California Backyard ADU

In ADU, California Tiny Home News, movable tiny homes by Janet Thome0 Comments

Mill Valley Paul

Tiny Homes On A Foundation And Movable Tiny Homes

Never has there been a better time to plan an ADU  in your backyard in California. There has been great progress in legislation and through the advocacy efforts of the Tiny Home Industry Association.


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What Is An ADU?

ADU stands for accessory dwelling units. They are known by many other names including, carriage houses, bungalow, granny flat, MIL, a secondary suite, lane house, and more.

New 2020 California  ADU Laws

The Legislature further updated ADU and JADU law effective January 1, 2020, to clarify and improve various provisions in order to promote the development of ADUs and junior accessory dwelling units (JADUs). These include allowing ADUs and JADUs to be built concurrently with a single-family dwelling, opening areas where ADUs can be created to include all zoning districts that allow single-family and multifamily uses, modifying fees from utilities such as special districts and water corporations, limited exemptions or reductions in impact fees, and reduced parking requirements.

Please see the Accessory Dwelling Unit Technical Assistance memo (PDF) for more information.

What are JADUs?

Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADUs) are allowed to be created within the walls of a proposed or existing single-family residence and shall contain no more than 500 square feet. JADUs offer additional housing options. They may share central systems, contain a basic kitchen utilizing small plug-in appliances, may share a bathroom with the primary dwelling, all to reduce development costs. JADUs present no additional stress on utility services or infrastructure because they simply repurpose existing space within the residence and do not expand the dwellings’ planned occupancy.

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Benefits Of An ADU

  • Increases the value of your property
  • Gives you an extra income stream
  • An alternative to assisted living
  • Encourages multigenerational living
  • Encourages aging in place
  • Unites individuals and creates supportive communities
  • Guesthouse
  • Dorm alternative
  • An affordable housing solution
  • Extends family living quarters for more privacy
  • Perfect home solution when isolation is required

Movable Tiny Homes

Movable tiny homes can be placed in backyards in Fresno, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, and Santa Clara. Humboldt County and California City are moving to allow them. The added benefit of a movable tiny home is that they are built to be mobile and have the added benefit of moving quickly if there is warning of a natural disaster.

Most movable tiny home builders are building RVs and Park Models, building to the NFPA 1192 or ANSI 119.5 standard, though they are marketed as tiny homes. All the best builders increase the building standards beyond the minimum requirements and build with  2 X 6 construction, higher insulation ratings, meet health and fire safety requirements, and all snow loads when applicable.

Movable tiny homes are also certified by a third-party agency, such as RADCO, ICC NTA, and Pacific West Associates which is required by the ordinances in California.

Ready To Get Your ADU Started?

I work with Paul Nyulassie, a bay area Architect and the founder of NYU Designs and  Digz 2 Go. Paul has a factory in California. They build site-built homes, Modular homes, movable tiny homes, and ADUs. Digz 2 Go is certified by RADCO, always uses licensed plumbers and electricians, uses superior materials, and builds to CalGreen building code standards. Paul is an expert cost estimator and knows how the weave around the California permit process.

Mill Valley Paul

All Photos Courtesy Of Paul Nyulassie. The home is an ADU in Mill Valley, California. The main home and ADU is listed for sale with Ahern + Kalback at this time.

Please contact me so I can introduce you to Paul.

NYU Designs And Digz 2 Go Services Include

  • Architecture Services
  • Modular Construction
  • Movable Tiny Homes ( Built To the Park Model standard)
  • ADUs
  • Site Built
  • ADUs

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Mountain Creek Village , Andrews, North Carolina

In For Sale, Land For Sale, North Carolina Tiny Home Lots by Janet Thome0 Comments

Mountain Creek Vilage Tiny Home Community

A Tiny Home Community: Lots For Sale

Mountain Creek Village Tiny Home Community

I am very excited to share a brand new tiny home community in Andrews, North Carolina.  The lots will have city water, power, and sewer. The developer is going to be offering land -home packages that will include the lot and a site-built, luxury cottage starting at $ 145.000.

An HOA is established and financing is available.

