A TINY home owner has explained how building the mini house of his dreams saved his family from crushing debt.
Seth, a woodworker in Colorado, built the $3,000 house that somehow comfortably fits himself, his wife, and their children.
Seth’s home is a small trailer-style space that is covered with chic shingled wood and beautiful large windows.
Despite the small size, he managed to include everything that a young family could need, including a toilet, shower, work-from-home setup, and coffee nook.
In a YouTube video posted by Tiny Home Tours, the savvy dad talked about the adventure-filled life that comes with low-cost living.
He directed the camera to gorgeous black and white photos taken during a trip to New Zealand.
“Going tiny has allowed us to become debt free and that trip allowed us to celebrate,” he said in the video.
“It was a huge moment in Claire and I’s life.”
At first glance, the viewer can see a lounging area that includes an L-shaped couch in front of a television.
However, the couch can actually be shifted to be a queen size bed, and the TV, which is actually a computer, can be used for surfing the internet to get work done.
Above the common area is a vaulted master bed which Seth says provides a bit of privacy for him and his wife.
For Seth and his wife, sacrificing their morning brew was not an option when plotting out space.
So, the kitchen mainly consists of a massive espresso machine that the homeowner has for personal use as well as his coffee consulting business.
On the opposite side of the trailer, Seth set up a second loft for their two young boys.
The tiny space manages to fit a dresser for all their clothes, a huge pile of toys for the kids to play with, and two beds.
For everything else you could want, Seth built an extra large bathroom.
He crammed a washing machine, several cabinets of storage, a toilet, and a shower all in one room.
When asked why they decided to live tiny, both Seth and his wife agreed that the low price point was the main reason for making the switch.
“It’s pretty vivid in my mind the moment that we decided to build a tiny house,” Claire said.
“We watched a documentary, and the second the guy said he paid 20 grand building his tiny house, I said, you know, 20 grand is like one and a half years of rent.”
They said their home was built from an abandoned trailer that they found on Craigslist.
The couple saved extra costs by building everything themselves rather than hiring workers.
“We’re constantly changing things, and because I built it, I know how to rearrange it,” Seth said.