“We wanted to pay off debt and not accrue more debt,” says Korie, 26, a former high school English teacher and now stay-at-home mom to their one-year-old son Abel. “Tiny-house living seemed like a good way to do that.”
Typically constructed on a trailer with wheels instead of a foundation, tiny houses are part of a growing movement in which people seek to live simply in small quarters (around 500 square feet or less).
Korie and Alex, 23, a metal machinist and aquaponics enthusiast, did their research and came up with a list of specs for their first home together: “We wanted it to be not too big or too small,” Alex says. “But mostly not too big.”
“We also wanted a tall roof,” Korie adds, “not the real steeply pitched roofs [common to tiny homes], but something more flat.”
Other priorities: a king-size loft, a full-size couch for comfortable seating on the main floor, and a house that was built over the wheel wells, affording additional space…
Tucked into a grove of trees at the edge of Alex’s parents’ property in Elgin, the tiny, portable house is parked adjacent to a chicken coop and not far from a small gardening shed. From a distance, it almost looks as if it’s part of some kind of tiny village.
Inside are all the hallmarks of a cozy, well-equipped home: framed art and family photos, brightly colored throw pillows, a wall-mounted TV, Abel’s playpen. In addition to a sleeping loft with windows, there’s a meticulously organized L-shaped kitchen and a bathroom with a composting toilet constructed by Alex.
In fact, the whole of the Veidels’ space is supertidy. From the bench with built-in storage to the magnetic spice rack, everything has a place. “And everything goes back in its place every single time,” Korie says. “A little bit messy quickly becomes dysfunctional in a tiny house!”
They don’t plan to live in such close quarters forever; in fact, the current plan is to transition into a small one-bedroom apartment to allow more space for their growing family. But they’ve enjoyed being de facto ambassadors of the now-trending lifestyle (even, incidentally, appearing on an episode of an episode of HGTV’s Tiny House Hunters).
Read more and watch the video (video is more informative than the article) – http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/tiny-house-illinois-small-simple-living-elgin/Content?oid=24216731