Cottage Home in Memphis, Tennessee

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I get requests to share small homes on the Tiny House Blog from time to time. Not everyone can downsize to the extreme tiny houses on wheels and it is nice to see options of smaller homes as well. Dwayne Jones recently sent me one and I wanted to share it. Here is what he has to say:

My name is Dwayne A. Jones and I’m a contractor and missionary. Traveling to Ghana West Africa since 2003, Haiti since 2008, and India for the first time last year in 2014,

I’ve dreamed of building small affordable houses world-wide. This house is a start of many projects to encourage sustainable living. Continue reading

Tiny Floating Homes: Terrapin

The Nance family is living aboard a 45′ sailboat. Their tiny floating home, Terrapin, is the perfect size for this family of four. Phil, Aimee and their two daughters, Jessica and Emma, have been out cruising for a total of 46 days after sailing south from their hometown of San Diego, California.

They are currently stopped in Puerto Vallarta. Though their adventures have only just begun, they have experienced some amazing experiences so far.


Why Sail Away?

Aimee explains it best…

“After a few years of Phil and I commuting over 1.5 hours each way in opposite directions and having to pay a nanny to raise our girls, we knew we were ‘doing it wrong’. We never had quality time with our girls. Dinner with all of us present almost never happened and we missed having quality family time. We had considered a couple different ideas like moving to Europe for Phil’s postdoc or buying an RV and traveling the U.S. Neither of these ideas were perfect for us. Then one day while getting ready for work, Phil somewhat jokingly said we should sell everything, buy a boat and set sail. He showed me a few blogs of other families that had decided to do the same thing and within 3 days I agreed to his idea. In less than 2 years we sold our home and 90% of our possessions, bought a boat and set sail!

We chose the cruising lifestyle because of the ability to have quality family time while giving our girls an incredible experience at the same time. So far we’ve gotten more than we could have asked for. In the short period of time we’ve been sailing, we’ve seen things that some people only read about in books. Just recently we saw a huge pod of grey whales, a pod of dolphins and Phil swam with a mom and baby Humpback whale (and got videos)! We’ve had family night swims in phosphorescents which amazed all of us. Every day we wake up to new adventures.” Continue reading

Tiny Floating Homes: WINTERLUDE

When Peter and I first moved aboard our 42′ sailboat back in October of 2013, we met another cruising couple that shall forever remain very near and dear to us. David and Jan were staying in the same marina where we bought our boat. They live aboard their 1985 Passport 37, Winterlude, spending half the year on land and half the year on the water which leads to the idea behind the name of their website:


Jan has written countless how-to articles and invaluable informational posts about the cruising lifestyle. We had been reading her posts long before we met them and gained a tremendous amount of knowledge about boat life from Commuter Cruiser. If you’re at all curious about the ins and outs of living on a boat, I highly recommend searching around the Commuter Cruiser website!

We had hardly any sailing experience before we bought Mary Christine so David and Jan kindly took us under their wing and showed us the basics. They went with us for a very memorable Maiden Voyage and helped us build the confidence we needed. Many boat owners end up staying at the dock for years before sailing off into the sunset but we knew we wanted to get out there as soon as possible. To this day, David and Jan are a huge part of the inspiration we needed to take a leap of faith and follow our dreams.

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Tiny Floating Homes: CHANCE

Jason and Kelley are a young couple with a familiar story. They decided to buy a boat, sell all their belongings, quit their jobs and sail away with their two dogs in an adventurous new life at sea.


They traded in the corporate life and their very tiny 244 sf Brooklyn studio apartment for an even smaller home aboard a Seafarer 34 sailboat in 2012. So far they’ve sailed along the East Coast of Florida and the Bahamas, but that’s just the beginning. They dream of opening a hostel in Colombia and traveling the world. Continue reading

Tiny Floating Homes: NECESSE

Awhile back I shared a post featuring the mountain yurt that Jair and Mel Stolz built up in Golden, British Columbia. Jair’s brother, Eben, shares the same passion to live a life less ordinary, though he chooses a different kind of tiny. Sailboat-15-Edit

My boyfriend Peter and I became fast friends with Eben and Genevieve Stolz who live aboard Necesse, a 41′ Morgan Classic sailboat, with their two little girls Arias and Ellia. They are on their fifth year living aboard and are currently sailing around the Virgin Islands with us and a few other cruising boats before heading south in a couple of months for Hurricane Season. Our Crew

This adventurous family has a pretty amazing story. They’ve worked very hard to make their dreams come true and help as many people as they can along the way. Click HERE to learn a little more about each of the crew, and click HERE to get the full scoop on how they ended up living in a tiny floating home in the Caribbean. What does their tiny floating home look like? Let me show you… Continue reading