Paula, a single mom, owns a 5-bedroom home. Her son was just about to leave the house, and she realized the transition into empty-nesting was going to be really hard on her. She ended up down the #vanlife rabbit hole and found herself intrigued. Thankfully, her younger brother helped push her to pursue her dream instead of talking herself out of it.
Now Paula owns a beautiful ambulance camper that she converted with the help of friends and family. It has her bed, a comfy couch, a compact kitchenette with flip-up desk, and even a shower/toilet. As her little legacy, she posts on YouTube about her travels and enjoys seeing the country. She’s just about ready to sell her “real house” since she’s realized none of that stuff is bringing her joy anymore!
Almost a decade ago, Danielle lived in Austin and was tired of the creeping rent prices. In her heart, she wanted to get all her friends to build tiny homes with her, so they could live in a little commune. While that didn’t all happen, about 6 years ago, *she* finished building her own DIY tiny house and has it parked on her uncle’s property in Oregon.
Danielle splurged where it mattered to her — on her brand-new trailer and cedar siding — and otherwise scoured Craigslist and the Re-Store for reclaimed materials to create her budget build. In the end, she spent about $25k on her home. It has so much character inside, with awesome pieces like her grandmother’s stained-glass windows and the fallen-wood railings. What do you think of what she did?
After suffering sexual assault, Sally found herself feeling unsafe in her three-bedroom home. She would need to check closets and bedrooms to make sure they were clear. But now that she’s downsized into a tiny container home, she feels at peace in her surroundings filled with artwork.
Her home has all she needs and with rent at just $500/month, Sally doesn’t have to worry about her finances anymore. She has a little pool on her rooftop deck, a comfy front porch, and there’s a Murphy Bed indoors so no ladders for her. Enjoy the tour below.
It’s so secret that restaurant owners/workers/chefs work long, tiring hours. And during the past few years, it’s been harder than ever to navigate the ever-changing laws and restrictions. For Captain Tucker, he thought buying an RV to put behind his restaurant where he could catch naps during his 14-hour days would be enough to restore his body and mind. Ultimately, though, he packed up the restaurant and took the RV to Baja for a schedule-less season of rest.
He kept his Class A RV fairly standard, bringing along his fishing gear, cooking supplies, and guitar. He made his own granola to sell on the side and has been surfing, kite surfing, and practicing his music while savoring the beautiful weather. Since his video tour below, Captain Tucker is back in the States and has re-opened his restaurant. Good for him!
I always enjoy getting to see a tiny house model that’s lived-in! We show off a lot of gorgeous, hot-off-the-press Escape models, but this one is extra special because Tyler has made it hers with artwork, plants, and mementos. She was trying to buy a home and put in multiple offers, but it all fell through.
That’s when she found this Escape Boho model that another family was selling after using it as an Airbnb. She found her awesome wooded spot at Cranmore Meadows in North Carolina, and she is building a life for herself and her cat. At first, she felt like it was selfish to go tiny, but now she is finding she has more time to give than when she worked her traditional job. What do you think of her home sweet home?
Laura, a social worker in the Houston area, designed and built this gorgeous 384 sq. ft. tiny house with a covered porch. She chose such a calming color palette for the interior, which makes it a true retreat from the rest of the world!
The bedroom loft is extra tall, keeping it from feeling claustrophobic (and allowing room for a much-needed bookshelf). She has a full bathroom, a faux-bricked living room, and a beautiful L-shaped kitchen. Tell us what you love about it!
This is Robin’s beautiful tiny house, designed with a full kitchen for her baking and a cozy downstairs bedroom. She shares the home with her two chihuahuas, Jack and Louie.
They live in a community called Park Delta Bay in Northern California. She has a dishwasher drawer, a full bathroom with a tiled shower, and a storage loft over her bedroom. Outside, she has a spacious deck that extends her living area.
You might remember Le’shaun’s hit rap single “Doin’ It” which she recorded with LL Cool J. Her first taste of tiny living was on the tour bus she lived on while traveling around the country. But eventually, she became the owner of a 2700 square foot house where she and her daughter lived during her daughter’s pregnancy.
When her daughter moved out, Le’shaun was interested in doing something different — so she DIYed a tiny house from a toy hauler/cargo trailer! But the self-proclaimed “undercover treehugger” didn’t sacrifice her style to go tiny. You’ll find a mini chandelier, a velvet love seat, and all kinds of glamorous special touches which reflect her personality and make her little space a home.
Some years ago, Lawrence decided to sell his little camper and get a tiny house, but his home on wheels was stolen while left overnight at a gas station! Despite the rough start, Lawrence was able to recover the home and went to live in it on his half acre property on Puget Sound in Washington.
He eventually decided to upgrade, and purchased a half-finished tiny house which he has completed himself. Oh, and did we mention that he will be debt-free in 9 months (including the cost of his property that he owns)? It’s a pretty remarkable story!
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