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A 300-Square-Foot Tiny House in California

Tiny House Tour in Northern California

After welcoming their baby girl a year ago, Bela and Spencer wanted to put down roots. So, they bought a tiny house (300 square feet, to be exact) and found a patch of land in the hills of Boulder Creek, California. Ahead, the editor and stay-at-home dad talk about the allure of small spaces, outdoor living and a bedroom that feels like a boat. Take a peek…

Tiny House Tour in Northern California

Home, table, coffee table and stools: handmade by New Frontier Tiny Homes. Waterproof sofa: World market. Curtains: Ikea.

How did you decide a tiny house was for you?
Bela: People often get a tiny house to downsize or live more sustainably. We agree and support those motivations, but, to be totally honest, we decided on a tiny houses because we think they are the the best houses you can buy for the money.

Spencer: When we moved to California four years ago, the rent was way higher than we had expected. We ended up living in 15 different places. We were spending so much that we decided to reevaluate our lives. What else could we do with this money? We realized for $150,000, we could buy an amazing house in an incredible place — that just happens to be tiny. We decided to go for it.

What’s the area like?
Bela: We own our home, but we rent the land it’s on. We have a secluded half acre near hiking trails and redwood groves. If you walk up about five minutes, you get to a ridge with a panoramic view. 
Spencer: I hike up to the ridge with our daughter, Escher, almost every morning to watch the sunrise; we often go as a family in the evenings to watch the sunset, too.

Are you near a town?
Bela: Ten minutes down the mountain is Boulder Creek, an old-school town with neighborhood picnics, no stoplights and a firefighter pancake breakfast on the Fourth of July. It’s small but lacks nothing: there’s an organic grocer, two hardware stores and plenty of restaurants. We pass through the town almost every day on our way to the local swimming holes, Santa Cruz beach or Big Basin Redwoods.

What was it like getting the house up there?
Spencer: It was a pendulum between insanity and amazement. We knew it was extreme to get a house delivered up a mountain on a truck, but we figured the professionals could handle it. But when the guy saw the steep road — with potholes and low-hanging branches — he refused to do it. So, we had to ditch the house there overnight and hope that nothing happened to it. We eventually found someone who said he could tow it and some good samaritans working on the property helped us cut back foliage on the road, so the 13-foot house could get up the hill. Everyone banded together — one guy was riding on top of the house with a chainsaw chopping branches. It was an ordeal, but now when we’re out on the deck watching the sunset, it feels like such a beautiful thing.

ENTRYWAY:

Tiny House Tour in Northern California

Wood mural: custom made by 1767 Designs. Bench: The Citizenry. Sheepskin: Black Sheep White Light. Curtains: Sandra Jordan.

Tell us about the mural.
Spencer: In Nashville, the artist behind 1767 Designs creates art installations with wood rescued from homes and buildings before their demolition. Ours was made with wood from an old church.

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What do you love most about the house?
Bela: My favorite thing about the house is all of the windows. There’s so much natural light. The garage door allows us to open the entire house up to the deck, which makes us feel like we’re indoors and outdoors at the same time.

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What’s the typical rhythm of your day?
Bela: I’m the managing editor of The American Journal of Bioethics at Stanford, but I go into the office only twice a week. Much of my job is remote, which gives me a lot of freedom. We try to make the most of it.
Spencer: I am a stay-at-home dad, so I take care of our daughter and the house. I also did a lot of the design work along with our builder.

What advice do you have about living in a small space?
Bela: An essential part of living well here is organization. If you make a mess, it will be a lot more obvious. We also designed our house to have differentiated spaces by using soft barriers, like floor-to-ceiling curtains. Unlike many other tiny houses, where you essentially live in one room, ours feels more like a traditional home.

KITCHEN:

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Rug: bought in Mexico. Pot rack: Houzz. Pans: Blanc Creatives. Kettle: Analogue Life. Espresso machine: Illy.

How did you two meet?
Bela: Spencer was working in the kitchen of a restaurant, and I saw him while I was at the bar. I thought he was sexiest man I had ever seen. It was one of those instant connections. It was amazing.
Spencer: We launched in right away and got married a year and half later. It has been just the two of us in pretty much everything we’ve done since. 
Bela: Our partnership gives us a stability when making all sorts of crazy life decisions: traveling, having a kid, buying a tiny house. Sometimes you feel like you’re jumping off a cliff, and you’re like, ‘Oh my god, are we doing something totally crazy?’

Have you figured out what household things you do and don’t need?
Bela: Living with less requires discipline – you have to find out how you live and pare down to just the items that you actually use. We got this copper tea kettle because tea is a daily ritual for us, but we didn’t build large closets because we only have a set of favorite clothes that we wear on a regular basis.

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Your kitchen pans are so beautiful!
Spencer: They are from Blanc Creative, these guys who handmake steel and copper pans in Virginia. We generally try to source things that are built to last with traditional craftsmanship in the U.S.
Bela: The cool thing about having a tiny house is that we can furnish it exactly how we want. We could never afford to furnish a full-size home this way, but because it’s smaller, we were basically able to get whatever we wanted, even more expensive stuff.
Spencer: Yeah, we are able to afford this fully customized, top-of-the-line tiny house. If you were to put our house on the scale of a 2,000-square-foot house, it would go for a million dollars.

Who cooks in your home?
Bela: Spencer does all the cooking. We always say, ‘each according to their ability.’ He excels at some things that I suck at, like cooking and cleaning.
Spencer: Right, but I am also a total scatterbrain. My life was officially a failure before I met Bela; she got me on the right track. So, yeah, Bela keeps our family on track and makes sure we’re doing the right thing, and allows me to guide the aesthetic details.

OUTSIDE:

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Where do you eat?
Spencer: If we’re having a more formal dinner, we’ll sit at the table outside; if we’re having a lounge-y dinner we’ll eat in the tent or go up to the ridge. We love to host dinner parties, so we wanted the ability to have a nice sit-down dinner. The table can be stored underneath the kitchen floor when we’re not using it.
Bela: Our deck is about the same size as the house. One of our main attractions to this house, versus other tiny houses, was that it wouldn’t force us to sacrifice the things we loved doing.

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Grill: Primo Grill.

What do you serve for dinner parties?
Spencer: My favorite thing to make is a pan-roasted ribeye. It’s so much fun cooking it in a pan and getting that really hard sear on the outside so it’s crispy and juicy. It’s an exciting thing to cut up and serve family-style with a lot of salads.

