Alex: Can you tell us a little history about yourself and what got you into the world of tiny houses?
Marc: I moved to Santa Barbara from New York City almost 20 years ago. I had gone to law school in New York City, passed the bar and disliked urban living.
I came to California for a friend’s wedding and I was sold on the great outdoors and sunshine. I discovered the amazing back country real estate that was priced very cheaply because there were no utilities in reach.
This was way before the off-the-grid movement but I was always looking for a way to make those remote places livable.
I’m talking 20 acres of high desert or Sierra land for $20,000. I always thought, what a bargain there has to be a way to live there cheaply.
Fast forward 10 years later, I got into real estate as a licensed agent. Prices in Santa Barbara were going through the roof and once again I got to thinking about living in a beautiful place without all of the expensive trimmings.
At the same time, one summer I needed extra space in my house in Santa Barbara where visiting teen age cousins could sleep since all of the bedrooms in the house were full.
So I decided to build my first cabin to house the summer visitors. The structure had to be spacious, affordable, and well designed.
Photo credits: Marc Hyman
I learned a lot that year about small house designs and that first cabin got me hooked.