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What is a Home Care cottage?

Little House on the Trailer builds Home Care Cottages that may be used as accessory dwelling units to house people providing Home Care services or receiving Home Care. This is a valuable opportunity for those wishing to care for loved ones at home while maintaining independence and privacy for all.    They are legally recreational trailers and therefore not permanent buildings and are regulated differently. Their use is  permitted in unincorporated areas of Sonoma County and seventeen pother California Counties.…

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Home Care with Grandchildren

Nancy’s Mom wanted to be close to her family but still have her own home and independence. Her daughter Mary came to Little House on the Trailer to inquire about a Home Care Cottage.We talked over her Mom’s needs, of which the most important was that she be able to host her grandchildren for after school snacks and the occassional overnight ( a daunting task for even the most resourceful parent). Grandma wanted an open floor plan with a large…

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Caretaker’s Cottage in Paradise

  CARETAKER’S COTTAGE IN ‘PARADISE’ TEXT PUBLISHED IN SONOMA DISCOVERIES MAGAZINE BY PATRICIA M. ROTH  05 JUL 2017 Robin Berardini knows that time is precious—and as a realtor, she knows a thing or two about housing. So when her 82-year-old mother had to move out of the Southern California house that she long shared with her Italian sister, Isabella, Robin decided to bring her mom to Forestville, Robin’s home of 28 years, and provide her with her a place of her…

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Solving Big Problems with Little Houses

SOLVING BIG PROBLEMS WITH LITTLE HOUSES TEXT PUBLISHED IN SONOMA DISCOVERIES MAGAZINE BY SAMANTHA CAMPOS  05  JUL 2017 Just over a year and a half ago, Jane Ingalls retired as an Earth Sciences Librarian at Stanford University. Now on a fixed income, Ingalls knew she wouldn’t be able to afford to continue living in the Bay Area. But she did have land in Mendocino County. And she had known Stephen Marshall for years. Marshall owns and operates Little House on the Trailer,…

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Zoning Workshops For Little Houses

How to Zone and Permit A Park Model RT, Home Care Cottage or Little House!  MONTHLY Zoning and Permit WORKSHOPS  One Sunday Per Month From 1pm to 6pm ~  Contact:  Sonya Tafejian ~ 707-779-9474 sonya_terri@yahoo.com  – for workshop details  (Call me for a free 15 min consultation!) Multiple counties are now allowing special Zoning that allows living in Park Models and Little Houses On Wheels. I legally live in my Little House in Sonoma County and I teach a MONTHLY WORKSHOP and provide…

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Barn Siding Studio Spring Clearance

We now have the Barn Siding Studio on sale at the clearance price of $19,000. It is ready to roll, and will make a lovely workspace for some lucky bargain hunter. At 200 sq ft. it is substantially larger that our 120 sq ft Room of Your Own which sells for $20,000. Available for immediate delivery, or may be held until your site is ready. Call Stephen Marshall at 415-233-0423 for details. It’s springtime! …and see more photos.

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Costing your Little House Second Unit in Sonoma County

The Base price for our Sonoma County Second Unit is $36,900 (as of 03/13/2013). Most Popular Options Installation Costs Permit Costs This is a 640 Square Foot factory Built Home on Wheels, (foundation ready), with a single bedroom and bath. Approved by the Fed. Housing and Urban Development Dept. for code-approved installation anywhere in The U.S.A.

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Marin County to Fund Farm Worker Housing

Two weeks ago, Marin County supervisors announced new funding for West Marin low-income farm worker housing. Little House on the Trailer is thrilled to see Marin County working toward improving housing for employees on ranches and farms. We hope to be a meaningful part of the farm and ranch communities’ efforts on this front. Farm worker housing has long been an obvious and relevant use for Little House on the Trailer Units. We are currently placing an agricultural housing unit…

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How to get a Permit in unincorporated Sonoma County

How to Get a Residential Building Permit for Projects that Require PlansBPC-021Building permits for a new house, addition to an existing house, a new garage or other new residential accessory building(s) are issued by the Permit and Resource Management Department (PRMD) for any property located within the unincorporated areas of Sonoma County (outside the city limits of the nine cities). If your property is located within a city, you should contact the appropriate city planning or building department for assistance.The…

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