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She Went From Life as a Nomad to an A-frame Cabin

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Summer is an incredible woman who has been living tiny for years! She started off in a 1969 Shasta that she converted, and then other small nomadic spaces like an RV and a van. Then a couple of years ago, she purchased this great 1970s A-frame.

It needed a lot of help and a lot of paint, and after a year of renovations, she moved in! We got the chance to interview her about her tiny life below, so please enjoy reading her story.

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Her Amazing Renovated 1970s A-frame

In 2018, I purchased a 1969 Shasta Compact travel trailer I planned to renovate for weekend trips. This trailer was around 70 square feet and by the end of the renovation, I decided I wanted to travel full time in it.

For the next 3 years, I travelled the country in travel trailers, RVs, and vans and fell in love with the tiny living lifestyle. When I finally decided to settle down again, I knew a smaller home was the only option for me.

I purchased my home in November of 2021 and spent the next year completely renovating it. My a-frame cabin was built in 1974 and was in need of some upgrades. The renovation included a kitchen and bathroom remodel, a lot of painting, and even creating an open ceiling living room.

In the beginning, I was an online English as a Second Language teacher. I taught English to students ages 3-15 while living in the RV. After a little over a year on the road, my social media began to grow, and I transitioned into becoming a full time content creator.

Tiny living has showed me what is really important to me. Before I started travelling and living tiny, I had a 3 bedroom, 2-bathroom house over a basement. It always felt like I was working just so I could pay the bills on a house I was rarely at.

Going tiny has allowed me to have a life full of beautiful experiences I would have never been able to afford otherwise.

The hardest part of tiny living for me has always been how quickly the space can get messy. Especially when I was travelling in the van, cleaning up daily is necessary to feel like you have a functional home.

But one of the most rewarding parts for me is getting to customize the space and make it exactly how I want it.

When you’re living in a smaller space, you really have to get creative to make it work for your needs. I love the process of coming up with those innovative solutions.

As I mentioned before, the flexibility this lifestyle has given me is also a huge plus.

By keeping my living costs low, I have been able to travel the country and even save up for my dream home in the process.

My advice is to try some type of rental before jumping all in! If you are thinking of a tiny home or a van, try finding a rental option in a similar size to see if that space really works for your needs!

I often see people who are just starting out in tiny living go either too big or too small so I think feeling out what your needs actually will be is a great idea!

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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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  • RvNut
    October 30, 2023, 6:07 pm

    This home is gorgeous! Well done!

  • Paul
    November 3, 2023, 4:16 am

    That… is… one… very… nice… home. Can I come and live with you…???

    Seriously, you have done an excellent job turning that into your home. Well Done.

  • Victoria
    November 5, 2023, 5:49 pm

    WoW!!! I love your home! It is so homey and comfy looking. Beautiful garden and it seems to have a lot of space. I love the swing chair in the living room. I’d only leave it for a hammock outside. LOL I love the triangle spice cabinet and book shelf. Perfect use of those spaces.

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