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Tiny Houses, ADUs, and Other Small Spaces – Design and Building Considerations


Have you considered building a tiny house, an accessory dwelling Unit (ADU), a small cottage, or a “granny unit” for yourself, or on your property? Perhaps you've wondered what exactly the difference is between those different types of structures, and what the positives and negatives might be for each?

Would you like some information about the local rules and regulations as they apply to buildings like these? Do you have questions about design concepts for small living spaces?
This workshop will help demystify and untangle some of the concepts and give you real tools to move forward.

During this 2-day workshop you will hear from professionals in the fields of residential design and construction, and Santa Cruz County building codes.

The first Saturday presentation will cover Santa Cruz County’s rules, regulations, and definitions for tiny homes, accessory dwelling units (ADU’s) and efficiency units: This session will cover:

  • Review of construction constraints, dimension and features, land use rules and issues that pertain to vehicles versus real property.
  • Define of what H.E.R.S. is and how it affects building design, permitting, and construction under the 2016 Energy and Building Codes and Standards.
  • Discussion of the depreciation and appreciation of real property assets, the cost of land
  • A review of the permit application process, including zoning.
  • A visual tour of the tiny home in progress in the Construction Energy Management department shop at Cabrillo’s Solari Green Tech Center in Watsonville

The second Saturday session will cover concepts relating to architecture and the design of small living spaces. This session will include:  

  • Overview of building design strategies with special emphasis on small structures and small living spaces.
  • Discussion regarding how passive solar materials and energy efficient systems can be used as part of design, as well as overall design concepts.
  • Review of working drawings for buildings.
  • Slide presentation of completed structures as examples of the design concepts.

This workshop will take place at Cabrillo’s Watsonville Center.

2 Sat., June 2 & 9
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Room: Watsonville A160

Register before May 31: $85
Register after May 31: $98

 

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INSTRUCTOR TEAM:

Jim Heaney, Cabrillo Construction Code Instructor and Plans Inspector for Santa Cruz County Planning Department.

Bill Fisher, Cabrillo Architecture Instructor and owner of William Fisher Architecture, Inc.

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Designing Your Bathroom for the 21st Century

 

While your bathroom may be the smallest room in your home, it can be the most complicated to remodel. Will a face lift be sufficient or do you need to tear everything down to the 2 x 4’s. Are you interested in learning about “greener” options? Wondering how to incorporate the “latest” and not get a “dated” design? Is universal design important to you? Are you lacking storage? What are the best lighting solutions? Can you make your bathroom bigger without breaking the bank? Are you wondering how much “things” cost or how to avoid cost overruns? Do you want to have a great relationship with your contractor and subcontractors? This class will help you understand what information you need before you start talking to contractors.

Students will be mailed a flash drive with all the course materials prior to the class. If enrollment occurs less than 1-week before the class date the flash drive will be given in class.

Sat., May 5
9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Room: 1604
Register before March 26:  $58
Register after March 26:  $64
Plus $20 materials fee paid at registration

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Yvonne Ross - see bio below

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Designing Your Kitchen for the 21st Century

 

Whether you are planning a face-lift, a complete overhaul - or not sure which - this workshop will help you avoid the “if I had only known” syndrome. Do you want to know the pros and cons of custom versus ready-made cabinets? Is engineered stone or natural stone ideal for your kitchen? Are you interested in “greener” options? Wondering how to incorporate the “latest” and not get a “dated” design? Is universal design important to you? Are you wondering how much “things” cost or how to avoid cost overruns? Do you want to have a great relationship with your contractor and subcontractors?

This workshop will provide a step by step checklist for planning, designing and preparing for your remodel. Topics include:  design trends versus design pitfalls, steps for getting  a realistic bid, top 10 remodeling mistakes, product comparisons, your responsibilities versus “their” responsibility, along with many other topics that  will help you prepare for your kitchen remodel.  The workshop uses case studies and provides tools so you can work with your contractor(s) to create a kitchen that meets your financial goals and reflects your personal style.

Preparation for class: Bring a lunch. The class moves very quickly and covers a lot of information. It is highly recommended to review the materials and create a list of questions. The first half of workshop will cover “The Steps In Remodel Preparation”  and the second half of workshop will cover “Design Elements – Functional and Aesthetic.”

Students will be mailed a flash drive with all the course materials prior to the class. If enrollment occurs less than 1-week before the class date the flash drive will be given in class.

Sat., May 12
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Room: 1604
Register before March 26:  $90
Register after March 26:  $98
Plus $20 materials fee paid at registration

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Yvonne Ross has received certifications for kitchen design, green building and lighting design. She has worked as a Designer and Field Project Manager for over 17 years. She has managed all phases of construction including contracts, plan development, permits, material selection and installation for over 350 kitchen and bathroom remodels.