BEDROOM:

Tiny House Tour in Northern California

Mattress: Loom & Leaf. Bedding: Brooklinen. Blanket: Connected Goods. Lumbar pillow: The Citizenry. Leather pillow: Accompany.

Tell us about your bedroom.
Bela: It’s a cantilever room, so it hangs off the side of the house. It’s basically just a king-size bed in front of a huge picture window.
Spencer: Yeah, you feel like you’re on a boat or an airship or a cloud. You’re on this incredibly soft mattress, and all you see is sky, the moon and little bits of the trees.
Bela: Making the bed can be awkward, though!

NURSERY:

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Does Escher love her loft?
Bela: Yes, her room is a little haven for her. I think she’ll love growing up in it. But I was worried at first. Partly because it was lofted, but also, was it big enough for her? Would it be a fun space? Would it be a safe space?
Spencer: It’s hard because she doesn’t yet have a voice, so we had to plan for her. It’s easy when you plan for yourself, you know what you can handle. But we wanted to make sure we didn’t to take advantage of her by not giving her enough consideration. We tried to make sure that her space is nice, private and also spacious for her size. I think it worked out well.

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Bedding: Brooklinen. Pillow: Accompany, similar.

Do you two go up there?
Bela: Yes! Something I love about the loft is that she can stand up in it, but an adult can’t, so you have to get down on her level to hang out with her. It turned out to be a cool unexpected feature.

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Basket: Connected Goods. Bunny toy: Anthropologie. Toy phone: vintage.

How do you keep the toys under control?
Bela: Having a baby does give me a constant impulse to buy everything, but we try to keep her toys from piling up. We take her on plenty of hikes and she spends a lot of time playing in nature. She’s also a social butterfly and LOVES to party.

BATHROOM:

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Mirror: Restoration Hardware. Light fixtures: Restoration Hardware. Wall planters: West Elm. Basket: Connected Goods.

What has surprised you most about living in a tiny house?
Bela: The seamless transition. We thought that there would be a period of claustrophobia or adjustment, but the size never bothered us.
Spencer: One small drawback is having to be so precise with our movements, especially when the house is brand new and we don’t want to damage anything.

How are you documenting this new experience?

Bela: I tried to keep a diary as a kid, but when I went back to them as an adult, basically every entry is like, ‘Dear Diary, I don’t have time to write today.’ When I met Spencer and then had Escher, there was so much I wanted to remember. So I started keeping a bullet journal, where I write a line for any special memory.

TENT:

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Tent: Stout Tents. Outside rug: bought in Mexico.

Your tent is so awesome!
Bela: An extra room on a house will cost tens of thousands of dollars, but a canvas tent can provide the same comfort for way less. Escher runs circles around the center pole — we chase her and she’ll squeal the whole time! We also use it as her art and reading room, and she love to play with all the zippers.
Spencer: We have all this land, and we wanted to make sure we used it. We have a garden on one side of the house and the tent on the other. It keeps everything feeling fresh; instead of having a sense of living in a tiny house, you have a sense of living on an estate. 

What will you do in the winter?
Bela: The tent is fully weatherproof, but we’ll be keeping a close eye on it once the rains start. We have a modest to-do list to winterize the house. It doesn’t get that cold, but the storms can be fierce and mountain roads can shut down temporarily. We’re also planning on visiting our families in North Carolina for a period of time.

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Inside rugs: World Market. Sheepskin: Black Sheep White Light. Pouf: Loom & Kiln. Pillows: Loom & Kiln, World Market. Lanterns: World Market.

What are your evenings like?
Spencer: When Escher goes to sleep, we go to the tent to relax. It’s 100 feet behind the house, so we can still hear her. Pretty much our favorite thing to do is chitchat — we spend a lot of evenings just talking to one another about our days, our future plans, what have you.
Bela: We have been together for seven and a half years and we still haven’t run out of things to talk about.

Thank you so much, Bela and Spencer!

P.S. More house tours, including a treehouse apartment in Washington D.C. and a house in the Japanese countryside.

(Photos by Belathée Photography for Cup of Jo. Interview by Megan Cahn.)

  1. Diane Crabtree says...

    Loved the blog post and just watched the DIY episode. Absolutely idyllic—both your home and your relationship! I have a couple of quick questions. I assume the house is towable since it made the trek from Nashville (where I live & where it was built). Would you have to hire a tractor trailer to move it? And do Spencer & Bela have a long-term lease on their land? It would make me crazy to nest so completely on land I didn’t own, or at least have a long-term lease on. As an empty nester I could TOTALLY see myself doing this!

  2. JoLynn says...

    Does the home have a living room/area and I just missed it?
    Thank you for featuring unique homes with different styles.
    I enjoyed reading about this family and their lifestyle.

  3. What a beautiful house! Love the stylish design!

  4. What a beautiful house. Houses like these are required in cities with very high square feet pricing. Thanks for sharing!

  5. An absolutely stunning tiny house!! I would love to live in one.

  6. Felicia says...

    What a lovely place! <3

    Here is the link of the tiny house tour video I found on youtube (:
    https://youtu.be/jkyAuW1pGSQ

  7. seaforestmama says...

    Gorgeous house, seems so idyllic, but Boulder Creek can really hot in the summer. It’ll be 100 degrees this weekend. Hopefully they have some natural shade trees around the property to cool off. Good thing the beach isn’t too far to visit!

  8. what an amazing house! what a wonderful family! can you say something about this stunning backsplash in the kitchen? is it copper? thank you!

    • Hey Brigitte,
      Yup! It’s a textured copper backsplash that we installed. ??

  9. Rachel says...

    What a beautiful family and home! I have thought about a tiny house, but I don’t think I could deal with the composting toilet, aka human litter box. I could probably do a small house though. My first apartment was 300sf so I have lived in small spaces….

  10. The photo of all three of them in the kitchen is stunning! Beautiful family.

  11. Anon says...

    The people you choose to feature on this blog are always so interesting!
    I feel like all should be part of a package deal- House tour+beauty uniform+week of outfits haha :) <3

  12. I love tiny houses! The pictures are nice, too. I also have experience in building tiny homes if you’d like to check it out here: http://wp.me/p8UkR8-Uf

  13. Kristie says...

    Yesterday we finished moving onto our sailboat. We downsized in stages; a year ago from the big flat in the big house we owned for many years with a group of friends in San Francisco into a little 1BR apartment near the marina, and now from the marina to the boat. The pacing of the boat purchase and life and such meant that the move from house to boat came all at once, rather than slowly as we’d hoped. Everything we own is in bags stacked in the saloon (the main room of a boat) and I’m snugged up in my cabin, not quite facing going out there yet. I can see we’ll need to pare down further in order to have the kind of spacious sense we aim for, and I am holding close the comments in this article about just having a few favorite outfits, and nothing more. I’m 47, so I’ve had a lot of life in which to collect things! I know by now that the other side of letting go, that light place, is so good; just have to pass through the needle-eye of choosing. Thanks for the support and inspiration here!

