8.11.2014

Tiny Homes with Rachel from Our Yellow Door

 Hi everyone! Although we are officially back from our honeymoon (can't wait to share the details), I need a vacation from our vacation, but I will be back tomorrow for our In the Word link-up! Today, I have my sweet friend Rachel from Our Yellow Door talking about our shared love for tiny houses!

Well hello there, Sage the Blog readers! How ARE you today?? Good, I hope! My name is Rachel Nordgren, and Cassie invited me to Guest Post on her blog...which was awful sweet of her! Cassie and I originally connected through the #FridayIntroductions hashtag on Instagram, because I spotted her epic tattoo. Since then, it's been so much fun to read her sassy thoughts (that "Things You Should Never Say To A Bride" post? GOLD) and witness her passion for the Word of God.


Let me introduce myself - I'm Rachel, and I blog over at Our Yellow Door. OYD is inspiration for the simple life, celebrating the amazing grace of God, finding joy in the humble home, cultivating a joyful, Christ-centered marriage, and intentionally caring for self and others. I really love Jesus. I'm Hans' wife and dog-mom to Banjo, the sweetest and fluffiest 56-pound lap dog you'll ever meet. We live in Kansas and we want to move into less than 200 square feet. Sounds insane, right? Maybe! But we're not the only ones. For the past ten or so years, the "Tiny House Movement" has been growing. According to TheTinyLife.com, The Tiny House Movement is "a social movement where people are downsizing the space that they live in. The typical American home is around 2600 square feet, while the typical small or tiny house is around 100-400 square feet. Tiny Houses come in all shapes, sizes and forms but they focus on smaller spaces and simplified living. People are joining this movement for many reasons, but the most popular reasons are because of environmental concerns, financial concerns and seeking more time and freedom."

The Tiny Life Infographic 

Many people are choosing to build their Tiny Homes on flat bed trailers, in order to get around zoning codes and have a portable (but permanent) dwelling. These homes-on-wheels normally have a sleeping loft for the bed and a bit of personal storage, and then a "main level" with a bathroom, kitchen, and small living area. They also usually feature RV-like hookups for water and electricity, and many people choose to use a composting toilet, which requires little to no water. In order to make a Tiny Home "work", almost every space serves multiple purposes. The kitchen table may fold down to make room for a reading nook. The couch might have storage underneath for seasonal clothes. Maybe there are book cubbies underneath the loft stairs. Perhaps the closet contains both clothes and cleaning supplies. Tiny Home dwellers must be extremely creative with space, because every inch counts! A common theme among Tiny Home owners is the desire to live simply. Living in such a small space means there is almost no room of excess physical possessions or clutter. There's less of a need to spend money on home maintenance, repairs, furnishings, and "stuff". Tiny Homes are often much more environmentally friendly, too. There's simply less. Tiny Homes, depending on size, quality, and furnishings, can cost anywhere from $10,000-$60,000 to build. Even though they're not very large, they still include "expensive" aspects of a normal home - plumbing, hot water, electrical wiring, heat/AC systems, etc. Because Tiny Homes are, well, tiny, they don't require much electricity or heating/cooling, meaning that monthly bills are much smaller than a normal house. I read about one woman whose electricity bill is just $8 a month in her Tiny Home! Hans and I currently live in a house that is just under 2200 square feet. We have three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two living room spaces. We bought, gutted, and remodeled the house right before our wedding (in retrospect, the dumbest thing we could have possibly done to ourselves) and while - yes - it is way more space than we need, we love it. It's our first house, you know? However, we're quickly realizing that a grown-up mortgage eats up our income. We're also realizing that we deeply love simplicity, and desire to live a more minimalistic lifestyle. We want to have less stress, more freedom, and room in our budget to save and to give. A Tiny Home seems like the answer. You can read more about our Big (tiny!) Dream here and here!

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What do you think about Tiny Homes? Would you ever want to live in one?
 
Under Grace, Rachel

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13 comments :

  1. It's definitely a HUGE leap but I totally think I could do it like a few months out of the year- maybe during the summer??

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  2. I'm absolutely obsessed with them! I want one but my husband says I'm crazy and it's not happening. I watch every episode of Tiny House Nation multiple times and drool over them on Pinterest daily!

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  3. ME TOO!!!!!! Seriously though, we could do like a time share tiny house and then none of us would have to live in it year round? hahaha

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  4. I love this! I personally don't have a desire to live in a tiny house but I love all the benefits to it and they are definitely convincing! Over the years I have really tried to teach myself that a simpler life is so much better. Thanks for sharing this Rachel / Cassie :)

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  5. YES! Simplicity can be so hard to achieve sometimes but even making little changes can be life changing :)

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  6. Yes! I didn't even know this was a movement! Kevin and I are wanting to downsize for all of these reasons. I don't know about 186 sq ft but definitely something smaller than what we have now. Without kids yet, it's hard to know how much room you'll need in the future. Great post!

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  7. Thank you so much, Kelli! Yes - downsizing truly does come in all shapes and sizes...pun intended! There are some people who have kids in a tiny home, but I can imagine it would be a bit cramped. There are still tons of ways to live simply and practically with kids, though!

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  8. You're so welcome, Madison! Yes, the tiny home life definitely isn't for everyone. But, I do feel like it can spark a desire in us to live in a more simplistic way, no matter what our stage or station in life is right now. You're absolutely right - a simpler life is SO much better!

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  9. AH! I need to watch Tiny House Nation!! Thank you for reminding me, Kaitlin :) Maybe your husband will think you're less crazy if you can show him some of the benefits to living tiny!

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  10. There's totally a Tiny House Hotel in Portland! It's not the same as a time share, but it would still be crazy fun to go visit.

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  11. Haha that's ok! It's not for everyone, Jessica! Everyone's definition of "tiny" is going to be different. There was one guy that I saw that lived in a 60 sq. foot trailer tiny home...which is WAY too small for me! Simple and small living ideas can be applied no matter where we are in life!

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  12. Yeah! Starting off small (hehe...pun intended!) is a good way to get your feet wet with the whole Tiny Home movement.

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