Tiny SMART House Blog

Celebrate the Solstice in Colorado!

We’ll be heading out to the Colorado Tiny House Festival in June this year, but before this event begins it’s time to celebrate the summer solstice! We’re making it one big road trip to remember, and we think you should too.

As for the event, it’s being held from June 22nd-24th right outside of Denver at the Adams County Fairgrounds. The property spans 19 acres and features picnic areas, playgrounds, and even a lake to fish in! Oh – and it’s pet friendly too, so your furry friends can tag along. In 2017 there were 28 tiny homes and nearly 20,000 visitors, and this year they’re projected to double their exhibits and audience!

A Few Cool Things About This Event

One of the best parts is that it’s put on by actual tiny house builders. Art Laubach of Einstyne Tiny Homes helped organize and host this event right on his home turf, and he’s doing it for all the right reasons. From offering free spots to all builders, to offering suggestions on transportation, he has been a joy to work with.

The National Organization of Alternative Housing will be in attendance (in fact, that’s how we heard about this event in the first place). NOAH is “a National Trade Association for builders, Manufacturers and DIY’ers, producing Tiny houses, suitable for permanent, full-time or part-time residential living.” They inspect each tiny house at different stages of construction, rather than the builders themselves, to verify compliance using a proprietary inspection system. Long story short, we think they’re pretty groovy and will feature them soon in an upcoming blog post.

The main goals of the Colorado Tiny House Festival include:
– Advocating for awareness, expansion and legality in the tiny house movement
– Promoting safe and sound building standards in tiny house builds
– Ensuring DIY’ers (otherwise known as BIY’ers in our program) have the right resources and options to help build their dream homes
– Giving back to the community, financially and otherwise

In fact, the event benefits multiple charities and organizations, and last year donated $10,000 to The Wild Animal Sanctuary.

We’re looking forward to hitching up our Oregon Trail and hitting the road, so let the countdown begin.

No, literally, there’s a count down on their website. Until then, click here to see the growing list of scheduled builders, or here to check out more of our upcoming shows and events.

The Gingerhead Man

Not only is he a skilled carpenter, he has a glorious red beard and was recently promoted to Production Manager here at Tiny SMART House. He brews beer, loves dirt biking, and his Bernese Mountain mutt will melt your heart. All the way from Alaska, ladies and gentlemen – the one, the only, Nicholas Edgar Kolstad.

         

Once upon a time Nick had aspirations in bridge design, but he recently rediscovered his love of tiny houses and never looked back. Over the past five months, he has turned down six unsolicited job offers and a full ride to grad school to stay with our team and grow alongside the company. Of course, we rewarded him handsomely for his talents, loyalty, and wonderful attitude.

This summer he will graduate with an engineering degree from Oregon State University in front of all his friends and family, and join us full-time. Nick, we’re so proud and can’t wait to see what amazing things you accomplish!

Oh Ramsey, you’re making us blush!

Whether it’s praise or constructive criticism, we so appreciate feedback from our clients. It’s what helps keep us inspired and grounded, all at the same time. Whether you joined us for the full-build process or just came by for a tour, feel free to let our team know how we rocked it and how we could improve. If you had a particularly impressive and memorable experience, we’d be so flattered if you would mention it on Yelp, Google Reviews, Facebook, Angie’s List, or even the Yellow Pages!

I can’t say enough good things about working with Nathan and the Tiny Smart House team. They made sure every detail of my tiny house was thought out and built to perfection.

The quality of Tiny [SMART] House’s work can be observed in the woodwork of the vaulted ceiling. The ceiling makes you feel like you’re inside a cathedral. (Just your own, tiny cathedral. And honestly, it doesn’t feel that tiny.) The inside of tiny house itself is richly textured with excellent carpentry. The kitchen and bathroom boast premium fixtures and appliances. And honestly, it doesn’t feel tiny.

The Tiny Smart House builders approached everything with enthusiasm, creativity, and skill. Everything was custom. Nothing was impossible. For example, Nathan and his chief carpenter designed a built-in piece of furniture that almost defies physics. They made the towing tongue detachable (I’d never even heard of that). And they helped me think through the best layout for the windows, doors and utilities. Nathan even checked out my location and the orientation of the space to come up with the most light efficient and wind efficient use of windows and doors. We had a really great time coming up with everything.

Nathan also helped to establish a budget and stick to it. We chose certain places we could save money, and certain places where it’s worth it to go premium. (A little granite goes a long way!) Everything was delivered as promised, on time and budget. And my tiny house is an absolute dream. Thanks, Nathan!” – Ramsey Elias, 2017

Just B Tiny: The Brenda Schwerin Story

Every now and then we like to do follow-ups with some of our phenomenal clients. Up next at bat: the lovely Ms. Brenda Schwerin of Novato, California. Even from nearly 600 miles away, we were able to correspond and create her perfect home together. Brenda has a unique story that touched our hearts and reminded us of why we all do this for a living.

Giving proper review to Tiny SMART House for building my 220 sq. ft., 20’ Willamette Farmhouse on wheels called, Tiny Just B House in 2016.

Working with the team headed up by Nathan Light Watson and Designer, we created the design using their model, choosing appliances and costuming other elements from long distance. I was in Novato, CA and they are in Albany, OR. Designed mostly by emails and drawings using Dropbox and phone meetings in 3 months.

The build took 3 months and Nathan accommodated my circumstances of being homeless by building it within 6 months to have it delivered from Oregon to Las Vegas, NV where I could join and care take my 81 year old widowed Mother who was completely alone.

My journey’s on Instagram @BrendaSchwerin #tinyjustbhouse #justbtiny #ilovemytinySMARThouse. I do love my tiny house and feel I have been waiting all my life for this movement and style of living. It feels sturdy and cozy, is made for four seasons, has all my priority appliances, is aesthetically pleasing and a definite conversation piece, as everyone stops by to say hello and get a tour.

I got to drive up to the shop to see it in its final stages and felt immediately welcomed by Nathan’s staff and family. It was truly a great experience. I support family owned businesses and highly recommend Tiny SMART House.” – Brenda Schwerin

These days she’s back in the golden state, soaking up the sunshine and sending some our way to Oregon. Her Just B Tiny house (which came from her grade school nickname, “Tiny B”) has gained quite a following and is prettier than ever. We wish her all the best, and can’t wait to see what wonderful adventures she devises next. Keep it up Brenda – you rock!

Fresno Spring Home & Garden Show

It’s official – the Tiny SMART House Team will be traveling to California to attend the Fresno Home & Garden show in March! We’re thrilled to be paying a visit to one of the most tiny-friendly areas in the nation, where you can legally own a backyard tiny house and live in it full time. This city has been a proud pioneer of the movement, and continues to advocate for affordable, sustainable, small-scale living. Check out this bulletin from the Department of Housing and Community Development for more information on legality and specifics.

Event Details

Location | 1121 South Chance Avenue, Fresno, CA 93702
March 2, 2018 | 11 AM – 7 PM
March 3, 2018 | 10 AM – 7 PM
March 4, 2018 | 10 AM – 6 PM
Tickets | $10 per person, per day

We’re offering 25 complimentary passes (valid for two guests per pass) to our followers who would like to attend. Please email elise@tinysmarthouse.com to submit your requests.
Click here for a sneak peek of the event, and here for a list of featured tiny house builders.

Pictured below is the fully furnished, newly renovated Oregon Trail tiny house that we’ll be bringing with us to the sunny state. It stands 20′ long, 9.5′ wide, and 13.5′ tall, and serves as one of our on-site offices when we’re not showing it off on the road. See you there!