Tiny House Workshop in Sebastopol this Fall

These days everyone's sizing down and greening up, but back in the early 2000s there was one company in home design that really caught people's attention for doing so far before the trend took shape. Jay Shafer, the man behind , has been designing and building Lilliputian homes for over a decade, all with the philosophy of living well in less space. We're not talking ditching that extra wing or forgoing a guest house–these little abodes are smaller than most studios, with those categorized as "Tiny" clocking in well under 200 square feet, and "Small" models all under 1000.

If you've ever thought of following Jay's lead and living in a home the size of a typical bathroom, you're in luck. The small living guru will be offering his last of 2010 in Sebastopol this November 6th and 7th. Attendees will spend the first day learning about the construction process of building a tiny home, while the second day will be devoted to designing the perfect petite pad, including tips on how to make the most of every last inch of room while still keeping the space comfortable. Tickets are $275 for one day or $475 for both, with additional guests getting in for $99. More information, including registration, available .

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