  14. Sarah says...

    GOALSGOALSGOALS

  15. Lisa says...

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! I must ask, where is her dress from? The most beautiful thing….

    • Lisa says...

      And clearly I need to read the comments BEFORE i comment. lol Thanks

  16. Cláudia says...

    This is by far the best article of this series. I loved how they downsized their life, living only with the essential.
    Two years ago my life changed completely and I sold my apartment, gave away the majority of my belongings and from Lisbon I moved to Istanbul. Some of my stuff I was unable to give, anyway: the chinaware used on my parents’ wedding lunch, a wonderful restored shelf that I found to rot in a garden, a small beautiful mid-century table and of course some of my books and music, so I kept it in a storage room. However, most importantly was my decision to live only with the essential things. I believe we do not really need the majority of the things we have.

  17. Lola says...

    Feeling very vindicated to have called my son Spencer 20 mths ago. Initially I thought it was too preppy but this Spencer wears it so well. And what an amazing dad. And totally babe! …the house is nice too!!

  18. Alice says...

    Love their house, and philosophy towards their home, but love their love even more!

  19. Lena says...

    This is beautiful, but wish 1976 designs hadn’t been featured without comment. They’re one of the main artists ripping off the style, designs, technique and materials of the artist Ariele Alasko. It’s hard to see such blatant copying for profit.

    • Sargjo says...

      Hmm, are you sure? Patrick Hayes is the maker behind 1767 designs (so the caption is an error btw) and he and Alasko seem to come by the American Folklore style by similar hipster (Brooklyn or Nashville take your pick) paths. She seems to have moved on to spoons. What am I missing?

    • Jennifer R. says...

      The medium may be the same, however their designs are completely different. If one artist uses watercolors to paint a picture of a flower, does that mean no one can ever paint a watercolor of a flower without being called a “ripoff?” Their work is beautiful and inspiring and there’s room out there for everyone. Keep on keepin’ on 1767!

    • Thanks for the support y’all!

  20. This blog entry is AMAZING. Loved every word and every photo. AMAZING.

  21. Capucine says...

    Walking the walk. Respect, you three! I love the story you have shared, thank you for the beauty you’ve accomplished in your lives.

    Old-time hippie mini farm Camp Joy is in your neck of the woods, if you haven’t taken a family picnic there yet (Camp Joy Organic Farm on Facebook, I think).

    Go on the hunt for a date out to the secret Cave Concert Series as well, down in Happy Valley but worth the drive out of the mountains.

    May you thrive in your lives, despite the hard streaks.

  22. Lacy in L.A. says...

    Wow. This has got me thinking. I love the nomad lifestyle, but I desire a sense of place…living in So. Cal is so amenable to being near nature, but the prices drive away any sense of long-term permanence…a home is a place of welcome and refuge, but tiny houses sometimes appear to be a hard compromise where hospitality takes a back seat. Have I found in these 300 square feet the answer to my internal discrepancies? Hmm… I’m a new reader, and finding that this blog fills me in ways I don’t often find on the web! Thanks to this beautiful family for opening up and Jo for curating!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      lacy, we are so glad to have you! xoxoxo

  23. k says...

    love this! thanks for sharing the link to more photos too! i love their additions to the space to enjoy the outdoors more as well!

  24. I love that they use so much of their outdoor space. I think that I could do the tiny house if I lived in a place where I could be outside for most of the time.

    Oh, and also I’d need a second tiny house for my books :D

  25. Janine says...

    Wow! SUCH a cool space. Gorgeous family, gorgeous house. Easily, my favorite of this series. I love the idea of using the land and expanding outside to increase your living space. It doesn’t feel claustrophobic at all! It’s cozy and airy all at once.

  26. jilly says...

    Ok, so the tiny house model is called the Escher, and that is your daughter’s name as well (excellent name, btw), so I have to ask, what is the story there? Is this a company you all are invested in (great investment!) or did they name the design after your child or vice/versa?

    • We’re not invested in the company, but we’ve become good friends with the founder, David Latimer. We were actually his first customers, and we all designed the house together as an adaptation of David’s original design (the Alpha). Hundreds of hours on our end and way more on his. At the end, he wanted to name the house after us, we suggested he name it after our daughter. The name seemed to fit the design perfectly :-)

  27. Fun story, I would like to try it out for a week or two to see just how much I could pare down. It’s a little fantasy I have, though you wouldn’t know it from the looks of my home!

  28. Al says...

    I love this house and LOVE that you featured a SAHD. As a Bay Area resident struggling with housing prices I started immediately looking at land for sale in Boulder Creek.

    I did look at Bela’s instagram and I was a little disappointed to read that they’ve only been in the house for 3 or 4 months. I was so inspired by their lifestyle and their commentary about small space living. Then I realized their experience was totally limited – it almost seems like more of an extended vacation :). I would love to read stories of people who’ve lived like this for a long time and agree with other commenters that it would be nice to see some teens!

  29. M says...

    What about hosting overnight guests? Do family and friends stay in a hotel when they come to visit?

    • Great question, M.

      We definitely don’t have a convenient space within the house to sleep guests, but people have so far enjoyed the canvas tent for overnights :-) It’s fully electrified and has a heating unit, so it’s really not much different than a normal guest room.

  30. Kathy says...

    Oh my goodness…what a beautiful looking couple! That last picture..Swoon :-)

  31. 2 thoughts:
    My experience with folks who live very small (tiny house/treehouse/rv/boat) is that the smallness of space compels you out into the world around you. So the environment around your tiny space is key. You will use it to expand your living space and your social interaction. I’m glad this couple highlighted this.
    And i love this sense of choosing smaller to choose finer. My sweetheart and I live on my sailboat in Seattle and we are not minimalists. Our guiding concept in outfitting it for living: it has to sail well and it has to live well. Since there’s only 2 kitchen cabinets, why not have a nicer stove & counter? We’d rather be sailing, so we added a washer/dryer. It helps move one away from living ideas tied to potential use (resale value, ocean crossings, tolerable in the short term) and closer to actual use (lots of guests, mostly long weekend trips, we have to live with this every day).

