06/08 Tiny House Rises from East Bay Parking Lot

future tiny house of Robert Smith and Yvonne Blanchard

future tiny house of Robert Smith and Yvonne Blanchard

In a time of rampant building and tech-money monster mansions in the Bay Area, the wee house under construction across a couple parking stalls in a Walnut Creek office complex seemed about the size of a millionaire’s tool shed.

Instead, the tiny structure-in-the-making was the subject of an upcoming edition of the show Tiny House Nation, and the future home for Robert Smith III and his girlfriend Yvonne Blanchard.

“It’s an eight by twenty-four, fully functioning single family home,” said contractor Hunter Miley, whose company Total Property Solutions was hired by the show to build the house.
Inside the parking lot outside Miley’s office, a team of workers was racing to finish the home’s exterior in time for the pending arrival of the show’s camera crew. Miley said the entire build would take about 12 days with his crew putting in 16 hour days.

The roughly 200 square foot home might’ve been short on space – but it was filled with the staples of a regular home; a kitchen, living room and bathroom — with a couple bedrooms upstairs. The house was built on a trailer which its new owners planned to haul to a friend’s property in Livermore.

“There’s a lot more of a thought that has to go into how you utilize space,” said Miley who previously helped build another small home for Tiny House Nation.

Smith said the idea to apply to the show followed the death of his father in a motorcycle accident. Smith III and his sisters were forced to sell the family home — subjecting himself to the Bay Area’s skyrocketing rents. He said he and Blanchard were paying $2300 a month for an apartment only slightly bigger than his new small home.

“It’s freedom really,” said Smith III, who paid about $45,000 for the house. “It’s becoming more financially free.”

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Elaine Walker