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Vicki’s Retirement Tiny House With A Deck!

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Meet Vicki: For the better part of a decade she’s been downsizing from her 1,800 square foot home. First down to around 600 and then to 400, and then to about 250 square feet when she retired.

But after three years living tiny, she decided she’d like an addition for guests like her son. And perhaps down the road she’ll choose to sleep down there rather than in her loft bedroom. I love that she isn’t allowing rules or perceptions to keep her from having a home that works for her and her needs!

She has her home in a lovely park in Tennessee, and there’s a huge deck with an outdoor shower overlooking woodlands. Enjoy the Tiny Home Tour below.

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Vicki & Her Pup Loving Secluded THOW Retirement

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Vicki says she loves her deck most of all!

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She cooks nearly all her meals.

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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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  • Linda Baker
    July 31, 2021, 12:57 am

    This looks like a very well organized home, I’m wondering how she heats/ac and gets water/power. I think the be addition is a great idea and will give her the first floor bedroom she may need one day.

    • James D.
      July 31, 2021, 12:29 pm

      There’s a mini-split above the kitchen area, and it looks like she has standard power and water utilities on the present property with RV style hookups to the home.

      She’s been at a few locations, at least one location fell through because it lacked water hookups but the last Interview posted by the Builder of the home on her indicated she was previously at River Ridge Escape, GA but in this tour it appears she’s moved to TN, near Chattanooga… and as she’s building an extension it’s likely it’s her own property now…

      While it appears that the home is pretty efficient as she stated in the builder’s interview that her power bill is about $47 a month and she keep her house at a solid 68 degrees… Though, she does spend a lot of time outdoors and even added a ceiling fan to the porch…

  • Stephan of Arkansas
    August 1, 2021, 10:12 pm

    A lovely tiny l house. Well done.

    But I see what looks like a cast bronze Hindu goddess statue sitting on the floor of the living area. Hindu friends of mine tell me that is highly offensive to Hindus. If used at all as decor, the Hindu image should be lifted high in a place of honor, according to Hindu tradition. How would a Christian feel to see a crucifix turned into a table lamp with shade? Or a Jew to see a rolled copy of the Talmud sitting on the floor? Please people, let us be sensitive when we adopt the images and things of “exotic religions” as pieces of mere decoration.

    These comments are respectfully submitted.

  • James D.
    August 2, 2021, 3:49 am

    But sensitivity and respect also involves tolerance, as otherwise you don’t have mutual respect or sensitivity towards others of a different view as you’re insisting they only follow your believe and no others. There always has to be some level of give and take when different cultures and beliefs interact.

    Fortunately, most peaceful religions welcome those who wish to learn and care more about intent than technicalities. So it’s not always automatically offensive unless it is intentionally meant to be offensive or from people who are just looking for a reason to be offended…

    While lets remember this is a tiny house… There isn’t a high point that it would be visible and it’s not respecting it if it’s not where it can be visible. Bathroom, kitchen, etc. would also be less regarded than the living room, and respect also involves being able to take care of the statue… Keeping it clean, etc. and it’s mainly meant to be at eye level, which it is when she’s sitting and the different statues are meant to invoke different things in the viewer for what the specific one represents… So it’s a bit more complicated than you’re portraying it… Gotta remember context when judging…

    • Joyce Rader
      September 22, 2021, 7:54 pm

      Your middle paragraph comment about offense or intent can be used in many other arguments. I wish more people would understand that not every action or look is intended to be offensive to someone else. There are so many people intentionally acting as though they are offended just to stir up trouble. I like the way you wrote that comment.

    • Marsha Cowan
      September 24, 2021, 7:43 pm

      Well said, James. . .

  • Baxter Tidwell
    September 1, 2021, 5:05 pm

    I agree, respect is the key. For the owner, perhaps it’s just a piece of art made of brass and has no spiritual significance to her. If you think it should have significance for her, you are not respecting her and her property. Tolerance goes both ways.

    Rather than looking for something to be offended by, perhaps you could just allow others to live their life as they see fit, as long as they are not hurting anyone else (and putting a chunk of brass on the floor is not hurting anyone).

    • BJD
      October 10, 2021, 7:40 pm

      I have a tiny house with no storage snd need to add on or build a larger one right next to it. I must be near your area and would love to know who did your deck snd who is doing your addition!
      Please email, text or call. Thank you sincerely.

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