Finding a new path in a pandemic: How one Seattle architect went from mansions to tiny homes

Juliette Dubroca remembers it happened on a Monday morning, near the end of March. 

She was called into her office, the same day Gov. Jay Inslee told nonessential workers to stay at home. The architectural firm where Dubroca had spent six months designing multimillion-dollar homes in Seattle had to let her go, she said. Too many employees for such an uncertain time.

She boxed up her things, cleaned out her files and returned home by lunchtime, too nauseated to eat. 

“Why don’t you go out and take a walk,” her husband said. “You come back when you feel better.” 

Walking along 22nd Avenue in the Central District — Dubroca’s street — she spotted a group of men eating lunch at a new construction site. The work was surprising, she said, because it was the kind of empty lot next to a gas station where people threw their trash. 

She walked

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Now Is Your Chance to Buy a Tiny Home Thanks to Amazon’s Black Friday Sale

You already know you can buy pretty much anything you want on Amazon, and you definitely know you can buy it for less during its Black Friday sale extravaganza. But did you know that some of its biggest savings are on the tiniest homes?

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During Black Friday weekend, you can save $2,290, or nearly 20 percent, on the Claudia Cabin Kit from Allwood. The tiny home kit comes with everything you need to build a 209 square-foot cabin, including Nordic spruce floor and roof construction materials, pre-finished doors and windows, and all required the nails, screws, and handles, plus a door lock for safety.

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Buy It! Allwood Claudia 209 Square Foot Cabin Kit Garden House, $9,700 (orig. $11,990);

Uses for a tiny house are practically endless, especially now that most of us are home more than ever before. It

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Tiny Mountain Cabin Packs Plenty Of Charm: For Sale In Idyllwild

IDYLLWILD, CA — For home shoppers contemplating a mountain retreat, this recently listed cabin in Idyllwild brings ample charm to its nicely laid-out 600 square feet.

a group of people in a forest: 53110 Mountain View Dr, Idyllwild, California

53110 Mountain View Dr, Idyllwild, California

With a $347,000 price tag, the home dates to 1930 and features wood walls and celings, exposed beams, a stone, focalpoint fireplace, a compact kitchen, one bedroom, one bath, a sleeping loft and a massive outdoor deck — ideal for enjoying the stellar views.

Interested? Follow link for additional photos and details.

  • Address: 53110 Mountain View Dr, Idyllwild, California
  • Price: $347,000
  • Square Feet: 600
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1 Baths
  • Built: 1930
  • Features: Come with me to take a personal virtual tour of this magical, enchanting, cozy, rustic mountain cabin…. with a VIEW. 1 bedroom 1 bathroom with a loft. Enjoy going back into yester-years.
  • There is such a pride of ownership with keeping the integrity of
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Roll in the relatives: Portland builder brings a tiny extra house to you for temporary, safe distancing

You can test drive a tiny house by checking into an Airbnb vacation rental or the original Caravan-Tiny House Hotel in Northeast Portland’s Alberta Arts District. You can build or buy a bitty abode, with a floor plan that’s no larger than a bedsheet. You can rent an RV to be parked for the time being on your property. And now, you can pay by the day to have a tiny house just outside your front door.

Entrepreneur, general contractor and actor Illya deTorres has pulled back the curtain on Room + Wheel, a service that delivers a tiny house on wheels to allow family or friends to stay in a separate guest suite during the holidays.

The wood-framed home can also be a short-term studio apartment for people quarantining or a quiet, private retreat for anyone.

“Think Airbnb that comes to you,” deTorres says of his mobile room rental

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OBY leases yards for 99 years to build tiny homes in California

OBY is a housing company that says it can fight climate change and the lack of affordable housing in California at the same time, using tiny homes.

The model is that OBY, or “Our Backyard,” rents a backyard in the East Bay for 99 years. On that space, it builds a tiny home, which is rented out at below market rate. The homeowners make $500 per month in income, while OBY agrees to take on any maintenance on the homes and finds tenants.

“When they sell their house, it transfers with the house,” cofounder Declan Keefe told Fast Company. “We’re purposefully doing that so that we can maintain the affordability long term.”

Read more: Knotel plans to scale back its global portfolio by 60% over the next 6 months as the pandemic and financial problems have quashed its once grand ambitions to dominate the flex workspace sector

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Tiny micro-condos are flooding Toronto’s real estate market

There’s never been a better time to be in the market for a “micro-condo” in downtown Toronto — or a worse time to live in one, I’m afraid.

Once hailed as the future of downtown real estate, these ultra-tiny, sky-high units — some so small that they can’t fit ovens — were immensely popular in Toronto two years ago, when vacancy rates were at historic lows and rent prices were skyrocketing.

Now, thanks to the pandemic and all of the various lifestyle changes it has inspired, realtors are having trouble selling off anything less than 500 square feet — let alone getting contracts signed for piddly pre-construction pads.

The proof is in the pudding, as they say, if “pudding” is to mean “local housing market data.”

Real estate broker and prolific data analyst John Pasalis of Realosophy released a comprehensive report on Wednesday detailing how the GTA market is faring

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This Amazon Tiny House Is the Dreamy Backyard Escape You’ve Been Craving This Year


Whether you’re surrounded by snow-covered mountains, tranquil waterside views, or just a few pretty trees in your backyard, a tiny house from Amazon is a great way to appreciate the natural beauty in your area — and one model in particular lets in more of that beauty than the rest.

With floor-to-ceiling windows that exquisitely frame the great outdoors, this Allwood tiny house kit from Amazon makes for a dreamy backyard escape. The versatile two-room home, dubbed the Palma 3, features massive windows on both ends, providing incredible views no matter where you’re situated inside. At under $10,000, it’s no wonder the structure is currently Amazon’s best-selling tiny house overall.


Buy It! Allwood Palm 3 Tiny House Kit, $9,695;

The 176-square-foot house can be set up almost anywhere to function as a studio, guest house, or additional living space. Its simple design means it’s a blank canvas

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Tiny Homes For Homeless Veterans Project Seeks Partnerships

ST. PETERSBURG, FL — A small grassroots organization is making steps providing tiny homes to homeless veterans in the St. Petersburg area.

There are 329 veterans who spend each night in Pinellas County without housing, according to Celebrate Outreach.

Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans is a project created four years ago through Celebrate Outreach, an organization that helps the homeless population, and in partnership with University of South Florida School of Architecture & Community Design.

After overcoming a number of challenges and learning the best ways to help homeless veterans, the project has completed more than half of its first tiny home, 3516 Third Avenue South in St. Pete.

The organization is striving for partnerships with social service organizations that help homeless veterans. These partnerships will help the organization find homeless veterans who are on the journey of finding permanent housing and place them in a tiny home.

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The Big Guide to Tiny House Living

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Tiny houses have been around awhile, most famously Henry David Thoreau’s self-built 150-sq.-ft. cabin that inspired his ode to simple living, Walden. Today’s tiny house movement, which kicked off in earnest in the late 1990s, boasts an estimated 10,000 tiny houses in the U.S. But is tiny house living right for you? Read on to find out.


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What Is a Tiny House?

The basic definition of a tiny house is a dwelling with 400 sq. ft. or less of floor space. That excludes loft or second stories, which can add additional living space without violating the “tiny” rule.

The extremely small dimensions of tiny houses require that residents make the most of every square inch of space with clever, space-saving solutions. Tiny house living appeals to those looking to downsize and simplify their lives, eliminate clutter, live more cheaply and help the environment.


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Tiny homes have big appeal for minimalist lifestyles | Daily Mail Features

Skye Kinser and her father, who was experienced with construction projects, designed and built her 26 feet by 7 feet home in Red House on a strong trailer frame. She is the first to admit that a tiny house isn’t for everyone.

“I really like the minimalist lifestyle,” said Kinser, who has lived in her tiny home for four years. “My house has just what I need and nothing more. It suits me right now.”

Colin Williams of Almost Heaven Tiny Homes LLC in Morgan County, and Michael Mills of Mills Group in Morgantown both have experience working with clients interested in the tiny-house movement. They said people look at these homes for two reasons: they are downsizing from larger family homes, or they are looking for vacation homes.

“Many people are living in homes that are much bigger than they need,” said Williams, whose construction company focuses on environmental

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