Tiny House Leaves Big Impression on USD Community

Tiny House Leaves Big Impression on USD Community

It might be an Evergreen Tiny Home, which has been featured on HGTV and the DIY network show, “Tiny House, Big Living,” but the 203 square-foot home of Stephanie Arne and Tim Davison was a big hit with curious members of the University of San Diego community on Tuesday.



Throughout the day, the couple who represent the Creative Animal Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of education and science through programs dedicated to conservation, environmental sustainability, wildlife preservation and protection of the world’s oceans and waterways, were happy to give Toreros a firsthand look at their tiny, sustainable accommodations.

The event, brought to campus by USD’s Office of Sustainability, was mostly an open-house format. One Architecture class visited the house to learn more about its structure and see all that it contained, including numerous sustainable elements. Most of the hundreds of visitors knew about tiny houses, but had never stepped foot in one before. Arne and Davison answered lots of questions and provided lots of good information about sustainable living.

The home has a loft area for a queen bed, a bathroom, mini-refrigerator, kitchen, a couch with storage below it, a table with a desktop computer and even a small art studio space that enables Davison to paint wildlife portraits, a few that already adorn their home walls. Another interesting item within their space is a built-in container that houses a few Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. They also have an adorable three-month-old puppy they got earlier while on their tour.

The duo has been on the road for nearly a year and a half, showing off the tiny home at college campuses, tiny house festivals, museums and zoos. When it wraps up in May, Davison said, they’ll be creating a documentary on creative ways that visionaries are making the world’s most wasteful country more sustainable.

To learn more about Arne and Davison’s non-profit organization or to follow their journey, go to or their social media platforms (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram).

— Ryan T. Blystone

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