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Michele’s Pawsitively Tiny House Update – Living Tiny For 5 Years And Going

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This is the story of Michele’s Pawsitively Tiny House. Recently, she reached five years living in her tiny house, and has recently made some pretty big changes, which I’ll allow her to fill you in on… Enjoy! 🙂

This is year 5 living in my tiny, and I have had many changes in the last 6 months. After living in the country for 3 years, I decided to move back to the city, (Cleveland, Ohio) to be closer to family.

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Michele’s Pawsitively Tiny House Life in 2019 – Big Move And Interior Redecoration

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Images © Michele Wilson

It was sad to rehome my pigs and chickens and leave but I am so very happy now that I did it. I am living legal in a mobile home park surrounded by metro parks on two sides and Lake Erie on the other and very cat friendly. There are 2 other tiny houses here and more to come very soon.

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My house is built on a reinforced camper frame, (so I am a legal RV), and I felt it would be safer to move it on a RGN trailer rather than tow it 100 miles. The move was flawless, tho it was stressful following behind your house flying down the highway at 65 mph.

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Images © Michele Wilson

I absolutely love living in my tiny house. You are not confined on style, for a few hundred dollars you can completely change your interior and get a brand new look. I decided to update my interior, and wanted to share the new pics of it and update my story. I hope your readers can get inspiration to do the same if they are bored with their current decor!

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  • Chardel
    October 28, 2019, 3:34 pm

    I love your tiny house.
    The way you decorated it is beautiful.
    I wish I were good at figuring out how to place things, I live in 447 sq. ft. and don’t feel as though I’m utilizing the space properly.

  • Michael Dewing
    October 28, 2019, 3:38 pm


    I’m looking for a two bedroom / two bathroom small house 900 square feet plans. Can you help and steer me in the right direction ?


    Michael Dewing

  • Marina Denel
    October 28, 2019, 4:12 pm

    Dear Michele, your house is so very sweet and lovely! Every piece of your tiny house is adorable! You are very creative and I appreciate your wor very much. It feels like a real home. I hope you are happy there! Good luck!)))

    • Michele
      October 29, 2019, 6:27 pm

      Thank you, I am very happy.

  • Diane Young
    October 28, 2019, 4:54 pm

    Hi Michele, I absolutely love your tiny house! I’m not as “lacy” as you are, but I’m definitely one of the “Queens of Shabby Chic”. Your place is just delightful. I’ve pretty much decided to do a van conversion on a Ram PowerMaster box truck that I plan to live in. Your sweet little place has shown me that I can Shabby Chic the truck with some of my favorite things that will really make it feel like home. Thanks for your inspiration. Diane Young

    • Yenhai Benson
      October 29, 2019, 3:40 am

      Hi, I love to see tiny houses on wheels. I would like to stay in it one day.

  • October 28, 2019, 7:31 pm

    Probably my favorite Tiny house. I feel it is EXACTLY what makes a home a home. True I would extend it to put the bedroom down but keep the decore and style. A little help on the foot traffic stair surfaces maybe is the only major change I can see. Countertops might need a rework as well. So often too much is expected when all you really need is a change of habits to find happiness with the sace you have. A single person using this format to pattern their own hideaway can be very successful be it Boho, Shabby Chic or simply a country cabin recycled look via Tiny Texas Houses. Looking for an example, Start Here.

  • Diane Gray
    October 28, 2019, 8:13 pm

    This is my most favorite tiny house of all on the interior. I adore it.

  • Shelly Thomas
    October 28, 2019, 9:00 pm

    Whats the name of the mobile home park

    • Michele
      October 29, 2019, 6:26 pm

      Euclid Beach park. It is actually where the old amusement park campgrounds were.

  • hunter
    October 28, 2019, 9:46 pm

    I adore the redo..i could be very happy in this home….

  • Nancy Willhite
    October 28, 2019, 9:58 pm

    Beautiful! I love your tiny home and the decorating is perfect. I have been in my tiny home for 14 months now and love it. I live in a beautiful forested area and there is an area here for tiny homes. There are about 40 here now with good sized lots and room for gardening. I am still looking to find some “perfect” items for my home for decorating and you have given me some ideas and inspiration. I cannot imagine living in anything other than a tiny home now. Loving tiny home living!

    • Michele
      October 29, 2019, 6:32 pm

      I feel the same way! My tiny makes me happy and I feel great coming home.

  • Carol O'gwin
    October 28, 2019, 10:06 pm

    I love your home so much. I am learning all I can to start my new journey to do same. I find it hard to find out what laws and things I need to know so far. I am 62 and my grandson and I are learning all we can. I wish you great happiness in your new place. Thank you for sharing.

