Meet Chicago’s first tiny house resident: Toni Shelton. Toni, aka “Disco Toni,” owns an event planning/promotions/photography business. She’s a 5-time serial entrepreneur from the Hyde Park area of Chicago and was recently featured on the cover of California Magazine.
Now she’s living in an amazing tiny house of her very own in a residential area of Chicago. Pretty cool 🙂 The home was built by Timbercraft Tiny Homes, and it’s their Boxcar Model. See pictures of the house (with a first floor bedroom!) from Timbercraft and Toni below, and read more about her story on the last page.
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Chicago’s First Tiny House Resident: Toni Shelton
Cooking in her new tiny house!
Enjoying family in her comfy living room.
One happy family right there!
Here’s the model from Timbercraft
Wow that spacious loft is amazing! Great for guests or storage.
Pretty fun little spot.
Now that’s a perfect tiny house bedroom.
Look how happy she is!
From Toni Shelton:
Tiny homes are something that millions of people have become interested in, thanks in part to television shows that have shed light on them. They focus on minimalist living, yet provide people with the comforts they need. Chicago’s first tiny home has made its way to the city, fits in well, and is turning heads everywhere it goes. Owned by Toni Shelton, a Chicago icon herself, many people have questions about the tiny house, and she’s not shy about dishing up the answers.
“My kids all thought it was a joke when I said I was going to have a tiny house,” explained Shelton. “Once they saw that I was serious about it then they got on board and really like it. The tiny house process has been very exciting so far and I’m thrilled it was given to me.”
Shelton’s tiny house is just 200 square feet. It is 8.5 feet by 24 feet and this baby weighs in at 14,000 pounds. She worked with an Alabama-based company to design the tiny house, having a first floor bedroom, plenty of storage space for her shoes and clothing, and opting for her favorite earth-tone colors throughout. Once the tiny house was ready, she made her way with a friend to pick it up from the manufacturer. She then spent 2.5 days covering 4,500 miles to pull it to its destination. All along the way, people would marvel at the tiny home, ask questions, and want to take pictures of it.
“We felt like celebrities pulling the tiny house, because people were in awe of it,” added Shelton. “I’m thrilled to bring it to my home city, Chicago, where it will be a part of all that I have and do here. I’m happy to be Chicago’s first tiny home resident and look forward to spending time in it.”
Shelton has four grown children who are spread out from New York to Los Angeles, where she will end up taking the tiny home for vacations to visit them. When not on vacation with it, the adorable tiny home will be nestled into her Chicago neighborhood. She reports that it’s everything she thought it would be and loves how it brings her back to her down-to-earth lifestyle habits.
Deep down inside, Shelton says she’s a mountain country girl. She’s always enjoyed the simple things in life, is a nature lover, and eschews high priced luxuries, such as diamonds, designer clothing, and fancy cars. All she needs is just her Jeep Wrangler and a backpack and she’s one happy lady. People often ask her if she’d sell her tiny home, but merely laughs and says only for $100,000!
A Chicago native, Toni Shelton owns an event planning/promotions/photography business, and is known for her contributions to house music in the city. Known as “Disco Toni,” she has won numerous awards for her humanitarian and charity work, and has been featured in numerous magazines around the country. A 5-time serial entrepreneur from the Hyde Park area of Chicago, Toni has also spent time working as a Hollywood publicist and appeared on E! Entertainment Television. Shelton was recently featured on the cover of California Magazine.
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