06/24 The Tiny House Movement Comes to Paducah

Phillip Skipper talks about tiny living, shown with his wife Ailin and their dog

Phillip Skipper talks about tiny living, shown with his wife Ailin and their dog

A new movement is beginning to take hold, however, among those who are redefining what it means to live a full life; and one’s house is only a tiny part of the equation. Ailin and Phillip Skipper are such a couple who are embracing small in order to live large.

The Skippers opted out of a 1600 square foot condo and built their own 250 square foot tiny house. Now, they are debt free, their monthly bills are less than $100, and they can focus on what they truly love.

“After a while, we started looking at how much of the space we didn’t use (before building the tiny house),” says Phillip. “Then there’s the expense of the utilities on top of the rent to maintain a lot of area we hardly set foot in…”

“Yes, it is a small house,” says Phillip. “But if you think about all the places where you spend time in your home, you realize those are your happy places. Everything else is just underutilized space. Now we have all our happy places in one spot. And we’re able to do the other things in life that we want to do. For us, it was all about figuring out what’s important and what’s not.”

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Elaine Walker