Downsizing to a Tiny Home: My Tiny House Experience

My name is Don, and I have lived in a tiny house for over two years. Today, I want to share my story of downsizing to a tiny home and tell you some details about my lovely trailer. Let’s dive in!

Downsizing to a tiny home

1. Exterior

I am currently parked at North Mill RV Park in Louisville, Texas. The dimensions of the tiny house are 32*10*13.5.

My lawn is very important to me. My amazing neighbor Bob helps me take care of it, and I have the greenest lawn on the property, which adds to the color palette and is just so great.

I have a custom built 14 by 12 shed where I keep my BMW Adventure motorcycle, as well as my two mountain bikes. Custom-built stares that Bob built for me lead up to the entrance to the house.

Downsizing to a tiny home

2. Interior

I really love how much light this house has, with a lot of big bay windows in the living room area and windows above the sink. In the living room, I have a custom made wood fold up table that I use as my desk. The mason jar wall sconces were a nice little touch.

Of course, there is a TV, and the stairs lead up to the storage loft. The storage loft could fit a queen size mattress, making it a potential guest bedroom, but for now, it just serves as storage space.

This design is amazing with storage – it utilizes every space. There is hidden storage in the step compartments, slide-out drawers in the bottom steps, a slide-out pantry type door drawer and a whole closet full of cleaning supplies, all built into the stairs.

It was very important for me to fit in a big couch, so for two months I looked for one that would fit the dimensions. The couch fits four people, and this is such a great feature which I am happy I did not compromise on.

Downsizing to a tiny home

3. Kitchen design

In the kitchen, I have an L-shaped butcher block counter. We painted all the cabinets an offsetting color of blue that semi-matches the outside of the tiny house.

There is a 24 inch farmhouse sink, microwave, a four burner propane stove and a full-size oven. All the drawers are soft close, including the pull out trash can drawer and a slide out pantry. I use open shelving for dishes, cereal and family pictures.

The full size fridge and freezer was a must for me since I do not want to go grocery shopping too often.

Downsizing to a tiny home

4. Bathroom

The inside of the bathroom is the only part of the house that is painted, as everything else is natural pine. It was a non-negotiable for me to have a full size separate washer and dryer, which led to the decision of going for a 32 foot house instead of the original 28 foot length.

A 34 inch vanity fits perfectly in this space, topped with a mirror that lights up on touch. I am not a small guy, so a full size shower is a huge advantage, and it catches the eye, too.

Downsizing to a tiny home

5. Bedroom loft

What is so special about this loft is that I can stand up straight where the higher end of the sloped ceiling is higher. I use a queen size mattress, but a king-sized bed would fit here, too.

I have seen people complaining about how hard it is to make the bed, so I just spin the mattress around on the platform, which eliminates the need to crawl in. Two full size closets fit in here as well.

6. Tiny home journey

I am used to being on the road and living in small hotel rooms, which helped a lot in the transition. The adjustments in lifestyle were not as severe as I expected, as I was not using most of my big house anyway since I got divorced and the kids moved out. The divorce, as well as the property tax situations, were the main reasons I chose to downsize to a tiny house.

7. Downsizing process

The downsizing part was interesting after having lived in one house for 25 years. I had no idea I had accumulated that much crap.

First, I needed to decide what I wanted to keep and that would fit and then get rid of everything else. This included selling some bigger things and giving most of it away.

Then, I moved whatever was left into a 10 by 30 storage room, so I could try and make it fit into the tiny house once that was ready, getting rid of some more stuff.

Funnily enough, to this day I find things I do not need, and it is so freeing to let those things go.

Downsizing to a tiny home

8. The build

I tend to over-analyze things, so I had to do my homework. It took me about a year and a half of researching before I decided on a builder. Fortunately, he was very attentive to all of my needs and requests, and open to my ideas.

I was lucky to start the process before the prices for building materials skyrocketed because of COVID, so all in all this unit cost about $120,000, not including some of the appliances.

To replace it, it would probably be $200,000 nowadays. It is a pretty costly undertaking, and I know lots of people struggle with that, looking for a mobile home price for a tiny house, which is a completely different thing.

9. Benefits

I truly enjoy the combination of no property taxes, low property rent, and the free time that I get. It takes me ten minutes to clean the whole house, and the absence of all the household chores, such as mowing or watering plants, saves me so much time.

Downsizing to a tiny home

Would you ever consider downsizing to a tiny house? Would that be a big life change for you? Leave a comment below!

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