Photo Courtesy of Morgan Karanasios


Why a Tiny Home 


For us, a tiny house was the solution to a kind of financial equation we had been struggling to solve. To build our careers, our portfolios, we needed time to create and the finance to procure the resources we needed to do so. We were inspired by the tiny house movement. Here were people choosing to live smaller and get outside more; they were traveling, saving money on bills and spending it on living. Their homes were creative and charming, each unique like the handmade homes of colonial days, and - as if this weren’t enough - they were environmentally friendly. We didn't so much make the decision as the decision made us. It simply made perfect sense.

As time passed and we began to imagine, design and create, it soon became clear that another motivation was emerging, one that would come to dominate as the driving force behind our build: it was simply…fun. Granted, building our tiny house was far from easy, but the freedom of creativity, the authority to include any idea, no matter how whimsical, and the knowledge that we would one day find ourselves sheltered by our own creation was an experience we can only compare to the building of tree forts in childhood; it felt natural, freeing, even primitive. After all, people have been building their own homes by hand all throughout history, until relatively recently. Outside the tiny house movement, some still do build their own houses, of course, but the complexity of modern building regulations, the respective knowledge necessary to work with modern materials, coupled with the cost of living and the cost of typically scaled modern dwellings has made it harder and harder for the layman to undertake the challenge successfully. Tiny houses alleviate the burden of insurmountable cost, and the scale is far less daunting.

We also knew that our financial struggle was not original. Post 2008, we had struggled to make a living like so many. Laid off from my day job, I found work carrying shingles for a roofer at $11 an hour, and I was laid off from that job a month later. It was honestly a little terrifying. So as the years passed and we struggled to pay our bills, not to mention build our careers, we searched more and more, not only for a path that would break us free from financial constraint, but one that would ultimately contribute to others who were also struggling. When tiny house owners rent land that would otherwise sit unused, they not only get a home at a bargain; they give the landowner a financial boost, and the two, having more money to spend are free to put more money into the economy, helping still others. This ideal, along with a fierce passion for protecting the natural world - living harmoniously in its midst both environmentally and aesthetically - is at the heart of our endeavor. We are by no means entirely successful, but we push forward with this goal in mind, making improvements when we can and learning from our mistakes as often as possible.

   

F.A.Q.

 
We didn’t so much make the decision as the decision made us. It simply made perfect sense.

Made With Love 


A cinematic adventure, that is. This tiny house is one that grew out of the movies - quite literally.
— Take Magazine
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Why not build a tiny home, on wheels that they could take anywhere in the country that the film jobs were? “And as this came into focus, we were like ‘Oh we can make this a portfolio piece”, she says. And it is. All black, with ornately stenciled steps leading up to a steel blue carved door, the house has an arresting presence. It brings to mind a nineteenth-century stagecoach, or a peddlers wagon. Something out of Charles Dickens, or Lewis Caroll, or... something out of a movie.
— Take Magazine

Lifestyle (With Love)


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Like they say, good things come in small packages.
— Boston Magazine
We especially love the ‘Rabitat’ which is what we call our free roaming rabbits home in the floor. At an old apartment of ours, Cosmo’s learned he could sneak through a missing board into the cabinetry under the kitchen sink. You’d go to grab a can of soup and there was this big rabbit. Anyways, he seemed to enjoy the space so much, we thought we’d create one for him in the tiny house. It not only creates a safe hiding safe for him, but it also keeps his food and litter box out of sight. He loves it and it never ceases to be hilarious, watching him go in and out of his own tiny house like Jerry the Mouse.
— Apartment Therapy
With its wooden ship’s wheel and system of raising pulleys, their black and gold gypsy caravan slash ship slash train slash steampunk steamer trunk would look perfectly natural pulling up to Hogwarts.
— NHPR, New Hampshire Public Radio
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It’s almost like Barcelou and Batchelder are playing house, except there’s nothing imaginary here.
— Take Magazine

Christmas In A Tiny House


Check out our holiday features in Boston Magazine and New Hampshire Home Magazine

The couple celebrated their first Christmas in the tiny house last year. “It was really magical”, Barcelou says.”we were parked on a farm in New Hampshire that grows Christmas Trees. We dug one up - sort of borrowing it for the season- potted it in a tin pail and decorated it with lights, gold tinsel, glittery feathers and ornaments.” After the holiday, the couple replanted the tree; establishing what Chloe called ‘a cool tradition’.
— New Hampshire Home Magazine
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From handmade ornaments and garlands, to silver tinsel and plenty of glitter, the place is a cozy pint sized winter wonderland.
— Boston Magazine

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Photo's Courtesy of Pat Piasecki, Morgan Karanasios, Sleep Walk Films and Chris Saunders