Imagine living in a space that measures a mere 168 square feet, more than 14 times smaller than the average American home. That’s the reality for one family of four who, for the past year, has been living in their “Tiny House” tucked away in the rural mountains of Virginia. It’s here, they say, that they’ve truly learned how less can be so much more. In fact, in just one year the family has managed to save about $3,000 a month by downsizing in more ways than one.
The move began when
Hari, her husband Karl and their two young children Archer and Ella were
forced to give up their 1,500 square foot home last year due to
financial struggles. Hari and Karl decided to take matters into their
own hands, literally, by building their new tiny house with just $13,000
in materials found on Craigslist. Karl’s a bit of a handyman, to say
the least. His parents helped build homes for a living and he learned
the ropes at a young age.
The Tiny House is temporary. The end
goal, they say, is to save enough to one day build a bigger home, one
that’s 100% mortgage-free. And with the amount they’ve saved so far,
they’re right on schedule to do so.