Modern TINY HOUSE with Kids! They Saved Big on Mortgage by Downsizing their Home

Modern TINY HOUSE with Kids! They Saved Big on Mortgage by Downsizing their Home


What is minimalism and can it be
achieved with two small children? In today’s episode, I’m going to
introduce you to Hannah and Josh, who have recently downsized to a
tiny house with their two young boys, ages three and one. Without further ado, let’s take a tour of their gorgeous
home located on a farm in Northern Washington. Hi, I’m Josh and I’m Hannah and this is our tiny house. We recently moved to the area after
living in a big city and we tried to buy a house, but after placing a
lot of bids that fell through, we looked into alternative
living situations. We decided to go tiny after we saw this
tiny house on the Facebook market page. We were able to pay for it with cash
because it was a secondhand, tiny house. Having two kids in a 280 square
feet is challenging at times, but it’s also really fun.
Family time is 100% of the time. What is the plan for as they
get older? Put them in a tent. This is kind of our five year plan, so because we’re able to pay
with cash to buy this house, we’re trying to save up more money
so there’ll be elementary age kids. When we probably decide to expand
our home size a little bit, all we really need is inside 280 square
feet and if I have a smaller house to maintain, then there’s just less worry come on into our home. It’s 34 feet long, eight and a
half feet wide, 13 and a half tall, so legal to go down the road as a trailer. We cook full time three meals
at least here every single day. We did not want it to feel like
a tiny home galley kitchen. We wanted it to feel like a full size
kitchen and when we looked at this, this was the reason we
bought our tiny house. All of our drawers are deep and the
ones on top have secondary drawers, all soft closed drawers. So our
two little kids can’t slam them. And we have butcher block
countertops. We have floating shelves, which are fun to decorate and make
the space seem a little bit larger. We love our farmhouse sink.
We love that it’s white. Our one year old and three year
old often take baths in this sink. And I love the fact that it has a window
right here where I can look out and see the kids play. We can look out
and see the farms in the area. We have a full size oven
and range with five burners. These are nice spice, little jars. They’re magnetic so you can just
put them on any metal surface. It’s kind of fun. They have a
really pretty honeycomb shape. So this is our fridge. It’s 10 cubic feet. So technically an apartment size
fridge, but it fits our family. of four’s food for two weeks. Just fine. Like we don’t feel like we need
a huge fridge to be okay here. This is our barnyard door. It rolls on
gliders. It is a chalkboard. But, um, our poor child who used it didn’t realize
you couldn’t use anything other than chalk on the chalkboard here
we have a washer dryer combo. I at first I wasn’t quite sure about
it because we had a separate washer and dryer in our last house
that had higher capacity. But now that I have a washer dryer combo, I kinda love it because I just
put the laundry in, I start it, and then when I come back a couple
hours later, it’s washed and dried. There’s no switching it over.
There’s no forgetting. And honestly, I’m doing a load of
laundry every day anyway, so I’m not feeling like I need
a high capacity machine anymore. This was another huge selling points. I’ve never seen a shower this big
and in any of my tiny home adventures Under here there’s another three tier
rack where we store all of like the toiletrees My hair care right
next to it is a diaper pail. We diaper, our youngest child and it
works just fine in this space. In fact, I think we like it because we
don’t have to find storage for a bunch of disposable diapers in the house. We just have one set of
cloth and it works great. The last thing in our bathroom
of course is our toilet. This is a separate composting toilet. At first I was a little weirded out by
the toilet but now that I’ve used it I think it’s really efficient. It’s pretty clean and all of our guests
are weirded out by it because it looks like an actual toilet versus a lot of
other composting toilets that are more like a bucket with a lid so
to speak. The kits use it. We have a little separate pun
intended seat for them and it just, it actually sits right on top. They do their business and then
they pick it up themselves, wipe it down and set it in its corner. And then the last thing on this end
of the house is a his and her closet. It came with the rod on the top and when
we purchased it we outfitted it with some additional shelves
to create more storage. Over here is the desk that I do all of
my social media work on when I’m not doing my business work here. Oftentimes I’ll pick my
Mac up from the base here, move it along this wall. It
sits on our counter here. We plug it in and is what we use
for our TV. So we use Netflix, YouTube, different things like that. Instead of standard cable
here we do have central heat, it’s electric. We have
three units in our home. The first unit that we primarily use
is right here by the front door. Um, it’s easy to adjust. The second one is currently behind her
couch for obvious reasons we don’t use it because our couch is in the way. And
the third one is in our bathroom. And when we needed air conditioning, we purchased a unit that can
be placed in this window here. So we just recently took it
out because it’s coming into the fall and winter
time. But in the summer, having a window unit was
plenty again for this space, keeping it nice and cool for
ourselves and for our kids. This is our living room.
This is where we eat. This is where we watch TV.
This is where we just hang out. side table you see over here is from Ikea. It’s actually folds out to be a
table that can seat up to six people. We eat right in front of
this couch right here. We have a few chairs stored in the back. Every stair here has storage, so we store like our little children’s
shoes down where they can reach them. You know, we have things forward and all of these
which have hinges and then under the taller stairs we have storage
for larger possessions here. Things for our dog or coats which get
wet here in the Pacific Northwest all the time and our cleaning supplies We have our boys sleeping both on one bed. We found that they sleep better when
they’re kind of sleeping closer together versus being on two toddler
beds. All of our kid’s clothes are stored on this little shelving unit. So when we tell them to go find a
shirt or go find a pair of pants, we give them the responsibility
of finding their own clothes, even in this small space at a young age. The first project we did in this home
was to put this gate up, just buckle it. And our three year old who is competent
on the stairs can get down from the stairs. But our one year old who
is not asked to ask for help. This is a King size bed here and as you
can see there’s still a little bit of space on each side of the bed.
What we love is the skylights. We love that the windows
let some air flow appear. I think each loft has eight outlets,
which is a huge perk of this house. We’re never vying for outlet space. So we’ve been here for about six months. All this dirt here will eventually be
grass and we’ll have a nice yard and probably a small little
chicken coop up in the corner. And it was just kind of
overgrown blackberries and
old farm equipment that was just kind of stored here. Um, but
we’ve cleaned it up and leveled it. There was actually kind
of a ditch right here. We’re kind of cleaning it as payment for rent, for the plot of land. It’s pretty great living on a farm.
The boys love living on the farm. What’s the alpacas
name? Allie. The alpaca. If you were to ask us a year ago,
if we’d be living in a tiny house, that’s not what our plan was. Our
plan was to buy a large house, but it wasn’t an option for us.
And if we weren’t open-minded, we would never have had this opportunity
to be on our way towards our dreams of having a little homestead. And I would not choose it any
differently for our two little kids. I wouldn’t choose it different
for us. And I don’t know, I just feel like these six months have
really flown by and have been just a really fun experience. Thanks for tuning into this week’s episode. I hope you’ll like share and subscribe and
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