The Morrison family is on the quest to simplify their lives and strip of all unnecessary clutter associated with modern consumption. They have been longing for a different lifestyle so the moment they heard about the Tiny House movement (a popular description for the architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes) they could instantly identify with it. As Gabriella Morrison says:
What we seek is simple, uncluttered, environmentally sane, affordable, conscious living. On a quest to simplify our own lives we have been on a journey of stripping down and simplifying since. From getting rid of 80% of our belongings, to living in a pop up tent trailer in Baja with Andrew and our 11 year old daughter, to purchasing our own 5 acres to create our vision of off-grid tiny living, what we have been learning about human scale, material goods, needs, joy, freedom, and contentment has been life changing.
They didn’t have to turn into yogis, scarify all comforts, and move into a Himalayan cave. Instead, they designed and built a home themselves in four months for the cost of $22,700. With cabinetry and appliances it turned out to be closer to 33K. They did, however, put a bit of yogi touch to it by calling it “hOMe.”
The house is totally off-the-grid and built on top of a trailer chassis. This way they outsmarted the local building codes (minimum room size, etc.) that would have normally prevented them to build such a tiny home.
The most awesome part is that the house is really just like any other house when it comes to simple comforts and systems. There is an office, fully equipped kitchen (full size oven, fridge, tons of counter space), spacious living area, bedrooms, and bathroom with toilet and shower, except that everything is “minified”.
The house is 221 square feet plus two additional sleeping lofts at 128 ft. As you’ll see for yourself from photos and the video below it an amazingly comfortable and elegant abode. First thing you notice is a feeling of spaciousness, tall ceilings, abundant light, and lots of windows to observe the nature around.
As the owners point out, when working with limited space every little detail matters. There is tons of storage imbedded in the interior spaces, well organized and hidden from view to avoid feeling being cramped by stuff. Owners implemented a paperless office and enjoy the view outdoors while working on their laptops. Most spaces have multiple purposes, for example you can use an area as breakfast nook or office.
As Andrew points out in the video, one of the biggest challenges was finding the right solution to heat the place. After much research and consideration they went for a slightly high-tech propane stove. The setup allowed to program the thermostat with a remote control which obviously allows for more freedom, especially when you want to come home to an already warm home.
Most people fail to travel because they are too attached to their homes. With tiny homes on wheels, you can bring them with you and enjoy your ultimate sense of freedom. The cool thing about living in a tiny house is that you get to downsize all of the stuff and you learn to consume and need less. If you want to learn more about this story you can find more info on Tiny House Build site.