Quick Report from the SMUD Tiny House Competition

I stopped by the one-day SMUD Tiny House Competition yesterday and was amazed at the huge crowds and long lines to view tiny home interiors.

Thinking it would be fun for my kids, I had brought them along so they could tour the tiny homes – but quickly decided to just take some quick exterior photos since my kids wouldn’t have the patience for the lines. So we got some ice cream for them, took a bunch of photos, grabbed as much info as possible, and made our way home.

It looked like a great collection of tiny houses… kudos to the schools and SMUD for making this happen!

I just wish they had made arrangements to have the houses on display for at least the entire weekend. This would have given the students’ hard work more exposure and more time to connect with the public.

Below are the 2016 SMUD Tiny House Competition Winners in each category and photos from the event. In the coming weeks I’ll report on each of the houses in detail.

Main Awards

  • Tiny House Competition: U.C. Santa Clara
  • Architecture: Laney College
  • Communications: U.C. Santa Clara
  • Home Life: U.C. Berkeley
  • Energy: U.C. Santa Clara

Additional Awards

  • Advanced Controls: C.S.U. Chico
  • Best Appetizer: C.S.U. Fresno
  • Best Bathroom: C.S.U. Sacramento
  • Best Craftsmanship: U.C. Berkeley
  • Best Curb Appeal: College of the Sequoias
  • Best Daylighting: U.C. Santa Clara
  • Best Design: Laney College
  • Best Flooring: C.S.U. Chico
  • Best Furnishings: Laney College
  • Best Home Technology: C.S.U Chico
  • Best Integrated Lighting: U.C. Santa Clara
  • Best Interior Design: U.C. Santa Clara
  • Best Kitchen Design: U.C. Santa Clara
  • Best Landscaping: Laney College
  • Best Program: U.C. Santa Clara
  • Best Sleeping Area: Cosumnes River College
  • SMUD Excellence Award: Cosumnes River College
  • Sold!: College of the Sequoias
  • Sustainability: U.C. Berkeley
  • Best Tour: U.C. Santa Clara
  • Best Video: Laney Collegee
  • Water Conservation: U.C. Berkeley

U.C. Santa Clara



Laney College



U.C. Berkeley


C.S.U. Chico


C.S.U. Fresno


C.S.U. Sacramento


College of the Sequoias


Cosumnes River College


San Jose City College


US Santa Cruz and Cabrillo College

It appeared only 9 of the 10 entries were present. I did not see the entry from US Santa Cruz and Cabrillo College – only this lonely tent.



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