Forum: Living Large in Small Spaces
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 11:45 am- 1:15 pm
The Grove Hotel, Ballroom 2nd floor
Jesse Collinsworth, Hal Simmons, Dana Zuckerman
Audio Recording Tiny Houses seem to be all the rage these days. They even have their own TV shows. But, are all tiny homes the same? How are they constructed? Are they legal residences? Who lives in them? And why are they so popular now?


These questions and more will be answered by our tiny house/small footprint home experts. Jesse Collinsworth builds tiny homes at his company, Tiny Idahomes, in Caldwell; Dana Zuckerman just completed a subdivision development of four small homes in northwest Boise; and as the Planning Director for the City of Boise, Hal Simmons determines, through zoning and building codes, where and how these small homes can become part of the housing options in our community.


Speaker biographies


Jesse Collinsworth, CEO/owner of Tiny Idahomes, started to manufacture tiny houses/RV in January of 2014. Since then he has grown the business into a 22,000 square foot facility located in Caldwell Idaho were they started a line of truck campers in November of 2016 called Rugged Mountain RV. The facility currently has 4 product lines and employs 24 employees. Jesse was born in Great Falls Montana on March 2,9 1980 and graduated from Centennial High School in Boise Idaho in 1998, and from the Southwestern Idaho Electrical JATC in 2005 as a journeyman electrician for the State of Idaho. He worked in the electrical trade in and around Boise, Idaho until late 2013.

Jesse will be discussing his business (Tiny Idahomes) and the Tiny house RV product that he builds at his facility. The process it takes to build a Tiny house RV and the codes they must follow in order to build a legal RV product. He will also discuss the demographics of the people that purchase his product and the things the products are used for.


Hal Simmons has been Boise City Planning Director since 2004. Prior to that appointment he served as Boise’s Chief Comprehensive Planner beginning in 1993. He directed the rewrite and has been involved in a variety of Master Plan efforts including Lusk Street, Central Addition, Fort Boise and River Street. Hal has also written or co-written several New Urbanism and Smart Growth-oriented zoning ordinances for the City including the Pedestrian Commercial, Townlot Residential, Accessory Dwelling Unit, Substandard Lot ordinance, Duplex Ordinance and Specific Plan codes.


Dana Zuckerman enjoys studying urban design and participating on a number of boards including CCDC, Boise's urban renewal agency, TrICA, and the Idaho Commission on the Arts. She earned a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and gained much of her practical education walking the streets of the great cities in which she has lived including: Boston, Chicago, New York, Montreal, Tel Aviv and now Boise. Dana is well versed in housing trends and is working on reducing the number of hours of HGTV she consumes.

Last month Dana completed and sold out her first housing development, Dwell Silver Street, a four house subdivision of small modular homes near Collister.


Join us to learn more about tiny homes and see if these little homes are built for YOU!


Advance question submittal for this forum is now closed. Hear the audio recording of this forum HERE


City Club thanks our Premier Sponsor, AARP of Idaho and our annual sponsors, including Northwest Nazarene UniversityRed Sky, and Idaho Humanities Council. This Forum Series is sponsored by the contributions made by MicronPerkins Coie, and Echelon Group.  We are pleased to welcome university students to attend our events thanks to our University partners Boise State University and University of Idaho.  Our media partners include Idaho Public TelevisionPeppershock Media and Boise State Public Radio.


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