she wants to age here, she will need to move her bed downstairs eventually. I love how she found a way to have a home on very little money. There are tiny houses here in Portland and the best thing about them is that if you can't afford a house you usually cannot afford any land. You get land, and you get to be in a small house, (much like a studio where I lived for many years), but you don't impact other renters (who intrude on your space) and you get some land that is solely your own. It's rather wonderful.


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Janice Lowrance
I just came back from CA, where it rains 1 inch per year, there is no humidity, and virtually no bugs. I can see why people want to live there. Since the weather is wonderful, you can use a lot of outdoor space for living.
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tljordan
I love your tiny house! I think you did an amazing job of building a space that is unique for you and your land. I adore your loft area - it looks cozy and the kitchen is so fresh and full of light. Congratulations on an awesome home!
   
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eclairerw

Great house, great attitude!

   
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smilieone
Wow! That's the most amazing place I've ever seen, and so very creative. Any neighbours, a garage? I don't know what else to ask.
   
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Tonja
I love her tiny house. If I was alone or it was just me and my husband, I would seriously consider it. However, with the kids it is impossible to imagine long term. I would also want a bath tub and a washer and dryer in addition to the fireplace. See. I'm already designing it in my mind. Lol
   
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sunsurfsea

Nice! Only problem I see is the unpredictable things and how functional it would be in some situations. Ex: you break your leg........how do you climb into that bed?

   
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Ugonna Chukwukere
Two words: Brilliant and inspiring. Way to go Vina!
   
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jessematson

In response to those who think the cost per square foot is high, consider the fact that this house consists almost entirely of the most expensive areas of a much larger, more conventional home. Cutting out square footage also gives the opportunity to splurge on what would otherwise be 'upgrades' under normal building circumstances. The home appears to consist of completely custom construction, which comes at a much higher price tag than a house you would find in a subdivision. To achieve such a clean look, without any trim on the exterior, and the mitered exterior corners, etc. more time and skill is necessary.


Tiny homes are not for everyone, but it's very interesting to see what people come up with when they opt for high-quality smaller homes (of any size) over vast quantities of cheap and often less comfortable space.

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Sol Haus Design

Thank you so much for all of your comments and questions! Here are some answers:

  • TOUR: Yes, you can tour my tiny house. Details on my website here
  • TOILET: I don't have blackwater because I have a composting toilet. It is not legal in my County so I use an outdoor toilet hooked up to a septic tank.
  • FIREPLACE: The clearance necessary for my fireplace (by Jotul) is only 2", even next to wood. It has a special double wall flue.
  • LADDER: I don't mind using a ladder, even as I get older. I think it keeps me fit as I age. When I get sick and can't climb a ladder, I sleep downstairs on my custom made sofa.
  • LAUNDRY: I do my laundry at the laundromat. Maybe one day I will get a portable washer.
  • PROPERTY: I share the land with my boyfriend and rent it for $1000/mo (just recently increased). My boyfriend does a lot of maintenance on the property.
  • CLAUSTROPHOBIC? When it's cold or rainy outside, I don't mind staying inside. It's very cozy with the fireplace and there are views to the outside in every direction.
  • PURCHASE PLANS: You can purchase the plans of my tiny house, so you can build it yourself, or have others build it for you. Details on my website here. I also provide custom tiny house designs here.
  • BUILD THIS HOUSE: Many have purchased my plans and have already started building it (Stuart from Australia)
  • RAINSCREEN: The furring strips for the siding is horizontal because the exterior siding is vertical. I used a washer as a stand-off on the furring strip. You can see all the construction photos on the ebook here.
  • COST: For a high quality custom home, the $40k price tag is actually very reasonable. This includes my solar panel system, all built-in furnishings, the deck, skylights, and my $3K fireplace. My utilities are minimal and it's kind to the environment. This home is an investment for life, without compromising the things that I want. BEST PART: I have no mortgage and I own my home that I designed and built!
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Eva Lutz
must be in a dry and warm climate and with outdoor toilet.
very cute but not for me and certainly not permanently !
at most for a 2 week vacation!
well done but at that price it should be !!!
   
