Hello Tiny Home Fam!
Since leaving Ukiah, CA March 1, 2019, Eric and I (Lindsay is writing) have been on a journey that has taken us 2500+ miles around the Southwest and into Texas.
We are so relieved to have the opportunity to spend 3 whole weeks in the amazing Santa Fe, New Mexico. From the beautiful mountains and great outdoors vibe to the people we've met, to a local coop, dance scene, and Kombucha brewery we are officially smitten with Santa Fe!
How we got here starts with friends and dance. Since the 90's, I've been free form dancing all over the San Francisco bay area. Dance to me is my gym. It's where I get to move my body and release any tension that has built up from driving or staring at a computer screen and with this trip those are two very common realities.
Another good thing about dance is it tends to attract other amazing souls and over the years I am proud to say that all of my nearest and dearest friends are dancers.
One of those dearest friends is Raina Satori, amazing clothing designer, shamanic cheerleader founder and all around amazing woman!
Raina knew Ana Biel who lives in Santa Fe and is very connected with the dance community as a dancer and a DJ
Upon rolling into Santa Fe, NM for the Thursday "Embodied Rhythm" dance, we were met with Ana and after two hours of dancing people are invited to circle, share names, any experience we had on the dance floor and promote any event that is going on in the community.
I shared we are looking for a space to park our Tiny Home and John with Enchanted Cafe Bulletin Board shared he had land and within that moment our boondocking in Santa Fe National Forest plan got shelved and here we are three weeks later.
Thank you to Raina, Ana, John, Michael, Mohammed, Crow, Billy, Ray, Bettina, Rama and the two pedicab dudes that drove us around the infamous old town square while standing and dancing on the pedicab. Santa Fe you are forever in our hearts.
Santa Fe Tiny Home perspective...like most states, Santa Fe does have an accessory dwelling unit ordinance allowing land owners to build a small home in the backyard.
However they do not yet allow for Moveable Tiny Homes like they now do in the city of Fresno and San Luis Obispo, CA. With the amazing couple, Rama and Bettina at the helm of Santa Fe Tiny Houses, it's only a matter of time and we want to be here when that happens.
As movie buffs we recognize there are typically three acts to every movie.
It all starts with the preamble where the hero/heroine demonstrates their powers. In the first act they use their powers but it doesn't go so well. The second act, they try harder and so does the villain. The third act the hero/heroine overcomes the villain with their superpowers utilized in a new way.
Our tiny Home Journey in three acts... Our preamble was leaving our careers, moving from our comfortable home, and significantly downsizing our belongings. Our first act was choosing a builder who went out of business in the middle of building our Tiny Home. Our second act was a 6 month process of completing our tiny home. Our third act is getting our Tiny Home on the road, against all odds and stepping into the life of digital nomads.
Mendocino County couple has big plans for their tiny home
Ukiah Daily Journal By RACHEL EBEL |
PUBLISHED: January 3, 2019 at 7:56 am | UPDATED: January 4, 2019 at 3:45 pm
Local entrepreneurs Eric and Lindsay Wood are going to open up their tiny-home to Ukiah’s First Friday Art Walk on Jan. 4. During the event, they will be showcasing the artworks of woodturner Rob Hassett and digital artist Mary Serphos. Up to 30 headsets will also be provided for visitors to enjoy a “silent disco” experience while local DJ Micheal Godinez performs live.
Eric Wood and Lindsay Wood have been working on their tiny home since mid-2018. After struggling to find affordable housing in Marin County, they decided to relocate to one of their parent’s homes in Mendocino County. They were both inspired by an online world of nomadic living and decided that it was time to downsize and look into getting a tiny home.
After meeting a Utah based builder at the Tiny Home Jamboree in Dallas, Texas in November 2017. They contracted their Tiny Home and during the summer of 2018, they traveled over 6,000 miles around the western US before picking up their tiny home.
Two weeks before they were to pick it up their builder went bankrupt and they had to pick up their unfinished Tiny Home. When they picked up the house, it had only the framed walls, shiplap, roofing, no appliances and one window boarded up.
“Do we walk away? No. Do we get another builder? It would be at least $50,000 to do the materials and the labor. The third option was to build it ourselves with subcontractors and all of that. We did that from July to October,” shares Lindsay Wood.
