10/05 The goal is living off grid in a 130-square-foot home

This tiny home on Ohio Avenue is about 130 square feet. — Image Credit: Peter O'Cain

This tiny home on Ohio Avenue is about 130 square feet. — Image Credit: Peter O’Cain


Driving northeast along Ohio Avenue it’s easy to miss the outlier. Sitting behind a madrona tree in an almost vacant lot, one of these homes is not like the others. It’s smaller. Much smaller.

It’s called a “tiny house,” and with good reason. At about 130 square feet, it’s no bigger than a Chevrolet Suburban.

It belongs to a woman named Melodie, who bought it about a year ago from Tumbleweed Tiny House Company.

In keeping with the “off the grid” spirit of her home, Melodie asked to keep her last name off the record.

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Elaine Walker