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Pristine Acres

Great read, thanks for sharing!

   
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luvtodance
A loft bed...luv the stars. Couldn't live with toilet on lower level though...waking at night to climb steps, up & down to relieve myself, no way! Eating the wrong sushi, I'd break my neck getting there. Need a bit more practicality, for a forever home. I like cozy, though.
   
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Sol Haus Design

Regarding the bathroom, you can see more photos HERE with the fully tiled shower and sink. http://www.solhausdesign.com/tiny-house/design


   
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amvanman

Even though this might be a bit too small for me it's in the right direction. I think one of the most important elements to living and enjoying a house like this is that it would have to be beautiful. We lived in a very expensive city where real estate began at $1,000.00 a sq foot. We loved the city (Vancouver) but we really disliked our home. We lived in a box that was soulless and devoid of character. It was very hard to find things that were unique and land prices made single family homes next to impossible for people with average incomes. When we moved to a more affordable real estate market we purchased a lovely home twice the size of our place in Vancouver. What we have noticed is that we love our house but don't really use the extra space. We love it because it's interesting and full of character. We would actually like something smaller but it just seems next to impossible to find something that is small but well done. The last 40 years seems to have been a period where homes were on a race toward the MacMansion. At least in more moderately priced markets. Building seems to be the easiest way but sometimes neighbourhood covenants require homes to be of a minimum size to help uphold property values. Land costs also make builders go as large as possible so they can squeeze out as much profit as possible. A small house just seems next to I possible often times in a more urban environment.



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printmom78
As Americans, we can often get carried away with collecting things and accumulating stuff that often gets stored away and never used. We can get into an awful cycle of buying bigger houses or storage units to store more stuff. This beautiful Pilipino woman understands what it means to have nothing and she understands the value of simplicity. She has created a cozy, yet fully functional retreat as her home and situated it in a gorgeous wooded area. She has found peace and contentment here, which is something many of us never find in the endless pursuit of the "American Dream."
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elsieag

KUDOS to you Vina! I am always caught in space where I sometimes gets stuck. In my younger years I've traveled and lived in all kinds of environment and different sizes and types of home. I was also from the Philippines and was fortunate to have shared a pretty good space with my siblings when I was growing up. Now that I am permanently living in NY, we also have limited space but you inspired me to make my small apartment functional. I am in the process of re-doing my kitchen and like you I have to be creative. I guess, size is not a matter, it's what and how you make out of it to call it "home"! You are lucky you have a beautiful outdoor space!

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Veal Design Associates

What about a not-quite-so-tiny home constructed in 2 parts, still movable in halves (like the double-wide mobile home), but well constructed. That size would make a lot more sense for most people.

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lake1114

lethe-You would guess incorrectly. I don't know what you consider a McMansion as far as square footage goes, but I, personally, not including children use of their rooms, just me and my husband easily use 1500 square feet each and every day.

   
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Amy Klein

I love small spaces. Downgraded from four bedrooms and a finished basement along with a formal dining/sitting area that rarely got used...as well as a huge yard...to a smaller three bedroom bungalow. Four of us living here and it's plenty of space and ways to enjoy quiet and privacy without all of the upkeep.

   
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mguilloty

I love this house! I want one! I was raced in Puerto Rico very similar to this lady I am also a minimalistic and love the idea.

Thanks for sharing, Iris

   
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goodewyfe

Keep in mind that the cost is for the house only - the owner leases the land. And, since it's on wheels, it is more like an RV/mobile home, so the fact that it happens to be located in an expensive area shouldn't really matter.

   
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Kira Levenberg
Wow perfect!! It would've been perfect for my friend too who could've built it!!
   
