Two Videos and a Tiny House Love Story
If a tiny home is like a self-portrait, then a DIY tiny home is perhaps the most accurate portraiture. One that showcases all the best aspects of the owner/builder's personality, style, lifestyle preferences and with a few slight imperfections that add genuine character. The illustrious Meg Stephens built her tiny home on wheels as an expression of her personal design aesthetic and all the things that she and her hubby, Dan, most love.
Meg built it completely herself too, as Dan proudly admits. Her gumption and drive to accomplish anything she sets her mind to, are some of the qualities Dan most admires about Meg. Though not all men are as comfortable and appreciative of women builders...
I would drag Dan to the hardware store on the weekends to purchase materials and browse around. I wouldn't hesitate to ask the guy in the plumbing department or the electrical department my questions, but it got frustrating when he would listen to my question, and then turn and address his answer to my husband.
For more about Meg's build experience, check out her blog: http://megbuilds.com
Meg designed the Linden originally for the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. Though her Lucky Linden was customized especially for Dan and herself. Touring their tiny house is like stepping inside their hearts and minds (nothing creepy about that... ha!). Closest to their hearts, besides each other, are their dogs Squirrel and Tesla. So naturally Meg designed a doggie lounge space for them under the bench seat. This L-shaped bench is perfect for cuddling, too.
For a tiny home, they have a lot of artwork. This is the most obvious visual insight into their inner world, including their love for travel and classic movies.
Meg and Dan's top favorite hobbies include board and video games. Their storage loft is full of games and puzzles. Yes, large scale puzzles are possible in a tiny house! Meg even developed a system for how to store an in-progress puzzle, so it's protected and out of the way (under the foam cushion of their bench).
Their sleeping loft includes a comfy set-up for enjoying lively video game throw-downs. These two can get competitive! It has a large flatscreen TV on a full motion mount and tidy console and accessory storage (cables are neatly organized and out of sight).
Their DIY home is an refreshing example of how living tiny doesn't mean depriving yourself of the things you enjoy. Instead the tiny enables them to emphasis what they cherish the most, a true self-portrait of Meg and Dan's life together.
Watch this short, poignant interview with Meg and Dan.
My partner, Christian and I are traveling tiny house dwellers. Together we've been on the road two years for our documentary and community outreach project, Tiny House Expedition. We live, breathe, dream the tiny home community every day. This is our life, and our true passion project. We are very grateful to be able experience this inspiring movement in such an intimate way and to be able to share our exploration with all of you.