At 41, Ingrid was working her life away to pay for a mortgage she could hardly afford, and ended up moving in with her mom. But she kept seeing tiny houses and one day decided she’d build her very own — with absolutely no construction experience!
Determined and awesome, she succeeded! Even when suppliers would question her ability to install or build things herself, she did the entire thing in two years by herself, with just a bit of help from friends with some serious heavy lifting. She learned from YouTube and good ole trial-and-error. Just goes to show you that you shouldn’t let others put limits on you.
She shared pictures with us of her DIY build, named “Tiny Tootz” (pronounced like “tootsie”), and talked more about her experience building and going tiny below. Be sure to read her story! Follow her on Facebook here.
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Ingrid Didn’t Let Negativity Stop Her From Building Her Tiny
Here’s an in-progress picture.
I love the barn red with white trim!
Ingrid and her pups on the front step.
Her now-partner Matt helped her build this great deck.
What a great way to expand her living space.
Here’s her storage couch with tons of throw pillows.
Stairs take her up to her loft bedroom.
The whole home has awesome ranch-style decor.
Gorgeous beadboard inlays on the cabinets.
Washer/dryer unit and pull-out pantry.
Here’s her cozy loft bedroom.
A great shower to fit her needs.
While she started with this composting toilet pictured, she just upgraded!
Ingrid and Tiny Tootz:
Hi. I’m from West Australia. Six years ago I was crippled in debt by my mortgage, forced to work away in the mines to pay for a house I didn’t really want, because I thought I was supposed to.
Tiny houses kept showing up and one day I just decided “That’s me! I’m going to build myself a tiny house! A year later the trailer arrived and I started to build “tiny tootz” (pronounced like tootsie in the the movie).
I was single at the time 41yrs old and living in a rental with my mother after selling my 4/2 house. I literally borrowed tools, bought some tools, watched endless you tube vids on how to diy, read books of inspiration and just started ‘going for it’.
The process was longer than I expected (I had to get really creative with just 1 pair of hands doing the work) and double the budget I was hoping for, but that’s partly because of where I live and a lot to do with my taste for “little luxuries”….lol.
Two years later with just my two hands, two plastic trestles tables and a really good ladder, I was moving in!
It was and still is by far the best thing I’ve ever done for myself and my confidence in my abilities to achieve my dreams is unwavering because of it. A year after moving in I added the outdoor patio/deck which is free-standing and the deck is built in an old caravan chassis… all removable! I’m still making changes/improvements as I go, such as bench top dishwasher, natures head toilet, mini split etc…. but despite that, there isn’t a day go by that I’m not extremely proud and grateful for my gorgeous little piece of home!
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Our big thanks to Ingrid for sharing! 🙏
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