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sierrajo

Thank you so much for the follow up video! Loved to hear your philosophy as well as seeing more house detail. A few years back I bought a travel trailer which I think was about 200 sqft. Spent 3 months living in it during a Chicago winter in FL. When I came home to my 2100sqft home it felt way too large!!


   
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Coastal

Something I think about with planning is that many of us have possessions not associated with hoarding, "holding on to the past", etc. Many of us have passions far beyond "hobbies" such as ... (I'll use my "this is my real life examples") books (I've been in tech my entire career; I'm not getting rid of my actual books that I actually & actively read), outdoors gear (packs, boots, tents, sleeping bags, etc.; I'm not giving up camping & backpacking until I can't do it any more; then I'll donate) and sewing supplies that I actively & happily use (see comment about not giving up ... :) So as with anything there are many scenarios between minimalism and those who buy stuff for the sake of buying & owning stuff. For those who talk about our stuff "owning" us, I'm very happy to be owned by my equipment & gear that I actively use; it provides a happy & healthy life for me & my family. So I've thought about various scenarios for accommodating books, supplies and equipment. In a communal setting, tiny houses could be accompanied by shared space that houses books & gear, etc. Such set-ups exist in many countries. On private land, one can set up space for such items. When I was a young adult and lived in a tiny studio apartment, I had my books, outdoors gear and sewing supplies. So I'm consistent in what I hold on to :) Love these discussions, great to see what others share!


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gozvrrm

Vina, thanks for coming here to answer questions. But I am surprised that you are being so public about your house... isn't this illegal in Ojai?

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Mary Ann Peterman
I just don't get why people who want to love small just don't buy a RV or trailer ready to go. This is not a new concept. Trailers and RVs are much cheaper. Many seniors live year round this way.
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Aida L. Arnaldy
I love the concept. Its about living and enjoying life with simplicity .
   
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watsofunny
For those who say that it's too small and unrealistic.....for you maybe, but it works for this particular woman and many others who extol the virtues of living the tiny house life. It's beautiful, one of the nicest I've seen. Thank you for sharing!
   
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This is the first video I've watched on Houzz and have to say I love the concept! It's wonderful to connect a real human being to the home - it makes for a much more enjoyable and intimate experience. It's funny, I also noticed that people have been much kinder in their comments after watching the video than they can sometimes be when commenting on an article. Maybe there's something about the video that makes them realize there's a real human being at the other end of the story. Great to see so much positive interaction!!

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Linda Griner
I am amazed every time I see something like this! LOVE this one!
May do it for myself one day
   
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Yimar Uzcategui
Omg!!! Just PERFECT!!!
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getjanice

I love looking at these unrealistic "homes", though I don't want one next to my house. It's just a matter of time before Code Enforcement requires that it is vacated. They are cute though and serve a purpose in the allowed setting.

   
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donnajou
It's very cute. It would be like my refuge to escape from daily stress, to sit down and read a good book or hide from children
   
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amnorcal

I looked on Vina Lustado's website and found this, which I thought was pretty funny considering that the "house" she is promoting is not permitted where she lives:

FAQs:

What advice do you have for a client looking to hire you?
It’s important for the architect to know the zoning requirements prior to the design of the project. Too often, architects propose a design that is prohibitive for zoning guidelines and too expensive to build. You should get a proposal that is comprehensive as possible (includes permit fees).

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Oh, yeah, I also I happened across this when searching for her website:

OJAI—The Board issued a one-count administrative citation that included a $2,500 fine to Vina Lustado, an unlicensed individual, for alleged violations of BPC 5536(a) (Practice Without License or Holding Self Out as Architect). Lustado was previously advised on April 29, 2011 that an unlicensed individual in California cannot use the terms "Architect," "Architecture" or "Architectural" to describe services offered, or as a title or identity. The citation became final on November 24, 2014.


