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 Sustainable 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.