Vina Lustado’s Zen Tiny House in Ojai, California

Vina Lustado’s Zen Tiny House in Ojai, California

Vina Lustado is a California based tiny home designer and her first design, featured here, was for her own humble home. Vina’s clever use of space, form, function and light make her tiny home seem larger than life! We think it’s an excellent example of a “Zen Tiny House.”

Vina has created a “Zen Tiny House”

Vina’s tiny home operates mostly off of solar power. She heats her tiny space in the winter with a small gas fireplace, which provides a dreamy ambience. If that’s not enough, the property where she is currently parked, is surrounded by orange trees, which emit a citrus scent summertime. In the afternoon light, Vina’s tiny home and surrounding luscious landscape create an angelic atmosphere.

Vina has been living in her tiny house in Ojai, California, for a little over two years. She expanded the interior space of her design by building over the wheel wells of her trailer and by using less of a roof pitch. Vina also keeps the interior space light with glass french doors, plenty of windows, a skylight and birch interior panels.

Vina’s tiny home features many personal touches, such as her custom artist-designed couch pillows. She obviously spent a lot of time tiny planning her space and it shows! This tiny home has seen some TLC!

Other features of Vina’s Tiny House:

  • Full exterior porch, which she uses for a dining area in the spring and summer
  • Tile shower
  • Small bathroom sink
  • DIY composting toilet
  • Fakro skylight with two pivoting options
  • Bump out office with large overhead window
  • A “tree motif” throughout her home
  • Clean minimal lines, including her siding and non-existent window trim

Vina was kind enough to share some tips for tiny home design with us, so make sure you check out the video tour below. She also shared her build cost, $40,000, which is extremely affordable for a house in her area.

Watch Vina’s tiny house tour for dozens of innovative design tips!

*For more info on Vina’s tiny home and design services, click here.



  1. April 22, 2018 / 10:40 am

    I worked with Vina back in the 1980’s and she’s like sunshine, always bright and happy❣ She’s as smart as she is beautiful. How fun to be looking into tiny houses and come across someone you knew >20+ years ago! I love your tiny house Vina and your amazing attention to detail as both art and functional, I’m so happy for you❣

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