Kit McCann, 29, and her partner, Michael Wilson, 31, have been living in their tiny house since July. We reached out to McCann for more details on living the tiny dream.
What made you decide to live in a tiny house?
Honestly, my partner and I had decided we wanted to buy and own our own home, but we weren’t sure where we wanted to live yet! Therefore, the idea of having a home that we could move around was pretty appealing. We know we want to stay in New England, but there are so many options for beautiful communities and towns that it was hard to choose. Before we moved in New England we had lived in New York City for 5 years, so we were ready not to live in any apartments anymore, so we didn’t want to have to bounce around between places in that way. When we learned about tiny houses, it seemed like the perfect in-between!
What’s the hardest thing about it?
Sometimes people don’t believe me when I say this, but: the size isn’t difficult at all. As I mentioned previously, we lived in NYC before, where our apartments were always itty bitty, so this isn’t that much of a change! Furthermore, we thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2013, so we lived in a tent for 6 months. Compared to that, our house feels gigantic! Honestly, the hardest part has been having to worry about zoning laws. There are many towns in Maine that prohibit folks from living in a “mobile dwelling” (e.g., an RV) for more than 6 months in one location. Our home is quite different from an RV – Not that there’s anything wrong with RV’s! They’re super fun! Tiny Houses are a really new thing, so I completely understand how and why the laws that are in place don’t have accommodations for something like our home. Hopefully in the future there will be more understanding and specific zoning laws that pertain to Tiny Homes.
What advice do you have for someone looking to build or buy their own tiny house?
The best advice I can give is to tap into your creativity as much as possible. Maximizing the use of space is a bit like playing Tetris, and when you’re first building or buying a tiny house, that could feel very challenging and frustrating. We chose to view this challenge as something exciting and engaging. Figuring out our space was wicked fun, and it really feels like home.
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