Andrews is a town in Cherokee County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 1,781 at the 2010 census. Cherokee County is the westernmost county in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It borders Tennessee to its west and Georgia to its south. Andrews is roughly 76 miles to Asheville, North Carolina.

Floor Plans

The floor plans are flexible, from one to two bedrooms and the option to build larger is available. The cottages start at 725 square.

About The Builder: Kevin Dawson

Kevin Dawson is the builder of Mountain Creek Village Tiny Home Community, the founder of Amstar Design Group, founded after the collapse of the housing market in the late 2000s.

After over twenty years in the home building industry, he realized that the demand to purchase a new home was at an all-time low. People would rather improve their home than move to a new one. And thus Amstar Design Group was born.

Throughout his career, Kevin has personally overseen the building of more than 300 homes across Central Florida and countless more remodeling projects. He has always upheld the highest possible standards when doing any project no matter the size and that remains true to this day. 

Blue Kitchen Kevin Dawson


In 2015 Amstar Design Group started to expand from the Central Florida area and started operating in the Smoky Mountain area of North Carolina. Through their expansion in North Carolina, they have done full home remodels, commercial and restaurant remodels and even built a community of yurts designed for glamping.


A lot has changed since we started over ten years ago. Amstar has branched out to multiple states, entered the commercial and hospitality markets, and has completed countless projects of all sizes. However, one thing will remain constant, their pledge to provide the best service, using the best materials, to help make your house a home. 

Andrews, North Carolina: From The Chamber Of Commerce

Nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, is a wide scenic valley where the sun rises and sets over the tree-topped mountains, and the cool clear streams flow gently down the ridges. Andrews, North Carolina is a small town virtually untouched by large city influences and remains a place to enjoy a more leisurely pace of life.

Come by and sit a spell and imagine yourself rafting, hiking, fishing, or biking. Take a ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad or gear up for the annual WNC Wagon Train. Stroll down Main Street and shop for antiques, clothing, furniture, and unique gifts. You may decide to go bike riding in the Nantahala Forest or whitewater rafting down the Nantahala River. Numerous hiking trails will satisfy your need to view the vistas, from easy to the most difficult. The fishing is great whether you decide to fish one of our rivers, or on one of our lakes. Ride your motorcycle on the Tail of the Dragon a short distance away. We will show you a good time!

This is the place to lay back, kick off your shoes, wade in the creeks, jump in the river, sing, dance, and enjoy the hospitality of the mountain people. Andrews, NC…the little town in the heart of it all.

Andrews, North Carolina Chamber Of Commerce

Try Before You Buy

Mountain Creek Village

If you would like to try before you buy and you need lodging when you come to see the lots, we can arrange that you stay in a cottage or yurt nearby that he built.

I will be adding more details soon including the plat, possible floor plans, and renderings of the cottages.

Lake Nantahala

Wayah Ridge Luxury Cottage Village: In Development

Kevin is the developer and the builder for a planned community of eight sites that are 3/4’s of an acre with site-built luxury cottages. It is 20 minutes from Andrews with a view of the smoky mountains near Nantahala Lake.  Land-packages will be sold there as well. I will be adding more details soon.

Smoky Mountains North Carolina

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Wind River Bungalow Plans

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Wind River Bungalow

All-Time Favorite Tiny Home

The Windriver Bungalow is one of my all-time favorite tiny homes. It just speaks———home. The home is built by Wind River Tiny Homes in Tennessee and the plans are available for sale. I have permission to share this home on my website. You will need to buy the plans directly through Wind River Tiny Homes.

I work with builders in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and California that can build this home.

Wind River Bungalow

The Humboldt County Planning Commission Recommends Ordinance

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Movable Tiny Homes As Legally Habitable ADUs

Statement From Dan Fitzpatrick

Great news for movable tiny homes.  The Humboldt County Planning Commission last night recommended that the ordinance permitting movable tiny homes as legally habitable ADU’s, be approved by the County Board of Supervisors.  The ordinance will go to the Supervisors next month for hearing and final approval.

