I’m a single-mom, designer, maker, collector, and self-professed handywoman. My teenage daughter and I live in Northern California in my self-built/designed tiny house. I started my two-year build in June 2015 and finished in June 2017. We’ve now moved from the build site to a lovely mobile home park near Sacramento, CA. We’re lucky to have full hook-ups and a front and backyard space. I’ve added a fence and built a shed, and have a full list of improvements I continue to work on as we settle into this little piece of land.

Our tiny house on wheels is 350 sq ft, built on an 8.5′ x 32′ trailer. I’ve designed our home to include two separate bedrooms with doors for privacy and standing room next to our lofts and closets, as well as a full kitchen, bathroom with a tub, washer and dryer, a living room with a desk area (I work from home) and fold-down table, and plenty of storage.

My goal in building this house was to provide a peaceful and comforting space for my daughter and I to call “home”, while gaining some financial freedom and more time together. We’ve already reaped the benefits with less financial stress, more traveling, and the joy of coming home to a house that I own that’s customized especially for us.

I’m so grateful to those who came before me and spread the word about the tiny house movement. The fact that my forever dream to build a house was a possibility at this point in my life feels unreal. I hope to inspire those who have big dreams and need a little push in the right direction.

I don’t blog often but I do post on Instagram regularly. If you’d like to see my most recent updates, visit www.instagram.com/hertinyhome.

Check out this post for more details on what lead me to build a tiny house.

Thank you for your interest in my home. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

– Shalina