  32. Vivian says...

    This by far, is one of the most beautiful tiny homes I’ve ever seen built. However, how come you fail to mention that Most, not just a few outdoor items, of what seen here, particularly the interiors of the home, were built and helped designed by Frontier? Also, they (this home, the family, and builders) were featured on DIY channel called Tiny Luxury, or something like that, or maybe it was Tiny Home, Big Living, on DIY channel or HGTV. One of the two. It would help your reader more of you mention these things.

  33. Oh my goodness this is the MOST beautiful tiny home I have ever seen! It is like a luxury, romantic hideaway in the California woods. The weather there cannot be beat, so it’s great that they’re able to incorporate so much of their outdoor space into their every day lives. I life in SF for 7 years in a one bedroom and I hated not being able to sit outside in the mornings and evenings. The deck and tent are really spectacular, and the colors and textures of each space is modern, airy, and looks spacious.

    Not to mention the couple seem so happy together :) Would have loved to see a picture with both their faces easy to see!

    http://www.shessobright.com

  34. Meesh says...

    AMAZING! Never thought I’d be into the idea of a tiny home, but this one is so gorgeous.

  35. Bridget says...

    What a lovely partnership. Those two seem to have it together. Inspiring. Thank you

    • Akc says...

      I agree. I love their home and gorgeous location, but even more than that I found myself admiring their marriage relationship.

  36. Maywyn says...

    Beautiful home! One of the best I’ve seen of any tiny home, well thought out. The kitchen is spectacular. I’d love that design in an office/studio suite.

  37. Evie says...

    How amazingly bold and at the same down to earth they seem. Thank you for sharing, and a big shout out from a fellow bullet journal keeper :)

  38. This is my favorite, favorite home tour I’ve seen on Cup of Jo! Our home is a little more than twice as big as this one and this tour is inspiration to keep sprucing it up! Also, what a sweet story about how they met and worked together to build a meaningful life together. I loved it! :)

  39. Trish O says...

    So many thoughts pop in my mind about this. First, beautiful family and beautiful home. They are so young and cool, they make me feel like my husband and I have become very “Brooks Brothers” in our middle age. I love the spirit of this family to create a lifestyle that reflects how they want to live; how they want to spend time together, utilize their resources, interact with the world. It is so easy to get caught in the expectations of what you “should” do…but really that “should” is incredibly different for each family. I often think we Americans don’t take the time to self evaluate and create our own reality. We just fall into a marketed norm, so often confusing want with need. In fact, maybe not really evaluating what our wants really are. So much to think about.

  40. Bela & Spencer what a beautiful home and what a lovely article!

  41. Nora says...

    I’d imagine that living in a tiny house probably dictates how you can live and what you can have to a fairly large extent. But perhaps having certain choices dictated for you in that way can also be freeing. You’re not going to buy things just because everyone else is buying them or because your kid is agitating for them–there’s no room! You’re not going to compromise on quality or keep things that you don’t really need around because someone gave them to you or what if you need them, etc. Everything needs to be intentional.

    • Nora, you’re so right that having some limits on choice can be freeing. When we first moved to California, we leased a cottage and struggled to fill it while also paying for it! We were always compromising…with the tiny house, we could more or less do whatever we wanted.

      Although, we do have a lot of storage that isn’t shown in the photographs. The entire space underneath the kitchen is on wheels and can be pulled out for storage (and benches for additional seating). Our mattress is also on hydraulic lifts and has an enormous storage box underneath. There’s also a walk-in closet in the bedroom.

  42. Cynthia says...

    I just saw the episode of their house on Tiny House, Big Living (8/24/17, S6 Ep. 3), DIY Network. I was intrigued about how they would live here with a small child. The tent is a great idea along with the family’s plans to get away for awhile in the winter. There is also a swimming pool which is not shown here but was depicted in an overhead view of the property on the program.

  43. Tiny houses sometimes make me feel a bit claustrophobic when I imagine actually living in them, but this one doesn’t. Something about the capacious windows, and that wonderful wonderful tent… It’s simply lovely. Not to mention, what a darling little family!

  44. Meredith says...

    Super cute house! Every time I see these I wonder why people don’t just go the manufactured house route. This 300sf house comes out to $500 per square foot. A single wide or double wide is around $100 per square foot. Still mobile. Still can be made to look stylish. But with real size rooms and a normal sized bath and storage. I guess there is still a stigma attached to a “trailer”? I can’t wrap my head around spending $150,000 on something that will depreciate like a car.

    • Sarah says...

      These are excellent points, and I very much agree with you. This may be living tiny but it isn’t actually a budget option!

    • Kelsi says...

      …maybe because a manufactured home/trailer is an incredible fire hazard and made of carcinogenic materials…vinyl and plastics and gross insulation that off-gasses into your living environment. YUCK. A natural/wood home is far healthier and way more aesthetically pleasing. For the day to day peace of mind and mental wellness that would come with living in that gorgeous space (and, ahem, with that gorgeous man), I’d consider that a hell of a deal. Where do I sign up?

    • Anon says...

      It seems there is a huge difference in choosing to live in a small space vs having to cram all your life’s belongings in a tiny space

    • Hey Meredith, I think this is a great question and I agree with the other comments (including the one that ours is not a typical “budget option”). But, I’d love to share a couple more of our thoughts on it.

      First, the market is still very young, but it’s not clear that tiny houses depreciate as bad as cars. People can get pretty good resale, supposing you can find the right buyer. Since the houses are generally stable and very well-constructed, they really don’t depreciate much more than a normal house. The homes also rent very well. If we ever decided to buy another house, we would have an accessory-dwelling unit ready to go!

      Second, we don’t own our land and want to be able to move our house, if ever that was an advantage for us. I don’t have experience here, but I think it would be much harder to move a mobile-home and harder to find good land. Believe me, it was hard enough getting this tiny house to our spot! I don’t even want to think about a double-wide, haha!

  45. This has me seriously considering tiny house living. Everything is so damn expensive these days… Makes the idea of buying a normal-sized home just scary. The only reservation I have to the tiny house thing is that I live in a place where the weathers get so intensely cold you can’t even go to work somedays. So the close space would feel even closer without the luxury of lounging outside. Gives me plenty to daydream about, though:)

  46. This is a dream! It’s amazing how much space there really is in 300 ft. The tent, the seclusion, the bar….love it all! ? Congrats to them!

  47. Maranda says...

    I am obsessed with the idea of living in a tiny house! I am very organized and minimal, so I think I could do it if it were just me, but my boyfriend tends to accumulate junk and leave piles of messes wherever he goes. I feel like you would have to be very clean and organized to live in such a small space.

  48. Mary says...

    Can we find out where Bela’s dress is from? I’m dying over it!

