About

Learn more about Lina and her work at Niche Consulting LLC.

Growing up in Seattle, WA with five sisters, Lina Menard discovered how thoughtful design can make a house – or a two bedroom apartment – into home, sweet home. She has been bubble diagramming with smelly markers, modeling with playdough, and building with tinker toys as long as she can remember. With a Sustainable Building Adviser Certification and ten years as a Habitat for Humanity volunteer under her belt, Lina headed to Yestermorrow Design-Build School in 2010. Her Certificate in Lina MenardSustainable Design and Building added drafting, natural building, electronic modeling, permaculture, and master planning to her repertoire. Lina then completed a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning and an Urban Design Certificate at Portland State University.

Lina currently lives in a rented 130 square foot tiny house and helps people follow their small home dreams through her company Niche Consulting LLC. Lina teaches classes at Yestermorrow and contracts with Portland Alternative Dwellings for workshops and events. She also co-produces TinyHomes.com and periodically site manages at Caravan – The Tiny House Hotel. Her plans to build a tiny house next spring involve frequent forays to salvaged building material stores and three AM flashes of problem-solving insight.

10 Responses to About

  1. Lina,

    Did we meet last year on the Westside of Oly? Either way, nice blog/site, and much thanks for linking my site.

    Abel

    • Little Life says:

      Hi Abel,

      Yes! That was me. I participated in Dee William and Katy Anderson’s tiny house workshop in Olympia last summer. I’m now living in Brittany’s tiny house and scheming a way to build my own as soon as possible. I love your work so I’m happy to link to it from my blog. I’ve got to pick your brain again about arched roofs one of these days. Any chance we could schedule a phone date to discuss arched roofs?

      Sincerely,
      Lina

  2. Shell says:

    Hello Lisa

    I just read about you on the Tiny House Blog. They said that you used to give tours. I live in Portland and am very interested in tours of Tiny Houses. Do you still do that?

    • Little Life says:

      Hi Shell,

      Thanks so much for checking in. I have coordinated tours of tiny houses and I plan to continue. I’m currently coordinating the Pedalpalooza Tiny House Tour for June 29th.

      Here’s the info as it currently stands. We’d love to have you join us!

      TINY HOUSE TOUR (N/NE)
      Rigler School, 5401 NE Prescott St (We’ll meet right out front)
      9:00am – 1:00pm
      Rigler School, 5401 NE Prescott St
      10:00am – 2:00pm
      Bike tour of cute, innovative, tiny homes in N/NE Portland, all under 400sf. Have fun. Live small. Get inspired!!
      Contact: Lina Menard, thisisthelittlelifegmail.com, Little Life, 206-859-1770

    • Little Life says:

      Hi Lisa,

      I do indeed to tours and I’m currently coordinating the Pedalpalooza Tiny House Bike Tour on June 29th. We’d love to have you join us. Details here:

      TINY HOUSE TOUR (N/NE)
      Rigler School, 5401 NE Prescott St (We’ll meet right out front)
      9:00am – 1:00pm
      Rigler School, 5401 NE Prescott St
      10:00am – 2:00pm
      Bike tour of cute, innovative, tiny homes in N/NE Portland, all under 400sf. Have fun. Live small. Get inspired!!
      Contact: Lina Menard, thisisthelittlelifegmail.com, Little Life, 206-859-1770

  3. Julia Bascom says:

    I have been thinking and wishing for exactly this; that society will allow people the option of small house co-housing. Actually a friend in Austin and I are hoping to someday lead a co-housing group of tiny houses with one main house for kitchen, guest room etc.

    We approach it from the place of middle age women who were discarded/divorced as our professional husbands decided to upgrade to younger women. As stay at home moms, our earning potential has been greatly reduced, and our links to community weakened because so many times, women lose many of their coupled friends when they divorce. The “Ageing in Place” groups are discouragingly focused on the very infirm elderly and seem to have only a desire to provide links to contractors for home re-design (wheelchair ramps and the like). I look forward to reading through your blog.

    Julia

    • Little Life says:

      Hi Julia,

      Thanks for your message and for sharing your thoughts. It’s always nice to hear about others interested in small, simple living in community. Another friend of mine talked about creating a community much like the one you’ve described for “wise and wild women.” They want to have a community of yurts around a central yurt. I hope someday to help them create it. I’ve always wanted to visit Austin, too, so let me know when you’re ready to start planning!

      As you read my blog, feel free to comment on other things that catch your attention.

      Sincerely,
      Lina

  4. I added your site to my blogger role. If you would ever like to stop bye and see how I live in a 26ft RV coffee is plentiful. I am very lucky as I found a place to “park” my RV smack dab in the middle of residential neighborhood and my landlord had a sever hookup.
    Luv to chat sometime.

    Cheers,

    Jennifer

    • Little Life says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      Thanks for getting in touch! I’d love to see your little place if you’re in the Portland area. How does your calendar look in early July?

      Lina

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