North Bay construction industry builds Council on Aging tiny house for raffle

Construction companies and suppliers are pitching in to build a tiny house for a Council on Aging fundraiser.|

The North Bay construction industry is swinging its charitable hammer at the problem of hunger among local seniors by building a tiny house for a Council on Aging benefit raffle.

Suppliers and construction professionals are donating or discounting their materials and labor to construct a 171-square-foot home to maximize funds raised ( Proceeds will fund the the council’s Meals on Wheels program, which delivers food to older residents who can’t travel.

“The response was been overwhelming - and gratifying,” said Alyssa Kutzer, director of development. “As people volunteer, they are expressing how deeply they care about the cause behind the tiny house - feeding hungry seniors in the community. And through this project, so many more people are becoming acquainted with Council on Aging and our programs that help local seniors stay healthy and independent.”

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company of Sonoma donated the plans for the Linden 20 Equator model house. J. Lerdahl Construction of Santa Rosa is overseeing the building. Suppliers and other contractors include Healdsburg Lumber, ABC Supply, Wright Bros Supply, Reed’s Trailer Sales, Jim Stuart Mobile Welding, Bob Haven of Window Haven, Spyrka Electric, Easy Breezy Car Wash, Mick’s Door Shop, Reliable Hardware & Steel, Jeff Halbert of Halbert Builders and Mark Linn of Linn Electrical. Videographer David Garcia is documenting the project.

As word of the project spreads, more contractors and suppliers are calling to get involved, according to the Council on Aging of Sonoma County. Contact Kutzer at 707-525-0143, ext. 146.

Much of the tiny house’s construction is taking place at at Santa Rosa Junior College’s Shone Farm agricultural learning center southwest of Windsor. Farm manager Leonard Diggs helped make the space available.

The house will have a bedroom, sleeping loft, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, great room, storage loft and porch. The home will be mounted on a trailer and could be moved from place to place. The retail value is estimated to be more than $60,000.

This is the council’s first fundraiser via a tiny house raffle. Tickets cost $200, and only 1,500 will be sold. The drawing is set for June 1.

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