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They Sold Their 5,000 Sq. Ft. Home & Built A Luxury DIY Tiny House!

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I think most of us would agree that a 5,000 square foot house for two people is…excessive. That’s why this couple decided to sell their mansion and build their very own tiny house on wheels with all the bells and whistles. They’ve significantly reduced their overall footprint, and we should commend them for that.

Considering all the high-end features in this build, the $125,000 they spent in materials is actually pretty reasonable! And I love that they set out to do the build themselves when they probably could have afforded to contract it out. Plus the entire home is off-grid, with an awesome solar system and even a composting toilet!

The kitchen is any cook’s dream, and they have a roof-top patio that’s absolutely dream. Enjoy the video tour from Jenna at Tiny House Giant Journey below.

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Couple Goes from 5,000 to 300 Square Feet!

Just to get an idea of what they lived in before…

You have to watch the video to see all the brilliant storage in the kitchen (they even fit an espresso machine under the counter!)

They created space to make working from home simple.

Their wine storage is under his desk area!

They chose a loft bedroom with queen bed.

Clever floor storage for clothing.

VIDEO: Luxury, High-End Tiny House


  • 300 square feet
  • Built it themselves
  • Downsized from 5,000 square feet!
  • Huge truck to pull it and an electric smart car
  • Solar powered
  • Full “Smart” house connected to internet
  • Composting toilet
  • Work from home
  • Many multi-purpose furniture pieces
  • Clever storage ideas
  • Full washer and dryer

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • aydene t Militello
    August 15, 2020, 10:08 am

    I love following the tiny house ideas, which are applicable to big houses too. Let’s face it, lifestyle ahs a lot to do with going tiny. I for one am an Artist, with a studio and work spread all over my home, which, since everyone has moved out, would be considered too big for one person. I also do my own maintenance and love doing wood work. Cinco the cat lives with me, so we are a family of two, considering adoption a compatible dog. This tiny house is so well planned out, functional, and beautiful. I love it!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 17, 2020, 10:27 am

      Very true! Hobbies can definitely take up space, but they also help with our mental health.

  • Claude
    August 15, 2020, 12:01 pm

    I am amazed and wandering why people need to live in 5000 square feet house, if they don’t have 12 kids!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 17, 2020, 10:26 am

      Haha it is crazy to think about for sure! Glad they downsized.

  • Jan
    August 15, 2020, 5:41 pm

    Love this house! I was wondering what the name of the wood stove company is and also the cook stove.

  • August 15, 2020, 5:43 pm

    Gosh, what a gorgeous home! I especially love the kitchen ~ the storage, appliances and the ability to open it up to outside.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 17, 2020, 10:25 am

      Yes the opening-it-up feature really makes it! Especially if they chase the warm weather.

  • Sophia
    August 15, 2020, 6:04 pm

    This is beautiful and moreso for the fact that they built it themselves. That must be such a feeling of accomplishment. Thanks for sharing.

  • Sophia
    August 15, 2020, 6:08 pm

    Btw, I think their names are Julia and Robert, not Derrick and Kelly! 🙂

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 17, 2020, 10:12 am

      Ooops! Thanks, Sophia.

  • Kat
    August 15, 2020, 8:45 pm

    Fantastic! It’s so well thought out. AND it’s beautiful! Super impressed that they did so much of the work themselves. Bravo!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 17, 2020, 10:10 am

      Right? I love that part of it!

  • Tom Osterdock
    August 15, 2020, 9:05 pm

    Do they have plans available. I love it. Never wanted a gooseneck but this one has all that I want. Perfect.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 17, 2020, 10:10 am

      Hmmm I’m not sure, Tom. You could reach out to them on Instagram, though!

  • Pamela Scherf
    August 15, 2020, 11:29 pm

    Fabulous! What clever ideas.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 17, 2020, 10:09 am

      Full of clever stuff!

  • James D.
    August 16, 2020, 12:07 am

    @Jan – The Wood Stove is the Dwarf from Tiny Wood Stove… One of the few companies that caters specifically to tiny homes…

    While the 4 burner gas cook top brand is WOLF… Same company produces Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove for refrigeration, cooking, and dish washing products for luxury high end homes and commercial spaces…

  • August 16, 2020, 12:07 am

    Beautiful THOW! You guys have REALLY thought of everything. You’ve given me some inspiration. TY for sharing!

  • Theresa Perdue
    August 16, 2020, 12:20 pm

    WOW! A pot filler in a tiny house! I love it!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 17, 2020, 10:06 am

      Such a fun feature!

  • SDW
    August 16, 2020, 11:58 pm

    Hope there not palanning on moving that tiny home anywhere else if it over 102 inches.
    Because that’s as wide as it came be to be hauled down streets and highways in the U.S.
    I don’t think alot of people buying these tiny houses realize that. It use to be 96 inches
    but it got raised to 102 inches back about 15 years ago.
    Any wider than that and your required to have a vehicle in front and one behind with lights flashing
    and a sign on it that says wide load. and you can only travel at a certain speed.
    All RVs are no wider than 102 inches. (Federal Law)

  • James D.
    August 18, 2020, 3:40 am

    @SDW – Generally not much of a issue, over size products and vehicles travel across the country all the time. Getting the moving permit can often be done online and you just need one for each state you go through and go through within the scheduled time period. While escorts are not always required and in some parts of the country you can even get a long term permit that will last for a set number of months for a small fee… It just requires planning and usually route approval…

    There’s also moving companies that will take care of all the details for you and even ensure the home during travel… So less convenient but can still be done…

    Btw, local road maximum width can be much less than 102 inches. So you can need moving permits and oversize load stickers when traveling along local roads and not the highway… While the following states…

    North Carolina
    West Virginia

    All restrict 102-inch wide vehicles to interstate highways and other designated routes only… Massachusetts and New Hampshire add a twist in that 102 inches is legal, but that must include your side mirrors too. So the actual vehicle has to be less than 102 inches… Approved roads can also vary in width but usually are 12 feet wide lanes, with some states allowing more narrow roads…

    While not all RV’s are meant to be moved all the time… Park Model RV’s, for example are still classified as a type of RV but can be 10-12 feet wide.

    Then there’s manufactured houses, which will also tend to be wider but also require a special license specifically for moving manufactured houses…

    Too much weight can also be a factor and trigger the need for a special license but that requirement depends on the state that issues your license…

    There’s also over height permits if you need to transport something that’s higher than 13′ 6″… Though, western states can have higher max height limits of 14′ with examples like Alaska allowing up to 15’…

    So it can be complex but research the route you’ll take and it can be done…

  • Sheila
    August 31, 2020, 1:14 pm

    Wow! Beautiful. 🙂 <3

  • Diana
    August 31, 2020, 5:28 pm

    Such an inspiring story and beautiful home. Well done you did it yourselves which is really the best part other than the actual downsizing. Just found out my ex bought a 7500 sf home that he has his dementia second wife in and his 22 year old gf in. What a reversal of what most people are doing….I live in a tiny by choice myself.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      September 1, 2020, 1:19 pm

      Oh my! Glad you are enjoying your tiny life.

  • Eric
    January 30, 2021, 3:05 pm

    Oh my god!!! Is he drinking on the job??? Shame. On. Him. 🤣

  • Marsha Cowan
    August 10, 2021, 8:53 pm

    This tiny house is amazing!

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