I consider Lina Menard to be a thought leader in the tiny house movement. She has been involved with countless builds on both the design and construction sides. Lina was an early proponent of SIPs and has continued to incorporate them into her work. In this interview, we’ll talk about common pitfalls that Lina sees across tiny house builds, issues with tiny house trailer designs, and the difference between a design-build process and a build-design process.
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In This Episode:
- What's the difference between a design-build process and a build-design process?
- Understanding the constraints you must work within can help you be happier
- Where do you start with planning for your build?
- What does it mean to be “dried in”?
- How does using salvaged materials affect your build?
- Advice about using and storing salvaged materials
- Struggling to design your build? Lina has great tips for you.
- Taping out the floor-plan works – here's why
- Should you make a model of your house?
- Best practices for attaching your tiny house to the trailer
- Your designs will get better through building
- Exciting trends in tiny house builds
- Making your design fit your needs
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Niche is Lina Menard, a natural co-conspirator who has lived out her own questions around intentional living, less stuff, and happiness. She has resided in a travel trailer, yurt, backyard cottage, and three (and counting) tiny houses on wheels. Rooted through a background in sustainable design-build and urban planning, Lina also has a penchant for experiential learning and healthy communities. She has found her niche nestled between small spaces, collaborative education, and community planning.
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Access hatch for the loo bucket
Cedar chips in the garden help with both weeds and mud
Custom-built alternating tread stairs
Grab bars help you up the stairs
Lucky Penny's porch light
Raffi the cat discovered the heated sink
Raising the first wall!
Springtime for the Lucky Penny
Lucky Penny in the morning
The curved roof and pretty details make the Lucky Penny unique
Tiny house in the backyard
Taping the floor at Yestermorrow