    • Megan Cahn says...

      It’s Spell & Gypsy. It’s out of stock but looks like you can request a special order :)
      http://bit.ly/2vs9Y5G

  49. More stay at home dads please!

    • Kelsi says...

      Yes! Yes!
      My husband is an artist stalled out in the middle of his MFA and feeling some of the same “my life is a failure” stuff….but he organizes our bills and life, raises our 3 year old son while I teach, budgets and meal plans, fixes stuff, and a million other things that are just as worthy as me earning most of our wages. It’s too bad so many of us in similar positions have families that look down their nose on this paradigm. Good for them.

  50. Anon says...

    Love this house and outdoor space !

    I wonder how eerily calm it must get at nights though. I myself would be so anxious to live in such space having watched too many trashy “slasher-in-the-woods” movies :( (specially with all those huge glass windows )

    • Em says...

      Haha, I thought the same thing. And what do they do if a bear comes poking around? Ahh!

    • This is hilarious! Last night we had a couple of dogs roam onto the property late an night from a neighbor somewhere on the mountain, haha!

    • Bianca says...

      that’s what i initially thought, too. is it safe living there? i guess i watch too much dateline!

    • Bonnie. Tognetti says...

      It is so quiet that one can hear voices quite distant, so if there is an emergency, calling for help would bring out all the neighbors — helping neighbors is a core value of Boulder Creek. Just about everybody keeps an eye out. What is a real slasher concern is our mountain lion population, particularly the juvenile lions who haven’t learned to coexist with us people. And we have lots of them.

  51. Giulia says...

    I’m not usually a fine of tiny house designs, as mentioned in the article they are essentially one room living. However, I love the design of this one, the colours, the fixtures, the texture and obviously the large deck. It helps that California allows for a lot more outdoor living than other places.
    The other thing I liked about this article is that it featured a stay at home dad and a working mother, still something we don’t seem to see enough in publications, blogs and social media.
    And I’m sure they’ll adapt to Esher growing up or even a growing family. We all do, we don’t know what to plan for at the beginning, our needs change we adapt as we go along. Loved this feature!

    • Giulia says...

      Oops – a ‘fan’ of tiny

    • Trish O says...

      I agree, you adapt as you go. I have lived in the same home since my kids were born (they are now teens) and I can not tell you how often we have reinvented the space to fit the needs of the family. I never would have guessed how we would use the space when the kid were small, and how the same space could feel so different but equally right now that they are teens.

  52. Paige says...

    Love this tour so much! I’d be curious to see a layout/map of the space. I always wonder how all these rooms fit together!

    • MyHanh says...

      SAME! Please!

  53. Jeannie says...

    Love this couple, love their house and where they put it, and love their outlooks! Remind me of myself back then before I started letting societal expectations dictate my decisions!

    • Trish O says...

      What an interesting comment. You are so right about the impact of what you think society expects. I live in an urban neighborhood, and my suburban dad just can not wrap his mind around that. Years ago he asked why we did not get a “normal” house with a big yard, etc. While I have always been grateful for my parents advice, I found that my family needed to decide what felt “normal” for us, even if it was not what society expected. The older I get, the more I subscribe to the philosophy of “you do you.” However, that is not always as easy as the meme makes it seem.

  54. shashi says...

    Best house tour ever – what a beautiful space.

  55. Zulema says...

    What a cute and wonderful interview. I’m so intrigued by Tiny Houses. I hope to one day be able to live in one. It’s just so freeing thinking about having less STUFF. STUFF seems to just add to so much stress in my life now days. Sometimes I just want to wipe everything clean without looking through my STUFF. It’s just crazy how we get attached to things that we don’t even use. When I try to declutter I even forget I have some things but when I look at them I have this scarcity mind set of “I might need it later” ugh….I hate that and I end up not getting rid of IT.

    • Isabel says...

      Agreed on “stuff” tying us down. I read “Goodbye, Things” during the summer and, while a bit extreme in its approach, it really brings home how owning and carrying things weigh us down and how liberating it is to keep only the few things that we feel truly passionate about. Thinking about it, I feel happiest when I travel very light, with only few things that hang nicely in a closet and lay neatly on a shelf. Oh, the joys of an uncluttered life! I’d love to read a post on minimalism and letting go of stuff!

      http://amzn.to/2woknNd

    • Cindy says...

      I totally agree with you, Zulema! I have been yearning for a simpler existence and a tiny house along with that…but finding a place to park a tiny house isn’t as easy as one would think…and my boyfriend would NOT be a fan. For now, I am choosing my bf over that simpler existence. But still yearning for it terribly. In the meantime, I am simplifying MY life by purging things I no longer need or use and repacking by category in appropriate containers. If the moment ever presents itself for tiny house living, I will be ready.

    • jilly says...

      “Sometimes I just want to wipe everything clean without looking through my STUFF…”
      I’ve done this and it is EASY. Highly recommend. As long as your vital info like certain paperwork is in a safe place, you can literally just toss the boxes unopened, if you are single and don’t have a lot to begin with. And a more eco option (the only real option, imo), is to hire an estate seller. Put everything you really want to keep in one off-limits area and leave everything else out. You disappear for the weekend (because otherwise you WILL start “rescuing” things) and they sell all the things for a fee. Simple.

  56. Kat says...

    So dreamy!! I love this so much. I’ve always wondered what’s different about tiny houses vs RVs? I want to minimize my life and I’m so intrigued! What a lovely family!

    • Hey Kat! Some tiny house are RVs, technically (ours isn’t). But I think the biggest difference is style and mobility. Since tiny homes are built on flat-bed trailers, there are very few limitations on how you can design. This means you can more easily replicate the feel of a traditional home.

      On the other hand, though you can move our house, it won’t be nearly as easy to move as an RV. So there’s a bit of a trade-off. Since we wanted a pretty stable family-home, the choice was easy :-)

  57. What a lovely family! I can’t imagine living in 300 square feet, but they seem to make it work. LOVE the blue bathroom.

  58. What a gorgeous home and fun couple. Thank you for featuring this tiny house. I love it!

  59. Alyssa says...

    It was hard for me to picture where everything was located in the house. Also – is there a shower? I know photographing small spaces is hard. But I’m so curious as to how it’s actually laid out within the space.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, this one was extra tricky — we tried to show where various ladders were.

      basically, it’s their master bedroom, then the kitchen, then the entryway, then the daughter’s bedroom, all in a row. we had a floor plan but it was too small for the site. we can always try to draw it out!

      if you’d like, you can actually see many more photos of the space (before they moved in) on the website of the company that designed the home — they named the model Escher! :)
      https://www.newfrontiertinyhomes.com/escher/

    • Tricia says...