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Residential Solar Options - Basic Info for Homeowners

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Are you wondering if you can utilize solar electricity for your home? We all want to lower our energy bill, improve the environment, and increase the value and marketability of our home, but how do you know if solar is feasible for you?

This workshop will cover the fundamentals of solar power, installation, warranties, maintenance, the general economics, what incentives are available and what you need to know before you contact a solar installer. Learn how governments, utilities and other organizations offer solar tax breaks and financial incentives to make solar more accessible for today’s homeowners.

Sat., August 11
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Room: 319
Register before May 31:  $68
Register after May 31:  $75
Register 2 or more: $65 each

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Ben Valentine teaches Solar Photovoltaics at Cabrillo, is a Solar Project Engineer, is a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional, and a California General Electrician. He has been working in the solar industry for 10 years as an installer, project manager, designer and educator.

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Landlording Made Easy

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If you are a landlord, or are thinking about becoming one, this class will provide you with the basics of managing real estate. Learn how to legally advertise, screen applicants, develop procedures and build excellent tenant relationships.

We will cover the ins and outs of a proper lease, the necessary addendum, and what you can and can’t put into a lease. Know the documentation needed to protect you, the property and the tenant. We’ll go over basic Fair Housing laws and legal requirements with tips and tricks to lead to an easier land lording experience.

Bring your lunch if you want to participate in one-on-one Q & A time.

Sat., May 12
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Room: 425

Register before Mar. 26: $90
Register after Mar. 26: $98
plus $10 materials fee payable at class

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Sat., August 11
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Room: 425

Register before May 31: $90
Register after May 31: $98
plus $10 materials fee payable at class

register online

 

Kathleen Richards, MS, MPM, Broker/Owner of a local Property Management company. She has professionally managed real estate for 15 years and has served on local and state boards for property mgmt. trade associations. She published Property Management A-Z in 2015.

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Laundry to Landscape: Hands-on Greywater Recycling Installation Workshop

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With our warmest months approaching it’s a great time to plan for ways to water your land- scaping or spring garden as efficiently as possible. This class gives participants information about how to use, re-purpose and redirect your laundry wastewater for landscape and garden irrigation, and get hands-on experience installing a system in a residential setting.

The first half of the day covers code requirements, greywater compatible products and plants, greywater parts and materials identification, how to calculate irrigation field size and plant water requirements, how to construct a mulch basin, how to create a design for your system, and ultimately how to maintain your greywater system.

After a one hour lunch break we will travel to the workshop installation site, a local resident/volunteer’s home, to complete an installation. Directions to site are given in class.

Don't forget to bring a lunch, sunscreen, a water bottle! If you want to really be "hands on" at the installation, bring your favorite gloves and shovel.

Please note: The workshop starts at 9 am, but please arrive by 8:45 am to check in!

Hands-on installation demonstration will be from 1-4 pm

Sat., July 28
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: 711 and off-site for installation, see above for details
Register by May 31: $78
Register after May 31: $85

Register two or more: $ 75 each

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Jim Heaney has been employed at the County of Santa Cruz Planning Department for the past 14 years as a Building Plans Examiner and a Building Inspector.  In addition, Jim is part time faculty at Cabrillo College, where he has been teaching the Commercial and Residential Building Codes, the Uniform Plumbing and Mechanical Codes over the last 12 years.  He is also a volunteer consultant for the Central Coast Greywater Alliance.

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Succulent Workshop at Cabrillo and Succulent Gardens Nursery

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Learn the in’s and out’s of planting and caring for succulents, get a hands-on experience, and create something amazing. In these all-new workshops you begin the day at Cabrillo for a presentation and discussion about succulent selection, care and the many planting and design possibilities. Then you'll have time to either grab lunch or bring along the one you packed, and take the short drive south to the beautiful three-acres at Succulents Gardens Nursery in Castroville, where you’ll find four hundred varieties of quality succulent plants, both popular and rare. You’ll have time to enjoy lunch on the grounds before you begin your afternoon of creating, planting and enjoying the hands on portion of your workshop, choosing from a wide array of plants selected from Succulent Garden’s four hundred varieties of succulents.

Be sure to dress in clothes that you don't mind getting a little dirty and prepare to enjoy a day of education and creativity! ___________________________________________________________________________________________


Succulent Heart Planter

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Just in time for Mother’s Day! Join us for this one day workshop to learn the ins and outs of caring for succulents, and then create a beautiful wooden Succulent Heart Planter. We begin the day at Cabrillo for a presentation and discussion about succulent selection, care and the many planting and design possibilities. Then students will have time to either grab lunch, or bring along the one they packed, take the short drive south to the beautiful three acres at Succulents Gardens Nursery in Castroville, where we’ll have time to enjoy lunch on the grounds, then start the hands-on portion of your workshop.

You will design your planting inside your  7” by 6” redwood heart, which has been hand-crafted by Living Creations just for this workshop. Each student will leave with a list of resources and the knowledge needed to make more succulent planters at home.

