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Denetra’s Leap of Faith: A Story of Transitioning to Tiny House Living

In the world of tiny house living, every journey is unique, and every story is inspiring. Today, we bring you the story of Denetra, a Christian-based therapist who has embraced the tiny house lifestyle with faith and financial wisdom. Her journey was beautifully captured in a video by Tiny House Expedition, a YouTube channel dedicated to sharing tiny house tours and stories.

Denetra’s journey to tiny house living began in a three-level townhome in Las Vegas. However, the pandemic pushed her out of her comfort zone, leading her to consider a simpler, more sustainable lifestyle. Despite initial apprehensions about the logistics of tiny house living, Denetra took the leap, driven by her faith and a desire for a quieter life closer to nature.

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Embracing Tiny House Living: A Therapist’s Journey of Faith and Financial Wisdom

Denetra’s tiny house, named Bethany Blue, is a 26-ft Tumbleweed Cypress Equator model. Despite its compact size of 272 square feet, the house is packed with functional and space-saving features.

Upon entering the house, you are greeted by a well-organized entryway with storage for shoes and coats. A cozy nook area provides additional storage and a comfortable place to relax. The house also features a storage loft, a dining area that doubles as an exercise space, and a kitchen equipped with a three-burner gas stove and an apartment-sized fridge.

The bathroom, complete with a flush toilet and a shower, is a testament to the practicality of tiny house design. The house also includes a home office, a necessity for Denetra’s work as a therapist, and a sleeping loft.

One of the most enlightening aspects of Denetra’s story is her approach to the financial aspects of tiny house living. She shares that her tiny house cost $98,000, which she financed through a tiny home mortgage loan. When compared to the cumulative cost of rent she paid over the years, Denetra found that owning a tiny house was a more economical choice for her.

Denetra lives in Acony Bell Tiny Home Village in Mills River, North Carolina, a community that embraces tiny house living. Set on 50 acres of land, the village offers a serene environment and amenities like hiking trails. Despite its tranquility, it’s close to Asheville city, balancing peaceful living with city conveniences. The community, sharing a commitment to simplicity and sustainability, supports and enhances Denetra’s chosen lifestyle.

Denetra’s story is a testament to the possibilities of tiny house living. As a Black woman in the tiny house community, she hopes to inspire others to pursue their dreams of tiny house living. Her faith played a significant role in her decision to live in a tiny house, and she expresses gratitude for her current lifestyle.

Denetra’s journey is a reminder that tiny house living is not just about downsizing; it’s about creating a life that aligns with your values and aspirations. Whether you’re considering a transition to tiny house living or just curious about the lifestyle, Denetra’s story is sure to inspire.

For more tiny house stories and tours, check out the full video on the Tiny House Expedition YouTube channel.

Video Tour: Solo Woman’s Tiny House journey led by her Faith & Finances


  • Denetra, a Christian-based therapist, transitioned from living in a three-level townhome in Las Vegas to a 26-ft tiny house named Bethany Blue.
  • The tiny house, a Tumbleweed Cypress Equator model, is packed with functional and space-saving features including a well-organized entryway, a cozy nook area, a storage loft, a dining area that doubles as an exercise space, and a fully-equipped kitchen.
  • The house also includes a bathroom with a flush toilet and a shower, a home office for Denetra’s virtual therapy sessions, and a sleeping loft.
  • Denetra financed her $98,000 tiny house through a tiny home mortgage loan, which she found to be a more economical choice compared to the cumulative cost of rent she paid over the years.
  • As a Black woman in the tiny house community, Denetra hopes to inspire others to pursue their dreams of tiny house living.
  • Denetra credits her faith as a significant factor in her decision to live in a tiny house and expresses gratitude for her current lifestyle.

Learn more

Tiny House Expedition on YouTube | Acony Bell Tiny Home Community

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Maria Kentala
    May 21, 2023, 6:31 am

    I love this house except for the stairs. I don’t know why they make them so steep. They should be made like a regular house stair case. Then worry about under the stairs storage later.

    • James D.
      May 21, 2023, 1:44 pm

      Well, it’s because it wouldn’t work for most layouts. The problem is always a combination of what will fit in the available space and how much space you are willing to take away from up to everything else to make it fit.

      Mind, regular stairs would take up to around double the amount of floor space. So you’d basically have the first step by the entrance and would have about half the walkway space to get around the stairs, which would make the home pretty unusable or at the least make daily tasks very difficult to do.

      While, at the time this was designed, options were limited to steep stairs or ladders. Now you can have other options like Alternating Treads or drop lofts that reduces the number of steps needed or similarly use a 5th wheel to use the Gooseneck instead of a loft for fewer number of steps.

      So there’s options with some better compromises now but you always have to keep in mind what will fit, what the space usage priorities are, and what’s trade offs are the easiest to deal with…

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