Mesa Lifestyle is building a tiny house at DelVal

Aug 29, 2017

DelVal group at the Herr’s facility

Credit: Dominic Lucidon. A rendering of the tiny house that is being constructed at Delaware Valley University. 

A 270-square foot, solar-powered tiny house is being built at Delaware Valley University, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, to demonstrate sustainable living practices. Mesa Lifestyle, an eco-lifestyle brand, is building and funding the project with the support of community sponsors.  The construction is taking place next to The Market at DelVal, located at 2100 Lower State Road, through October 2017. 

The tiny house is designed to inspire a more Earth-conscious community by demonstrating the process of building an off-grid house using renewable energy, conserving resources, reducing waste and choosing locally-sourced, sustainable materials. The house will catch and reuse rainwater. Its interior will include: a kitchen, living area, bathroom, walk-in closet and a storage staircase leading to a lofted bedroom. When complete, the house will travel to farms, schools, and businesses to promote sustainable living. 

Tiny House Events:

  • Undergraduate Open House, Sunday, Oct. 22., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Prospective undergraduate students who register for the main Open House will have a special treat. In addition to the typical campus tour and information sessions, students will get to see the tiny house in progress and ask questions. To register, please visit:
  • Graduate Public Policy Meet and Greet, Saturday, Oct. 28, 1 to 2 p.m. 
    DelVal’s Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) students and faculty will serve as hosts for this meet and greet.  DelVal’s MPP is ideal for those who are passionate about making a difference through community engagement and policy development.  Tour the finished house, enjoy hot cider, and converse with graduate students and faculty on ways to learn more about environmental sustainability and community development.  To sign up, please visit:
  • Sustainable Saturdays, Sept. 2 through Oct. 28, noon to 4 p.m. 
    The community is invited to check out the build in progress; tour the house when complete, and meet sustainability experts and project sponsors. Anyone interested in sustainable living is encouraged to attend.

About The Minimus Tiny House 
Since founding the eco-lifestyle brand, Mesa Lifestyle in 2004, Melissa Matarese has focused on providing sustainable products and services. Minimus is her newest and largest project. Sponsors include: McDonough Construction, Barb-Lin Carpet One, Indigenous Ingenuities, Varcoe-Thomas Funeral Home, Habitat for Humanity, Natural Awakenings, Maureen Ferguson, Dominic Lucidon, Habitat for Humanity ReStore of Bucks County and 84 Lumber.