Dee is a designer, builder and tiny house resident and advocate with a background in architectural engineering and environmental science. In 2004, she constructed an 84-square foot home with the dream of living more simply and happily in her friends’ backyard. Since then, she’s introduced thousands of students, young and old, to the world of tiny houses; she’s taught workshops across the country; authored a how-to e-book titled Go House Go; and has consulted with hundreds of people designing and building their own small homes. She’s been featured extensively in the media. To date, more than 20-million people have either walked through her house or toured it virtually; the house has been featured in Yes!Magazine, TIME Magazine, on Good Morning America, NBC Evening News, National Public Radio, and other media. In 2008, Dee won the Washington State Governor’s Award for Sustainable Practices.
For the past 25 years, Joan has designed and delivered local and international environmental education and sustainability programs for both public and private entities. She is the founding board chair of SCRAP (the School and Community Reuse Action Project) and the Oregon Green Schools Association. In recent years, Joan has been instrumental in creating a pocket community in her backyard–POD49. The community includes a tiny house built by Katy Anderson and a common yard shared by their neighbor.
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Lina is a tiny house designer, builder, dweller, blogger, consultant, and advocate. She keeps a blog called This Is The Little Life, featuring vignettes about simple living in small spaces. Lina owns a sustainable design consulting company called Niche Consulting LLC, specializing in space-efficient housing. Lina holds a Masters in Urban & Regional Planning and an Urban Design Certificate from Portland State University, a Certificate in Sustainable Design and Building from Yestermorrow Design-Build School and is a Certified Sustainable Building Adviser. She coordinates Portland’s Pedalpalooza tiny house and ADU bike tours and has compiled case studies for AccessoryDwellings.org. She’s been featured in Grist, OR Magazine, and Vermont Public Radio.
Derin’s background in energy efficiency and passion for tiny homes has helped him become a leading authority on energy efficient tiny houses. He has designed and built tiny houses for private clients, and for more public purposes to further tiny house education and awareness: His Miter Box tiny house can be rented by the night at the Caravan tiny house hotel, and he has led hands-on construction workshops using his Salsa Box tiny house as a teaching tool. Derin has five years of experience in green building and energy efficiency, and is certified as a BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Specialist, a HERS Rater Energy Modeler, a Sustainable Building Advisor, and is a Performance Tested Comfort Systems Certified Technician.