      Strongly recommend everyone click on the link Joanna gives to New Frontier Tiny Homes to see all the pictures. At first I was like OMG that daughter’s room is tiny!!! But you get a much better sense of her room and of all the storage they have in the additional pictures. SO well designed!!! WOW!

    • MyHanh says...

      Thanks for the link, Jo!

    • d says...

      nice to get a feel for the layout of the place- thanks for sharing the link Joanna. It’s cool how they’ve made it feel modern yet cozy. Personally the loft bedroom gave me a bit of anxiety. Around the 1.5 year mark my son started climbing out of his crib… I hope Escher doesn’t choose to be curious and climb out of her space anytime soon!!

  60. Margie says...

    About that guy riding on top of the house with a chainsaw… what an absolute legend!!

    I can’t imagine the work that went into putting that house together, but I guess that’s what makes living in it that much sweeter :)

  61. Mandy says...

    I have nonstop heart-eyes for this family, their decisions, and their gorgeous life together.

    I also love the question about cooking. I live in the American South, and something that a lot of people don’t know is that the South has a long tradition of men doing the cooking in the household (and not just grilling). My handsome husband does the cooking at our house. My grandfather and great-grandfather were always the cooks in their families, as are my uncles. (My dad is Northern and doesn’t cook :)

    • Jennie says...

      Mandy thanks for sharing that about men doing the cooking. I had no idea. At my house I do ALL the cooking, even the grilling, but not by choice!

    • Trish O says...

      My husband is from Illinois and does all the cooking…as did his father before him. I am just not a very happy cook, so that division of labor really works for me. :)

    • Teree says...

      I live in Minnesota and my darling husband does all the cooking, thank goodness. As the interview indicates, we also follow the ‘to one’s abilities/interests’. I would live in grilled cheese, so…

  62. Heidi says...

    I’d love to know who designed their tiny house. I’ve got 3 acres of land just waiting for something epic and a little luxury house and a magic tent would do just fine!!!!

  63. I love this! I think a tiny house is totally doable especially in a place like California where you can basically live outside. My apartment in NYC is probably about the same size as their house, but without the beautiful California air! It makes such a difference.

  64. Porkchop says...

    Lovely home. I wonder how likely it is the land they are renting will be sold and they will have to move their house? That would be a worry of mine.

  65. MA says...

    Beautiful home! Love all the outdoor space.
    So curious…are they off the grid? I noticed the composting toilet, but what do they do for water and electricity?

    • Karen says...

      Yes! I’m itching to know these details as well! I hope they spot your comment.

    • Hey Ma! We planned the home to go off-the-grid (hence the composting toilet, which we may eventually change), but we ended up finding land with hook-ups and septic already in place. Very convenient!

      So we have easy access to 50-amps, septic, and potable water. We run 30-amps to the house and 20-amps to the canvas tent.

  66. Annie Green says...

    My favourite in the series. I wish them continued happiness in their small but perfect home.

  67. I think its the view outside that made this house more bearable. The big windows extend the area of their house. Such quirky place to stay =)

  68. Shena says...

    After reading this I looked around our 900 sq ft house (with a hubby, 3 kids, a dog and two cats) and it made me want to get rid of everything that was not alive. I wonder where they keep their suitcases? I was envious that they had a washing machine despite the size of the house, mine is out in the shed. But this post was inspirational and made me realize that we can make our home beautiful too. I also admired that they were able to rally troops to get their home up the mountain. I love the creativity, courage and optimistic living that brought them to such an exciting place. Great piece.

    • Sasha says...

      Have you read The Magical Art of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo? I went all out a couple years ago, I love our space so much more now – free and open, with zero clutter.

      BUT, while I was in the thick of tidying up, I was doing the kitchen and bath, my dh was home sick with a fever. He got out of bed to get a glass of water in kitchen. Came in to find me packing a box in bathroom, and said in a wavering voice, “are you leaving me?”
      “WHAT? No, of course not, why do you think that?
      Dh “you took all your stuff!” -my kitchenaid, cuisenart, etc – EVERYTHING on kitchen counters was now in the cupboards.
      Me, “but honey, why would I take your French press and grinder?” – I don’t drink coffee.
      Dh “just to be mean?”

      I have him a hug, some ibuprofen and put him back to bed. :)

  69. Laura C. says...

    “We have been together for seven and a half years and we still haven’t run out of things to talk about”. This is adorable.
    And I agree with Alexis, could you feature a family with a teeneger or two?

    • Trish O says...

      I age with the teen comment. Would love to see some families with teens. Life changes when you have teens, and that impacts how you live in your home. I love how my house has evolved as my children have aged.

  70. Heidi says...

    I love Bela’s dress! Where’s it from?

    • Megan Cahn says...

      It’s Spell & Gypsy. It’s out of stock but looks like you can request a special order :)
      http://bit.ly/2vs9Y5G

  71. Dana says...

    I’m dying to know where they bathe (perhaps I missed it though!)

  72. Stef says...

    What an amazing space!

  73. Kel says...

    The design in this home is incredible. It feels so much more interesting than the all-white cali-desert spaces that are everywhere, very fresh. Amazing work, you gorgeous family you!

  74. Mary says...

    Lovely! It looks like a shipping container house, is that right? Very nice, love that there’s great outdoor space, lots of room, he tent. I live in a casita and have an Airstream, love them both and have plenty of room for my art studio and comfortable living in Taos. Cozy in winter, lots of outdoor in Summer and the other seasons, too. Happy tiny homing!

  75. Jessica says...

    Very cool house and family! Loved reading this one.
    I’m curious about the actual designing and building process of the home. And as others have asked how the electricity, plumbing, etc works. Fascinating and super cool!

  76. Kara says...

    I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and am so inspired by this family! The housing situation here is, in short, out of control. It has really soured my experience living in such a beautiful part of the country, but they make me hopeful that there are affordable, beautiful ways to put down roots here if you get a bit creative.

  77. Davina says...

    This house is absolutely gorgeous and dreamy! I would definitely live in a tiny house like this as a holiday for a couple weeks, but definitely couldn’t do it long-term. I’m too much of a city person!

    Here’s a pressing question: how do they shower? And, not to be gross, but what’s the pooping situation like? I’m assuming there’s no indoor plumbing.

    • Hey Davina, we have a shower, it just isn’t in the photos. You can see more detailed photos on our house on our builder’s website (newfrontiertinyhomes.com).

