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Lilia set out to build this amazing tiny house with Jakob, her partner who suddenly passed away of cancer after they finished construction. The home was intended to give them more freedom, and even though he’s not with her anymore in body, she is living in that freedom in their home together.

Having a tiny house has allowed Lilia to quit her job and do yoga and sell towel ponchos. The home has a lovely couch that Jakob did all the upholstery for, and they used IKEA-style cabinets to outfit the large kitchen for their love of cooking.

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She loves to relax outdoors on the hammock.

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They were foodies, so they made the kitchen spacious.

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A queen-sized bed in the loft looks comfortable and airy!

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  • Lilia and her partner, Jakob, built this tiny house together as a great DIY project.
  • Jakob died suddenly from cancer in just four months, leaving Lilia behind with the house.
  • She shares many sweet memories about the build and special features that Jakob put into the home, which remind her of him constantly.
  • After his death, she got into cold-plunging and a friend gave her a towel poncho. They came up with the idea to sell them, and now she’s quit her full-time job and does marketing for her ponchos!
  • Living tiny has allowed her to chase a new life after the grief of losing Jakob.

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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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  • Marsha Cowan
    January 26, 2024, 8:39 pm

    Amazing story. Wonderful home. God bless you in your new endeavor and on your new path.

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