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Author & Husband Downsize from 3,000 to 320 Sq. Ft.

Author Cate Beauman grew up poor, so when her writing career took off, she thought the logical next step was to buy all the bigger and better things. She and her husband got the 3,000 square foot house and were waiting to be happy. But when the happiness didn’t come (because they were so stressed working hard to upkeep and afford their home), they wanted a change!

So they hired a tiny house company to build their home and then moved from New Hampshire to North Carolina, where they have a spot at Acony Bell Tiny House Community. Their home features two lofts, a spacious galley kitchen and a comfortable living area. Enjoy the tour!

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Jim
    February 11, 2023, 1:20 pm

    It’s sad that the tiny house movement has became just another face of capitalist classism and elitism. It’s like the electric vehicle thing. If it’s not accessible to all it isn’t sustainable and it isn’t green.

    • James D.
      February 11, 2023, 6:23 pm

      It’s an understandable sentiment but actually, nothing really has changed about the movement. People just don’t all want the same things from it and not all people are going to be doing it the same way. Thus why the movement has promoted out of the box thinking and problem solving. There is just confusion because not everyone understands that diversity, that it even exists, that it should exist, and what it actually means.

      Like it does not mean less access for all but the opposite, as more choices gives more people options they otherwise would not have and helps assure the system can work for all and not just a few. Fact is there are more options available now than there were years ago and the trend is still continuing in that direction, even though not everyone is aware of it…

      It was just never a magic solution that made the reasons for all our problems just go away, like the economy is not something it will control. It was always just a method to become more efficient and help better control our problems but we always still had to deal with them and that will be an ongoing struggle…

      Especially, with concepts like sustainability because our resources are finite and the real problem is our needs have far exceeded our resources. Going tiny helps but doesn’t change that problem and means we still have to deal with limited resources and must learn to better manage them more like an ecosystem where everything is balanced. The mistake is assuming that means everything becomes equal and the same but that isn’t how ecosystems work because they deal with diversity and that needs to be accounted for it to really work…

      The needs of all people are simply not all the same, what’s efficient for one or two people will not be the same for a family, or the young vs the elderly, or children, or people with special needs, the fact people don’t all live in the same environment, don’t all have equal access to resources, won’t all live in the same area, etc. All of which means it takes up to multiple solutions that adapt, can complement each other, and change as needed to actually balance the system needed to support everyone.

      While solutions meant to cover a wider range of people are going to be less efficient but there are going to be limits to how much any system can adapt and change, which just means there will still be a place for those solutions that compromise.

      So there will always be different solutions to fit all the variables as there is no one size fits all solution that will work for everyone, everywhere, and be always efficient. Trying to force that is just a recipe for disaster and history has shown that will always fail, which is why we keep repeating the same mistakes but also because we are not recognizing the need for balance and keep on trying to force one solution, oblivious to how it effects everything else, and the actual results.

      This doesn’t mean things can’t still improve, as that is something we can always strive for, but it’s not going to happen overnight and it’ll take dealing with more problems than just the size of the home. People need to be more creative, adaptive, and willing to change. Along with being more accepting of diversity and the reality of making something work rather than an all or nothing attitude that isn’t realistic or practical.

      Key thing to understand is diversity also means there are other solutions too, some may just require more out of the box thinking and problem solving. Along with a willingness to accept different ways of life and even simply being different, to address NIMBY’ism and the other reasons we tend to make it harder than it needs to be…

      • Marsha Cowan
        February 11, 2023, 8:56 pm

        Well said, James 👍

      • Kathy
        February 12, 2023, 12:19 pm


  • Donna Rae
    February 11, 2023, 2:00 pm

    I like it. It’s aesthetically pleasing and arranged nicely. I don’t personally need lofts and would prefer the house to be a bit longer to accommodate a first floor bedroom but this one is great for younger people than me that are a bit more spry! I could do the stairs now but I’m thinking long term and that might get more and more difficult. I like the kitchen but for me personally, rather than having the table, I’d like it if the kitchen counter extended to make a lot of counter space and yet still usable for eating with bar stools. I can understand why the table would come in handy if you had more than 2 or 3 people needing table space for eating, though. Put a window above it and you could spend time there eating or working on art projects…or just people/scenery watching. I can imagine my own furniture and artworks in this fine tiny and it seems mighty homey! It’s beautiful. It’s compact without being claustrophobic. I could definitely see myself living there!

    • Donna Rae
      February 11, 2023, 2:20 pm

      Inspired by a comment about tiny homes not being green, I guess it’s not completely wrong if you insist on being absolutely green but it seems to me that it is much greener than the energy wasting McMansions we too often see being built. Tinies certainly use less energy to keep cool or warm, and they require less land. Perhaps there is room for improvement and hopefully the world will embrace better building techniques that require less materials as well as improved, greener materials.

      One comment about the little tiny village pictured from above. My biggest complaint about this and any other “mobile home” type of “park” is that they lack what makes a regular neighborhood so appealing. Trees. There are no trees. And maybe this one is relatively new but there aren’t even any young trees planted that will grow into good friends. I don’t think we need to live in sterile environments in order to go small. Take a look at some of the beautiful “pocket neighborhoods” from the 1920’s. They are quite lovely and are closer to a regular feeling neighborhood even though the houses are small. Aesthetics are important and living in a tiny community can be just as pleasant as other neighborhoods with some planning and effort. And, yes, trees can be planted in an arrangement that can still accommodate tiny houses coming and going with ease. I realize that living “tiny” as a more permanent way of life rather than the travel trailers we are used to so I hope that the places available for them to park can be pleasant places that encourage long-term living rather than spending only a week or so in a location. Food for thought, anyway.

      • James D.
        February 11, 2023, 6:57 pm

        “There are no trees.”

        Uh, the whole area is surrounded by trees and right in the thumbnail image of the video shows the couple standing near a young tree that’s near their home, and there’s quite a few planted around each lot. It just takes a long time for saplings to become full grown trees and a newly developed area isn’t going to be fully grown in to start unless they spend millions on developing the property to bring in adult trees.

        The criticism is valid for some other RV park type communities, some places it’s even required by law to keep the area clear, issues with seasonal fires, etc. may also prohibit trees being too close to homes, but that isn’t an actual issue for this one and they actually have trees. The older development sections are even further along and in the years to come it will eventually look very different.

      • November 16, 2023, 4:32 pm

        Unfortunately many of the videos were filmed in the winter when the trees are barren. Our site used to be a pepper farm and we planted over 240 trees inside the actual village. Many of them including the Norway spruce and sycamores will grow quickly and create incredible shade trees.
        It’s absolutely beautiful here in the autumn.

  • Marsha Cowan
    February 11, 2023, 8:59 pm

    It’s a lovely home, and how sweet to be out from under the burden of huge ownership and upkeep, right? I’m sure the creative juices can really flow in a beautiful place like the Acronym. I wish you the best.

    • Marsha Cowan
      February 11, 2023, 9:01 pm

      . . .Acony. My phone insists on respelling words right as I hit the submit button. Lol!

  • Liz
    February 11, 2023, 9:13 pm

    Love the location!! What an amazing way to fall asleep.

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