On this episode, I speak with Vina Lustado, foundher and owner of Sol Haus Design, a design firm based in Ojai, California. We talk about how she left a corporate architecture career behind to build a design firm that focuses on smaller-scale projects. We also delve into the process of building a business that goes beyond profit and also prioritizes people, planet, and purpose.
Staying true to her core values, Vina has completed the design and construction of her tiny home on wheels. Equipped with simple luxuries as a loft skylight and cozy fireplace, Vina manifested her dream home in 140 square feet. It reflects her philosophy about simplicity, sustainability, and living within her means.
Since 2013, Vina has been living full-time in her tiny house and couldn’t be happier living anywhere else. One year later, she decided to build her own tiny office, SOL POD, where she spends most of her time designing and creating.
She has been a featured speaker at Yale University to inspire young minds about sustainability and social entrepreneurship.
Resources: Women's Economic Ventures, The Magic of Tiny Business, Social Venture Network.
(Disclaimer: Vina Lustado is not a licensed architect. For more info on licensure, please visit California Architects Board)