There are times in life when living in a tiny home sounds particularly appealing.
Perhaps you’ve had a stressful week at work, you were kept up all night by rowdy neighbors, or you just can’t remember the last time you got some country air.
Living in a tiny home in the wilderness is every introvert’s dream.
The tiny house movement has taken off, big-time. While tiny houses give you less space, they bring with them less expense and maintenance.
They also use less energy, which is great if you’re looking to do your bit for the environment.
Tiny houses really took off last year, but back in 2015, they were still something of a novelty.
So when one couple built a tiny home and named it “Tiny”, it was intriguing enough to make the news.
Judy Pratt and Nicky Duenkel own a tiny home that’s perched atop a hill with a beautiful scenic view of Cali’s mountains.
Despite the skepticism of friends and family, Judy and Nicky said that moving into their home felt “normal”.
The pair have learned to use the space they have really well, whether that’s using foldable tables, building cupboards into the stairs, or having multi-purpose countertops for different uses throughout the day.
The result of this space saving is that the home might be less than 200 square foot, but it feels much roomier than it is.
It took just 6 months to build Tiny from start to finish.
While the downstairs kitchen/living area looks pretty standard, there are some quirky features of the space, like a ladder up to the guest loft and a separate staircase to the “master bedroom”.
Some tiny homes have bedrooms that can feel really claustrophobic, but in Tiny, there’s plenty of space to sit up on the double mattress.
We’ve seen some pretty novelty tiny homes in these past years, but this is one of the simplest.
It’s not trying to be special – just a smaller version of home. There are cluttered bookshelves, a couch, miniature wardrobes in the bedroom, and a beautiful log burner.
But the most unique feature by far is the “doggy elevator”.
You read that right: the couple’s pampered pooch, Shanty, gets his very own old-school elevator to lift him up onto the second floor when it’s time for bed.
In a tiny house, every spare bit of space counts, and you’d think that living in such close quarters would take some getting used to.
But Nicky and Judy only have positive things to say about the tiny home experience so far.
Speaking about the convenience of living in a single living space, Nicky said:
“Everything’s close at hand. You don’t miss the extra space. It’s not taking much to heat or to power her.”
Judy was in agreement, adding:
“All of the space that we think we need, we don’t really need. What makes life rich and fulfilling has nothing to do with space.”
We hear her – but this would definitely be a different story if you lived with kids!
It’s fine if you’re sharing a tiny home with someone who respects your silence, but kids don’t understand how to do that. Luckily for these women, they only have each other for company.
Check out the video tour of their peaceful tiny home just below!
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