Jay Shafer's Updates from the field
I’m excited to share three more new tiny house plans, available exclusively through Four Lights Tiny House Co. All three can be mounted on wheels or a foundation and, in response to popular demand, two have beds downstairs.
The Marie Colvin
One of my highly anticipated larger house designs, The Marie Colvin is now available as both a shell and a furnished plan. This house boasts a beautiful bump-out dining nook/study, a downstairs bedroom, two lofts, a kitchen with ample storage, a 2'-6" x 6'-6" bathroom, a 9'-6" x 10'-0" great room and more than 70 square feet of storage. The furnished plan sets come with a main floor plan, a loft floor plan, an electrical plan, trailer specifications with alternate pier foundation plan, pertinent detail elevations and all of the integral component plans, including the blueprints for furniture designed specifically to fit in a tiny house. READ MORE
The Gifford is the same design as my own house. This is the furnished version of the plan that was previously only available as a shell. All of my furnished plan sets come with a main floor plan, a loft floor plan, an electrical plan, and pertinent detail elevations, plus all of the integral component plans, including the blueprints for furniture designed specifically to fit in a tiny house. READ MORE
The Weller is one of my first tiny houses with a bed downstairs. This is the furnished version of the bump-out plan that was previously only available as a shell. The furnished plan sets come with a main floor plan, a loft floor plan, an electrical plan, several pertinent detail elevations and all of the integral component plans, including the blueprints for furniture designed specifically to fit in a tiny house. READ MORE
I've also been busily refining my Tiny House Building Workshops into a visual and interactive curriculum that’s great for all levels of experience (or no experience at all). New demonstrations and models ensure an exciting learning experience for all. If you live in North America, there's probably a Weekend Workshop coming to a city near you.
A special launch for my new workshops
The first workshop, coming up in February and located in Northern California, is particularly dear to me because I’ll be able to show everyone my own tiny house. There will also be a unique opportunity available to all workshop attendees to help a family build their tiny house in the three days following the workshop. This is a great opportunity to try out your new skills and get hands-on building experience! Read a blog post about this story and an inspiring letter from Koruna, the youngest member of the Light family, HERE.
Wild and Scenic
I recently had the honor of traveling to Nevada City for the Wild and Scenic Film Festival to attend a work-in-progress screening of Tiny: The Movie. Four Lights Tiny House Company’s own Mark Sowers and our Tiny House Village project manager, Yohan Morgan, accompanied me. We all agreed that the movie is both inspiring and beautiful. I'm proud to have played a small part in it and I'm proud to know a lot of the folks who make it so good. Dee Williams (Portland Alternative Dwellings) and Derek "Deek" Diedricksen (Relax Shacks) will surely be nominated for Academy Awards for their parts. I think all of us, including the film's creators, Christopher Smith and Merete Mueller, should arrive at the red carpet in a tiny house on wheels with black-light underglow and shiny, spinning hubcaps (Deek's a rapper too, you know).
First picture: Mark Sowers (right) and myself (left) flanking a poster for the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Yohan Morgan (Village Project Manager) is visible as a shadow only (bottom left.) Second picture: And here we are again with a very large rainbow trout.
Our Tiny House Village
While in Nevada City, we also met with renowned co-housing architects, Charles Durrett and Kathryn McCamant, and toured their exquisitely designed Nevada City Co-housing project on the edge of town. We wanted to pick their brains about the financial and logistical aspects of a tiny house village and get inspiration and ideas as we flesh out our own plan.
Right now we're interested in property in downtown Forestville, CA. The idillic property pictured sits majestically on a gentle south-facing, 8-acre slope. Our intention is to build our Tiny House Village on a beautiful lot within walking distance of amenities and the Forestville lot fits the bill perfectly.
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