Daniel R. Fitzpatrick, President Of THIA

Related: Humboldt County Weighs In On Movable Tiny Homes As ADUs 

Related: Should Tiny Homes Be Allowed In Humboldt County, California? 

Photo Credit: Athens Tiny Homes

San Diego City Council Approved Movable Tiny Homes As ADUs

In California Tiny Home News, movable tiny homes by Janet Thome0 Comments

Movable Roots

Awesome News From The City of San Diego, California’s 2nd Largest City!

Statement From Dan Fitzpatrick, President Of THIA

San Diego City Council today approved unanimously Movable Tiny Homes as ADUs! The ordinance is modeled after San Jose and LA City ordinances. The ordinance has to go through another reading (just a formality), approved by the Mayor and will then become law this fall.
The Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance approval permits Movable Tiny Houses as permissible and permanently habitable accessory dwelling units (ADU).
Movable tiny homes are being accepted in California’s largest cities and these ordinances models for other cities around the country.
The Tiny Home Industry Association (THIA) has spent many months guiding this ordinance and are very pleased with the city’s approval.
You can find the ordinance at the end of the staff report below
Photo Credit: Movable Roots Tiny Homes

The Athens Park Model

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The Athens Park Model

Ground Floor Bedroom: 399 Square Feet


  • Bathroom Backsplash: 6″ Tile
  • Bathroom Cabinets: 36″ High
  • Bathroom Countertops: Laminate
  • Bathroom Fans: Standard
  • Bathroom Faucets: Brushed Nickel
  • Bathroom Flooring: Diamond floor  Linoleum T/O
  • Bathroom Shower: 48′ Shower w/ Clear Glass Enclosure-Per Print
  • Bathroom Sink: Porcelain
  • Bathroom Toilet Type: Elongated
  • Insulation – Ceiling: R-22
  • Floor Decking: 19/32″ T & G – OSB
  • Insulation – Floor: R-11
  • Floor Joists: 2×6 – 16″ on Center
  • Interior Wall On Center: 16″ on Center
  • Interior Wall Studs: 2×3 / 2×4
  • Insulation – Wall: R-11
  • Front Door: 36×80 9 Lite per print
  • Exterior Lighting: Lantern Type
  • Roof Pitch: 8/12 on 11’2″ & 11’8″ (6/12 Standard on 15 Wide)
  • Shingles: Composite 25 YR
  • Siding: Smart Panel
  • Window Trim: Cased Windows
  • Window Type: Dual Pane Single Hung Low E-White
  • Carpet Grade: 1/2″ Rebond in Loft & Stairs only
  • Ceiling Fans: Optional
  • Ceiling Type Or Grade: Vaulted
  • Interior Doors: Craftsman 3 Panel Door
  • Safety Alarms: Standard
  • Interior Walls: Tape and Texture
  • Kitchen Backsplash: 6″ Tile backsplash
  • Kitchen Countertops: Laminate
  • Kitchen Dishwasher: Standard 18″ Dishwasher
  • Kitchen Faucets: Brush Nickel / SLF and Sprayer
  • Kitchen Flooring: Diamondflor Linoleum T/O
  • Kitchen Lighting: 4″ LED Can Lights / LED Can Lights in Dining Room
  • Kitchen Range Type: Full-Size Electric Range Black
  • Kitchen Refrigerator: 18′ FF Black
  • Kitchen Sink: Stainless steel
  • Home Entertainment: 48″ Entertainment Center
  • Electrical Service: 100 Amp Box – 50 Amp Service
  • Water Heater: 20 Gallon – Electric – Exterior Door

The Athens


Contact Janet for Availability And Pricing

Contact janet@

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The Sedona Sky

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Sedona Sky

8.5  Wide X 30′ In Length For Sale: All Ready-Built: $79,000

The Sedona Sky

Brand new tiny home ready to find it’s the owner is for sale. The tiny home is already built and will be shipped in Arizona. The tiny home is featuring 11 feet ceilings in the kitchen, living area, and in the main floor bedroom. The Sedona Sky can also be ordered and built to your specifications. There is a two year warranty on craftsmanship and one year on appliances.