Eric and Lindsay Wood, designed and selected most everything in the house along with the help of family, friends, two contractors, KMS Plumbing and Love Electric and Solar. The home runs on solar power and has a 6.5kW system with six 230 watt panels.
Their mission upon return to Ukiah with their incomplete home was to finish it for the Bioneers conference in Marin County exactly three months away on October 18th 2018... Eric and Lindsay rolled in at 3am just in time to open up the next day at 9am.
With "Sierra" their Tiny Home, they want to give people the opportunity to experience a Tiny Home close up. They are excited to soon be providing unique experiences like five course wine, cheese, chocolate pairing dinners, silent disco dance parties, or even a movie night at the tiny-home (think drive in without the car). An interest of theirs is also to showcase their Tiny Home at local and regional food truck events throughout 2019.
Already the couple has had around 400 people come through the house. They have also They also showcased their home at WCS Talks hosted by Women in CleanTech and Sustainability at the Google campus in Sunnyvale. They have hosted pop-ups in Sausalito and made a presence at the Ukiah Farmers Market. They encourage people to walk through their Tiny Home and ask questions.
We want to create an experience where people can tour a tiny-home vs. see one on the internet or TV.
Even though Tiny Homes seem to be a trend, the reality is they are not considered legal. The City of Fresno was the first city in California to pass an amendment to the Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinance already legal statewide.
Starting February, 2019 San Luis Obispo will begin to accept permit applications for Moveable Tiny Homes (MTH). Cities like Los Angeles, San Diego, Placer County and San Luis Obispo are currently exploring their own MTH ordinance amendments. Right now in California, to live in a tiny home, you must have a building permit, otherwise it is illegal to reside within one formally.
Currently, Lindsay Wood is the lead for Mendocino County’s American Tiny House Association where she plans to work with the city of Ukiah and Mendocino County to work on also allowing a Movable Tiny Home ordinance similar to that of Fresno and San Luis Obispo.
Tiny homes are ideal for a variety of people regardless of age; larger properties will always be available and sought after, but many people cannot afford traditional housing, would like a slower pace, maybe save for retirement and many millenials don’t want the hassle of living in a bigger space.
“There is also the unhoused population in Mendocino County that could be easily housed with Moveable Tiny Homes. "Take one drive through the City of Oakland or San Francisco and see the unhoused crisis", concludes Lindsay Wood.
The tiny home, silent disco, and featured artwork will be on display at the corner of Seminary Avenue and School Street and will be open to the public during the January First Friday Art Walk in downtown Ukiah from 5 to 8 p.m. More information about the Wood's and their tiny home can be found at www.experiencetinyhomes.org.
Ukiah is Lindsay's home and as such the Ukiah Farmer's Market managed by Scott Cratty was the perfect place to host an open house of "Sierra" our nearly completed Tiny Home.
The best part about hosting an .open house was the attraction of many local people interested in tiny homes along with attracting local city and county officials
What a journey. From showcasing our Tiny at WCS Talks at Google then onto Open Floor dance in Sausalito. We did the drive and proved to ourselves that driving this Tiny Home is easier than we thought. It's not easy, easy, like driving cars when we drive our big truck (aka white beast) and Sierra, our Tiny Home.
The journey has just begun with offering people Tiny Home experiences!
You know that moment in your life when things come together at the last moment and up until then you just aren't sure it is going to happen. That was us at Bioneers.
Construction takes time and on the last day, we were jamming to get things buttoned up and safe to drive.
Up till midnight hooking up our Tiny Home to our new truck then driving till 3 am. We did it!
Even though we were sleep deprived, a new surge of energy overcame us and we successfully showed off our Tiny Home to over 200 people!
Thank you Bioneers!
Please join us to have a Tiny Home Experience. (Click on link Below)
Google Sunnyvale, Moffett Place Building 1
1155 Borregas Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Are you someone who loves watching those Tiny Home videos? Me too and for about a year that was all I watched on YouTube. Now that we are finishing our Tiny Home, we are shifting our focus on watching videos on how to install windows, mini-splits, creating foldable ladders and so much more.
15 Days to Bioneers!