Amanda is a single mom of two girls, ages 8 and 2.5. After flipping houses for awhile, she decided to settle down in not one, but two amazing THOWs built for her by Aussie Tiny Houses.
One home houses the living room, kitchen, bathroom and Amanda’s room, and the other tiny is split in half, with each girl having their own room and wardrobe. The homes (which are about 168 and 219 square feet, respectively) are connected by a large covered porch which nearly doubles their living space. Amanda (@amanda_lee_consulting) is now debt-free, and because her homes are off-grid, she spends very little in utilities. This allows her to spend most of her time at home with her girls, and work at her consulting business on the side. Awesome right?
We got to do a Q&A with her about tiny life, so be sure to read it at the end of the post.
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Love that she has a rainwater catchment system.
The outdoor living area really makes the home.
The robin’s-egg-blue door is lovely.
How cool is this window that connects the kitchen and outdoors?
Amanda says she loves the exposed rafters. Me too.
Here’s a look from the kitchen to the bathroom to the bedroom.
Amanda says someday she may put a couch here when the girls don’t need their little table.
It’s great to see a dishwasher. This is a must for me.
Love how light and bright everything is here.
She has a stove and two-burner cooktop.
Simple composting toilet and sink set-up.
There’s also a spacious shower stall.
Everything you need in a bathroom!
I light the high-up window for letting natural light in.
Amanda’s bedroom, with her television.
Love the wardrobe! So much closet space.
Here is the younger daughter’s bedroom.
Floor beds are great for toddlers!
Wardrobe keeps everything tidy.
The older daughter’s room. That horse painting!
What a wonderful home to grow up in.
Q&A With Amanda: Tiny Living with Kids
How many people (and animals) are living in your tiny house?
Myself and 2 daughters aged 8 and 2.5
Where do you live?
Sunshine Coast, Australia
How long have you lived tiny?
Almost one year
What do you do for work? Or do you travel full-time?
I am mostly a stay at home single mama but I have my own business as an early childhood consultant and parenting mentor. This allows me to book consultations around my girls as I never want to miss a thing, while at the same time allowing me to follow my passion of helping families
Why did you decide to go tiny? What are you hoping to get out of living tiny?
So many reasons, as I’m debt free I can work less which gives me more time with my girls. I also love being predominantly off grid and as eco friendly as possible. I liked being able to design something that was uniquely ‘me’ and suited my family specifically
How did you first learn about tiny life?
I had seen them on TV but my friend Emma really encouraged me to look into it more
How long did it take to finish your tiny house?
Approximately 3 months maybe
How did you build your tiny home? Did you have any help? Did you do it yourselves?
I had a professional tiny house builder build the tinies – Aussie Tiny Houses and they are beyond amazing, I highly recommend them. My dad built my deck and got me set up on location.
Are you comfortable sharing how much your tiny home cost?
Roughly $130,000AUD fully set up
What are bills/utilities like compared to before?
I have no water bill unless I need to pipe water in like I did during the drought which was only about $40AUD every 3 months, gas is about $20AUD a month, power is free as it’s solar from my parent’s property. My only real bill is insurance which is expensive at about $3000AUD a year (Tinies plus contents)
How did you find a place to park and live in your tiny house?
It’s parked on my parent’s property in their side paddock, about 65m away from their garage shed
Before going tiny, what was life like?
I moved house a lot as I liked to flip properties every year or so, so we have lived in big 5 bedroom houses and smaller 3 bedroom townhouses and heaps in between!
Is there anything from your old life that you miss?
Maybe having an indoor couch. When the girls aren’t using their activity shelf inside as much when they’re older I will likely put a couch there.
What benefits are you experiencing after going tiny?
More eco friendly, more spare time, knowing that I made this happen myself and that I created this beautiful life for my girls!
What about some challenges?
I’m not strong enough to empty the composting toilet chamber once a month so my dad does it for me. That and cleaning out the Grey water pump! No challenges besides that that I can think of
What makes your tiny house special?
I think maybe that I have two of them not just one. I wanted my girls to have similar bedrooms as they have had in my previous houses to minimise the effect of ‘change’. Both my girls are autistic so change is a big thing for them. They each have full sized bedrooms and wardrobes.
What is your favorite part of your tiny home?
Probably the exposed rafters. I love them! Plus so much storage and our view
What helpful advice would you give to others interested in going tiny?
Do it!!! Make it right for YOU not just because it’s pretty on Instagram!
Do you have a website, blog, or social media page where we can follow along?
Instagram and Facebook are @Amanda Lee Consulting. I post things about tiny house living, activities for children, Montessori, connected parenting and life in general! My business website is www.amandaleeconsulting.biz but no tiny house info on that one.
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