Is this the cutest tiny house? Adorable owners Ashley and Norma-Jean live together in a 16-foot long, 128-square-foot home on wheels. It began as a bare-bones $30,000 shell by Incredible Tiny Homes. Next, they DIY-finished the interior and, impressively, maximized every inch.
When they received their tiny house, it was just all raw pine. Then Ashley and Norma-Jean painted the outside a cheerful yellow. Next, they transformed the bare-bones interior by sanding, painting, adding shelving, and creative storage solutions. Perhaps the most impressive space is their tiny kitchen. Ashley offers her Acony Bell neighbors a vegan meal prep and delivery service. She does it all from their itty-bitty kitchen!
Adding additional pantry space made a huge difference. This included installing a three-tier spice rack and a little cabinet at the end of the counter for extra workspace and food storage. Ashley and Norma-Jean also found an ideal compact-size utility closet at Target. It functions well as their pantry, especially after adding organizers and shelving inside it.
They beautifully made the most of their extra tiny living room space. As they’ll share, the key is constantly hunting for the right furniture, even if you use it in a way that wasn’t intended. For example, they found a storage bench at Aldi to use as their TV console. Hot tip: always carry a measuring tape with you!
For them, homeownership so early in their adult lives, along with a secure parking spot at Acony Bell opens up so many doors. It’s their starter tiny home. Next, they plan to upgrade to a whopping 400 square feet!
“We’re both in our 20s, and we feel very fortunate to have our own house. It’s our own space. We don’t have to shuffle around from apartment to apartment and deal with landlords. And we don’t have any shared walls. We have our own yard. We can do whatever we want to the house.
It’s nice being surrounded by different tiny homes, different builders from all over the United States. We’ve been in a bunch. And I think we’ve settled on Rough Cut Tiny Homes, which I think they’re based out of South Carolina. They have some really great models. We want to go to a 400 square foot, and want to max out on our tiny.
I think we can actually say we’ve mastered the 128 square feet.
I really think we have mastered it because this was our first home together, and I think it’s been a great starter home because we had never lived in a tiny house before. And you kind of just get an idea of what you want, how the space works for you, things that you feel like, you’re like, oh, it would be really nice to have this.
Yeah, especially in such a small space, like we know, OK, prioritize closet space, prioritize kitchen space, and living room. we definitely want a lounge space. So it really helps that we started here, and then now we can go custom.
We’re so lucky. We’re just so happy to be able to live here. And, you know, just live our best lives.”
-Ashely & Norma-Jean, @alohashleymichelle