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Think Your Family Can Live in a Tiny House?

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A few days ago Anderson Cooper featured a family who is living in a tiny house.

They’re still young with two small children who are getting to share a sleeping loft with each other.

But don’t worry- the plan is to save up for a ‘small’ house in the very near future. They plan on paying for it in cash.

When you take the tour I think some of you will agree with me that the home is tiny yet still luxurious with its tongue and groove pine walls and elegant simplicity.

The family moved into this tiny house from a 1,500 square foot 3 bedroom home. A drastic change, but with pleasing results. Mom is able to save her entire paychecks.

They used Craigslist to find salvaged/reclaimed materials to keep construction costs low and did most of the work themselves.

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Family in Tiny House

Photo Credit YouTube/Anderson Cooper

Their utility bill is just $40 a month. Most of their other costs have been drastically reduced too. This is allowing them to save up incredibly fast.

Video Tour of Family in a Tiny House

Length: 1:57


For more, you can avisit the family’s blog directly at TinyHouseFamily.com where they blog about their experiences.

Do you think your family can live in a tiny house? Do you think it would be worth it considering the cost savings?


  1. andersoncooper.com/2012/04/06/families-discover-creative-ways-to-save-big-money/

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  • Laura
    April 15, 2012, 10:41 pm

    Hey, I have exactly the same plans! Living in the tiny house until I can afford land and start building my slightly bigger home – mortgage free! I only fear, that I may like the tiny house lifestyle so much, that I don’t want to move out again 8)
    It’s encouraging to hear about a family that took the plunge.

    • April 16, 2012, 3:00 pm

      We are that family. We share our lessons and joys from living tiny on our blog. Stop by for a visit!
      Hari (Mama)

      • Molon
        April 18, 2012, 3:48 am

        Was just wondering, how much was the land you built on? If you don’t mind me asking? Did the city hassle you about the home? I am looking to build, such a small home. Its been a dream of mine to have a smaller compacted space as habitation, just feels right.

        First thought that hit me, was visiting a friend, who built a home using two home depot shed kits as bases.

        Im sure there are many people out there who’d love to do this!

        Thanks for being so inspirational!

      • April 29, 2012, 4:18 pm

        Thanks for coming by and saying hi, Hari. Your family is inspiring.

        If any of you want to check out their site, it’s here: http://www.tinyhousefamily.com/

  • sesameB
    April 16, 2012, 11:39 am

    This was nice to read.
    This past weekend a free copy of this DVD – IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline –Colin Gunn $17.95, was sent to me free by director himself of The Exodus Mandate Project. Today I watched the DVD and was further informed about this timely issue in our society. Since graduating from high ‘skool’ myself, I have never attended my high school reunion. After high skool, I travelled the North American continent, visiting and staying a length in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, which is still one of my most favorable cities. I had a lively time. In later life, very late in life, I went to college and finished Henderson State University. I have never liked public ‘skooling’ back then and now.

    Years ago, I read John Gatto’s books, and donated them to the local library when I lived in Bismarck, ND in an efficiency apartment. I also read, Escape from Childhood John C. Holt (Author), as well as his other books years ago.

    This DVD – IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline –Colin Gunn sits alongside all of my small house books in my tiny home here in Arkansa.

    The Exodus Mandate Project is offering a one-year emergency plan to rescue Christian children from the godless, pagan public schools and to place them in K-12 private Christian schools or Christian homeschooling. This rescue plan, the “Call to Dunkirk ,” is named after the World War II event of 1940 in which 340,000 British and Allied troops were miraculously rescued from the beaches of Dunkirk in the face of the German Nazi War machine. State-run public schools have become destructive to our children’s Christian faith. They no longer educate but rather indoctrinate. Not only morally corrupt, public schools are unsafe because of the violence and crime that occurs in them on a regular basis.

    • April 29, 2012, 4:13 pm

      Thanks 🙂

    • NGD
      September 28, 2012, 9:32 am

      WTF has any of that got to do with tiny living?

  • Brooke
    April 29, 2012, 12:22 pm

    Awesome post! I’m on the same path too!! Although I don’t have children (I’m a single female) I’m saving for the same end result. I own my own business and it’s going well but I’ve always rented and felt like having a 30 year ball and chain of debt known as a mortgage just isn’t worth it. I have a budget of 15-20,000 to build a tiny house and want to use Slabtown Customs out in Arkansas. I plan on keep saving to buy land and then build my “small” dream home of 500-600 sqft too just like your family.
    My only fear is that I might not want to leave my “tiny house”! I’ll be sure to follow your story and just so you know, you are on the correct and true path. Don’t let anyone tell you any different. Now you have the time and money to live your life as you should!

    • April 29, 2012, 4:13 pm

      Thanks for sharing Brooke, right on!

    • Brooke
      May 7, 2012, 2:18 pm

      Regarding your comment on “food for thought on having children”. I don’t have children because, with all due respect, I simply didn’t want any and I got my tubes tied to make sure it doesn’t happen. Just because a female makes the statement she doesn’t have children doesn’t mean she automatically wants them in her future.

      Also, with all due respect to you, I am a carnivore and not a vegan. I love meat and eat it all the time. I am also one of the largest animal lovers on the planet. I have a dog and two cats and actually donate 2% of my yearly income to 4 different animal rescue groups in my area. If this Ruby woman is a vegan, good for her. It’s not for me.

      • sesameB
        May 7, 2012, 2:43 pm

        Thanks for the comeback–I, too, am childfree by choice. No harm intended. My tubes are tied, too. yeah, I agree with you about this Ruby woman who is trying to change the world.
        rock on Brooke!!

  • cj
    May 1, 2012, 2:17 pm

    I love this family’s home and had read about it on another blog. I too, was a fan of the great John Holt and am all for homeschooling to prevent the dumbing down and too also raise children of European descent in their true Germanic Pagan path.

    • JoJo Horowitz
      May 2, 2012, 5:34 pm

      you’re going to raise a litter of Nazis?

      • cj
        May 4, 2012, 9:03 pm

        That would be the “dumbing down” that I was referring to in my statement. Thank you for so perfectly demonstrating my point. 🙂

  • cj
    May 1, 2012, 2:17 pm


  • C
    May 1, 2012, 9:57 pm

    Something like this is in my future as well. I also moved from a 3 bedroom 1500 sq.ft. home a few years back. I’ll rent again until I can procure the land, permits, etc.

    • September 27, 2012, 3:23 pm

      Wishing you the best C!

  • Mick Russom
    May 4, 2012, 2:05 am

    Too bad in any area with decent schools the draconian psychopath 1% people will make sure as heck you cant build anything anywhere. The one-percenters will zone zone zone whats left of those trying to cling to middle class into poverty. Whats the point of trying to live in a shanty if you have to commute 50 miles or deal with schools with knife fights. The USA the land of the rich and the home of the debt slave.

    • September 27, 2012, 3:23 pm

      Valid points Mick. Thanks.

  • sesameB
    May 7, 2012, 1:34 pm

    I am back again, after continuing to garden, making kimchi, and sprouting as well as using my food dehydrator (whew), last but not least foraging for wild foods.
    I have enjoyed reading all of these comments. Keep up the good work Brooke.
    slowly sipping real spring water here in rural south central sunny Arkansas
    Mick says:
    “Whats the point of trying to live in a shanty if you have to commute 50 miles or deal with schools with knife fights. The USA the land of the rich and the home of the debt slave.”
    I agree with you 100%.

  • sesameB
    May 9, 2012, 5:52 pm

    A Change Is Gonna Come, Sam Cooke, 1963 is so inspiring.

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