• Fri. Jul 1st, 2022

Dillon Beach Resort Tiny Homes by Tru Form Tiny


When three Northern California families, the Goebels, the Smiths and the Shipseys, came together to create the Dillon Beach Resort, a seaside retreat at the northern tip of Marin County, they were determined to breathe new life into a very special place.

Situated on 55 coastal acres between Tomales Bay and Bodega Bay, the resort overlooks the Point Reyes National Coastline and features nearly a mile of private beach that families strive to preserve and protect. “The community of Dillon Beach is home to only 300 full-time residents,” said co-owner Mike Goebel. “It’s close to the great North Bay area, but it feels like you’ve escaped to another country. It’s small and remote, and feels like you’re at the end of the world.”

A view of the dunes of Dillon Beach, a private stretch of coastline in Marin County, California, home to the Dillon Beach Resort.

The Dillon Beach community has only 300 full-time residents and welcomes guests year-round, who come to experience the cinematic landscape.

Originally built by George Dillon in the late 1800s from first-growth redwoods, the hotel has only changed hands three times in over 130 years. “We wanted to bring a clean design and modern sensibility to the property while paying homage to its historical roots,” said Goebel.

The owners have created a new, open and airy aesthetic for the resort with white painted walls, textured details, and touches of vintage style. They initially viewed the Airstreams as accommodation, but then discovered Tru Form Tiny and were won over by the company’s Craftsman-style designs. “We fell in love with the build quality, attention to detail and efficiency of Tru Form Tiny homes,” said Goebel. “They helped us find that balance between a clean and open coastal feeling, and something that is still intimate and unique.”

The tiny cottages, designed by Eugene, Oregon-based Tru Form Tiny, are wrapped in fiber cement panels that can withstand the coastal climate.

One of the smaller chalet models includes a wooden deck which is attached to the house.

“Our homes are RVIA certified, but look like a real home, which the client preferred,” says Malia Schultheis, co-owner and chief designer at Tru Form Tiny. “The client needed small houses that vary in height and size to maximize the views,” says Schultheis. “We were able to adapt to that and create several models with eaves and window gables. “

The home’s small interiors feature colorful, vintage-style Big Chill refrigerators, crisp white walls that reflect sunlight, and wood furnishings that provide warmth.

The steel blue wardrobes of one of the tiny cottages refer to the color of the ocean.

Schultheis and his team built the small houses with durable and environmentally friendly materials, able to withstand salt, wind, sun and rain. The homes are clad in fiber cement panels (with 50-year erosion protection warranties) and topped with weather-resistant aluminum roofs. “The materials had to be strong and resistant, but they also had to adapt naturally to the environment of the sky, sand and sea,” explains Schultheis. “We wanted them to add beauty to the beach, not take it away from it.”

Each cabin and chalet is equipped with a fireplace and large windows that showcase the epic natural surroundings.

The homes are furnished with textiles and organic materials that relate to nature.

Crisp white interiors feature pops of sky blue along with warm tones and rich textures. The material palette includes wood, linen, wool, copper and jute. Each accommodation has a fireplace for cooler weather, vintage-style Big Chill refrigerator, farmhouse sink, and patterned tiles in the kitchen and bathroom. “White walls and ceilings maximize natural light, which is especially important in small spaces,” says Schultheis. “And because we needed less storage, there was room for more windows to let in sunlight.”

Tru Form Tiny has designed different floor plans and layouts for the tiny cottages and cabins. Some units offer rooms on the ground floor, while others have large loft-style dormitories.

The sleeping areas feature queen-size Tuft & Needle beds dressed in linen sheets.

Dillon Beach Resort offers four different small cottages, ranging in size from 265 square feet to 500 square feet. Their smallest unit is the Cypress Cottage, which sleeps two in a loft-style bedroom, and their largest unit is the Coho Cottage, which sleeps up to six. The latter includes a bedroom with a queen-size bed, a loft-style space with a second queen-size bed and an open-plan living room with a pull-out sofa bed.

A wooden nightstand sits next to a queen-size bed in one of the downstairs bedrooms.

A collection of button vases sit on a nightstand in one of the loft-style bedrooms.

The resort also offers three coastal cabins, each measuring 800 square feet and offering two bedrooms that can accommodate up to six people. “A fenced outdoor area with a picnic table and charcoal barbecue overlooks the Point Reyes Peninsula, the mouth of Tomales Bay and Bodega Head,” Goebel explains.

A barn-style wooden sliding door leads to a bathroom in one of the chalets.

Graphic floor tiles add a playful note to one of the cottages’ small bathrooms.

Dillon Beach Coastal Kitchen, the resort’s restaurant, offers local and seasonal dishes inspired by the sea and neighboring farms. “We stand up for our local food shed, and we thoughtfully and almost exclusively source protein, produce and produce directly from the farmers, ranchers, foragers and fishermen of Northern California,” Goebel said.

A group of surfers await the perfect wave at Dillon Beach.

The resort offers surfing equipment for guests who wish to catch waves during their stay.

“We provide hospitality, food and drink, but it’s our people, our practices and our philosophy that make us proud,” Goebel continues. “For us, sustainability is a fundamental and necessary undertaking. We partner with organizations that work tirelessly to make a difference, whether they are those who care about the quality of our ocean, or artisans and manufacturers, like Tru Form Tiny, who provide thoughtful services and tailor-made products and details. “

For more information or to book a stay, visit Dillon Beach Resort.

The historic complex, originally built by George Dillon in the late 1800s and now owned by three native Marin County families, features a bright new aesthetic.