There are many obvious reasons to build a tiny house; you save money, live more intentionally and get to focus less on stuff. All of these reasons contributed to our decision to go tiny, but honestly, the real reason we chose this path is adventure.
In the summer of 2016, we decided to build a tiny house on wheels to travel more and actually invest in the places we travel to. On July 11, our dream officially began when we purchased a tiny house trailer – our first step in building a tiny house. Little did we know that we would soon sell the trailer and go with a professional tiny builder instead (more on that later!).
We can’t say for sure what got us thinking about owning a tiny house. It was probably a combination of HGTV overload and a dream to be more mobile. Either way, for a long time we’ve wanted to see what it was like to live somewhere else and be mobile enough to “live” in many different locations.
So why not just move away? The biggest reasons are work and family. Katie’s immediate family is in the Midwest and we don’t want to leave them completely. Katie has also worked at the same design firm for over ten years and wants to continue working there. Also, Jadon is a wedding photographer and needs to maintain his connection to Wisconsin to keep his job. As a word-of-mouth business, photography does not travel well.
How is a tiny house the answer? In short, it’s all about the wheels – wheels that we can pick-up and move whenever we want. We can live in Wisconsin when we need to and journey across the country when we want to. We’ll also save tons of money (mortgage, utility, gas, etc).
So how can we possibly prepare ourselves to transition from living in 1300 sq ft to roughly 200 sq ft or so? Two things: research and experience. Our first bit of research started in April when Jadon went to a Tiny House Workshop. He learned some helpful tips on tiny living. Second, we’ve actually stayed in a tiny house! Thanks again to Tumbleweed, we stayed at the Mount Hood Tiny Village in Oregon. It was an awesome experience that we’d love to repeat, but in a house of our own design.
Thanks so much for starting this journey with us. If you have any tips, questions or helpful advice, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org