Tiny home in Berkeley, California

“Light glows from inside the tiny cottage built by New Avenue Homes in the West Berkeley backyard of Karen Chapple, a UC Berkeley associate professor of city and regional planning who is studying how many such homes could be built around area BART stations and their potential economic impacts. (Photos courtesy of UC Berkeley.)”


About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

3 Responses to Tiny home in Berkeley, California

  1. I agree, John X! $60 – $100k? Good grief!

    Follow the link to the original article. Scroll down to the photo of the interior and note the stairway / ladder to the loft! Eee, gads, whoever designed it ought to be liable for suit.

    What is this, an attempt to reinflate the real estate market with cute ideas?

    Quote from article, re New Avenue's CEO: "Add to that experience a few years working in the financial industry, an interest in becoming an entrepreneur involved in sustainable projects, and Casey’s fondness for a “700-square-foot palace in the hills” that he calls home, and New Avenue was born".

    The guy is totally out of touch with the real world.

  2. John X, Dana,
    I didn't really read this article carefully, but now have done so, and yes it's expensive, and yes that staircase looks sketchy, but compared to what is available in full-sized homes, I think this is going in the right direction. You'd need to treat the staircase as a ladder (or get one of those folding staircases — better, true).
    See Jay Shafer's writeup on "Why do Tumbleweeds cost so much?) at http://is.gd/tinycost. As to "…working in the financial industry…", if finance guys see profit possible in scaled-down homes, so much the better. As opposed to MacMansions and/or bloated mortgages.

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