How We Realized Building A Tiny Home To Live Big Was Right For Us

For those who have been following Mr. ArtSea Chic and I on Instagram, you'll know that we recently began our adventure exploring the world of tiny home living and what that lifestyle actually means and gives to those willing to look outside the norm for freedom.

I was introduced to this style of living sustainably in less than 500 sqft by my father last year and was really intrigued by the creativity behind building a home for less than the average person's student loans these days. I myself had just over $18,000 in student loan debt after graduating from college four years ago, in addition to having a new car payment and monthly apartment rent/utilities. Saving money while living on a $35k salary was hard! With even harder work and forcing myself to live minimalisticly, I was able to pay off my student loans in one year and will soon be making the last payment on my car, removing two huge monetary burdens off the top of my head. My past experiences with debt combined with goals for my future have made me realize that if Mr. ArtSea Chic and I plan for our future as I did when I was trying to pay off my loans, even if we are both well off now, we could achieve so much more financial freedomclarity in what matters most in life, and the ability to travel to new places frequently faster than if we went down society's normal path to home ownership.

Being able to own a home, to really call it your own and not have to worry about: a mortgage, finding time to clean 2,000+ sqft of space, whether you're living in a home built with safe and natural materials, leaving your belongings behind when traveling, or being able to save more aggressively for future goals - these are just some of the benefits that living big in a small space can give us.

I love the idea of starting out home ownership with a structure built from scratch via a floor plan designed by us. Not only that, but picking the interior and exterior materials, flooring, appliances, power and energy sources ourselves (so fun!). We want a home that is sustainably built and a safe place to live inside of. When we started looking at rental homes a few months ago, a big concern was that the age of some homes being shown to us within our budget were falling into the late 60s and 70s. The homes needed lots of touch-ups and renovations to even make it worth paying $1,500/month. The ages also brought up the quality of materials used during the build. I never knew much about asbestos and the mesothelioma cancer that stems from the toxicity of the mineral set until recently, and now that we are considering a new place to live, making sure we are informed on how to protect our health and choosing a safe living environment is top priority. Both sides of our families have at least two or three family members that were exposed to asbestos. My grandfather and uncle were active in the Navy, which according to mesothelioma.com, Navy veterans are at a higher risk for mesothelioma cancer due to asbestos being used in naval shipyards and the ships themselves. The plant location where Mr. ArtSea Chic works also has asbestos on site in a contained area under restricted access. Start a conversation with your family/friends and see if you might know someone who has been exposed to asbestos. April 1-7 is Asbestos Awareness Week, and spreading the word to raise awareness that asbestos is still used in the United States today is so important to do so we all become more knowledgeable about health conditions associated with exposure; you might even help save a life because you spoke up.

Inspiration for the design of our future 24' tiny home on wheels will naturally come from life by the coast and our outdoor activities like fishing, hunting, hiking and traveling. Some important elements we want to keep in mind are below followed by key features we are sketching out on SketchUp 3D

for our tiny home floor plan.

  • How color impacts perspective of space
  • What natural elements can we bring in to make our space feel like it has been created from the Earth instead of a factory
  • When can we take advantage of making certain spaces multi-purposeful
  • How can we reduce our waist by investing a little more in efficient appliances and energy sources

From top down left to right: DIY dog bowl by Wouldn't It Be Lovely | Blue exterior tiny home featured on TinyHouseTalk.com | Compost toilet featured on DIY House Building | Kitchen appliance setup by Nick and Stephanie Lende | Corner reading nook by Almost Glamping | Hidden hamper drawer by Men & the Martin Men | Dark wood outlines against white wood by Tiny House Swoon | Lamp and nightstand | Pan/pot pull out cabinet featured on Woohome | Ventilated food drawer featured on MyHomeIdeas | Window dining space and booth storage by iHeart Organizing | Stainless steel appliances an smooth counter top by Tiny House Swoon | Private loft entrance with stairs by TinyHousePins.com

Continue to follow our journey of ideas for our future tiny home on the ArtSea Chic Future Tiny Home Living Pinterest board!

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