I’m excited to introduce you to this family of five (plus two cats and a hamster) who are living in a 40×12 tiny house on wheels at a KOA campground. They moved out of a 1700 sq. ft. normal house and into this 440 sq. ft. cabin on wheels. Please read their story in their own words below.
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Baird Family’s DIY Tiny House And Story (Family of 5)
We have finally gotten our house to where we feel comfortable showing it to people we don’t know (yet). The five of us (plus 2 cats and a hamster) live in our small cabin (on wheels) in a KOA campground. The exterior dimensions are 40 ft. x 12 ft.
We had been reading your newsletter for about a year and decided to build our own cabin. In looking for a property we could rent and use the yard for a construction site, I stumbled upon a listing for this cabin, and it was very close in design to the house we wanted to build.
We jumped on the opportunity to go small sooner rather than later, sold most of our stuff, and moved out of 1700 square feet and into this 440 or so square foot cabin. It was an excellent decision – we LOVE it! As is apparent in the video, there are still ongoing projects in the house, but we are very happy with where we are at right now.
I teach philosophy at the local university (Coastal Carolina), and my wife, Laura, has her Masters in forestry and hopes to work as a park ranger during summers when I don’t teach.
We also home school the little ones. The kids have made a video tour, which we put on YouTube.
Some of the things we have added to the cabin include:
We converted the front porch into a bedroom with a queen lofted bed and storage space on either sides of the mattress. One of the pictures is with our mattress in the middle of the living room. We slept in there until our porch was converted to a bedroom.
We built a spice storage area in the wall separating the kitchen and the bathroom. We have it almost finished
We built a fold-out dining table. It has three stages – folded under the counter and out of the way, folded into a small table that the 5 of us eat off of, and folded out all the way for guests. There is a stand that supports it when fully extended that we built as well. I designed the table and Laura built it out of a couple of display tables I picked up from a clothing store that went out of business.
We built a sofa bed to fit the space, with a memory foam mattress seat and cushions. It has two roll-out storage bins underneath.
We built a pull-out step for the bathroom to help the kids reach the sink better.
We built a cat litter room under the stairs, with a cat door going into the second step and a door that opens for changing the litter in the kids’ bedroom.
We built a fold-out sink storage compartment out of the unused strip above the sink cabinets.
We moved the exterior windows to the new exterior wall that used to be the front porch and built rough cut oak bookcases over the openings of the old window locations. We also put a fan that blows cold air from the living room to our bedroom and installed a high-power fan above our loft.
We wrapped loft posts in sisal rope for the cats to scratch.
We built a wine glass rack under a cabinet out of leftover tongue and groove cork flooring.
Anyway, I hope you will consider including our story in your newsletter. I have attached a number of pics, some during the construction process of making a walled-in porch into an interior bedroom. Feel free to use any or all of our photos and the video for your site.
Thank you for inspiring us!
William, Laura, Evan, Jasmine, and Jessica Baird
Video Tour of Family of Five’s Tiny Cabin
Our biggest thanks to the Baird family for opening up their home to us and sharing their lifestyle with us! Thank you!
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