Challenges & Benefits of Tiny House Living – Couple Shares Experience

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Nicky and Judy decided that a tiny house on wheels would be the ideal solution for the next stage in their lives: retirement. The low cost of living a minimalist lifestyle in 175 square feet allows Nicky to work less (Judy is already retired), and it allows them to enjoy living in their dream home, but with the option of moving to a new location if they so desire.

The couple’s tiny house, which they call “Tiny” for short, was built by Matt from Howling Dog Construction in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Some of the unique features of this tiny home include 17 windows to provide ample natural light for crafting, the winch-powered dog elevator which allows their aging Corgi to sleep in the loft with them, and the impressive amount of storage they managed to build into the house while maintaining a spacious and airy interior.

The interior design is a lovely combination of modern meets cabin with just the right amount of natural wood to make it feel cozy, but not so much that you feel like you’re in a dark gloomy cabin.

The exterior of the tiny house measures 25 feet long, by 8.5 feet wide, x 13 feet tall.

Some of the challenges the couple have run into include zoning by-laws (they were eventually able to register the tiny house as a mobile home but had to be connected to a septic tank for grey water), house insurance (during transportation and towing, and regular house insurance), and moisture and humidity levels that caused small amounts of mould to grow in areas like the wheel wells of the trailer.

They do have an HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation) system that exchanges the air, but they still need to open their windows every day during the winter to reduce the buildup of humidity from their breath.

Nicky and Judy blog about their alternative lifestyle at Learning To Reawaken:

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle

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