This is Neha’s Tranquil Taos Tiny House.
She and her family live here for a few months a year and you can scroll down to read our interview with her!
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Neha’s Tranquil Taos Tiny House
Interview with the Owner
What are your name(s)? Neha, Nishant
How many people (and animals) will are living in your tiny house? We are a family of three my husband, myself and our 9 year old daughter.
Where do you live? We live in Dallas currently and have made Taos, New Mexico our part time home. We plan to slowly make Taos our permanent home as years go by
Why did you decide to go tiny? What are you hoping to get out of living tiny? When we were newly wed for the first 5 years we lived in a small 600 sq. ft. apartment and loved it, I have always been a minimalist so downsizing has been my dream. Our home in Dallas is way too big for the three of us but we are in it mainly for my daughter’s school. Our regular visits to Taos made me fall in love with the laid back non mainstream lifestyle and its beauty so we decided to make it our part time home. Living simply has always brought joy to me and I hope to teach my daughter that we don’t need much to be happy. We love the outdoors and nature and Taos has plenty of that to offer.
How did you first learn about tiny houses? Surprisingly we had never watched the most talked about show on Tiny homes. We were on our summer break in Taos living in a converted ‘box car’ and felt like we needed something as small that to live in Taos. We started talking to people and one thing lead to the other and we learned about a tiny house in Taos.
How long did it take to finish your tiny house? 2 months
How did you build your tiny house? Our Tiny house was designed and built by a local Taos artist, Peter Gilroy. He had already finished making the home when we bought it. We added a few more features like the loft, murphy sofa bed. Peter is a perfectionist, he has done a fabulous job of using new and recycled eco friendly material to build the home.
How did you find a place to park and live in your tiny house? After deciding on buying the tiny house I read several articles and blogs on Tiny house ownership and parking. I was shocked how difficult it is to find a legal nice spot to park your Tiny home, almost like you are discouraged from going small. I was very glad I found your blog and a few more which helped me decide what I need to do parking wise. I was fortunate to find wonderful people in Taos, who with word of mouth helped me find a land to rent with all hook ups.
Before the tiny house, what was life like? Like I said, Tiny house is currently our part time home and we certainly agree that our current home is way too big for us, because the three of us end up in the same little spot all the time. We do have a big home and most of it is left untouched so we can’t wait to make some permanent changes in our life sooner than later.
What benefits are you experiencing after going tiny? Oh! The cleaning!! I can get it tidy in 5 minutes!! Extreme low dependency on utilities and its cost and our favorite part being cozy together yet we have vast space outside!!
What about some challenges? Certainly finding a spot to park was my biggest challenge which almost made me change my mind. We don’t have a tiny sink in the bathroom yet so we are learning to just use the faucet in the shower to wash hands. We don’t have a washer dryer or dish washer either, but in my opinion its not hard for me to live without them plus tiny living teaches one to be humble and be able to integrate more in the society. As I am learning to live 20 ft. away from someone on their land and use the laundromat to wash clothes. Its all new experiences and learning.
What makes your tiny house special? I am an eco-conscious person so the fact that my Tiny home is built with new and used eco friendly materials is huge for me. Peter, has put in a lot of thought into each corner of the home. The huge windows, french doors, 10 ft. ceiling and the clean modern design makes it really warm and inviting.
What is your favorite part of your tiny house? The kitchen! I love to cook and the kitchen has everything a gourmet chef would need to prepare a big meal, from the four stove burner, to oven, to a pantry, lots of storage and the huge barn style sink. I think if you asked my daughter she would say the loft!!
What helpful advice would you give to others interested in going tiny? Do your research on parking first. Second, even though tiny homes are considerably much cheaper than traditional homes, it is important to pay attention to the materials you use to build it with.
Do you have a website, blog, or social media page where we can follow along? No, blog yet I wish to write one soon to help others out on their journey. I do open my home once in a while to conscientious people looking to experience Tiny living on Airbnb.
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