It might not be conventional, but Luke and Charlene Sabin find their tiny home to be functional, cozy and, most importantly, affordable.
The Sabins live in a house with a 204-square-foot floor plan and two lofts that bring total usable footage to 280 feet. They designed the layout, and Luke built the house this past summer in Fargo before moving it to Minot, ND.
“We were at the point of our lives where you should own something,” Luke Sabin said. “We started toying around with the idea. It started to make sense financially.”
They were looking at moving to Minot after Charlene accepted a job as a Spanish teacher with an interactive education program. Having previously lived in Minot, they knew housing would be a strain on their budget. The solution was to borrow money from family to build a tiny house for about $40,000.
“We don’t have to make a lot of money in order to live in a house like this. With our student loans, we can afford it,” Charlene Sabin said.
The Sabins had been attracted to the idea of a tiny house despite never having been in one or even having seen one in person. Their exposure to scaled-back living consisted of friends who were living in a recreational vehicle and a documentary they watched about tiny houses.
However, it made made sense with their lifestyle, which to this point has involved moving around wherever their jobs or education would take them. With each move, they found themselves having to downsize, so by the time they moved into their tiny house, their belongings were already pared down.
“We had gone through stages of purging our stuff,” Charlene Sabin said. “It was easy to get rid of a lot of stuff because I really, honestly, don’t use them.”
“We favor multi-functional things now,” Luke Sabin added.