08/10 Is tiny house living all it’s cracked up to be?

Catlin and Ohlson in their tiny house with friends.

Catlin and Ohlson’s tiny house has two guest beds. Photo courtesy of Jorie Ohlson

When Jimmy Catlin and Jorie Ohlson got jobs at a boarding school, where on-campus housing was a perk of the job, they decided that they never wanted to pay rent again.

That, coupled with a desire to reduce their carbon footprint and cut clutter, made building a tiny house a natural solution.

After about four years of dating and eight months of construction – between her overnight shifts as a psychiatric nurse and his work in marketing and event planning – Catlin and Ohlson moved into the tiny house…

“We have had many visitors, but no one has stayed over yet. I don’t know if [people are hesitant] because we’re all sleeping in one room, or if they’re scared of the [composting] toilet,” Ohlson laughs.

“We designed the house to be pretty highly efficient,” Catlin says.

They also built it on wheels, so that their backyard can change whenever they want.

“Right now, we need to be within a certain distance of power and water,” Catlin explains, “but if we can find solutions to those two elements, we could definitely open up some doors in terms of where we could park it.”

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Elaine Walker

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