    • Michele
      October 29, 2019, 6:34 pm

      I am turning 60 in 2 months, you are never to old to learn and start over. Good luck!

  • sandy
    October 28, 2019, 10:42 pm

    i have always loved your tiny house so feminine and homey.

  • John Baize
    October 29, 2019, 12:52 am

    fantastic job!

  • Michael L
    October 29, 2019, 2:04 am

    I’ve loved your home since the first time I saw it on here… Great job! Where did you find a park on Lake Erie? I have family in NW Ohio and would like to do that.

    • Michele
      October 29, 2019, 6:36 pm

      Euclid Beach Park. It’s very quiet and a great location right off the lake.

      • Michael L
        October 31, 2019, 9:40 am

        Thanks for sharing. Hope you continue to enjoy your new location in your beautiful home! Best if luck to you!

  • Rhonda
    October 29, 2019, 2:47 am

    I’d like to know how they managed to put it on the truck for transporting. Did they take the wheels or the frame off it beforehand. When looking at it the pix of the tiny on the truck it appears those features don’t exist. How did they tie it down. If no wheels, how did they manage to unload it?

    • Michele Wilson
      October 29, 2019, 6:24 pm

      A RGN trailer drops to the ground in the front, so I had a tow truck company load it and unload it for me. The wheels stayed on, so it could be rolled on and off. It was over legal height so the trucking company just got a permit. Total height of house on trailer was 14′ 2″ . They strapped the frame to the trailer, it was actually very easy.

  • Marsha Cowan
    October 29, 2019, 11:46 am

    This is still one of my favorite tiny houses! It is so lovely in every way, and yet so organized and comfy. I love it!!!

  • Lisa Justice
    October 29, 2019, 10:10 pm

    Yours still remains my favorite tiny, I’ve started drawing up my plans and yours is a huge inspiration!

    • Marsha Cowan
      October 31, 2019, 11:41 am

      Wow! Thanks!

  • Michele
    October 30, 2019, 10:17 pm

    Do what makes you happy and make it uniquely yours

    • Lisa Justice
      October 30, 2019, 10:30 pm

      Oh your style is so in line with mine and I would be just giddy with happiness living in anything that looked as lovely as yours for sure! 😀

  • Eric
    October 31, 2019, 12:15 am

    More is less… oh wait, isn’t it supposed to be less is more? LOL

    Obviously the lady has a substantial fan club. Certainly not to my taste but that’s ok.

    Variety makes the world go around.

  • Maria
    October 31, 2019, 7:20 am

    Love your house. Wish I had the building plans. I plan on going Tiny by the end of next year. I’ll be 65 and I’m going to put my two grown children and my grandson in my house that I own now. This way I don’t have to sell anything.

    October 31, 2019, 8:52 am

    Love this house ! , Everytime I see it I wish I could see it in real person just so I could take in all the detail . Wonderful house thank you

  • A Ashburn
    November 4, 2019, 11:36 am

    Curious as to how you access the staircase ?

    • michele
      November 5, 2019, 6:46 pm

      The third picture shows the stairs and top of the cabinet to the stairs.

  • Ann
    November 6, 2019, 9:50 pm


  • Gail
    January 18, 2021, 12:51 am

    Love your tiny home. I love the cottage look. I live in a 540 Sq foot apartment and I love it. It makes me happy to look at your decorating. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      January 18, 2021, 1:07 pm

      Glad to hear you are enjoying tiny living, Gail!

  • Teena Johnson
    July 15, 2021, 10:56 pm

    Hi Michele! Would you please give us an up date since your move to Cleveland. Are you still happy you moved, did you keep your rural property (just in case), how was the Covid lockdown in your new community, were you able to add a sink when you remodeled your bathroom, were you able to take your front porch with you, where is your hot water heater located, have you added gas logs in your fireplace and what things would you do differently if you were starting your build now? I love your tiny house, one of my top three all time favorites! Thank you for your posts and sharing your talent with us.

    • michele wilson
      July 30, 2021, 7:33 pm

      Thank you Teena for your kind comments. I still love living in my tiny house, even thru the lockdown. I did expand by adding a 12 x 20 deck off of the back. I took out the back window and put in a door, so I spent a lot of time outdoors. Living right on Lake Erie is also a plus. I have a tankless hot water heater in the bathroom above the toilet that I built into a cabinet. I still have one sink by choice. My fireplace is electric, keeps me toasty warm. If I had to build again, I would put the entrance on the side rather than the front. Other than that, I would not change a thing. I plan on staying where I am, but my parents are in their 90’s, so I am prepared to move into their large backyard with my house when they need me.

