Quick Report from the SMUD Tiny House Competition

I stopped by the one-day SMUD Tiny House Competition yesterday and was amazed at the huge crowds and long lines to view tiny home interiors.

Thinking it would be fun for my kids, I had brought them along so they could tour the tiny homes – but quickly decided to just take some quick exterior photos since my kids wouldn’t have the patience for the lines. So we got some ice cream for them, took a bunch of photos, grabbed as much info as possible, and made our way home.

It looked like a great collection of tiny houses… kudos to the schools and SMUD for making this happen!

I just wish they had made arrangements to have the houses on display for at least the entire weekend. This would have given the students’ hard work more exposure and more time to connect with the public.

Below are the 2016 SMUD Tiny House Competition Winners in each category and photos from the event. In the coming weeks I’ll report on each of the houses in detail.

Main Awards

  • Tiny House Competition: U.C. Santa Clara
  • Architecture: Laney College
  • Communications: U.C. Santa Clara
  • Home Life: U.C. Berkeley
  • Energy: U.C. Santa Clara

Additional Awards

  • Advanced Controls: C.S.U. Chico
  • Best Appetizer: C.S.U. Fresno
  • Best Bathroom: C.S.U. Sacramento
  • Best Craftsmanship: U.C. Berkeley
  • Best Curb Appeal: College of the Sequoias
  • Best Daylighting: U.C. Santa Clara
  • Best Design: Laney College
  • Best Flooring: C.S.U. Chico
  • Best Furnishings: Laney College
  • Best Home Technology: C.S.U Chico
  • Best Integrated Lighting: U.C. Santa Clara
  • Best Interior Design: U.C. Santa Clara
  • Best Kitchen Design: U.C. Santa Clara
  • Best Landscaping: Laney College
  • Best Program: U.C. Santa Clara
  • Best Sleeping Area: Cosumnes River College
  • SMUD Excellence Award: Cosumnes River College
  • Sold!: College of the Sequoias
  • Sustainability: U.C. Berkeley
  • Best Tour: U.C. Santa Clara
  • Best Video: Laney Collegee
  • Water Conservation: U.C. Berkeley

U.C. Santa Clara

Laney College

U.C. Berkeley

C.S.U. Chico

C.S.U. Fresno

C.S.U. Sacramento

College of the Sequoias

Cosumnes River College

San Jose City College

US Santa Cruz and Cabrillo College

It appeared only 9 of the 10 entries were present. I did not see the entry from US Santa Cruz and Cabrillo College – only this lonely tent.


5 thoughts on “Quick Report from the SMUD Tiny House Competition”

  1. i went to the show too and only walked around and looked at exteriors, didn’t go inside any of them. they should have had them open Saturday and Sunday. thanks for the exteriors at least.

  2. Love, Love, Love the tiny homes you have on this page but please where can we go to see the interiors? Especially the cute black home. I can’t make the trip to see them in person, so please show us a link where we can go and see inside each one. The tiny home movement appeals to so many, so when you show us the interiors of these homes we can dream, scheme and visualize how we would arrange our own tiny home some day!

  3. Thanks – nice photos – I was there and did not have time to look inside – there were too many interesting conversations to be had. This is a good document for those who did not attend – I hope they make a PDF of the Visitors’ Guide which has a lot of useful information and I hope there will be a combined collection of photographs of the interiors and specific features.

  4. Exponentially growing phenomenon all this involvement is real orentation of people to search for the essence of life, in search of a possible happiness.

  5. I have been following tiny houses for a couple of years. Would buy one in a heartbeat but what are zoning laws here in Sacramento? Glad SMUD sponsored this. There is a need. Keep up the good work.

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