The Loft House – Grand Opening

by Kent Griswold on September 20th, 2012. 30 Comments

Only three days until Little House on the Trailer’s New Unit Grand Opening coming up this Saturday!

We’re excited for the release of our first-ever factory-built unit, the Loft House.

This new display unit was custom ordered through the factory and finished by our Little House crew in Petaluma. With upgrades such as a 100 sq. ft. veranda and a 200 sq. ft. loft, the Loft House is priced at $53,000, although it can be offered for as low as $36,000.

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You are invited to join us for refreshments this Saturday at our showroom in Petaluma from 10:00 to 4:00! Click here for the invitation. We hope to see you on Saturday!

1840 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma CA

Stephen Marshall
Owner & Designer

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Nate and Lisa’s Tortoise Shell Home

by Kent Griswold on February 10th, 2012. 30 Comments

Guest post by Lisa

When my husband and I first moved to the country after 20 years of living in the big city, we talked a lot about the different possibilities for housing. We were both sick of apartments. We fantasized about the different natural building techniques like cob and straw bale, but worried about exorbitant land prices here in California.

About five or six years ago we stumbled upon Jay Shafer’s Tumbleweed website and were completely charmed. This was pre-Oprah, before he was so famous. We had a free private consultation with him within the first few weeks after he moved out to California. A couple years later we went to one of his open houses, and recently went to his first showing of his new Craftsman style cottage. We love his work, but his prices were too high for our budget. Building it ourselves seemed too difficult, though I’m sure it is possible for some people.

The tiny house bug had us. We now knew how we could own our own home without land or a mortgage, but we needed a place to put the house. Continue Reading »

Home Care Cottages

by Kent Griswold on November 4th, 2011. 20 Comments

Last week, I made a trip down to visit with Stephen Marshall of Little House on the Trailer. He is introducing his new line of little houses and going after a new need in the area. It is called Home Care Cottages, Solutions for Independent Living. These homes are built specifically for the elderly with requirements such as wheel chair access and maneuverability. Stephen agreed to let me do a video walkthrough with him and take some still photographs.

This Home Care Cottage is 400 square feet in size and has a downstairs bedroom and a loft bedroom. This home is mobile but at 12 foot wide by 33 feet long you need a special permit to move it. It felt very roomy with standard room width. Stephen says that this home is priced at $65,000.

I hope you enjoy the video walkthrough and the photo gallery. You can learn more about the Home Care Cottages by going to Stephens new website Home Care Cottages.

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A Truly Mobile Office

by Kent Griswold on October 20th, 2010. Add a Comment

Tiny Art Studio on Wheels

Even if you don’t own land, you can own your own workspace, provided it’s got wheels. Stephen Marshall of Little House on the Trailer sells a tiny office- or in this case, a mobile art studio- that can be moved as a wide load for $1000.

In this video, Marshall shows us his art studio on wheels and talks about how to make a small space feel bigger they keep it monochrome (and white) and decorate with color.

Via Faircompanies.com