  • Teena H Johnson
    July 30, 2021, 8:29 pm

    Thank you for the update. You have a great talent for design and I loved your country set up with your white picket fence and all the flowers. I’m so glad the move has been good for you. Thanks again, Teena Johnson

    • michele wilson
      July 31, 2021, 5:19 pm

      I still have my white picket fence and an even bigger flower garden! Priorities!!!

  • Nancy Lee Willhite
    July 30, 2021, 9:54 pm

    Hi Michele, I love your home! I live in a tiny home (366 sq ft) and have been thinking of adding a door in place of the large window in my bedroom. I plan to stay here forever and because I only have one exit out I need to think about being able to get out in case of fire, etc. Can I ask how difficult it was to replace the window with a door in your home? The window there now is 48″ by 35″ clearly big enough to crawl thru but not an easy task for this 66 year old woman. And of course I will have to have a small deck built too. Thanks for any advice or suggestions you can give me.

  • michele wilson
    July 31, 2021, 5:18 pm

    Nancy, I am 61 and had no problem putting it in. Getting a prehung door will be much easier. My opening was not standard so I had to cut both the frame and door down a few inches. If you need to cut the door, make sure you get a solid wood door. There are so many videos on youtube, anything is possible. I never even use my front door anymore, I am so happy I put it in. Good Luck!

  • Debora Roseburg
    September 21, 2021, 7:14 pm

    Michele, your house is perfect! I love it. Do you have a blog? I have a camper I would like to re-do.

    • Michele wilson
      September 22, 2021, 10:41 am

      Thank you, I do not have a blog but feel free to ask me any questions. Good luck on your camper redo, my next project is a bus redo to go on the road.

  • Liz
    January 19, 2022, 2:58 pm

    I absolutely LOVE your beautiful tiny home. I love white, pink, lace, roses, worn furniture and Shabby Chic styling. You nailed your home design on every front to MY preferences… lol! Getting my own tiny home or camper to redo and live in is my retirement dream. I’m 67 now…just looking for a layout that works for me with a downstairs bedroom and a long(ish) kitchen counter. I am a soapmaker and need that space to continue my craft. I wish you many more years of happiness and contentment in your swoon worthy home. I already see many things I would like to recreate in my own space. Thank you for sharing your home and leaving me feeling very inspired!

    • michele wilson
      February 27, 2022, 7:38 pm

      Thank you for your very kind words. I am glad I could inspire you, many people do not like my style but for me it is perfect and fills me with happiness. I do a lot of crafting in my house and having a large outdoor deck helps a lot. I also have a large shed which I keep a lot of tools. Even though it is tiny, I still find space to enjoy doing things. I wish you the same joy in your tiny house that mine has given me.

    March 3, 2022, 12:02 pm

    After over 6 years living tiny, I am sad to say I am putting my house up for sale, I am moving into my elderly parents home to take care of them. If anyone is interested you can email me direct, [email protected]

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 3, 2022, 3:27 pm

      Oh Michelle so sad to hear! What a blessing you are, I’m sure, to your parents.

  • Teena H Johnson
    March 3, 2022, 4:23 pm

    I too am sorry to hear you are having to sell your beautiful home. I hope this new journey in life will not be too difficult. Care giving can be challenging and hard on the provider. Take care of yourself and update us when your next tiny house adventure begins.

  • Trudy
    July 2, 2022, 11:56 am

    WOW!! What a AMAZING Job you’ve done!!! 👏. It looks so cozy!! I could TOTALLY live Tiny!! 🤗

  • Debra Thiry Points
    July 17, 2022, 3:34 pm

    Dear Michele, I have flagged every article I could find on your tiny home. It is so perfect in every way. I dream of having a similar tiny space such as this. Although I know you have probably sold and moved to help your parents, I am curious to know, what was the square footage of your tiny place? Did you have any zoning issues to consider in putting it down in a more permanent place? As time goes on, more “Granny Pods”, and “Mother-In-Law apartments” are starting to pop up all over, most requiring a permit for “Additional Dwelling Unit-ADU” from local zoning offices, I wondered if you had a difficult time getting everything squared away to live where you did?
    I wish you blessing upon blessings in helping your parents, and establishing yet again, a new living place. Thank you for sharing the stuff of dreams for all of us to further dream about and pursue!

    • michele wilson
      August 29, 2022, 10:04 pm

      Thank you for your kind comments. I miss living in my tiny house. I am still trying to make my new house feel like home, but it is not the same. My tiny house was 8.5 x 18 with a 6 x 6 loft. When I lived in the country I moved to a township with no zoning so it was not a problem. When I moved to the city, I moved it to a trailer park. I think the most difficult part of the tiny house movement is finding a place to put it. I suggest to everyone that before you make the decision to buy or build, secure a place to put it first. I have heard of many unhappy endings because of this issue. Good luck with your dreams, where there is a will there is a way.

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