For one family near Nashville, having less means living more. Downsizing is opening up more time and resources to enjoy leisure and family life for a family that resides in probably one of the smallest homes in Middle Tennessee. The 480-square foot house was featured on “The Tiny House Nation” TV show in May 2015, where local Gallatin-based Triple B Construction partnered with the TV show to build the home in one week in March. The tight time frame and weather challenged the builders, who worked around the clock during one of the winter’s coldest weeks. When the house was revealed to the family, it poured all day, froze overnight and snowed the next morning, but since then, they have come to enjoy indoor/outdoor living.
The musical family (Nashville is “Music City”) downsized from a 2,150 sq. ft. home, where they had always thought “bigger was better”. But with a bigger house comes more “stuff”. I personally have had some very challenging clients where we had to find room for “all the stuff” instead of “getting rid of some of the stuff”. Do they really need 3500 square feet for two people…and the big mortgage that usually goes with it? Some do…but some don’t, as displayed here.
Living in a space 4-1/2 times smaller than their previous home had a learning curve…especially with 3 dogs and 3 cats and 3 people! They still have a home office (that unfolds from the staircase which also incorporates a good size pantry). A framed mirror turns into a voice-activated smart TV. They have a bathtub, but no microwave or dishwasher. Chores are done daily in this one-story, loft-style home.
The tiny home movement is growing in popularity. Three main reasons to do it are financial, environmental, and spiritual. When you go minimalist, you gain more time and money to do more things. With less to heat, cool and clean comes financial stability and the ability to work less, spend more time with family, travel and do the things you want. You worry less…so having less is actually having more…and living more!