Tiny House Villages Seek Tiny Plots of Land Near San Francisco

Jay Shafer has been designing and building tiny houses since the late 90s. Through his company, Four Lights Houses, he sells tiny-house plans, from a 98-square-foot miniature Craftsman called the Zinn to the 288-square-foot Marie Colvin, whose pint-sized columns are embellished with stonework… For the past two years, he’s been working on a village of his designs. Currently hes considering four potential sites, all within a five-minute walk of downtown Sebastopol, and is in talks with local officials about his plans. Shafer says he hopes to break ground on the village this year.” – Curbed SF

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A Custom Weller by Four Lights Tiny House Company

Jay Shafer and Co. recently put the finishing touches on a custom Weller on wheels and the completed home is nothing short of magnificent. From the honeyed cedar craftsman style details to the signature red metal roof, Jays house designs are warmly inviting and beautiful to behold. ” – Four Lights Tiny House Company

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Whidbey Island Cottage – Photo by Jay Shafer

“Five years ago, I took a ferry out to Whidbey Island to see Ross Chapin’s 3rd Street Cottages. After being duly impressed by his ideas for smaller houses in pocket-neighborhoods, I followed his directions to a few other inspiring, little houses on the island. Here’s one, now.” – Jay Shafer at Four Lights Tiny Houses
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Vardo at The Point Reyes Schoolhouse

I stumbled upon this very cool vardo at Point Reyes Schoolhouse Compound at the head of Tomales Bay. I thought my photo was pretty good, but I just found a better one of the same subject on their site along with a bunch of other great photos of the area. Apparently, you can rent it nightly.” – Jay Shafer at Four Lights Tiny Houses

Photo Credit: Point Reyes Schoolhouse Compound

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Jay Shafer Reports on Tiny Mistake #3 – Wheel Well Design

If you intend to build a house on wheels, don’t cut some big hole in your wall’s waterproof membrane to stick a big ‘ole rain-catching, thermal-bridging wheel well in it. Be sure to leave enough room in your walls for no less than 3-Rs of insulation… continues…” – Jay Shafer at Four Lights Tiny Houses