      The pooping situation has been complicated at times, lol! We thought we’d be off-the-grid so we have a waterless toilet (we have indoor plumbing, but only for grey-water). Since we now have access to septic, we might change it to a traditional toilet someday. If you’re interested in reading about it, I have a post up on our blog (tinymigrations.com).

  78. Hannah says...

    Now this is a woman I’d love to see featured in a week of outfits – given that she has such limited space for a wardrobe! Her dress is beautiful!

    • Aya says...

      Seconded! I have the intention to buy fewer but better, but then I just accumulate and have a lot again. I’d love to see both of their pared down wardrobes and learn about how they make it work.

  79. Becca says...

    My cousin owns the company that built that house! So amazing to see his work on my favorite blog!

  80. If I ever built a tiny house, I would do it exactly this way. I love the addition of all the outdoor living spaces! Gorgeous design too!

  81. Katie says...

    I’m also curious about the more practical side, like where do they keep their clothes? It’s a beautiful home, and I’ve always been super intrigued by the tiny home idea, especially as a fellow northern Californian. But… where are the things?

  82. Carla says...

    Hello cup of jo team. It would be wonderful if you could post something related to Hurricane Harvey and maybe post some links and ways to help out?
    Thank you

  83. Alex says...

    I love that they appear to be absolutely gaga for each other- to hot and heavy marriages… cheers!!

    • Kate says...

      I was just thinking the same thing, Alex! They are on fire for each other – I love it!! Doesn’t hurt that they both are complete foxes ?

  84. These 2 are called TWIN FLAMES.

  85. Melissa says...

    What a lovely home. I live in the greater Vancouver area of British Columbia where housing and renting is also very expensive. My husband and I would also love to do something like this.

    I also love the dress she’s wearing, beautiful.. do you know where she got it?

  86. Lauren says...

    Lovely home and family! So refreshing to hear about a couple that love each other’s company so much. I think being outside a lot sounds like a must for this type of living…I am ready to get back to my large house when we go to our 750 sq ft beach condo for the weekend IF we aren’t able to be outside for most of the weekend… I’ve got two crazy boys though and a baby so there’s that.

  87. Robin says...

    Gorgeous! I’m curious what they are planning for when Escher gets taller and outgrows her loft. It’s so tricky to plan for changing family dynamics! Our nursery is too small for a full size bed and we keep going back and forth on what to do.

  88. Kimberly says...

    Their answer to “who cooks in your home” made me tear up. So insightful into their relationship and what a beautiful way they have of seeing and appreciating each other.

  89. Sarah says...

    Ooh la la, this is tiny luxury!

  90. Cynthia says...

    The last picture is so nice- so much love!

  91. Alexis says...

    This house is absolutely beautiful, but I can’t help but think that this lifestyle (and it is definitely a lifestyle choice, not just a house) only works for childless people or people whose kids are still very young. I’ve never come across a tiny-house article featuring a family with an adolescent or a teenager. Sure, their baby’s ‘loft’ is cute now, but what about when she’s bigger? What are they going to do when she gets too tall to stand up in her own bedroom? When she wants privacy, or extra room for clothes? That doesn’t even get into how the parents are going to manage any sort of love life once the kid gets old enough to understand what she might be hearing. I suppose they could sell and get a more traditional house, but what a shame to put so much work and love into a home that ultimately is impractical for a family.

    • Michelle says...

      That’s what the tent is for

    • Chelsey says...

      I’m not this sure this is necessarily true… I think in most of the world families live and thrive in very very small homes! Sure in North America this is a “life style choice” but for the majority of humanity it’s just life.

    • Kara says...

      I always wondered if families with older kids lived in very small homes and came across this woman’s blog, where she tells all about how her family of 5 (with 3 adolescent sons) lives in a 665 sq ft house (this is the tour specifically of her sons’ space): http://www.assortmentblog.com/assortment/2014/01/becoming-home-a-loft-tour.html

      I think it’s a really cool way to live if a family is able to make it work for them! (Even if it’s not something that would work for you personally.)

    • I personally love the idea of 2 or 3 tiny homes connected by a deck. I think the little girl will be able to stay in that room until she’s bigger and then maybe in adolescence they’ll build another small room for her. It’s doable if they want to make it work.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      totally agree! she said it’s about $10K to add another room to the house, so they could always do that down the road.

    • t says...

      I am sure some people can do it and love it but I couldn’t. We lived in a tiny house for four years but once our baby turned three i was losing my mind. we had to get out. i needed space and a place to get away. Now we live in 1500 SF and it is a dream. No more tripping over a kid.

    • Lisa Z nailed this. Yes, our current thought is that we could add another tiny house specifically for Escher. It would be remarkably inexpensive since it could be teeny tiny and wouldn’t have the same amenities. Her current room could be repurposed into a great lounge space…I’d love to have it all to myself, haha!

      On the other hand, it’s possible that down the road we’ll buy land and build a foundation house on it. This way we could convert the tiny home into an accessory-dwelling unit. Who knows, but there are a lot of possibilities!

  92. Min says...

    Absolutely breathtaking! Thank you for featuring alternative ways of living. I love how this is so light and bright!

  93. Emmanuella says...

    They did such an amazing job. I wasn’t ready for the article to end.

  94. LB says...

    Beautiful home, thoughtfully designed and lived in. Less is truly more here.

  95. Denise says...

    I have often dreamed of a tiny home on an expanse of rural land. This is a beautiful example. It appeals to me the tidiness required and the sense of “ship-shape” in storing and using all available space. But I’m not very good at that in my own 650 foot apartment so I’m not sure halving my space would change my messy habits any in real life. But it’s nice to dream, and she’s right, he’s pretty hot!

  96. Alexa says...

    Yes to tiny spaces!! My husband and I have lived in a 300 square foot studio for years, and it’s so rewarding.

    Just one question — how do they keep the baby from falling out of the loft?

    We are in NYC and loft spaces are fairly common here — wondering how to make one work with a babe!

    • Kellyn says...

      In one of the pictures it looks like they have a gate that locks in place

  97. JP says...

    With setups like this, I always wonder about…Bugs? Or critters? Is your home not full of spiders and flies all the time? I live in a 400 sq ft studio, so I can do small. But I think the bugs would bother me if my house was open in the woods!

    • Location. I have lived in the Santa Cruz mountains and there are few bugs. The best joy of owning a tiny home is how quickly you can clean the whole house. In an ant infestation, I have emptied my whole house in 1 hour and put everything back in 3 hours. You can keep bugs from coming in by keeping plants a minimum of 36 inches away from the house.

