Tracy and her family were ready for something different. Living in closer quarters in Santa Cruz during lockdowns was exhausting, but there was something magical about getting away to the mountains where her parents lived.
They’re now proud owners of a tiny house on wheels built by New Frontier Design. There’s a fun loft for their three kids, a big bathroom/closet area, and awesome lifted kitchen space for making family meals. They share their story below….
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New Frontier Tiny Home for a Family of Five
What got us in to tiny home living was, to put it simply, a yearning for a change.
We were a family of 4 (about to be 5) spending a LOT of time at home as most people were in 2020 and we found a reprieve visiting my parents empty lot just 30min away from the city of Santa Cruz, up the mountains.
It is a place where our kids got away from the confines of our house and neighborhood and they’d run around, dig in the dirt, find the perfect stick, hunt for ladybugs and wild turkey feathers.
It’s a place my husband and I could look out over the landscape and exhale. Life was simple there.
We’d pack food and make a day of it. We never wanted to leave and realized we would really love to live there, but could we?
My parents said they’d be delighted to have us there so I promptly looked into homes on wheels, into finding something we could potentially move one day to a property of our own.
I looked at RVs, skoolies, airstreams, tiny homes, you name it! I poured over blogs of families living alternate lifestyles.
From what I read, mamas living in unconventional homes reported they missed easy laundry access and a flush toilet.
So I decided on a tiny home on wheels with in-unit laundry and a flush toilet in the hopes that we’d last in it a good long while.
I got so intrigued reading about alternate living situations and minimalism, and why people were loving it.
I wanted to be eternally inspired and excited about our home, and if we were going to live in a small space I wanted to be in LOVE with it, especially if we wanted to live in it for at least a few years.
In comes New Frontier Tiny Homes, the most artistic and inspiring tiny homes I could find.
We didn’t have it all figured out (and still don’t) but one day I woke up and said to my husband “I feel like if we don’t place the order for the tiny home, it’s just never going to happen” and he thought for a moment and said “let’s do it”. So we did.
We are still transitioning to home on wheels, it can be scary and uncertain at times, but it has been a thrill.
We are living and raising our kids more connected to nature, be it spotting wild turkeys, ducks, shooting stars, new mushrooms, or coyote scat that has shown up overnight.
Living in a small space has forced us to get rid of most of the stuff we don’t need and be super intentional about the stuff we do have. Being mostly solar-powered has been a bonus. At this point, a tiny home has given us two tired parents with 3 young kids the adventure we have been craving, and we are having a whole lot of fun.
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Our big thanks to Tracy for sharing! 🙏
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