Sawhorse Revolution is proud to present the Parabay Homes, two tiny homes designed to house a homeless family. We’re very excited to offer you, our Revolutionaries, a first look at the design details and concepts behind the houses!

Completed in early June of 2017, the Parabay Homes are Sawhorse Revolution’s first experiment in creating two tiny houses designed to act as one.

The idea arose for houses for a family in mid-2016. A team of students and builders had recently delivered the Salvage House, a 100 s.f. tiny house with a loft and desk, designed for a couple, or maybe a couple and a child. Upon delivery, we learned that a family of five had moved into the house. We were floored.┬áThis led us to wonder; how can we create a shelter to account for the reality that, while tiny house villages may offer safe, clean, and socially-supportive environments, a tiny house may not be large enough for a family even of four or five? Anything larger than 120 s.f. of “projected roof area” (city code language) would require permitting, so what could be done?

Designer Barron Peper took this challenge head-on. Read on below to see photos and design features of Sawhorse’s most recent (and complex!) tiny homes!

All design work by Barron Peper. Photos c/o Peper unless noted.

The Parabay Homes were created by community volunteers, builders, and high school students, in a new model of community engagement that Sawhorse Revolution has pioneered: The Community Build. Building skills and social change are collectively created as community groups work with professionals in construction and talented teen ambassadors to create needed homes for the homeless. Look for more community builds beginning this fall!

Special thanks to BN Builders, Metis Construction, and Heirloom Quality Modern for their construction leadership. Also huge thanks to Starbucks Chorus, Aegis Living, and the Sawhorse Revolutionaries for their participation in our first “commie builds.” Immense gratitude, as well, to the Satterberg Foundation and Clark Family Foundation, who provided funds for us to create volunteer trainings and curriculum through these projects.

Materials donations and support were crucial to our creating homes of the highest quality. Immense thanks to Swiss Pearl, Pacific Architectural Products, Pacific Sheet Metal, Euroclime Windows, Edensaw Woods, Atlas Construction, BN Builders, the Low Income Housing Institute, and Vaproshield for their support. Without generous gifts from many people, the Parabay Homes could not have gone forward.