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Woman Spends 3 Years Living in a Modern, Off Grid Tiny House – VIDEO

Dawn built her modern off-grid tiny house in a solar powered work shop in Nova Scotia, Canada, with her business partners, Jennifer and James, from Full Moon Tiny Shelters.

In the latest video from Exploring Alternatives, we get a full tour of her open concept, minimalist yet luxurious tiny house; and we learn why she was inspired to build it, how she adapted her life to fit in a small space, and why she thinks tiny houses are here to stay.

3 Years Living in a Modern, Off Grid Tiny House

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Image © Exploring Alternatives

Image © Exploring Alternatives

Video: 3 Years Living in a Modern, Off Grid Tiny House


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Danielle Chabassol
Danielle is a digital nomad who is passionate about tiny spaces, living with less, reducing waste and eating plant-based food. Danielle is half of the Exploring Alternatives blog & video project. You can find more of her at www.ExploringAlternatives.ca and her Exploring Alternatives YouTube Channel.

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  • Debra A Johnson February 19, 2017, 1:22 pm

    I love this tiny house. I am going to try to get an RV and hopefully be able to make it mine inside. I also have a cat and they love small tight spaces and so do I. Good luck with this and I am so happy that there are so many people that see the good that tiny house living is doing for the environment.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 20, 2017, 7:48 am

      It’s great for the environment! Less waste 🙂

  • ROSEE February 19, 2017, 2:41 pm

    Dawn: WOW! It is so empowering to see women living in tiny houses for a long period of time, especially off grid. I love the kind of lifestyle you have created for yourself, it is a happy, healthy and positive living arrangement.
    You inspire me to do some thinking of my own to create a tiny home for myself to accommodate my mult-crafted talent. It helps me to have some extra cash on hand.
    Keep up the good work as well as inspiring others.

    • Wendy February 19, 2017, 4:17 pm

      Agree! What a great role model for women and those wanting/needing to make positive change in their lives.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 20, 2017, 7:42 am

      She truly is an inspiration! She’s wonderful 🙂

  • AL February 19, 2017, 6:40 pm

    Love, love, love this.
    I truly do.
    I’ve camped a lot for extended periods & have really enjoyed it.
    I wish laws were more supported of these kinds of life choices.
    Thank you!!!! :):):)

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 20, 2017, 7:32 am

      I know, me too, AL!

      • ROSEE February 20, 2017, 4:33 pm

        Oh yes Al! I totally agree with you there on the support!

  • ZACHARY E MOHRMANN February 19, 2017, 9:24 pm

    It sure is great to live small and off grid, can’t wait to lighten my load even more and down sizing even further in the future….!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 20, 2017, 7:31 am

      I love the idea of off-grid living!

      • ROSEE February 20, 2017, 4:34 pm

        You’re way ahead of me Zach!

  • Sally Otwell February 20, 2017, 6:54 am

    My thoughts exactly! Love your attitude, an your great little tiny. Can’t wait for my new adventure to begin. We also are going tiny, and retiring at the same time. I don’t suppose I could get the name of your fireplace too. You go girl!!!

  • Andrea Hardy February 20, 2017, 12:35 pm

    Very intelligent commentary. So happy for this woman! We hope to do the same thing soon….I agreed with all of her reasons for choosing this lifestyle and I really enjoyed the video…also, loved the house!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 21, 2017, 7:14 am

      So good to hear from people living the life 🙂

  • Gail February 20, 2017, 2:57 pm

    Hi Natalie,
    Do you know what make and model Dawn’s “mini trucker fridge” is?


    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 21, 2017, 7:13 am

      Hi Gail — I’m afraid I don’t! This post was actually done by Danielle and I don’t know anything more than what’s in the video 🙁

      • Gail February 21, 2017, 12:49 pm

        Oops, ok…thanks!

  • Bigfoot February 20, 2017, 7:35 pm

    Really nice house & enjoyed the video ! Thanks for posting this. I like her approach to finding a parking spot. It’s a great option & there are plenty of people who need house/land sitting or a caretaker.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 21, 2017, 7:10 am

      Our pleasure! 🙂

  • alice h February 20, 2017, 7:50 pm

    One of the best explanations of tiny living I’ve heard yet. Great place too.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 21, 2017, 7:10 am

      Glad you liked it!

  • Kathleen February 21, 2017, 4:50 pm

    I got a lot more out of this video than any of the ones I’ve watched so far on the Tiny House Summit. She addressed topics I would benefit from. Inspiring and well done.

  • joni February 21, 2017, 11:47 pm

    Thank you for sharing your home and your life with us. I am a single 63 y.o. women that built my own tiny home 6 yrs. ago, a 22′ home, now, 6 yrs. later I have learned how to live an even simpler life with so much less, that I’m beginning to build myself a 16′, tinier home. It took time to feel what I did and did not truly need to live with/without. I love your home, thanks again for sharing.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 22, 2017, 9:05 am

      Wow Joni that’s so amazing! 🙂

  • Peggie February 24, 2017, 10:59 pm

    I love the idea of property sitting as a way to find a place to park your home. I also had a “light bulb” moment when she talked about why she hadn’t put a washer/dryer in her home. The idea of making deeper connections with people (or mooching, however you want to look at it) and getting your laundry done at the same time really made me think.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 27, 2017, 8:00 am

      It’s a fascinating concept!

  • Sidney February 26, 2017, 12:32 pm

    Loved how Dawn shared not only about the “nuts and bolts” aspect of her home but also the larger questions, such as “why you are doing it,” and “what’s important…what’s enough.” Having moved from a three-bedroom SFH in August to a 750sf mobile home last summer, I completely concur with Dawn’s assessment that “it’s shocking how little becomes really necessary.” My two kitties and I could easily enjoy less space than we do now…and it was a lot of work but a real pleasure to let go of SO many things. Thanks, Dawn, for your collaborative work with partners at FMTS and for sharing wisdom with others here, too!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 27, 2017, 7:55 am

      It’s so true! We need so much less space than we think we do.

  • Maxine March 13, 2017, 4:06 pm

    Wow, my dream is to own a Tiny House, I already own a 8 room house, now, I’ve got to ready to see it first tem venture out for my Tiny house, a little concerned about what State, but thinking about Mess, Arizona buying one already suitable to my taste. Thanks for sharing.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee March 14, 2017, 10:21 am

      I wish you the best of luck!

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