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Off-Grid Living in their Mitchcraft THOW

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You might remember when we featured this home as a new build back in May. Well, it gets better! Kay and Pete have moved in, and we did a little Q&A with them about their tiny lifestyle. I love seeing “lived-in” tiny houses, and their idyllic spot on family land makes the best backdrop for this home. They’ve created a little off-grid homestead with a DIY workshed.

This home might have the best layout we’ve ever seen — a large L-shaped kitchen, cozy living room nook, full bathroom (with a soaking tub!), and a gooseneck bedroom with a magnificent closet. You don’t want to miss it! Enjoy the Q&A at the bottom of the post.

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They have the home parked on family property.

The green cabinets are absolutely stunning.

There’s a little convection oven under the sink.

There’s a secondary loft over the living room.

The little round eating area is adorable.

Amazing views from their doors.

And from their kitchen window.

A perfect little book nook.

That ladder leads to the secondary loft.

She has a luxurious soaking tub in the bathroom.

There’s a full-length mirror and a little vanity.

Their bedroom is over the gooseneck and bathroom.

A cozy little bedroom.

I love the rope railings around her home.

Admire this beautiful closet.

The outer doors slide in to reveal hanging space.

Could you live here?

Interview with Kay:

What got you into tiny living?

My husband, Pete, and I value experience and adventure, especially in the form of traveling. It’s made us quite nomadic. After getting married we weren’t sure where in the world we wanted to “settle” or if we wanted to settle at all. We figured that, if parked on our family’s property, a tiny home could allow us to have the most flexible lifestyle possible while also having a solid home base to come back to, nearby to our closest family and friends.

Did you build your home or buy it? How long did the process take?

We partnered with Mitchcraft, an incredibly skilled team, who let us design a 100% unique build with them. The entire process from the decision to work with them, the designing process, to delivery date only took nine months (a typical gestation period haha it really felt like we carried and birthed our firstborn).

How has tiny living changed your life (for better or worse)?

Our quality of life has skyrocketed. The rewarding sense of ownership, the low monthly cost of living, and the ability to cultivate the land we sit on; the freedom to express our creativity in our home; the simplicity the space allows for. the interconnectedness to our environment; it’s all provided a new sense of fulfillment.

We live off-grid, relying on the sun for our home’s energy and it’s increased our consciousness of how much power we use. Besides building the actual house, the entire homestead is DIY. The driveway, the landing pad, the solar panels, the deck, and my husband’s work-shed was our own handiwork. By our first Autumn, we were able to plant trees and gardens which we’re eager to see bloom year after year.

What’s the hardest part of tiny living?

As someone who likes to style interiors and play around with home design, the square-footage limits my ability to use my own home as my canvas- however, that doesn’t stop me from constantly moving things around and switching things out. But when I go thrift shopping I have to say no to many great finds because we simply don’t have the space for them. But functionally speaking, the hardest part for us currently is deciding how to winterize our water system.

What’s the most rewarding part?

Simply coming back to a home we deeply love has been the best reward.

Any advice for people looking to go tiny?

The biggest challenge for going tiny seems to be finding a place to “park it”. For that reason, if someone is interested in trying tiny living, make sure you have a spot secured and you’ve done the research on any legal challenges you may run in to before you get your home.

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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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  • Wendy Morrison
    November 28, 2022, 5:34 pm

    Nice, but a silly question: why are the two stools at the table such different heights?

    • James D.
      November 28, 2022, 9:50 pm

      Foot stool…

  • bonny
    November 28, 2022, 5:45 pm

    Hi. Lovely tiny home. I esp. love the tiles in kitchen. – did you buy? And the rounded table. A video would be nice too?

  • Marsha Cowan
    November 28, 2022, 9:12 pm

    I love this house! The plants really add to the cottage feel that’s so abundant everywhere. The main sleeping loft is wonderful with the rope rails and great closet space but the kitchen is my favorite room. It’s so beautiful and organized. I love the living space, too. It’s just such a lovely house!

  • Liz
    December 4, 2022, 11:26 pm

    I am completely in love with this home. There is not one single thing I do not love. Fabulous!!

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