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Debt-Free Slowly-But-Surely Tiny Home Life in Durango

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Sometimes we want “it all” right away — I know I don’t have tons of patience! But Marty’s story shows that sometimes patience pays off.

He chose to build a bare-bones tiny house — which didn’t even have running water for awhile — over paying the high rent in Durango, Colorado for an apartment that wasn’t dog-friendly. For the past four years he’s been improving upon the space and adding plumbing, etc. to make it more like home for himself and his girlfriend.

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Living Debt-Free in His Durango, CO Tiny Home

He and his girlfriend do a lot of dishes, so they wanted a large sink.

The couch area includes a swiveling table.

Very handsome exterior with a metal roof.

He built it out quickly so that he and his dog could live in it, but it was bare bones. Over the past 4 and a half years, he’s continued to build and make improvements and now has a girlfriend who lives with him as well. It’s amazing what someone can do with a little creativity and hard work.

VIDEO: DIY Tiny House Debt Free Living Over High Rent


  • Living debt-free
  • Guy, girlfriend & dog
  • Tiny House community in Durango
  • Moved to Durango, CO
  • Found rental market super expensive, and hard to find a place to rent that accepts dogs
  • So he started building a tiny house
  • DIY build
  • Started with no running water
  • Now has flush toilet, etc.
  • Large sink
  • Regular-sized oven and fridge/freezer
  • Storage couch
  • Swivel table
  • Boat heater
  • Outdoor storage shed
  • Metal roof

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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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  • Diana
    June 29, 2020, 5:11 pm

    Nice job! Something really special about this one. Love the skylights, shower, kitchen….windows! Really nice and good for you! How much is lot rent there?

    • Natalie C. McKee
      June 30, 2020, 2:26 pm

      I’m not sure. The only community I can find on Google is the Escalante Village and it’s full and doesn’t have lot rates listed.

  • Kathy Murray
    July 1, 2020, 1:43 pm

    Where did he park have a tiny home? Only place I can find is the Escalante Village and it’s full/ rented units almost all the time. Would love to move back to Durango if I can find place to put more of a park model home, since I won’t be moving around.

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