Jamie and Kelly Rye are nearing completion on their new home, which they’ve built themselves — with the help of family.
Their new 360-square-foot tiny house will be live-in ready, they hope, by the end of June. The family of four moved out of their 3,600-square-foot Old West End mansion in the fall and have been living with Mr. Rye’s parents near Deerfield, Michigan, where they’ve been building their dream home.
Jamie Rye talks about the multipurpose room. By day, it’s the living room and dining room. At night, a barn door will slide closed and two twin-size beds will fold down.
The tiny home, parked in the driveway, draws occasional onlookers who slow down as they pass; some occasionally stop to snap a quick picture….
In design and construction of the Ryes’ home “we were really intentional about design for the kids as they get older,” Mrs. Rye said.
The tiny home has side and back doors. Entering from the back, which will have a fold-down patio, takes you into what will be a multipurpose room. By day, it’s the living room and dining room. At night, a barn door will slide closed and two twin-size beds will fold down for Mr. and Mrs. Ryes’ sleeping space. There, too, will be a 20-inch wide pantry. Every nook and cranny has a purpose. And sometimes a second and third purpose.
The space under stairs will function as storage and shelving; a toy box will also be a bench.
When the Ryes first announced their plans to downsize, they were met with some criticism from people who felt that a family of four could not make life work inside such a small space or that safety would be an issue.
“Everything is built to code or past code,” Mr. Rye said. “It’s built as if it’s any other new house.”