Debby is the owner of three tiny houses. After her initial experience living tiny, Debby discovered her joy for designing small spaces. Her first is a house on wheels with a slide-out, and the other two are connected by a deck. Now she shares them on Airbnb, providing her with a substantial income stream to enable her to snowbird between the California coast and her largest tiny home at LuxTiny in northern Arizona.
“My goal with Lily Pad (her first tiny house), I wanted to create—again as a Libra, anybody that’s into astrology, it’s very much about beauty and aesthetics, and comforts—just something that really feels your heart and soul, very much warm feeling I wanted to create a space that was 100% mine It was a sanctuary; I felt like in a cocoon For a year, I stayed there I kinda healed my soul I don’t know if that makes sense to y’all, but kind of healed my soul and reconnected and got away from the hubbub and the business and the city, traffic, and too many people.
I think it’s important to be part of a positive movement and also to take care of yourself financially in the world. So it’s kind of a win-win I’m able to take what makes my heart sing, which is designing beautiful homes and tiny homes I love and create places for people to come and experience joy in a world that isn’t always joyful.”
-Debby, Living Tiny in Style
Her Two Tiny Houses with Connected by a Deck
Debby’s two tiny houses connected by a deck include Casa del Sol, a 10-foot wide park model tiny home, and a simple casita guest house. Between the two is an outdoor living space, a patio protected from the wind with a wall on one side. This also acts as a privacy screen from her neighbors. Her adorable Shiba Inu enjoys sunbathing on the gated deck too.
Both have open layouts and LuxTiny Tiny Home Custom Builders brought Debby’s designs to life. The casita is much tinier at only 144 square feet. In contrast, Casa del Sol is a spacious 360 square feet. It’s all one floor with a master bedroom. To maximize flow between rooms, Debby opted for a Murphy bed. This allows her to use that room for sleeping, working, and exercising.
Interestingly, Casa del Sol features a shower while Debby’s Lily Pad tiny house on wheels has a bathtub. A full-size stackable washer/dryer ate up the space for a tub in Casa del Sol, but she is thrilled to have this luxury. As Debby points out, this is an excellent example of how what you prioritize in a small space design dictates what’s possible in the rest of the home. Similarly, she made full-size kitchen appliances a top priority. But the trade-off is less counter space. Debby makes up for this by wheeling in a movable island from the bedroom when cooking large meals.
Watch the tour above to see more of her three tiny houses!
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