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Her 5-Year Plan to Go Tiny by Age 50


Jennifer was living with her two teenage sons when she first saw tiny homes on TV. She really wanted one of her own, but wanted to wait until the boys were off to college to get started. So she made a 5-year plan and three months ago moved into her adorable THOW called “The Hairy Respite.”

She lives in her house, custom-designed by Uncharted Tiny Homes in Arizona, with her three dogs. Every part of her home was thoughtfully planned out, from her large living area with a comfy daybed, to her downstairs bedroom with 8 feet of closet space, to her bathroom with a single unit washer and dryer and a doggie door.

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The Hairy Respite: Solo THOW Living w/ Three Dogs

Her 5-Year Plan to Go Tiny by Age 50

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Her dogs have a large covered kennel to play in.

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She prioritized a spacious living area.

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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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  • Linda Baker
    July 15, 2021, 11:41 am

    Well done? She said she rents her land which is very fortunate because her extra width might be a problem in some areas be and her covered dog area wouldn’t be possible elsewhere. How does she get her water and how about AC/ heat? Looks pretty barren in the pictures be so a shaded area would be nice – wondering how the Washer/dryer unit works if it is not just a combination unit, actually two separate units, joined but just stacked? Great planning and very livable with extra sleeping areas as well – just great.

  • Alison
    July 15, 2021, 2:08 pm

    It’s a very good design. I love the shower. Doggie door to outside run is a great idea. Kitchen looks like it would be super convenient and fun to cook in. The secret work desk is cool—when work is done just hide it away!
    The house is 10 feet wide, but how long is it? I’m also curious about her heating/ cooling system.

    • James D.
      July 15, 2021, 4:45 pm

      It’s 10′ x 34′ with 10′ x 8′ loft and the deck is 21′ long… There’s a mini-split over the entrance, electric furnace fireplace display under the TV, and ceiling fan over the main bedroom… She also mentions getting good cross breeze with both loft windows open and that filters to the lower space…

      • Alison
        July 15, 2021, 6:06 pm

        Thanks, James!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      July 16, 2021, 11:11 am

      I wish I had a hide-away desk. It’s a great way to keep a work-life balance while working from home like so many are doing now.

  • Rusty
    July 15, 2021, 10:35 pm

    Bright and cheerful, beautiful home. Thoughtful design, I love the bathroom and closet.

  • Marsha Cowan
    July 16, 2021, 9:59 am

    Wow! What’s not to love? The doggie/pen/bathroom idea is great. I absolutely love the hide away work area, as well as the cast iron steps to the loft on that beautiful barn door; covers several functions with one door. Love the kitchen and bath. Very practical and pretty! I lived in AZ for 6 years previously and understand about the gorgeous sunrises and sensets, and what a great deck from which to watch them. Where does one find a 21′ pallet anyway? You did a great job organizing and decorating the space, and I love the idea of more living space, too. It’s gorgeous!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      July 16, 2021, 11:07 am

      Same thought about the pallet! I could really use one of those.

    • James D.
      July 17, 2021, 11:43 pm

      There are many types of pallets and manufacturers of pallets can typically cover custom orders, since not everything shipped will fit the standard sizes. Ditto for skids as well… So everything from sheds to heavy machinery…

      If you’re near an area that gets such goods you may luck out and find a pallet that size or you can custom order them from one of the many companies that specialize in making pallets/skids… Or, you can just make one… More a question of whether it’ll handle what you intend to use it for…

      • Natalie C. McKee
        July 19, 2021, 2:02 pm

        I just want one to use as a deck haha. Good thought about checking for shed places…

        • James D.
          July 19, 2021, 2:53 pm

          Alternatively, you can just attach regular pallets together to get the size you want and turn that into a deck…

  • Nancy M
    July 20, 2021, 4:32 pm

    Love your home! Well thought out, and gorgeous! Love that you have lots of guest sleeping areas, and that you get to sleep downstairs. One of the best long-term-livable designs I have seen. Congratulations on your lovely home!

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