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Tiny House: Tearing Down the House

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Here are a bunch of pics from our tiny house demolition.  We took down a good portion of the house – parts of the roof and walls were rotting and leaning from the 1989 earthquake.  We found some wonderful 100 year old redwood boards that we will reuse to build furniture – sliding interior barn style doors, headboard, coffee table and desk.  We were also able to save some insulation and old windows – insulation will go in the new house and the windows will be used as part of a future outdoor greenhouse. Thanks to our many friends that stopped by to lend a hand… Project Notes remodel from 483 sf to 812 sf, maintaing the original footprint of the house. striving for sustainable design with eco-friendly materials. the house is over 100 years old and all the...

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Tiny House Remodel Starting June 1st

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Hello Hello Hello… It’s been a while but we are happy to announce that our tiny house remodel will begin this June!!!! Our general contractor, friend and sponsor, Eron Ersch from EcoCraft and Ersch Construction, will head our demo and remodel.  Eron hails from Berkeley and was also influential in our Airstream remodel a few years back. He helped us build, finish and install our Airstream cabinets with eco veneer and low VOC finish. Now he is helping us remodel an entire house. For those of you that don’t know, we are taking on an eco remodel our 100 year old tiny house (483 s.f)  in Alameda, CA while also adding around 300 new s.f. See more on our Tiny House Page.   If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and want to be a part of our...

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Web Design… Freebie from Reinhardt Designs

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Hello fine folks that follow us at On the Green Road.  Cece here. We have been busy trying to find a general contractor to lead the tiny house remodel here in Alameda, CA.  So far no luck. We have had three contractors accept and then turn down the job. I guess the timing isn’t right yet. We aren’t freaking out about it – just trying to take it in stride, save some money and focus on other things. So for now I am focusing on my home based business – web design at Reinhardt Designs.   I am trying some creative marketing – hope you are interested in playing along:) So I design beautiful websites for start ups and small businesses.  I primarily use WordPress for it’s great content management and blogging options. Right now and for the next...

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Spice Monkey Restaurant Offers Full-­Service Free Thanksgiving Dinner in Exchange for Donations to Local Food Bank

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Join us at Spice Monkey this Thanksgiving (this Thursday for dinner). They will be hosting their 5th annual, “Day Of Giving” thanksgiving meal for the community on Thursday, November 28, 2013. The restaurant is offering a free traditional holiday dinner with a “Spice Monkey twist” as a way to raise canned food donations and awareness of the Alameda County Community Food Bank and its 275 Bay Area agencies. For the past four years, Spice Monkey has hosted this celebration as a “thank you” to people who donate 14 or more cans each, which has resulted in more than 3,500 lbs of donated canned food to those in need. Guests can enjoy the warmth and ambiance of the season in the restaurant’s beautifully tiled, two-story location in downtown Oakland and designated historic landmark, The Howden & Sons Building. We will be...

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Introducing our New Website Design

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Hello Everyone – Cece here. I spent the last 3 days revamping our website – We are using a new WordPress theme called Aggregate (by Elegant Themes). It is perfect for all the content we have (over 3 years of blog posts). We are now responsive on ipads and smartphones. We have also picked up another domain – So you can now find us at and Thanks for following. If you need a new website or just need a new look, check out my work at ReinhardtDesigns. – Cheers, Cece Reinhardt On the Green...

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ReinhardtDesigns. – WordPress Website Solutions

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Reinhardt Designs – Cece here.  I wanted to share another passion of mine – designing beautiful websites. We are a woman-owned company specializing in WordPress website solutions – elegant, professional and affordable. Get involved: View the website – ReinhardtDesigns. Sign up for our updates – Updates Follow us us on Facebook Follow us on...

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Earth Day 2013 – Open House at Alemany Farm

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Join us and the Eco Airstream on April 20th at Alemany Farm in San Francisco.  All the fun details are above!...

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In Downsizing, Couple Enhances Their Lives

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Thanks to Michele Ellson and our local paper, The Alamedan, for the recent article – In downsizing, couple enhances their lives. Also below. Cece Reinhardt and Brenda Daugherty were living the California dream in a cottage in the Santa Cruz Mountains, with two cars and “all the things that most people get excited about.” But having all of that didn’t really make them happy. Daugherty was commuting to San Francisco for work every day, and even though both had good jobs, they were unable to save the money they wanted to for retirement or for the travel they wanted to do. “We felt like we were just treading water. And we weren’t happy,” Reinhardt said. “The more stuff we had, the less happy we were.” That realization marked the start of a journey that saw the couple selling their home...

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Guest Post – DIY Tricks to Make the Most of a Small Living Space

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Thanks to Katie White from DIY Mother for this great guest post!! 
Reducing your footprint doesn’t have to be uncomfortable One of the best ways to reduce your environmental impact is to limit the size of your home. Small homes use less land and raw materials, cost much less to heat and cool, and you’ll be less tempted to fill them with things you don’t need. Still, if you’re feeling a little stir-crazy in a smaller home, you’re not alone; so here are a few little tricks to give yourself some breathing room without actually knocking down walls. 1. Kitchen Small kitchens can be noisy, crowded little pressure-cookers, breeding hot tempers and short fuses. Paint your kitchen in light, cool shades to help everyone relax, and if possible, coordinate the entire kitchen in two or three colors to avoid...

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Open House – Toronto area – 8/3

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Hello – We are going to have an eco Airstream Open House this Friday from 9-11am at our current location in Aberfoyle, Ontario (about an hour from Toronto).  The Airstream and biofuel truck will be on display so come on out and meet us and check out our sustainable mobile living project. When: Friday, August 3rd from 9-11am Where: Across the street from Aberfoyle Public School – 16 Old Brock Rd Guelph, ON N1H 6H9...

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Start Something That Matters – Being Inspired by TOMS One for One Business Model

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I am one of those people that looks for inspiration on a daily basis.  Both Brenda and I just kind of wake up each day and say “what can we create today.”  It hasn’t always been that way.  I think maturity and following your passion naturally lends itself to making you a BETTER you.  And let’s not forget how important it is to have that special someone in your life that just gets you and allows you to be the best you.  We have gotten this far because neither of us said no.  Neither one of us woke up one day and said “this is crazy and I want my old life.” This leads me to the post and starting something that matters.  While in Birmingham, AL I went to the bookstore with my dad.  That’s one of the...

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Exploring New Mexico

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We loved our time in New Mexico.  We checked out Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Tent Rocks, Cerrillos, Madrid and Velarde.  We stayed at Rancheros De Santa Fe Campground in Santa Fe.  It had good facilities, semi-private RV spots, tenting and cabins.  It was about 8 miles outside of Santa Fe. Over the weekend, we went to Albuquerque to meet up with one of our sponsors, American Clay, for an open house. We found some of the best hiking and food EVER! Albuquerque – American Clay Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument – They were designated as a national monument in January 2001.  Kasha-Katuwe is a Keresan phrase meaning ‘white cliffs’, Keres being the traditional language of the pueblo tribes of northern New Mexico. The teepee-like formations cover a small area but are quite remarkable, unique in the Southwest – hundreds of...

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