This is Ashlee Fazio’s desTINY house where she is now living the tiny dream!
She has a blog where she shares all about her tiny journey and minimalist lifestyle (follow it here!):
It’s baffling to a lot of people that I would choose to living within a 160 square foot space. But, for me, I didn’t have to think twice about living in a tiny house. Deciding to purchase the tiny house and totally change my way of life just felt right. It felt like exactly what I was meant to be doing: living a simple, sustainable life while also having the ability to pick up and move to any location at any time. Let the adventures begin!
She was gracious enough to answer some of our questions about her tiny life. See a few pictures of her home, and read our interview with her below!
Ashlee Fazio’s desTINY House
What is your name?
How many people will be/are living in your tiny house?
I will be enjoying this beautiful lifestyle on my own.
Where do you live?
Mid-Hudson Valley in NY
Why did you decide to go tiny? What are you hoping to get out of living tiny?
Going tiny started out as a financial decision for me. I had just graduated college and I was struggling to find a teaching job (I also was not really ready to commit to an all-consuming career just yet.) I was searching for the most cost-efficient way to move out of my mom’s basement. Tiny homes were the perfect solution for that problem as well as a perfect fit for my low-maintenance, healthy, active, carefree lifestyle.
What I hope to gain from going tiny is a clearer sense of self and what I find to be important in my life. The clarity that I have gained from living on my own, self-sustainably, and financially-free is a good indication that I am on the right track. I also hope to be able to share my experience with others in hopes that they too can shed the unnecessary stressors in their life and gain clarity on their future.
How did you first learn about tiny houses?
I saw an article about shipping container homes and was fascinated by the simple, yet sophisticated elements of them. I began doing research and Stumbled Upon (literally) tinyhouselistings.com. I spent hours looking at tiny houses, amazed by their adorable essence as well as the reasonable cost.
When did you officially start your tiny house?
I bought my Tiny in August 2016, began living in it part-time October 2016, and full-time December 2016.
Is your house completed? How long did it take to finish it?
Yes, it is “completed” but it will always be a work in progress. I bought the home finished with a completely off-grid package from NC.
How did you find a place to park and live in your tiny house?
Up until now (April 2017) I have been living on a family member’s property. She owns a horse farm and vineyard and has allowed me to occupy a couple hundred square feet near the pastures. It has been the ideal location to embrace this tiny house lifestyle completely.
Before going tiny, what was life like?
Before I got my tiny house, I was working 60+ hours a week and taking graduate classes online. I spent most of my day doing things that I had to do in order to achieve some predetermined “goals” that I felt were required for success and happiness. I was busy, but in being busy I wasted a lot of time. You may not believe this, but discovering tiny houses is exactly what caused me to analyze my life and take steps necessary to grow into the person that I truly wanted to be rather than the person I thought I was supposed to be. It has been a journey of personal development in the deepest way.
What benefits are you experiencing after going tiny?
For me, going tiny has allowed me to slow down and really experience life. It has given me the space (ironically) in my life to look within myself for answers to my life and my future rather than consistently looking for outside guidance. It caused me to thinker more deeply about the amount of wasted time, space, money, and energy that was my life. Giving up everything to go tiny gave me everything I needed to appreciate life.
Also, on a more tangible level:
I am able to travel more, especially spontaneous adventures.
I have donated countless clothing and home items to those who really need it.
I began writing a blog to document my journey.
I started a garden.
I learned basic “handy-man” skills.
I have a place to call home.
What about some challenges?
The most challenging thing about going tiny is accepting this one simple truth: not everyone is going to understand you, your decision, or your intention. You must learn it and live with it. It is the single greatest thing that I have learned over the past 8 months. As long as you really know who you are and why going tiny is a perfect fit for you, then the opinions of others should not change that.
What helpful advice would you give to others interested in going tiny?
Hmm, advice? I would say, do your due diligence. Do some research. Find out if it’s a possibility where you live. If not, are you willing to move? Find out if it is a good fit for you- maybe Air B&B it for a few days and see what you think. If you really believe you want to go tiny, then just do it! Stop thinking about it and just go do it. Jump in and run with it. You will be so happy you did.
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