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Tiny Houses, ADU's, and other Small Spaces

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Have you considered building a tiny house, an ADU or a “granny unit”? Perhaps you've wondered what exactly the difference is between those three, and what the positives and negatives might be for each? Do you have questions about design concepts for small spaces? Do you want to scale down your life and are thinking about a smaller, energy efficient living space that is “net-zero”?  This workshop will help demystify and untangle some of the concepts and give you real tools to move forward.

During this comprehensive 2-day workshop students will hear from professionals in the fields of green building and energy efficiency, residential design and construction, computer aided design software, and Santa Cruz county building codes.

The first Saturday morning 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
    • Conclude with a review of the permit application process, including zoning.
 

The first Saturday afternoon session will include:

    • A visual tour of a tiny home in progress and Cabrillo’s Solari Green Technology Center to compare and contrast sustainable techniques with conventional building standards as they related to Tiny Homes and small structures.
    • A discussion about the purpose and ultimate goal of Tiny Homes
    • An introduction to passive, solar photovoltaic, and solar thermal), Environmental Indoor Quality, and Building Science Principles and Practices.
    • An overview of how all of these concepts are integrated into the design and construction of safe, healthy, efficient, durable, and affordable small spaces
 

The second Saturday morning session will cover concepts relating to architecture and design.
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.
 

The second Saturday afternoon will focus on Computer Aided Design (CAD) and how it can be used for design of small spaces. It will include:

    • A brief tour of Cabrillo’s STEM Center.
    • A review of software used for Computer Aided Design (CAD), including an overview of free apps that are available, and the pros and cons of each.
    • A discussion about the typical CAD learning curve
    • A comparison of the potential benefits of hiring an architect versus learning how to use an architectural CAD application.
    • A demonstration of AutoCAD technology and how it is used in building design.

This workshoptakes place at the Solari Green Tech Center in Watsonville and Cabrillo’s STEM Center in Aptos. Students will have access to the presentation resources from the workshop on our Class Resources page.

 

2 Sat., April 7 & 14
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat., April 7 meets at the Solari Green Tech Center, Watsonville Center, room C108
Click HERE for a map
Sat., April 14 meets at the Aptos campus STEM Center, room 801 Click HERE for an interactive map
Register by Mar. 26: $110
Register after Mar. 26: $125

 

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INSTRUCTOR TEAM:

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

Chuck Mornard, Cabrillo’s Construction Energy Management Program Chair and licenced General contractor

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

Dennis Diego is a Building Information Modeling (B I M) instructor at Cabrillo, and is the principal architect and owner of DDA, an architectural design consulting firm.

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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., March 24
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Room: 319
Register before Jan. 29:  $68
Register after Jan. 29:  $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., March 3
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Room: 425

Register by Jan. 29: $90
Register after Jan. 29: $98

plus $10 materials fee payable at class


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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., March 10
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: 711 and off-site for installation, see above for details
Register by Jan. 29: $78
Register after Jan. 29: $85

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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 Workshops 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!

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Living Picture - How to Create a Wall-mounted Succulent Box

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The goal of this workshop is to get you as crazy excited about gardening with succulents as we are, and to see the entire world as one big planter waiting to happen! 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. There we’ll find 400 varieties of quality succulent plants, both popular and rare. We’’ spend the afternoon creating, planting and enjoying the hands on portion of making your “Living Picture”.

Each student will leave class with a 6 by 6 inch
“Living Picture”, as well as a list of resources and the knowledge needed to make more.

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., March 10
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Room: 322 and Succulent Gardens Nursery in Castroville
Register before Jan 29: $68
Register after Jan. 29: $75
Register 2 or more: $65 each
Plus $50 materials fee paid at registration

register online

Dylan Toms - see bio

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Hanging Succulent Sphere

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Garden spheres add definition, like a punctuation mark in the garden. When they are covered in the colorful shapes and textures of succulents, they can steal the show! 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. There you’ll find 400 varieties of quality succulent plants, both popular and rare. We’’ spend the afternoon creating, planting and enjoying the hands on portion of making your succulent sphere.

Each student will leave class with a 6 to 8 inch succulent sphere, as well as a list of resources and the knowledge needed to make more.

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., April 7
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

register online

Dylan Toms - see bio

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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

register online

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 Native Revival Nursery, just a few minutes from campus, 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 Native Revival Nursery, a plant list that breaks down the best bee plants by size, annual blooming schedule, place of origin and water needs.

Sat., March 3
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Room: 1605 and Native Revival Nursery in Aptos. 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., Feb. 24 & Mar. 3
9:30 am - 12:00 noon
Room: 1605
- Click HERE for an interactive campus map.
Register by Jan. 29: $68
Register after Jan. 29: $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., March 24
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Room: 1605 - Click HERE for an interactive campus map.

Register by Jan. 29: $68
Register after Jan. 29: $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.

Coming Soon!
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Room: 429
Register by Sept. 11: $50
Register after Sept 11: $58

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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