If you lost both your business and your house and were struggling to make ends meet, how far would you go to regain some financial stability for your family? When this couple found themselves in that position a few years ago, they got to work and built a “tiny house” for their family of four.
They were on Anderson Cooper’s talk show this week talking about how the decision to downsize so drastically has changed their lives. In the photo above, they’re standing in front of the house they built to show how small it is.
They also marked out the footprint of the house on his stage–and it’s not much bigger than the couch they’re sitting on:
They built the house for about $12,000, and with the money they’re saving each month, they’re hoping to build a larger, mortgage-free home in the future.
If you missed their segment, here’s a clip (there are more on Anderson’s website):
I also enjoyed the post “Tiny House Reforms a Messy Housekeeper.”
They were featured on the Tiny House Blog, which has more photos of the house and details about how they make it work (laundry, food storage, etc.).
I think it’s inspiring to see how creative and resourceful some people can be in tough times. How well do you think your family would meet a challenge like this?
P.S. Visit my “Tiny Houses” page to see more, including…
- A Family in Arkansas Downsizes from 2,500 sq ft to 320
- Tiny Texas Houses: Pure Salvage Building
- Living in a Tiny House: Marcia’s Cozy Red Caboose
- Toronto’s Littlest House