A question almost everyone has asked us is “what made you decide to build a tiny house?” It is a great question…but not the easiest one to answer since “we just want to” doesn’t seem to be the response people are looking for. If you really want the full answer we have to go back in time about 5 years – to the purchase of our first house. It is such an exciting time, much anticipated, totally hyped up – buying your first home – one of the first milestones of your adulthood. But, how many of you rode the high of buying your first home and then about 3 months in thought, why the heck did I do this anyway?

Everyone is so excited for you – your parents, the realtor, the lender, your friends and co-workers – it is so easy to get caught up in the notion that it is the next step in life, this is what people do. We bought the nice new house and it was great, until it wasn’t.  First, you spend so much money making the house yours, then stuff starts to break and you have to pay for that too, then you have so much space you start to buy more stuff to fill up that space. It took less than 2 years before we realized we had become mesmerized by the American Dream and it was time to snap out of it, because this dream was not for us.

We sold our house and began to rent again and we told ourselves we weren’t going to fall for the house trap again, when we were ready we would build our own house and it would be about 700 sq ft. Over the course of a year we began to pair down our belongings, systematically going through our house room by room, taking several passes through each room over the months. We had reduced our belongings significantly, but we realized that we still had to pay rent on this house that was bigger than we needed. We also realized that we wouldn’t be ready for building this small dream house for a while and thought what are we waiting for? We can build a tiny house now!

And so our journey began! And we plan to share all the details of the planning, build and living in our new tiny house with you here! We look forward to sharing a new perspective with you all!

 

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