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Lived-In Tiny House: Andy’s Life in his Westbury THOW

We all love admiring staged tiny houses, captured by professional photography in ambient light, but have you ever wondered what these tiny houses look like after they’ve been lived in for a while? Or what they look like once the staging furniture is gone and your stuff is inside?

Andy Bretz over at THoW – Economic Hippie shared a whole album of pictures showing his lived-in THOW. We featured the builder’s pictures last month, so go check those out first and compare it to the sampling shown below! Plus on the last page you can read our interview with Andy about his tiny life, including his love of cooking and the challenges tiny living brings.

Want to see even more pictures? Check out the rest of his album here.

Related: Gooseneck Westbury Tiny House with Awesome Living Room

Lived-In Tiny House: Andy’s Life in his Westbury THOW

See the rest of Andy’s Lived-In Westbury Model (and read our interview with him) on the next page!

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributing writer for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She is a coffee-loving wannabe homesteader who dreams of becoming self-sufficient in her own tiny home someday. Natalie currently resides in a tiny apartment with her husband, Casey, in Massachusetts.

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  • esbee May 25, 2017, 9:59 am

    As much as I love the concept of tiny houses, I notice one item has not gone tiny—the TV’s are huge for such a small space.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee May 25, 2017, 2:03 pm

      Haha we have a huge TV in our tiny apartment thanks to a wedding gift from my grandmother to my husband. It looks so massively out of place!

    • James D. May 26, 2017, 11:39 am

      The TV’s today are getting thinner and lighter, though… We’re probably within 10 years or so before it’ll almost be like installing thick wallpaper… Or even a flexible one that can be rolled up when not being used and even now there are a myriad of ways to stow them away and out of the way…

    • Kathleen May 26, 2017, 2:39 pm

      The TV is the same, the space is smaller. — If you think about it, when they downsized they put the TV they had for their regular sized living room, IN the tiny house. . . . they didn’t go out and buy a smaller TV. And since it hangs on the wall, it is OK that it is oversized. Plus, since the TV is large, you can see if from anywhere in the house. πŸ™‚

  • Ingrid Stanway May 25, 2017, 1:04 pm

    Was awesome to see a house truly lived-in!! Sounds like a real character!!

  • Jacintha May 25, 2017, 1:06 pm

    I like this place. I like that it doesn’t look like the owner owns nothing and the space isn’t perfectly neat and clear. I am also not a minimalist but still want to live in a small space. This makes me think it’s possible. I like the layout. I like the space for books everywhere. I too have many books and don’t want to give them up. This looks like areal person lives here.

  • Robyn Rosser May 25, 2017, 2:38 pm

    Nice to finally see one that looks like it’s actually being lived in. Made me smile. – Robyn

  • Kym May 25, 2017, 3:11 pm

    Honestly. Finally a tiny lived in home. With a real living room and tv. Not just decorated to look pretty. Good storage as well. Well done

  • Meg May 25, 2017, 3:12 pm

    Love this one…all the books especially! And the kitchen is fantastic…the countertops, that backsplash and the cooktop, plus it looks like a full size fridge. And as a few others have said, it’s great to see it ‘lived in’ instead of staged.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee May 26, 2017, 3:46 pm

      I love the full-sized fridge and that backsplash πŸ™‚ I cook a lot so a good kitchen is key!

  • Carol May 25, 2017, 4:41 pm

    More realistic than the many “pristine” houses we see devoid of the real stuff of living.
    I like that it accommodates his interests and what’s important to him.
    If a big screen is, then we’ll and fine. Everyone makes choices.

  • Gabriella May 25, 2017, 5:02 pm

    It makes me think of one who says:
    “Finally I do what I like and like”!

  • Sarah May 25, 2017, 7:54 pm

    I love this place! It has such a personality to it. I love that you can see the personality of the person living in it, he has really customized it to his needs. Wants a big TV? It works. Wants kitchen space? It works. It looks like he has a lot of hobbies and has a great personality. He just needs to find a woman who is adaptable to his situation. Darn. Here I go again. I am NOT his mother, I am NOT his mother.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee May 26, 2017, 3:37 pm

      Hahaha, Sarah πŸ™‚ He did do an excellent job fitting the space to his needs and hobbies!

  • Susan May 25, 2017, 7:54 pm

    Wonderful! It’s so refreshing to see a THOW that’s actually lived in, not staged. Looks like there is lots of storage. Everything you need. I also notice you don’t have to crawl into the upstairs bedroom. Great job!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee May 26, 2017, 3:36 pm

      I’m glad you liked seeing it lived in! I hope to find more examples of this πŸ™‚

  • Chuck May 25, 2017, 9:14 pm

    OH ANDY!!!

  • Betty May 25, 2017, 9:56 pm

    It looks lived in…..and I love it!!!!

  • Julie Brown May 25, 2017, 10:27 pm

    Love it. I love how a lot of tiny home people make room for their fur babies.

  • Evening Iris May 26, 2017, 1:40 am

    I’m with Jacintha; I’m no minimalist (one cousin away from hoarder, maybe) but I love my stuff but I want to live Tiny, too. I really love this place of his (the shower is awesome!) Even though there is a lot of things fitted in here, it doesn’t look like a dump; it looks homey and well loved. I think he’s done a great job of it. Too bad he’s up in South Carolina instead of down here in Florida or I’d grab a couple of steaks and my Larrivee and say, I’ll be right over! πŸ˜€ Seeing his home and how happy he is in it just gives the rest of us hope that we can get it together, too. Thanks for sharing, Andy!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee May 26, 2017, 2:43 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that Iris! It’s great that he inspired you!

  • Karen Smith May 29, 2017, 6:20 pm

    I am having trouble scrolling down the page. By the 2nd or 3rd picture I popped to the “back to the top” button. I am even having problems typing this comment. Can’t figure out if it is my computer or your program. It has happened in several different daily e-mails. Thanks for checking.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee May 30, 2017, 1:11 pm

      Uh oh! Thanks for letting us know, Karen. I will mention it to Alex and see if we can fix it.

  • Susanne May 31, 2017, 9:16 am

    Oh my god nice house! Great post- I am always hoping to see “lived in” photos and people’s honesty about the pros and cons…it’s good he tells women right away because if they are turned off, move on. I could see moving into one that’s alittle larger to accommodate a second person, but they must not be turned off initially…..
    Hope he’s able to start a community as originally planned- that would be wonderful… Good luck!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee May 31, 2017, 9:25 am

      Yes it’s great to be straight-up with people! You need someone who appreciates your lifestyle πŸ™‚

  • Tammy July 3, 2017, 1:01 pm

    I remember seeing this house on Tiny House Nation, I think. A family of 5 lived in this house for 2 weeks, in the driveway of their “sold” mansion size home! It was amazing to watch how well they did! IF this is the same one.

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