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Little House

The Drill Matches My Shirt!
As you all know, we are in the process of building a tiny cabin in the mountains of Western North Carolina. It is approximately 120 square feet with a sleeping loft, a living room, a dining area a kitchen and a bathroom. It is entirely off the grid using water catchment and solar power. We are building it as a retreat, but we want to be completely livable.

We are also currently in the process of selling our 4 bedroom suburban home to downsize in Atlanta as well.

People are always asking us why we are building such a small house. There are lot of reasons, and we were certainly influenced by the designs and concepts of Jay Shafer - the founder of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company ( The truth is we don't *need* that much space for two people and our 9 pound cat. I certainly don't begrudge anyone who *wants* that much space, but we realized that we didn't use most of our house. And, in the case of the place up near Asheville - we have 15 acres of natural space that we can use. We'd love to make a lot more use of that natural space and not feel confined to a house all the time anyway.

I have also been inspired by a book called "Little House on a Small Planet" ( It showcases places all over North America that are smaller than the average home, including Jay Shafer's Tumbleweed House. There is an exercise in the book suggesting that we really determine how we use each space. Write down where you go in your house, when and how long you are there. Write down how much of that space you actually use. After doing this for a week or a month review where you live your life - you may be surprised at how little you use all your space.

Smaller place, simpler lifestyle - it is a way of life I can really get behind. I am really glad we are moving in that direction.

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