This is the story of how one woman gradually downsized from a four-bedroom house, to a one-bedroom apartment, and finally to her very own custom-designed and built tiny home on wheels that you see here.
The move to tiny officially started a decade ago in 2005 when Jewel began downsizing. Over the course of ten years, she transitioned into a small one-bedroom apartment. Today she’s happily living tiny in her very own little home on wheels after over a year of designing and planning. Her trailer is 28′ long and an additional 4′ of porch space was added onto it.
When you go inside Jewel’s tiny house you’ll find a desk nook, living area, bedroom loft, den loft, floating staircase, kitchen, large closet, screened-in porch, Juliet balcony, and more! In total, Jewel’s tiny home offers about 330 sq. ft. of space inside. Please enjoy the photo tour and interview below to learn more and help us spread the word to inspire others by re-sharing with your friends at the bottom. Thank you!
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Images © Glyn A Stanley
What inspired you to want to build a tiny house?
My original dream started in 1992 with an “agreement” with my daughter as she started kindergarten that she’d buy me an RV so I could travel when she made it big. 🙂 In late 2013 I stumbled on Macy Miller’s TH and her story and my dream took new shape. My daughter graduated from Harvard Law and is an attorney so she technically still owes me. 🙂
How did you know that a tiny home was right for you and when did it happen?
My plan has always been to live lighter as I got older so I wouldn’t have to work as much and as hard. I wanted a lifestyle that would allow me to travel more, to be free(er) and less obligated. So that when I happen to decide I want to move to a new place it takes less effort and is less expensive. So I started the downsizing process in 2005 and over the course of 10 years went from a 4bd/3bath home to a 1bd/1bath apt. When I stumbled on Macy’s house it just clicked as the next step to be able to take my house and my favorite things with me when I want to relocate to eliminate the relocation costs and headaches associated with packing and looking for a new home in a different location. I spent the next few months researching and planning and purchased my trailer in October 2014.
How did you get your tiny house built? How long did it take?
I took my plans that me, my sister and good friend worked together to design to a builder and hired him to complete my project. The build started in mid-March and was complete for the most part by the end of May.
If you could go back, what would you change about your tiny house project?
There was some unnecessary stress associated with my build process and I didn’t get to really enjoy the build like I’d envisioned.
What are some of the good things you’ve discovered so far while living tiny?
My build helped me realize I know more and am stronger than I often give myself credit for. I’m 4 months in and I still love my house, which is a great feeling of knowing the researching and planning were spot on and paid off. I’ve become lazier to a point, I just want to be still and relax in and enjoy my house. 🙂 I’ve connected with some really cool people in the TH community and because of my participation on the HGTV show other people have shared that my story has encouraged them in some way. It’s also really great to be able to look around and know you’ve accomplished something like this, the actual realization of a dream.
What are some of the challenges associated with going tiny?
Location, location, location, finding a good location for TH parking and changing the mindset of cities to be accepting of THs. Also, a lot of things associated with TH living are new so there’s no set way or roadmap to follow so you’re figuring things out along the way and maybe making it up through trial and error. Then people can be “interesting” about THs and while they wouldn’t stop at a stranger’s “regular” house and knock on the door and ask to come in or peer through the windows, they’ll do it at a Tiny House.
How long do you think you’ll live in your tiny house?
I already have ideas for different designs I’d like to build, but I see myself living here for a long time. Maybe I’ll also have a “weekender travel version TH”. Though I also see a Container Home on a beautiful island in my future. 🙂
What do you think you’ll do with your tiny house if/when you grow out of it?
I think I’d have to keep it some kind of way for sentimental value, like maybe in a TH museum or something. 🙂 I don’t think I can see anyone else living in it unless of course the price is right and maybe I get visiting rights, lol!
Images © Glyn A Stanley
Images © Glyn A Stanley
Learn more: MyGypsySoul.com and on Season 1 Episode 6 of HGTV’s Tiny House, Big Living
- MyGypsySoul on Facebook
- Watch Jewel’s design/build project on HGTV’s Tiny House, Big Living
- Watch the entire episode on Amazon
Our big thanks to Jewel for sharing her wonderful tiny home and life with us!
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