In this post I wanted to share this story on a young married couple who build a tiny home with no mortgage or debt.
I don’t know what stage you are in life right now and for sure it’s never too late to build and live tiny.
I’m just saying wouldn’t it be great if more people decided to live in this way, no matter what age? I think so.
Not only is it more sustainable for our environment, but it’s a more financially sustainable life, too. Meet Jen, her husband and their new tiny house.
“Hi! My husband and I are just about finished with our tiny house so I thought I’d share as your page has been super influential to our build! “
(Thank you for sharing, Jen!)
Married Couple’s Tiny Home
A DIY tiny home like this might open up better options for yourself, your family, your health, and maybe even for your career.
What would you do with your life if you didn’t have a mortgage to pay, a big house to clean, and a whole bunch of stuff to look after?
To me, living tiny is a big revolution. Because it’s sustainable. It’s better for the environment. But it’s also better for us as people.
Meaning, it can also be beneficial for you personally whether it means saving more money, working less, feeling happier, etc.
Interview with Owner/Builders
“The idea of the tiny house came about four years ago to me when we had to live with roommates trying to pay off debt the Dave Ramsey way. Chuck was not very open to the idea… To say the least… And took my nagging (what a wife does best) to plant the idea in his head.
He got on board after living with roommates (a task of its own) and paying off all our debt, and saving up for a down payment on a home but then got all but laughed at seemingly trying to get a loan and the bank basically told us to get a few credit cards, build up our credit score, and come back in a few years.
Out of that frustration we started exploring tiny houses. First we looked at refurbishing an Airstream but Chuck at 6’2″ and our three dogs and cat thought maybe not after we found a listing on craigslist for a vintage one and he got to really feel the size of it. Then Tumbleweed had a listing on their email saying a rare offer for Tennessee of a man near Nashville was mid build and was trying to sell his Cypress 20 at cost.
We just dove right for the offer and got it. We worked with a builder/friend to practically take the shell that we bought and reconfigure it to our wants. It’s 20’x8′ originally but we added an extension for a closet of 2ft to go over the bed of a truck at the hitch side and changed part of the roof line to dormers.
Then the inside since we are crazy pet lovers and with my not wanting to climb a ladder daily we added stairs and reconfigures the bathroom to add a bit more room than the cypress plans and relocated the door from the kitchen to the living space to make a galley kitchen. Total cost of material with help/labor from the builder est $29,000.”
– Jen Drake-Feltner
Images © Jen Drake-Feltner
Why do you want to build and/or live tiny? Please share in the comments.
For me, living tiny has always been about gaining more freedom and control in my life so that I can do work that inspires and helps other people gain more freedom too.
How about you? Why do you want to go tiny or why are you living tiny right now? I’m curious so if you’re willing just let me know in the comments below.
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