I recently visited this tiny house in Rio en Medio, New Mexico. It’s not much bigger than 12×12 —about 9’x16’— and it’s on wheels for easy mobility.
But the owner, a gentle 40-something musician of medium build, told me he’s not taking it anywhere else. He loves being on a little river, right on a hiking trail to a waterfall.
He just finished building the house himself and is set to move in in a couple of months, which he is thrilled about it. He gave me the “grand” (well, kind of grand) tour, and I was impressed. It has a sleeping loft, a nice bathroom with shower, a tiny kitchen and dining room, and even an enclave that acts as a sofa and potential spot for someone to sleep.
The cost? He was a bit elusive on that, but did say that this style home can be built from $7,000 to $60,000.
He also showed me his minuscule heater, the size of a tissue box. It heats the entire place and his heating bills don’t top $9 a month. That’s if he has any bill at all. His body heat warms up the place.
If you’re interested in tiny houses, check out Tiny House Designs. Any advice to share with others on your experience downsizing your living space?
Let’s wish him and other tiny-house folks luck! They’re not only finding joy in simplicity…they’re helping save the planet.