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Challenges and Benefits of Living in a Tiny House – VIDEO

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Nicky and Judy decided that a tiny house on wheels would be the ideal solution for the next stage in their lives: retirement. The low cost of living a minimalist lifestyle in 175 square feet allows Nicky to work less (Judy is already retired), and it allows them to enjoy living in their dream home, but with the option of moving to a new location if they so desire.

The couple’s tiny house, which they call “Tiny” for short, was built by Matt from Howling Dog Construction in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Some of the unique features of this tiny home include 17 windows to provide ample natural light for crafting, the winch-powered dog elevator which allows their aging Corgi to sleep in the loft with them, and the impressive amount of storage they managed to build into the house while maintaining a spacious and airy interior.

Nicky and Judy blog about their alternative lifestyle at Learning To Reawaken.

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Danielle is a digital nomad who is passionate about tiny spaces, living with less, reducing waste and eating plant-based food. Danielle is half of the Exploring Alternatives blog & video project. You can find more of her at www.ExploringAlternatives.ca and her Exploring Alternatives YouTube Channel.
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  • Jim
    May 9, 2017, 3:45 pm

    Doggie elevator. Yes!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 10, 2017, 9:11 am

      The best!

  • May 9, 2017, 5:18 pm

    Is the little house that is drawn with colored pencil on a sheet when you are a kid and tells a colorful world. But this is real ! The interior retains what promises outside, in the intimacy of a serene, unpretentious life.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 10, 2017, 9:07 am

      I love thinking about it like that, Gabriella!

  • Suzanne
    May 9, 2017, 5:23 pm

    I liked the way their beautiful home was completely designed for their specific needs (doggie elevator etc.). A real down to earth interview about living tiny. What a beautiful area of the world they live in hey? Really nice tiny home in a really nice spot. What more could you want?

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 10, 2017, 9:07 am

      I totally agree! The doggie elevator is fantastic.

  • Alison
    May 9, 2017, 5:24 pm

    That was a very helpful, enjoyable video, and their house is so nice. I’m glad they shared that.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 10, 2017, 9:06 am

      Me too! It’s always a pleasure to hear from people living tiny!

    May 9, 2017, 7:51 pm

    Love this tiny house, very comfortable looking. The video was excellent with good information.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 10, 2017, 9:05 am

      Glad it was helpful!

  • Patricia Chang
    May 10, 2017, 2:46 am

    What an attractive house! I like the floor plan, the stairs, the kitchen, bathroom and the setting. It is so nice. I especially love the compassion they have for their dog and his elevator. That is really special. This is an intelligent, well-informed couple that I admire very much. I am glad they have found a comfortable niche for the time being. Best wishes to both of them.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 10, 2017, 8:58 am

      The dog-love is great! As is the rest.

  • May 10, 2017, 3:38 pm

    I really enjoyed meeting this couple and seeing their home. Thank you and them for sharing. I’ve been considering going tiny for a few years now. I live near Vancouver, BC. In one segment, they were talking about insuring the actual home. Do you happen to know who they went with? Who was able to provide insurance? This, and where to park it, are the two remaining issues for me. Thanks very much. Warmly, Lyn

  • Patty
    May 10, 2017, 9:05 pm

    I like the warmth and hominess of their home. I think the lighting adds a lot to that, as well as the colors. The dog adds a lot, too!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 11, 2017, 9:35 am

      Dogs always add 🙂

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