    • Aimee says...

      I think this concept is 1,000% dependent on geographic location. The home featured here isn’t just the primary 300 sf—they heavily depend on the patio and the tent and the surrounding landscape as part of their living space. I live in the northeast, and personally I can’t envision living (surviving) with even just me and my spouse in such a small space, in a location where the climate isn’t dry and temperate the majority of the time to allow for “open air” living. Yes, you can be active outdoors year round pretty much anywhere, but not “chill on the patio” active, when it’s 28 degrees and snowing for three months on end. This home is honestly a work of art, so beautifully designed and appointed, but I wonder if the experience would be as idyllic if you truly had to limit your living space to just the 300sf.

  98. Steph says...

    So typically when I read these home tours I think,” oh that’s nice, I like that.” This time I’m more like,” pack your bags honey, we’re moving to the mountains!” I’m absolutely in love with this idea and these people. Yes yes 1,000 times YES!

  99. Anne says...

    I’m curious to hear what they plan to do when the baby grows? This seems custom designed to hold two adults and one baby (the baby’s loft is clearly only large enough for a small child) so… what’s the plan a few years from now? A $150,000 house is quite frugal in California but, seems less frugal when it only fits your needs for a few years. Also there are other parts of the country where $150,000 would buy an actual full-size house that could fit a growing family long-term. Not intending to be critical, just curious about how this works.

    • I’m with you, Anne!
      I wonder if they plan on making that home permanent or just a “for the time being,” thing? They can’t stand up in their daughter’s room/loft so what will happen when she gets bigger and needs more space? I wonder if they will add on to the house or build a larger space or do as you suggested and move? It would be interesting to know.

    • I love this tiny home!

      Short term, this isn’t a bad financial option for a young family living in the Bay Area. (Side note: I am also an editor at Stanford, though I don’t know the couple featured here). I bought a studio apartment in the Bay Area for 300K a few years ago and now they are selling for over 400K. A lot of people can’t afford to buy—especially those who don’t work in technology or for a big Silicon Valley company. This area is truly insane.

      When it comes to renting, studios are around $1800-2500 and one-bedroom apartments are $2200-3K+. My guess is they are saving over 40K a year on rent going this route. Multiply that by less than 4 years and that house completely pays for itself. And they’ll be able to sell the house (even without the land) when they outgrow it & still get a lot of money back. This is a very creative & smart solution to the Bay Area’s crazy housing situation. What a beautiful tiny house! I love everything about it.

      Also—Boulder Creek is BEAUTIFUL. Jealous! I’ve driven through BC a couple of times on my way to Big Basin & I can attest they are living a dream life. They’re near redwoods, near the ocean, have great weather, etc. La vita dolce!

    • I think the tent is providing the extra space that each of the family members need. An infant does not want alone time. Escher does not have our American assumptions of what is normal and will be very happy with two parents that love her and each other. If all of her future classmates are from similar tiny homes she may consider a 2600 square foot home and lifestyle to afford it as unrealistic. Spencer and Bela have the opportunity to be better parents because they are not too busy working to pay for an oversized house, or stressed with commuting away extra hours only to live in one that is not in their ideal community (and Blouder Creek is definitely storybook). I applaud them for choosing a higher quality life if interior space is the primary sacrifice. I think too many people are all ignoring the fact that today’s American houses are over twice the size of those built in the 1950’s AND families are smaller today. But are families happier, or emotionally healthier? Adults that are mature enough to live within their budget sound like better parent material than people who followed a herd into debit.

    • Johanna—such a good point: “I think too many people are all ignoring the fact that today’s American houses are over twice the size of those built in the 1950’s AND families are smaller today. But are families happier, or emotionally healthier? Adults that are mature enough to live within their budget sound like better parent material than people who followed a herd into debt.”

      I also believe we need to shift our expectations around housing. Bigger isn’t better, especially if it puts you into debt. And I think folks would be surprised to realize how small they can go once they let go of the things they don’t really need/use!

    • Kate says...

      I would guess it works the same as it would for any other family. The median homeownership duration in the US is around 6 years, so most people who live in traditional homes relocate one or more times as their families’ needs change, and many others remodel or expand their existing living spaces. Bela and Spencer will have those same options (reconfigure existing living space, build a new room, sell their tiny house and buy a less-tiny tiny house, sell their tiny house and buy a traditional home).

  100. Nicole says...

    I have more practical questions about something like this: did the property/lot already have water and electricity? If not what did it look like to get those things? How about zoning?

    • Eva says...

      I’m on your page Nicole! This article blew my mind, I’ve been researching buying a tiny home in California- literally this model- so
      I’m just in shock at the timing… Zoning laws and building codes are so complicated with tiny homes, I wonder how they found researching or where they found help with that!

    • Eva, zoning and building codes can be very complicated for tiny homes, and the resources available are sparse and generally aimed at DIYers. We (and lots of others) are trying to change that. We have some resources up on our blog (tinymigrations.com), will be developing many more, and we’d be happy to help you along.

  101. Gia says...

    Lovely! What do they do for water and electricity, I wonder?

  102. alison says...

    I’d be cooped up with that guy in 300 sq/ft. No problem! ;)

    • JP says...

      My thoughts too!

    • maggie says...

      This made me LOL. I think I could endure it too… :)

    • diana says...

      umm yeah basically logging in to say this exact thing.

  103. Sarah says...

    Gaaaah, this is one of the most beautiful houses I have ever seen! Bravo, Bela and Spencer, for making this happen! Thanks for letting us all have a peek. :) cheers

  104. aga says...

    Absolutely love this!!! Yes to small houses and stay-at-home dads and working-professional moms! Her dress is beautiful! Where is it from?

    • Zakia says...

      Agreed. I love her dress?

    • Elina says...

      Yes! I can’t get that dress out of my head! Please ask!

    • Rachel says...

      same- dress details!

  105. Christine says...

    Oh boy, after spending the last 5 days cooped up thanks to a tropical storm, the cutest tiny house starts to look like a prison cell. I think the outdoor space is key.

    • aga says...

      People live in much smaller and less luxurious spaces in different parts of the world. We can adapt to most situations. This one seems pretty great!

  106. Colleen S says...

    I might be okay with a 900-foot space, but 300 square feet would make me feel claustrophobic. But it’s a cute house!

  107. What a gorgeous house! They did such a beautiful job creating it, and in what a beautiful setting! I also love the way they seem to really appreciate what each other brings to the relationship (and Spencer seems like such a bad-ass SAHD + chef, with such a great eye — he’s a keeper! :)