05/17 Couple trade in DeKalb two-bedroom apartment for tiny house

Christopher Futty stands against a ladder leaning on the bedroom loft in the tiny house he is building with his wife Allie Futty in the driveway of their apartment in DeKalb.

Christopher Futty stands against a ladder leaning on the bedroom loft in the tiny house he is building with his wife Allie Futty in the driveway of their apartment in DeKalb.

An organic farmer and his wife, a student at Northern Illinois University, spent the past year building a 185-square-foot house on a trailer in the driveway of the house they rented on Haish Boulevard in DeKalb.

Christopher Futty, 29, and his wife, Allie Futty, 27, left DeKalb with their tiny house on a 20-foot trailer this week after Allie Futty’s weekend graduation ceremony. The couple are part of the small, but growing tiny house movement…

“The economic factor was huge for us,” Christopher Futty said. “To be able to travel when we want to, to not have to worry about having a mortgage, to be able to save money because we’re not paying an enormous amount of rent every month – all of that was key factor in trying to figure out some way that we can live a life together doing the things we really care the most about.”

Just as important for the Futtys was the freedom that a mobile home would allow, along with a desire to spend more time outside, with friends and with the communities they will be living in.

Read more – http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2016/05/17/couple-trade-in-dekalb-two-bedroom-apartment-for-tiny-house/ax6zl66/

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Elaine Walker