After her tiny homes survived the Ojai wild fires in 2017, Vina has shifted her focus to designing fire resistant tiny homes.

Vina Lustado is both a tiny house dweller and a professional designer. Her designs incorporate lots of light and open space, with a focus on how the space is used by the inhabitants.

She is the founder of Sol Haus Design, a boutique firm with a focus on sustainable design and building in Ojai, California. After receiving an architecture degree and more than 20 years experience with high-end corporate clients, Vina decided to focus her career on smaller-scale projects that could make a positive difference. Staying true to her values, Vina lives full-time in her Tiny House, which she designed and built with the help of friends. Vina's home has been featured in media publications, books and television. Lustado is also a proud recipient of FWN Global 100 Most Influential Women and has been a featured speaker at Yale University on social entrepreneurship.

In This Episode:

  • How Vina came to design her first tiny house and why she’s continued designing tiny houses for others
  • Why Vina was inspired to put the entry to her tiny house on the side, rather than the gable end
  • Why Light is one of the most important design elements for Sol Haus Design.
  • How have the California wild fires affected Vina’s design work?
  • What are the materials and design elements required for a fire-resistant tiny house?
  • Are there benefits to being ‘tiny’ when it comes to building a fire-resistant home?
  • Does the future for tiny houses in fire-prone areas include moveable tiny homes?
  • About Vina’s fire-resistant steel-beam foundation tiny house
  • Is it practical to move a tiny house on wheels in advance of a natural emergency like a fire?
  • Why did Vina decide to give up searching for land in Ojai?
  • Vina’s vision for a tiny house community near Yosemite
  • Vina’s March 17th 2019 tiny house tour in Ojai

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