8.5 Wide X 30 In Length
2 X 4 Wall Construction
2 X 6 Ceiling Construction
Wall Insulation Is R19
Ceiling Insulation Is R30
3/4 Interior Tongue And Groove
50 Amp Service Panel
Main Floor Bedroom
Loft Area
11 Feet Ceilings
Two Mini Splits
Propane Stove
Tankless Hot Water Heater
Storage Unit On The Front
Led Lighting With Fan Lights
Two High-Quality Fans


The Sedona Sky

I will be adding interior photos ASAP.


Please contact

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Broad Winged Hawk Tiny Home

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Broad Wing Hawk

8′ X 28′ In Length Starting At $62,000 Built-In Illinois

Introducing the Broad Winged Hawk Tiny Home that is ready for the road. TPCC Discount Code To Receive An Appliance Credit With A Signed Contract.  Please contact Janet to redeem the credit.

8x28ft , 13′-4″ high , weight 12,000lbs

Tandem 7K axles
Vinyl siding
2×4 framing
All plywood, fully glued
The floor is all foam insulation R20+
Wall insulation is mineral wool R15+
Housewrap vapor barrier
The roof is two sin decks white TPO
Center roof is 30 yr Owens Corning shingles
Flat or slope similar costs
Two lofts, family room or 1st-floor bed
Full deluxe kitchen
Full bathroom, tub /sure or shower kit
Basic toilet & vanity
Shiplap interior or drywall similar costs
Basic laminate or butcher block counters
Laminate or sheet vinyl floors
30 or 50 amp RV hookups
12,000 BTU Mini Split
Water & sewer service connections

Possible upgrades:

Compost toilet, solar panel system package, rainwater collection systems, speakers /TV package
Appliances or other upgrades.
This basic home starts at $62,000 and can be upgraded or customized during your build. The home is built by Hawks Tiny Homes, a husband-wife team with an extensive construction background. Choose from vinyl, hardie plank and metal siding.
Hawks Tiny Homes
Contact Janet to redeem your appliance credit.

Pick Your Color

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Park Model Lots For Sale North Carolina

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Mountain Breeze Ridge

Mountain Breeze Ridge Investor Opportunity $ 799.000

I want to share a beautiful community in Scaly Mountain, North Carolina called Mountain Breeze Ridge that is for sale for an investor or for the lots to be sold individually. The community is on 12.46 acres that is unrestricted.  For the investor that would like to purchase the entire property, there is a brand new park model that is included in the price that could be used as a vacation home or as a featured model for future sales.

Mountain Breeze Ridge has extensive site prep including a water system, septic planning, rock retaining walls, and site plan survey for a subdivision.

The property is conveniently located at the crossroad of the Dillard Road and Old Mud Creek, with over 1000 feet of Property is conveniently located at the crossroad of the Dillard Road and Old Mud Creek, with over 1000 feet of Frontage along the Dillard Road, with AADT (average daily traffic count) of 2900 cars per day, and Old Mud Creek Roads AADT of 1500 cars per day.

This location is close to the many outdoor activities Scaly Mountain offers including the Highlands Aerial Park, Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center and Tubing hill, Sky Valley Golf Course, Hiking Trails, and fishing opportunities. Only 15 minutes from additional shopping and Restaurants Downtown Highlands, NC and Dillard, Ga, and located within 2 hours of Atlanta, Ga, Greenville, SC, and Asheville, NC.

Potential Uses

  • Luxury Retreat
  • Subdivided For Short And Long Term Rentals
  • Subdivided For A Owner Occupied Park Model Community
  • Subdivided As A RV Park
  • Workforce housing which is greatly needed in the community

Lots Purchased Individually

Park Model Home Sites Will Require A Purchase Of A Luxury Park Model: The Park Model Prices Start At $56,000 to $120,000

The park model home sites are from 1/3 to one acre and are priced from $59,000 to $ 75,000. The lots include water, electric, and septic.

Additional Acreage For Expansion

There is more acreage available for possible expansion.

If the lots end up for sale individually, there will be an affordable HOA formed with light restrictions.

For More Details Call contact

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