11/03 Tiny solar-powered homestead built by ‘right-sizing’ couple

Jody and Bill Brady's 250 sq ft home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

Jody and Bill Brady’s 250 sq ft home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

One might be forgiven for thinking that tiny homes are generally for free-wheeling millennials looking to get out of the mortgage trap. After all, we do see a good amount of young people sharing their stories of tiny house bliss. But there’s also a healthy contingent of more mature folks who have downsized and ditched large homes in favour of something that may be smaller, but offers more financial freedom.

Jody and Bill Brady are one such pair of intrepid people, who decided on a big life change. They describe themselves on their blog Simply Enough: “We’re a couple in our 50s who decided we wanted to ‘rightsize’ our lives. We sold our big house and invested the profits in ourselves: we quit our jobs, did a lot of research and then designed and built our own 250-square-foot house in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.” Or, as they tell Apartment Therapy, they once lived in a 3,500-square-foot house, and one day, while looking over their finances, they realized that “The house owned us.” They made the switch by building their own smaller home.

Read more – http://www.treehugger.com/tiny-houses/tiny-homestead-virginia-jody-brady.html

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Elaine Walker

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