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Empty Nesters Downsize into a Tiny House

Twila and her husband were ready to downsize after their children left the nest, and Incredible Tiny Homes seemed like the perfect option. Not only could they have a professional home built, they could put it in the “Forest” tiny house community for only $250/month! Altogether, their monthly living expenses are under $350/month, which is just unheard of these days.

The simple home floor plan starts with the cozy living room and then moves into the kitchen space with an adjacent 3/4 bathroom. The stairs to the loft are at the back of the home, and have a sneaky “break apart” section so they can remove their washer/dryer if they ever need to! The dormer allows for some extra headroom and light in their loft bedroom.

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10 x 18 Tiny Home w/ Wood Siding & Loft Bedroom

The interior is all pine, with a loft bedroom.

They have a dormer on one side for light and extra space.

They added a couple of sheds, including this one for grilling.

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  • Twila and her husband had raised their kids and were left with a big empty house. Downsizing to a tiny home wasn’t quite on Twila’s mind, but after finding Incredible Tiny Homes, she was sold!
  • They live in the “Forest” part of the Incredible Tiny Homes village. They have a lovely partially-wooded lot.
  • The living room is just inside the door, and they have a mini woodstove in case the fire goes out. A mini-split provides supplemental heat.
  • While many people dislike them, the couple chose a loft bedroom and enjoy the cozy space.
  • There’s a compact bathroom with a 36″ shower stall, which Twila thinks is the perfect size.

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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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  • Marsha Cowan
    December 30, 2023, 11:57 am

    I absolutely love this tiny home!! : )

    • Pat Walker
      January 4, 2024, 7:59 pm

      Absolutely agree, Marsha. I love this so much. Reminds me of tiny houses of years ago: just what they need and nothing that they don’t. ☺️. Hope all is well with you.

  • Alison
    December 30, 2023, 6:27 pm

    Very enjoyable tour. The house and outbuildings are all very well planned. Looks like a great place to live!

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