When rent was about to hike up again, Eric and Gladys wanted to look for a less expensive and more sustainable long-term option. By chance, they landed on the perfect little cottage for sale on Facebook Marketplace that they could put on a wooded patch of land owned by Gladys’ parents.
The 372 sq. ft. cottage is pretty perfect! You walk into the main living area that they have set up with his and her desks. The U-shaped kitchen has full-sized appliances, and the bathroom features a lovely tiled shower. In the back of the cottage is their bedroom (no loft!). Be sure to read our Q&A with the couple after the photo tour!
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372 Sq. Ft. Pretty Blue Cottage in the Woods
The U-shaped kitchen has a cool waterfall countertop.
Their office set-up against the front wall.
One of their adorable dogs!
There’s a ceiling fan for airflow, and a mini-split to control the temperature.
A slider gives access to the yard.
A comfortable-sized bathroom.
This shower looks luxurious!
They have a decent-sized closet in the bedroom.
The tall ceilings really open up the space.
Yep, there’s laundry!
This definitely beats a loft!
With no couch, this offers them a place to relax.
There’s a little front porch where I would want to enjoy a cup of coffee.
What got you into tiny living?
Partly our desire to live a more sustainable life and partly out of financial necessity. Our rent increased last fall by $500 a month and we could no longer afford to live in our apartment. At that point we had considered going tiny for a while and decided it was a good time to set down some tiny roots.
Did you build your home or buy it? How long did the process take?
We bought our home from an unlikely place, Facebook Marketplace. A retired local builder / contractor build our tiny home as a hobby and decided to sell it. We got lucky enough to find it when we did. Before that, we spend a couple of months deciding whether to build ourselves or buy. We fell in love with our tiny home right away and decided to buy. My parents thankfully owned a piece of land that they cleared where they allowed us to park our home. The time frame from purchase to livability took about two weeks.
How has tiny living changed your life (for better or worse)?
We have only lived in our tiny home for five months, so we are still adjusting and learning to live small. It has taken this whole time to really figure out what is best for us, especially adjusting our pets to the new smaller space (we have two dogs and two cats!) thankfully, we have more yard space than we did in our apartment and that has been a positive change. The biggest adjustment has been in the kitchen. I love cooking and not having a dishwasher has been a challenge. Overall, tiny living has changed our life for the better.
What’s the hardest part of tiny living?
Remaining extra mindful of our space, especially living with a significant other. Having 372 sq feet of living space, anywhere you stand will most likely be in the way of the other person. Thankfully, this has brought us closer (physically and in our relationship)
What’s the most rewarding part?
Being more in touch with nature, living in the countryside, being able to save money and overall minimizing our dross and distractions.
Any advice for people looking to go tiny?
Do your research before committing to tiny living and once you decide, start donating or selling things you haven’t used in the last year. You will be surprised how many things you don’t actually need.
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