Tiny Homes And Other New Trends Featured At Conejo Valley Home Remodeling Show

Inside a tiny home.

Inside a tiny home.

While the Conejo Valley Home Remodeling Show traditionally features the next big, new ideas in living spaces, this year, it is showcasing something small–tiny homes. The 42nd Conejo Valley Home Remodeling Show will be Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, at the Hyatt Regency Westlake (880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village). The show features local contractors, landscapers, interior designers, solar installers and other home improvement professionals.

Making its first appearance at the show is Tiny Heavenly Homes (www.TinyHeavenlyHomes.com). On display will be a 130 square foot tiny home and an example of an unassembled home kit. “With an experienced team, it usually takes three or four days to assemble,” said Ron Blair, owner of Global Green Concept Designs (www.ggcdesigns.com), which manufactures the tiny homes and sells through dealers such as Tiny Heavenly Homes. Several of his homes have appeared on television shows.

“Tiny homes are used as a hobby area, man cave, art studio, game room and even a place to park motorcycles. Anything that’s in the house or garage that you would rather have in a space in your yard can usually fit in a tiny home,” said Blair.

The tiny home can be placed on a trailer and used as an RV or second home. They are also popular as a private space for aging parents or kids who are home from college. Many are self-contained with an incinerator toilet and are solar or generator-powered. As long as the size of the structures is less than 120 square feet, a building permit is not required.

The price of tiny homes, says Blair, is comparable to many sheds on the market. “Everything is made of pine and spruce. No pressed wood, plywood or chemicals are used in the construction or assembly so there are no toxic odors,” said Blair. “They are built much like a log cabin so they are naturally insulated.”

Another innovation at the show is the new LifeRoom by Home Star (www.homestarcompanies.com). These just-introduced outdoor rooms feature motorized acrylic fabric screens that raise and lower so the rooms can be open as a patio or fully enclosed. When the screens are lowered, they keep out 95 percent of UV rays, as well as pollen, wind and insects. In summer, climate technology cools down the space by as much as 40 degrees and in winter, radiant heaters warm things up. Each room is custom designed and can include glazed skylights, a cooling mister, LED lighting and a projector system and surround sound.

These and other unique home ideas will be on display at the show. Home show hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gourmet food trucks will be serving food on Saturday, April 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The entry fee at the door is $4 per person. For free tickets and a list of participating vendors, visit www.westlakehomeshow.com. For more information, call 805-529-0760, go to www.facebook.com/ConejoValleyHomeShow or e-mail [email protected] 

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