June 16, 2024


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See inside this customized tiny home that’s complete with a patio and garden

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In Dream Big, Live Small, we visit tiny home-dwellers, discovering why they choose to live this way, how they manage it and the possibilities to do things like travel, learn and grow that have resulted from downsizing so significantly. In the long run, living small is really about living big.

For some, deciding to live tiny means making big life changes, including downsizing material possessions and adjusting to a small living space. But for Jodie and Bill Brady, going tiny was easy because they were able to build their dream home.

In this episode of Dream Big, Live Small, the Bradys share why they traded their average-sized home for a 250-square-foot tiny house in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia.

“Our house is truly one-of-a-kind because we designed and built it ourselves,” Jodi said. “And our design aesthetic was [all about] analyzing the way that we lived and the spaces that we actually used. Our house fits us like a glove.”

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Inside the Brady’s home, you’ll find an alcohol-burning stove, a large sink, multi-purpose furniture, a composting toilet, solar panels to power the home and more. But one of couple’s favorite areas is what they call “the screen house,” a separate structure they built first.

“One of the reasons we wanted to move out here and change the way we were living was we wanted to learn to grow a little of our food,” Jodie said. “We have two vegetable gardens here. Then, outside our vegetable garden, we have a pollinator garden, which attracts bees and butterflies that do all the work of growing food.”

To get a complete tour the Brady’s tiny home, be sure to watch the full episode above. And in case you want to join the tiny house revolution, check out these kits you can buy on Amazon to build your own.

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