Tiny Home Lifestyle

Happy Labor Day Weekend all,

As summer comes to an end and we celebrate all the workers’ and their contributions to their respective countries, it gives me pause to think about what that meant yesteryear and what it means today.  Unfortunately, I see a lot of people trying to cram a lot of fun into a three-day weekend before they head back to 12 hour work days.  In the United States, so many people are living to work, while most other countries are working to live.  Do we really need to have that big house with all of those rooms?  What is really important?  How much space do we really need.

As a residential drafter, I have worked with companies that design new construction with track homes and larger custom homes.  When I went out on my own and started The Chipman Group, I decided to focus on remodeling, renovations, and additions.  Now with the tiny home movement, I feel I have found my true calling.  I want to design tiny homes for people to be able to reduce their carbon footprint, reduce their debt and gain their independence so that they can learn to work to live.

There are small homes and tiny homes.  Small homes are considered to be between 400 sq. ft. and 1,000 sq. ft.  Tiny homes are considered to be any home under 400 sq. ft.  The average home in the U.S. today is 2,687 sq. ft.  People are conditioned to think they cannot possibly live in a small space.  I don’t believe this is true.  I think you need to evaluate what is important to you and what you really need, not want.  Tiny home plans are so creative and have so many bells and whistles, you can have everything you need.

I do not believe tiny home living is a fad.  It is certainly a lifestyle.  There will definitely be an adjustment period.  If designed right, with your needs put first, I believe it can be an easy transition.  So many companies are now designing products for tiny homes and there are also RV size appliances that make for all the comforts of a larger home.  With a main floor master and two lofts, you will have enough room to move about and not be on top of each other.  Another concern for people is having enough storage.  Again, creativity comes into play here.  With storage built into the stairs, under the built-in sofa and under the floor and beds, there are many options to find places for everything you want to keep.

This leads to the question, how much “stuff” do you really need?  Living tiny helps you to take stock of your life and what is important.  It is very freeing to remove “stuff” from your life and have the freedom to work less and enjoy more.  This also keeps you from buying more “stuff”.  Tiny living is financially beneficial on many levels.

Personally, I have decided that tiny living is for me.  Not only personally but professionally.  My business partner and I are opening a tiny home resort in the southern part of Belize.  I cannot wait to move there and start living tiny.  We have planned a resort with 2 owner tiny homes and 8 tiny homes for guests.  We want to offer people a place to vacation and get a feel for tiny living so that they can see if it is for them.  Of course, I still want to have a home in the states for when I have things to do there.  I will have a tiny home there as well.  I am fully embracing the tiny home lifestyle and can’t wait to tell you more.

 

‘Til next time!

Brenda

11 thoughts on “Tiny Home Lifestyle

  1. By the specifications you listed, my home would be considered a small home, but it sure feels like a tiny home with 8 people living in it! LOL I have seen a lot of stuff lately about tiny homes. I think they’re a great idea, especially for people who don’t need to have a lot of stuff, people who have just the basics and are happy with that. Good luck on your tiny homes business venture!

    1. Thank you so much Megan. Would you be interested in writing about your experience living tiny with a family of 8 and having it posted on our site? We would love to hear about your experience.

  2. Brenda, your post is fascinating! I would love to know more about “tiny home lifestyle.” I’ve seen some tiny homes, and they look so organized, but didn’t realize that it was a growing trend. One of my favorite lines is “In the United States, so many people are living to work, while most other countries are working to live.”
    That’s so true. We are working for the almighty dollar to buy more things that we don’t really need. And I’m a tad jealous if you are moving to Belize. My husband and I have said many times that we would love to retire and move to Belize.

    1. Thank you Cathy! I am obsessed with tiny living! Our resort, Tiny Heaven Resort, will be open the first part of 2018. You can try out tiny living and see how you like Belize. Keep us in mind!!

  3. I absolutely love this! I recently started a journey to Minimalism and I am completely intrigued by Tiny Homes. I had never heard of a TIny Home Resort. What a brilliant idea! I love it. I’ve bookmarked your blog and I look forward to hearing more about your Tiny Home adventures! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you Ashley! I have always leaned to minimalism but it is amazing when you start focusing, what you really can do without. We will have a lot more regarding tiny homes so stay tuned!

  4. Thank you for sharing my insight on small space living! So many people crave big homes and more space when we don’t consider that what is essential to us is more minimal than we are led to believe. Good luck on your new tiny home venture in Belize! I hope to stay there one day 🙂

    1. Thank you Jess! I just love all the excitement surrounding tiny homes and minimalism. We hope to have you stay with us also.

  5. I’m fascinated by the tiny home lifestyle and hope to one day live in one. We don’t live in a tiny home now but my spouse and I vacationed in an RV in the FL keys and realized that maybe a tiny home is a great plan for retirement. We have 3 young children and am actively working on a minimalist lifestyle but we’re not quite where we need to be. I do plan to continue downsizing to the point of a tiny home over the years. I hope to retire, debt-free in a sustainable tiny home.

    1. Stephanie, tiny homes are a great idea for retirement and a great way to help be debt-free. Good luck with everything. Stay tuned for more coming regarding tiny homes and minimalism.

  6. I will immediately grab your rss as I can not find your email subscription link or e-newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Kindly let me know in order that I could subscribe. Thanks.

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