   
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Sol Haus Design

Hello amnorcal and gozvrrm. Thank you for bringing up the permitting issue. Each jurisdiction varies, so please consult with your own jurisdiction to verify the requirements. At the beginning of my construction, I went to the Bldg. Dept. in Ventura County to verify the process for tiny houses. At that time, the bldg. official said that because the structure is on wheels and not on a foundation, it is considered a temporary structure, and not subject to a typical building permit. Tiny houses on wheels are subject to D.O.T. (Dept of Transportation) requirements. Again, I advise everyone to go to their local jurisdiction and have a conversation with the building officials. Other cities across the country are beginning to change their zoning and building codes to allow for smaller dwelling units, whether or not they're on wheels.

Regarding my citation with the licensing board, yes it is true that I have incorrectly used the term "architectural designer" and "architect" in the past. I do not have an architecture license so I cannot use any form of the term "architect". However, I do have a professional degree in architecture and I do have the required training in the field. The media attention has caused others to publish me as an architect without contacting me to verify, so this was part of the confusion. I hope this answers your concern.

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Rebecca Aalto
I love this! This is definitely my long term goal - living tiny. Great house!
   
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maddiefoster
What is the outside diameter of the building?
How much sq ft is this (not including the loft)? Thanks.
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jmoran1126
Perfect for you
   
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Raleigh Cabinets & Remodeling

Simple way to buy a kit (house /shed) with design/plans and owner don't have to count on " ARCHITECT" some States 12' x 12 ' do NOT need permit to build.

   
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jh77

I saw a few comments on the price per square foot - it isn't unusual. Small houses can cost more per square foot because things like price per hour for certain trades is spread over fewer square feet. Yet a water heater costs the same amount of money to install no matter what the size of the house. If each sub charges for travel time, a certain mobilization cost and a certain minimum hours, the price per square foot goes up quickly. Each fixed cost is spread over fewer square feet even though the variable costs are fewer because there are fewer square feet. Hopefully that makes sense.

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We build DIY or finished small homes from 475 sq ft up. www.BuildMyArk.com/


   
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Brigitte Mussert

Awesome so creative and spiritua!


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Thats one awesome


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Nathan Pickhart

What kills me as with all message boards are the people that want to pick apart what someone else has done for themselves. No one asked anyone to live in this home. It is her by herself. I think her bed is large enough SHOULD her boyfriend stay over. And she looks in good shape so I am thinking she may be healthy enough for some years down the road. Others comment that these are done by designers but aren't practical. I can't even have a discussion with those people. Her shower was what I have shown as a real estate agent in many older master bedrooms. I am not sure about the zoning where she is in Ca. BUT in my county you have to have 1 acre to have a septic system. That is what my current 1500 sq ft home has as we are rural. You would never know we are not on sewers. So the only thing she lacks is a flushing toilet. For someone to build this in California with good materials and great craftmanship from those nice mitered corners may not be bad in pricing. It looks like her boyfriend welded the steel frame or it started out as some sort of trailer and was modified.
No one said raise a family in it although WE had a 900 sq ft home in 1970 with 2 parents and 6 kids! Granted that was only for 2 years but we haven't all come from Mc Mansions.
I would like a little bigger bath room and room for one more Armoire then it would be big enough for me and my wife! We are going from 2500, now in 1500 and moving down to something that will be off grid with a flushing commode for those that want to know.
Ease up and relax everyone that doesn't see this as doable. She hasn't invited you to join her. BUT these would be great ideas for a lake cabin or anything else. Take some ideas as to how to do with less. You may find that life will throw you a curve ball and this would be luxury!


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Evangelina Aguilar

what a lovely place!!! perfect if more of us lived like that we could all have a home...
way to go. it is beautiful!!


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Cyndi Mather

I do agree with what others have said, $40,00 is a bit much. And what is the difference between a Tiny House and a camper? Maybe a litter more glamorous. I just don't think I could sleep in such a small space.

   
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anniesullivan

This is one of my favorite tiny homes. So spacious inside and functional. Love it .

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Cindy Desmet

Wish I could "like" it more than once (like a hundred times!) :)

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ZY Lin

this is an amazing design! love it

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