This Couple Downsized to a Tiny House With Their Saint Bernard
Jenna from Tiny Tours visits the Acony Bell tiny house community in North Carolina. There, Cate and Brian live with their Saint Bernard dog, Jack, in their tiny home named “Faith.” The couple used to have a large home but recently downsized to a tiny house. They feel happier and freer after their tiny house downsizing.
Cate explains that she grew up poor. Growing up in poverty gave her this mindset that if only she owned more, she would be happy. After she made money selling her books, Cate and Brian decided to buy a large home, and fill it with their dream furniture and items.
They waited and waited for the house of their dreams to bring them happiness, but they kept feeling more stressed out instead. Finally, they sold their home and moved into a tiny house. Now, they feel freer, more blessed, and happier. Brian can even get away with working less since they have fewer expenses.
When designing their home, function was key for Cate and Brian. That’s why their living room, although cozy and homey, has sofa cushions that hide storage. The kitchen is at the center of the tiny house, at the heart of the home, and sits right next to a massive closet.
There is also a table and chairs for gathering and enjoying family meals. The bathroom has quartz countertops, a bathtub, and a large bowl sink with farmhouse vibes.
On either side of the home is a loft. The stairs to the loft were built by a neighbor in the tiny house community. The stairs open (and the bottom two pull out as well) for extra storage.
One loft is the boys’ room. Cate and Brian have two grown-up sons in the military. When they aren’t home, their room becomes Cate’s office. The other side is the master bedroom.
Downsizing to a tiny house
Brian and Cate found that downsizing to a tiny house brought them happiness and freedom. Sometimes cutting back on what we own is more enjoyable than owning too much. What can you downsize in your life? Let us know in the comments.
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