02/02 The Grandest Tiny Homes of Sonoma County

Tumbleweed Tiny House

Tumbleweed Tiny House

There is something strangely alluring about tiny houses. If someone would have told me ten years ago that one day I would dream of living in a home the size of a monk’s cell, I would have thought it as likely as my suddenly fantasizing about being downgraded from a first class airline ticket to economy — with a mid-row seat.

Yet here I am, ten years down the line, obsessively clicking on every link that contains the word “tiny” followed by “house,” while drawing up a detailed downsize and declutter plan that would knock the “life-changing” socks off of Marie Kondo.

And I am not alone in my Lilliputian thoughts. While the accommodations may be small, the tiny house movement is anything but tiny. Over the past few years, Sonoma County has seen an outbreak of “fever for cabins” due to the steady rise of Bay Area real estate prices. Even Sonoma County supervisors are now tuning into the tiny trend by proposing the construction of a tiny village as a means to alleviate local homelessness.

Whether it is a matter of lifestyle choice or bare-bones necessity, a move towards “living lightly” can come with benefits which include an environmentally conscious way of being that is both simpler and less materialistic. Jay Shafer, the small space pioneer who founded design-and-build company Tumbleweed in Sebastopol in the late 1990s, explains that a tiny house isn’t so much small as it is essential: “it is simply a well-designed home, with all of the unnecessary parts edited out.”

Read more and see all the pictures – http://realestate.blogs.pressdemocrat.com/14265/living-large-in-small-spaces-the-grandest-tiny-homes-of-sonoma-county/

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Elaine Walker