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Little Yellow Door House

The musician used savings to purchase a building kit from Tumbleweed Tiny House Company in 2011, figured out how to build it with some help from her stepfather in his Frazier Park driveway and drove it to a piece of open grassland in Half Moon Bay that she rents from a family ranch. Jenkins spent a total of $16,000 on the house itself, a figure that was kept low due to assistance from electrician, plumber and contractor friends. She’s nicknamed it Little Yellow, and has documented her construction adventure and her time there on a blog called “Littleyellowdoor.”

Tiny house, big freedom

Ella Jenkins has been living in a space about the size of a shipping container since October—and loving every minute of it. She built her own 130-square-foot house with the help of a kit and her stepfather, and is now part of a growing trend of people who reside in “tiny houses,” miniature abodes that are modestly priced, eco-friendly and minimalistic.  - Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff