Students involved in Fresno State’s Tiny House Project will open their 190-square-foot, eco-friendly tiny home for public tours from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, between the Engineering East and Engineering West buildings in Lot P21 on the Fresno State campus (Jackson Avenue, south of Barstow Avenue). They will be joined by documentary filmmakers Alexis Stephens and Christian Parsons, who are behind Tiny House Expedition — a documentary and community outreach project — and the film “Living Tiny Legally — Part One” featuring the City of Fresno, Fresno Councilmember Esmeralda Soria and Valley business owners Pat and Nick Mosley of California Tiny House. Stephens and Parsons’ 130-square-foot tiny home will also be open for public tours.
At 3 p.m., Dr. Ram Nunna, dean of the Lyles College of Engineering at Fresno State, and Soria will welcome attendees.
At 3:20 and 5 p.m., film screenings of “Living Tiny Legally” featuring Fresno’s recently implemented zoning ordinance will be held in the Industrial Technology building (Room 160).
From 4 to 5 p.m., Fresno State mascot Victor E. Bulldog III will tour both tiny houses.
At 4:30 p.m., students from Fresno State’s Tiny House Project will talk about their experiences building the home for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s Tiny House Competition held in October at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento.
At 6:10 p.m., Dan Fitzpatrick, American Tiny House Association California State Chapter leader, will join filmmakers, tiny house dwellers and advocates behind Tiny House Expedition for a presentation and public question and answer session about their experiences.
“We are creating a documentary series on the tiny house movement at large across North America, including emerging tiny house communities,” Stephens said, “telling the stories of diverse tiny house people and inspiring housing projects that make the movement so dynamic and impactful.”
“Living Tiny Legally” is an educational documentary on the legal obstacles that face tiny housing and includes a case study of Fresno’s new groundbreaking tiny house on wheels zoning ordinance. The three part documentary series provides an educational tool for both tiny house enthusiasts and municipal officials.
The documentary crew will sit down this week with those who worked on the Tiny House Project to get an in-depth look at their experience.
“I was delighted by Fresno State’s inviting and well-designed tiny home,” Stephens said. “We are very interested to learn how this project impacted the students’ perspective on tiny housing, what they gained from the design and build and the future use of the house as a community education tool.”
The project was completed by a team of Fresno State construction management students who dedicated multiple semesters, class time and weekends to the research, design and implementation for the project. Throughout the build, they were joined by several volunteers who committed their labor and resources to complete the home. Students from Fresno State’s Media, Communications and Journalism Department helped promote the project, which is being featured in the upcoming issue of Fresno State Magazine in mid-November.
“Tiny houses introduce small scale and sustainable living, a choice that’s often overlooked by many,” said Dr. Vivien Luo, associate professor of construction management and Tiny House Project faculty adviser.
This event is free and open to the public. Paid parking is required on campus.