Tiny House Basics is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the First Annual Tiny House Expo in San Luis Obispo! As the #1 source for Tiny House Trailers with over 450 custom tiny house trailers built each year we are excited to take part in this special event. Come join us and visit our booth where we will be excited to meet you and show you one of our premier tiny house trailers, a 24ft x 98″ wide 14k GVWR Tiny House Basics’ Trailer. We outfitted this trailer with our most requested options including: 4″ Drop Axles, Flush Crossmembers, Extended Tongue, and Welded Flashing. We will show you how to start your tiny house build off right by building yourself on one of our trailers and saving half the cost versus having it built for you!
If you are overwhelmed with the thought of building all yourself, We are still here to help you with our custom tiny house shells and full turn key tiny houses built just 2 hours away in Gilroy, Ca! No matter your skill level or how much you desire to be involved in the building process, we are here to help simplify the process of going tiny!
The first tiny house festival on the Central Coast arrives at the Madonna Meadows on October 11th-13th, with tiny homes on wheels from local and national builders open for ticket holders to tour Saturday and Sunday. With clever use of space to maximize every inch of their under-400 square foot floor plans, tall ceilings and plentiful windows, the petite dwellings known as THOW’s (tiny homes on wheels) often strike first time visitors as surprisingly spacious, bright and livable.
Many of the models to be displayed at the expo meet the guidelines set by the City of San Luis Obispo in its new ordinance allowing them in qualifying city backyards. Local nonprofit SmartShare Housing Solutions launched a new program to educate and inspire the community about the new option, and two SLO city residents have now installed tiny homes on wheels in city backyards. Executive Director Anne Wyatt explains, “Rita Morris, a health care professional who owns a tiny home, attended our first community workshop, where she met a SLO city homeowner who was interested in hosting her tiny home in his yard. They were the second ‘guinea-pigs’ to go through the official process with the city, putting in an approved compacted pad and getting a permit for the utility hookups. After final approval of the site, Rita hired a towing service, and in mid-August they backed Rita’s charming tiny abode into its new setting—a lovely, shady backyard within city limits. Now Rita has housing near her job that she can afford, and they’ll share the yard through a yardshare agreement for rent.” The very first resident to apply for a permit built his own tiny home for his backyard and will build custom tiny homes for clients as well. Sustainable by design, tiny homes can be part of a strategy for individuals to reduce their resource use and impact on the environment.
Event organizers are betting that almost everyone who enters one of the well-crafted, well- insulated, light-filled tiny homes on display and speaks with residents will see how they or someone they know could live comfortably in one. “They are well-suited to house the growing number of single-person households; those who want to lessen their environmental footprint and live simply, at lower expense; and seniors who want to age in place or near family,” says Celeste Goyer, operations director at SmartShare.
In addition to the opportunity to peek into homes and dream tiny–or purchase one and move in– the Tiny Footprint Expo will host a line up of informational workshops sharing expertise on housing and sustainability, from the nuts and bolts of DIY building to writing ordinances, micro-
mobility, solar options, living a zero waste lifestyle and more. Food and beverage trucks, kids’ activities, and local vendors round out the expo offerings. The expo is hosted by SmartShare Housing Solutions in partnership with Ecologistics and the SLO Climate Coalition with sponsorship from the City of SLO and more than thirty other businesses
and organizations. For information on participating tiny house builders, workshops, tickets, and opportunities to volunteer, sponsor or exhibit, go to TinyFootprintExpo.com.
Tickets: $8 advance; $10 door or
$75 VIP Friday/3 day. BikeSLO County offers a free Bike Valet for those who ride in.
Tiny Footprint: Central Coast Tiny House and Net Zero Expo
Hosted by SmartShare Housing Solutions, in partnership with Ecologistics and the SLO Climate
Coalition and 30 other sponsors and community partners, including the City of SLO.
October 11-13 2019
Friday October 11 VIP Kickoff 3-7p
Saturday October 12 General Admission 10-5p
Sunday October 13 General Admission 10-3p
100 Madonna Rd. SLO