Pack a lunch, please dress in clothes that you don't mind getting a little dirty, and prepare to enjoy a day of education, and creativity!

Sat., May 5
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Room: 322 and Succulent Gardens Nursery in Castroville
Register before Mar. 26: $68
Register after Mar. 26: $75
Register 2 or more: $65 each
Plus $50 materials fee paid at registration

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Dylan Toms is a Cabrillo Horticulture Program graduate where he propagated succulents and maintained garden beds at the Cabrillo College Botanical Gardens. He is a Production Manager at Succulent Gardens Nursery, and has 15 years of hands-on experience in the horticulture industry.

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Bee-Friendly Garden - How to Create a Bee Sanctuary in Your Backyard

 

Would you like to create a beautiful garden and also do your part to save the bees, all in one? A huge part of keeping honey bees healthy is to ensure they have the plants they need to survive available to them year round. Join Emily for this one-day workshop on bee-friendly gardening by starting the day at Cabrillo for a discussion and presentation on native plants, drought tolerant plants, perennial and annual flowering plants and basic bee-friendly landscape design. We’ll then break for lunch and make our way to Far West Nursery in Live Oak, where we will walk the grounds to see, smell and touch some recommended plants for your very own Bee Friendly Garden. This class helps us all save the bees and make our gardens more beautiful at the same time!

Students go home with a small bee-friendly garden starter kit from Far West Nursery, a plant list that breaks down the best bee plants by size, annual blooming schedule, place of origin and water needs.

COMING SOON!
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Room: 1605 and Far West Nursery in Live Oak. Click HERE for an interactive campus map.

Register by Jan. 29: $58
Register after Jan. 29: $65

Register 2 or more: $55 each

plus $25 materials fee payable at registration

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Emily Bondor - see bio below

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Beekeeping Basics and Honeybee Biology

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Whether you are interested in learning sustainable backyard beekeeping practices or just want a better understanding of how these delicate, intricate creatures benefit us and our planet, you will leave this class a-buzz with new energy!

This course covers hive structure, colony dynamics and delve into basic honeybee biology. We will discuss the history of beekeeping, from honey production to pollination contracts, and discuss current trends (and rifts) in colony management practices. Weather permitting, there will be a field trip to Emily's Apiary in Santa Cruz for a real-life "hive dive".

By the end of the course, students who are interested in obtaining their own hive will have a good working understanding of equipment, tools, management practices, bee biology, and how we can work together to support these very vital pollinators.

This class is appropriate for adults with little to no experience in keeping bees.

2 Sat., May 5 & 12
9:30 am - 12:00 noon
Room: 1605
- Click HERE for an interactive campus map.
Register before Mar. 26: $68
Register after Mar. 26: $75

plus $5 materials fee payable at registration

register online

 

Emily Bondor - see bio below

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Intermediate Beekeeping

 

 

This class is designed for students with knowledge of beekeeping, and those who have beehives. We will discuss keeping bees locally, the way to start a hive (package versus nucleus), and different option for foundation. The class will focus on IPM approaches, different options for tackling parasitic Varroa mites, and seasonal hive management techniques. We will review natural approaches to IPM in place of harsh chemicals.

Students will be encouraged to compare notes and strategies, and to foster community engagement and mentorship. Students will leave with detailed knowledge about treating for Varroa mites, and a seasonal outline for hive management. 

Sat., June 2
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Room: 1605 - Click HERE for an interactive campus map.

Register before May 31: $68
Register after May 31: $75

plus $5 materials fee payable at registration

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Emily Bondor is a bay area Beekeeper and Educator. Her expertise is in promoting responsible honeybee genetics and breeding queens from locally adapted genetic stock. She works in Napa Valley managing bee-hives and is currently pursuing Master Beekeeping Classes through the Honeybee Lab at UC Davis.

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Build Your Dream House

 

Times have changed. It's more difficult to buy a house and in many parts of the country house prices are still too high. There is another way. You can build your own house and be mortgage free in just a few years without the worries about losing your house to foreclosure.

This 3-hour class will steer you in the right direction to building your own house for the least amount of money. Learn how to: buy land at county tax sales; buy materials for next to nothing and build it green, too; design your house for ease of construction; live on your property rent free while you build; use unconventional financing; and get the best help for the least cost.

Sat., May 19
9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Room: 429
Register before Mar. 26: $58
Register after Mar. 26: $65

plus $20 material fee for text payable at class


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David Cook, author of Build Your Dream House for a Song, is a former salesman and restaurant owner. He'd barely picked up a hammer before starting work on his dream house in Marin County. Since building his house in Northern California, David Cook has started teaching would-be homebuilders his secrets to home ownership--truly believing that everyone should be able to live in a dream home he or she owns free and clear.

 

 

 

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