07/09 Former Twin Cities family trades space in suburbia for closer family ties in a tiny house

Zac and Caitlin Hogan and their children, Finn and Piper, outside their tiny house. They built it while living in Big Lake, MN then moved it to Carson, NV.

Zac and Caitlin Hogan and their children, Finn and Piper, outside their tiny house. They built it while living in Big Lake, MN then moved it to Carson, NV.

Zac and Caitlin Hogan were living in Big Lake, Minn., when they decided to downsize from a 2,500-square-foot split-level to a tiny house one-tenth its size.

“We weren’t utilizing the space at all,” said Zac. “It was a lot of upkeep.”

They also felt pinched financially, with more house than they could comfortably afford. They considered downsizing to a smaller house, but they couldn’t find a way to do it and significantly reduce their overhead.

After seeing a documentary about tiny houses, they signed up for a workshop in Madison, Wis., and put their house on the market. It sold on their way home.

“We decided God had a plan for us to do a tiny house,” said Zac.

They bought a house plan from Tumbleweed Tiny House Co. of California for a 180-square-foot home with a 75-square-foot sleeping loft and worked with Josh Battis of JB Home Improvers of Monticello to modify it…

Living in such close quarters isn’t always easy. “It gets tight at times,” Zac said. “The nice thing is the weather out here is nice so you can be outside. We go to the park and stretch out.”

But the rewards outweigh the difficulties. “It’s improved family life and marriage,” Zac said of six months in their tiny house. “We’ve had to talk through things. You can’t really close a door and hide from people. It’s made us communicate better.”

Read more – http://www.startribune.com/a-former-twin-cities-family-trades-space-in-suburbia-for-closer-family-ties-in-a-tiny-house/386041331/

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Elaine Walker