09/03 Joshua and Shelley Engberg of Tiny House Basics found a beautiful place to live

oshua and Shelley Engberg relax at a view spot just outside their tiny home in the East Bay hills.

oshua and Shelley Engberg relax at a view spot just outside their tiny home in the East Bay hills.

The house, in the East Bay hills, sits on a dedicated RV pad. Both Joshua and Shelley were focused on finding a good piece of land so it was a bonus that the site they found had the conveniences of well water and electricity. “We literally knocked on doors in areas where we wanted to be,”says Joshua about the search. Says Shelley: “We made up flyers with our story, pictures of us, a link to our website, and a list of services that we could offer to the landowner.”

They found homeowners with a large enough piece of land who were happy to have someone help maintain it and trade that sweat equity for a portion of the rent. “We put ourselves in their shoes and made a point to express what we could offer them, not what we wanted out of the arrangement,” says Joshua.

With such a prime piece of land and breathtaking views for miles, it’s no wonder that friends and family are never too far away. Most weekends involve friends gathered around the outdoor counter or under the deck’s heater, and not much has changed since they moved. “If you design for your needs and wants, you can make things work no matter how small your space is,” says Joshua. “The only thing I miss is our chaise lounge.”

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Elaine Walker