06/10 Tiny House Tour shows value of living small

An overview from the bedroom loft of the Shonsie, one of 84 Lumber’s tiny house models, captures the 154-square-foot space.

An overview from the bedroom loft of the Shonsie, one of 84 Lumber’s tiny house models, captures the 154-square-foot space. Photo: Tom Hindman

The 84 Lumber Tiny House Tour made its first stop in St. Albans this week.

The Shonsie, a tiny house model from the building supply store, was open to the public to explore and to see if tiny living is an option for them.

The portable house is only 154 square feet on a 20-foot long trailer. It has a kitchen, loft bedroom area, small dining area/living space, bathroom, closet and storage space.

The Shonsie made its maiden voyage from Pennsylvania to St. Albans and will continue south to Florida, stopping at several locations along the way. 84 Lumber has four models, and the Shonsie has a beach house theme….

For some Kanawha County residents, tiny living is a realistic and desirable option.

Kim Belle, 58, of Charleston, toured the tiny house on Tuesday after doing research about the houses online.

Belle said the house would be perfect for her upcoming retirement. Since her children moved out, she said she doesn’t need a lot of space.

“It’s all I need and all I want,” Belle said. “I can definitely see this in my future.”

Belle, who tries to be eco-friendly and environmentally conscious, said she thinks society as a whole should look into living in tiny houses that reduce a family’s impact on the environment.

Belle said she’s stayed in a tiny house before at a campground, and loves the portability aspect of it.

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Elaine Walker