We interviewed Tim & Sam, the owners of Tiffany the Tiny Home, just after they moved into their THOW, and now it’s been nearly three years and they’re still living tiny!
In fact, the couple purchased a small island in Florida where they are in the process of building an octagonal tiny home on a foundation (@shellmate_island on Instagram) that they will rent out to others who want to try out the tiny life. They’ll continue to live in Tiffany, just in a more idyllic location they own.
Tiffany (@tiffany_the_tiny_home on Instagram) has such an elegant interior with dark trim, cream walls and stained glass windows. We caught up with Tim & Sam in our Q&A at the end of the post, so be sure to read that!
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The warm glow from the stained glass windows is so magical.
Love the details on the staircase! The couple also has an adorable cat.
Here’s the guest loft/storage area. Those cool wrought iron bars act as a ladder.
The kitchen has everything you’d need with a farmhouse sink, oven, and full-sized refrigerator.
Such a welcoming front door. Home sweet home!
They have a folding table on the right, and then the couch area, of course, on the left.
Here’s their washer/dryer combo. Such a nice feature!
This bathroom is truly swoon-worthy! The bathtub is wooden and removeable. How cool!
And here’s the sink area. Love the butcher-block counter tops throughout the entire home.
And a close-up of their kitty, just because.
While tiny homes definitely require downsizing, everyone needs some special knickknacks!
Finally, here’s the bedroom loft complete with his & hers stained glass sconces.
Video: Tiffany The Tiny Home Tour
Q&A with Tim and Sam: Life in Tiffany
What are your name(s)? Tim Davidson & Sam Cosner
How many people (and animals) will are living in your tiny house? Just us and our furry friend Oliver our cat
So what are the biggest things that have changed since we last interviewed you? I think the biggest thing that has changed has been we bought a new property called Shellmate Island.
Where do you live now? Right now we are at a campground North of Sarasota. Our spot is near the water and surrounded by big oak trees and Spanish Moss.
Why did you decide to go tiny? What are you hoping to get out of living tiny? We decided to go tiny because we wanted more freedom in many aspects. Seeing where our money went like clothes and things we didn’t see much value in that. We like to travel and live simply and spend time outside. Living tiny allows us to do all those things as well as keep or bills extremely low.
How did you first learn about tiny life? I think it’s always been on our radar, lots of Asian cultures live in smaller spaces and that always fascinated Sam. Probably one show or another really got us thinking that it was possible for us.
How long did it take to finish your tiny home? I believe the house took 9 months to build.
How did you build your tiny house? Did you have any help? Did you do it yourselves? We bought it from Adam at “A New Beginning Tiny Homes”. He is based out of Colorado now but at the time was in Davenport FL. We added a few custom touches but it was mostly done when we purchased it.
What are utilities/costs like month to month in comparison to your former life? Since it’s a smaller space the cost have drastically gone down. We don’t pay for water at the campground and the electric bill ranges per month at $30-40. Our stove and water heater use propane from the tanks on the back of the home and we refill them every other month so we budget $20 per month on gas.
How did you find a place to park and live in your tiny house? We checked online (Craigslist) and really utilized the maps app in areas we wanted to live near and started cold calling RV/Campgrounds in those areas. If they were not accepting tiny homes we would try and explain what they are and that it’s another revenue stream to the park. We ended up at an awesome and quiet spot and have been here for almost 3 years we loved it so much.
Before going tiny, what was life like? Pretty normal, we both had our own places (normal sized homes) and worked 9-5. We didn’t travel or save as much as we do now. We each also used to have more stuff, but neither of us miss that or could even tell you what it was. haha
What benefits are you experiencing after going tiny? I think some of the biggest benefits would be financially we are doing better in some areas. Mentally I think it has shown use some great improvement on how we deal with what feels like day to day static. It allows for less stuff to distract us from what really matters.
What about some challenges? It can be hard to get vulnerable enough to say, “I really need to be alone right now”. I think just open communication in general is a challenge but it’s one that is amplified by less physical space between two people. We also have to get creative about spending time outside (though we take turns going to our new tiny house in Sarasota).
What makes your tiny house special? She is one of a kind. Every bit of this home is functional, and so beautifully crafted. It is well loved and these 4 walls have given us a warm and happy home.
What is your favorite part of your tiny home? Hmm…I’d say the stained glass. It’s all through the home, but in the mornings, the sun splashes color all over the ceiling. At night, the lights inside make the stained glass glow and it looks so cozy and inviting.
What helpful advice would you give to others interested in going tiny? Jump in. Start exploring what it would take to make it happen, and talk to people who are where you want to be. Ask for advice. People in this community want to help you. Be creative and customize to your heart’s desire.
- Follow Tiffany on Instagram
- Follow Shellmate Island on Instagram
- Follow Tiffany on Facebook
- Tiffany The Tiny Home Website/Blog
- A New Beginning Tiny Homes (Builder)
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