The small house movement is the architectural and social movement that advocates living in small homes, usually eco-friendly, green, and sometimes completely off the grid. It is particularly vocal in the USA, where the book "The Not So Big House" is credited with starting the backlash against supersized homes. One of the early craftsmen of the tiny house, with regard to their current growing popularity, is Jay Shafer, who in 2002 co-founded "The Small House Society" in Iowa City, Iowa. Shafer went on to start the Tumbleweed Tiny Houses in Sebastopol, CA.
The Tiny House/Small House Movement seems to be starting to take hold here, which is to be expected because the movement and the do-it-yourself nature of these homes would seem to be a great fit with the ideals of many Davis residents. Some people have already approached the City inquiring about starting a cooperative of these types of tiny homes.
These homes are reminiscent of the Human Powered Housing Project that used to wheel around and park around town. And of course, the most quintessential tiny houses of all, a very symbol of Davis and all it stands for, are the Baggins End Domes on the UC Davis Campus.
If you are thinking of building, or have already built, one of these homes, please add to this page. We are just forming a local interest group, and we would like to build one of these homes to "get our feet wet," so if you want to do it with a group or just help build one to sell, please post here and join us. We have a facebook group started, the Davis-Sac Area Tiny House Enthusiasts so please check it out! First thing we need is people interested, and second thing is someplace to build! Preferably someplace protected from rain. We hope those with construction experience might be interested in joining!
With regard to the tiny homes on trailers, one of the issues that hopefully will change as this movement becomes larger, is where to park them and live in them.
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2012-01-26 11:57:15 I would love to see a Tiny House Cooperative Village, a la the Domes, but for non-students. Just need land. Guess it would have to be designated a "trailer park" to fall under city codes. Or, it could be just outside city limits. All that's needed is land.....SH —StephHolm
2012-01-26 15:26:15 The first meeting of the D-SATHE (Davis-Sacramento Area Tiny House Enthusiasts) took place today at 1 pm at Cafe Bernardo in downtown Sac. There were just two of us, but we were VERY enthusiastic - hence the name. Please let me know if you are interested! In 10 years I hope to be building my Tiny House. The other party hopes to have hers within the next few years. We have a lot of big ideas about cooperative living, and want to hook up with like minded people, or people who are interested in designing and constructing these homes. —StephHolm
If you guys continue having meetings, I'd be interested in attending someday if we can do it in Davis (I don't have a car)! —ScottMeehleib
2012-01-26 16:16:09 I expect we will meet all over, and if it's outside of Davis and not during my work hours, I would be happy to drive! —StephHolm
2012-01-26 21:08:37 I just created a Facebook group called Davis-Sac Area Tiny House Enthusiasts so please come and join us. Prob the easiest way to get the word around and let people know about meetings etc. I bet there are some folks out there that are getting ready to get their house started. I would love to help in the process and see it start to finish! —StephHolm
2012-01-27 08:17:58 I just joined the Davis-Sac Area Tiny House Enthusiasts and it is very exciting. The Davis area would be great for a "tiny" house community and frankly might be the perfect place to establish a model village for others to learn from. Tiny and green is the way! —KimChristoffersen
2012-01-27 09:50:56 This video is a couple of years old, but the challenge of where to park a fully functional small home still remains.
2012-01-27 13:27:51 I think it would be super fab to build one of these as a group (if we had somewhere to build it) and then sell it and split the profits (if any....or just consider it experience) to just see how it's done. —StephHolm
2012-01-30 11:39:54 I made a comment to Pepper of Bungalow to Go about bringing her exquisitely crafted Towhee Tiny House for sale to Davis to show (she is located in Sonoma County), and she is familiar with and loves the Domes and thought showing it in Davis would be a good idea. Hopefully she will come! I would LOVE to see this home in person! —StephHolm
2012-02-01 22:00:05 Our Facebook group, Davis-Sac Area Tiny House Enthusiasts, is now 5 strong, and our newest member is the creator of the Tiny House Design blog! Turns out he lives just east of Sac! He has much design experience and has built a tiny house, so we are in good company. —StephHolm
2014-08-22 14:24:49 Can anyone provide a link to City of Davis regulations re: temporary structures? Would love to know if a Tiny House qualifies and under what conditions. Thanks! —DannyMilks