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Terry Scott’s 8×35 Tiny House That’s Half Storage Half Living Space


This is the story of Terry Scott’s 8×35 tiny house.

It’s a custom tiny house that consists of half living space and half storage space. What do you think?

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8×35 Tiny House That’s Half Storage Half Living Space

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8-ft. wide and 35-ft. long, Half storage, half living space!

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It’s almost like one side is a garage and the other side is the home, right?

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The rear of the tiny house…

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Side view… how do you like those windows?

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Alright, let’s go inside…

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Living area and kitchen area right when you walk in.

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You can see a little more of the kitchen from here.

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There looks to be a loft and storage area through the doors.

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Storage and some exposed plumbing.

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This has been Terry Scott’s 8×35 tiny house.

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Interview

Hi! So what’s your name?

Terry Scott.

Where are you from?

Lexington, NC.

How did you first become seriously interested in tiny homes?

Just by reading and learning about them over the last few years.

What type of tiny house do you have or are you working on?

8×35 thow built by another individual. Half living space half storage.

Why did you go tiny? What are you hoping to get out of it for yourself?

Turned in maintenance for stealing power where I was living. Was eventually forced to move from there. It’s extremely hard to rent when you own pets so that’s when I went tiny.

How did you figure out where to put it? Do you keep it in one place or do you move around?

Moved it to Lexington NC and set up in an old grandfathered in mobilehome park. Then found out that the county hates those and has not allowed me to hook to the electrical grid. First reason was because of not having a company name/hud sticker on it. Then even knowing I’m on a rented lot was told that if I put it on a permanent foundation I could have power.

What’s been the most challenging part about your tiny house so far?

Getting power

What benefits are you experiencing from it so far?

Cheaper cost of living.

What helpful piece of advice would you give to others who are interested in going tiny? What mistakes could you help them avoid?

In my situation I was in somewhat of a pinch. Try to plan well ahead. Also try to find someone a little more honest about why their selling it in the first place. Finally admitted to selling it for the same problems I’ve been facing. He built it in Fl. Then moved to SC.

Everything has been alright about living here with a generator even after the park has been sold. That is right up until I notified them of a leak on their water line. Now since I’m not hooked to the electrical grid I’ve been nicely asked to find somewhere else to move it to because fixing the line will be money out of their pocket and that they didn’t really want a generator in the park. This after first being told that as long as I paid my lot rent and was happy living like I am I could stay.

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  • Avatar Marsha Cowan
    October 5, 2020, 4:00 pm

    Well, it’s not the Hilton, but it looks quite livable, and looks organized the way you need it. It’s nice to have all that storage right next door. I live about 30 minutes away from Lexington. It is sometimes a hard place to settle if you are in unconventional RVs or living spaces. That’s true of almost anywhere in NC and many parts of the east. It is not that way out west, especially in AZ, probably because mining is so prominent, and the mine owners house their workers in RVs so they can transfer them more easily from mine to mine, so if you want to find a monthly rent in an RV park with all the amenities, you could move out west. Even Oklahoma has monthly rentals in nice places. Good luck to you finding a spot with electricity, water, sewer, and whatever else you need.

    • Avatar Michael L
      October 6, 2020, 11:44 am

      Thanks for the tips on finding a place to park the thow, Marsha. I was wondering about how easy it would be in NC. I really want to move back but have definitely decided that tiny living is for me!

      • Avatar Marsha Cowan
        October 6, 2020, 1:21 pm

        You could check out Craigslist or local newspapers in some of the smaller towns. Sometimes there are rental spaces in someone’s yard. Most counties allow people to put one mobile home in their back yard, but it has to be a certain length, meet the codes, and most of the time, you have to provide your own home. I would think that a tiny house would also be accepted by most people. Just a thought. The last time I checked, their were monthly rentals in a place in Wilmington, at the beach.

  • Avatar Bluesgirl
    October 5, 2020, 7:01 pm

    I know there are those that have nothing and would for a short term except this space because it’s better than the alternative Homeless
    However, seriously >>> white paint and some real thought to redesigning the interior

    I would wake up in a bad mood everyday if that was my space
    There’s no way this is mentally healthy to set up for any day to go and make a difference

    This is such a hoarder of crap where the design is wasted to cayos

  • Avatar Theresa Perdue
    October 6, 2020, 8:37 am

    Having a garage attached to your THOW is a great idea. The pictures do look a bit dark maybe painting the walls a light color might help? Finding a home at all let alone with pets is hard so his determination to keep his pets is commendable. In time this could be quite nice

  • Avatar Michael L
    October 6, 2020, 11:50 am

    Thanks for the tips on finding a place to park the thow, Marsha. I was wondering about how easy it would be in NC. I really want to move back but have definitely decided that tiny living is for me!

  • Avatar Vance Apolo
    October 7, 2020, 5:05 am

    I’m so glad the mainland has places you could rent somewhere in a park or someone’s back yard.I live on the Island of Oahu,no place like you have in the states.our Island is nothing but Concrete,it’s called progress?there is not much places to build.now on the Island HAWAII also known as the Big
    Island,but it depends where you live? you have to deal with the GODDESS of FIRE PELE?ALOHA until we hear again.

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