The Sonoma Shanty – Workshops, Kits, Plans, Tiny Houses


If you’ve been a reader of Tiny House Design and Kent Griswold’s Tiny House Blog for a while you might recall that a small group of us bloggers, designers, and builders got together for a visit at Jay’s Tumbleweed Tiny House in Sonoma County, California. Jay called it, a meeting of the tiny minds. You can read more about that gathering here and on Kent’s blog.

One of the results of that meeting was the birth of a collaboration between Kent and Stephen Marshall of Little House on the Trailer. The Sonoma Shanty is a simple 8′ by 15′ tiny house that can be built without permits in many communities because it technically meets the definition of a shed. The basic structure can be built quickly for the cost of about $1,200 in materials.

To make the design more accessible they’ve come up with several ways of delivering the solution to future tiny home owners:

  • Workshops – Stephen will be hosting day long workshops at his place in Petaluma, California. Workshops are limited to six people so be sure to reserve your spot in advance.
  • Kits -Stephan will also be offering a kit in the near future that uses a hybrid of Sing structural insulated panels (SIP) and traditional lumber.
  • Plans – Kent will be selling the plans soon through Tiny House Blog for those who don’t want to buy a kit.
  • Complete Tiny Houses – Stephen offers a variety of tiny houses. Check with him on the cost and options.

To learn more about the Sonoma Shanty visit Kent’s Tiny House Blog and Stephen’s Little House on the Trailer. Here’s a video they put together to explain more.


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