"Why are you moving into a tiny home?"
We've been dreaming of building a tiny home since we said "I do" over 5 years ago!
We're both originally from Cincinnati Ohio... and in the 6 years we've been together, we've lived in 6 homes (apartments, lofts, a 100+ year old farm house, with parents, you name it) and in 3 states.
^^ Those numbers don't include our month(+) long stays in fun spots like Europe, Mexico, Nicaragua and South Florida.
You get the picture - we're always on the move.
We've never lived in one space longer than a year and even then, we travel about 1/3 of the time.
For the first few years together, we bounced around a bit based on Wilhelm's job as a bakery manager...
But, in May of 2017, Wilhelm quit his retail job and joined me (Brooke - FYI I'll usually be the one writing to you) in our photography and copywriting businesses.
We've since retired our destination wedding photography work (for the most part) and make our living creating conversational copywriting so businesses can connect with their ideal clients! (Basically: We write awesome words, that sell awesome things to people who need said awesomeness.)
Now, we're both location-independent...
aka we can work from anywhere!
With that, we were afforded the opportunity to move back to our hometown of Cincinnati Ohio... which we were eager to do with a little niece on the way.
After being "home" for about 6 months (living with my super gracious, fun and pretty-easy-to-live-with parents) we hopped in the car and joined Wilhelm's parents down South for the winter.
Yes, we now winter in Florida.
Yes, I realize it sounds like we're retired.
Truth: My goal has always been to live like I'm retired.
Seriously, since I was 11 I knew there probably wasn't much time here on earth (morbid or wise? who's to say.) and I was going to have fun with what I had!
So, that's what we do - we live this life like it's our only one.
We jet off for a conference and tack on an extra week for fun.
We travel to see family and stay longer if we feel like it.
We go back to our little spot on my family's farm in Ohio - our "home base", and we do it all over again.
And we like it, a lot!
Except we've grown tired of having ZERO routine, ZERO space that's our own, and of always living out of a suitcase.
While in Florida over Christmas of 2017, we kept prolonging our stay... a day here, a week there, suddenly we were going on 2 months.
We were having so much fun, we just couldn't leave. But, I felt guilty.
See, we have two fluffy little cats who adore us - ehrrr - me at least, and while we had caretakers for them, it felt icky to leave them so long.
Plus, we were staying in Wilhelm's parents home at this point.
While they're legitimately the most lovely people to live with (so welcoming, easy to be around and such a blast), it gets old feeling like you're in someone else's space.
Wilhelm wants a kitchen of his own (I don't cook, so as long as there's food I'm cool).
I want a bathroom (especially a tub) of my own.
We both sincerely long for a bedroom that isn't connected to any of our families homes - ya know?!
And, working remotely in a house full of people who don't - well, doesn't work.
If you're a freelancer, you know what I'm saying.
One morning as we sat on the sunny patio overlooking the lake, I muttered,
"If we had a tiny home, we could just bring it with us..."
Honestly, it was like someone had turned on the light. It was SO obvious.
A tiny home would allow us to watch Este grow up in Ohio,
to spend quality time with family all over the country -
without having to move into their guest room & spend $$$ on hotels and such.
Suddenly, we were on a mission.
I called the bank that day,
"can we get a loan for a tiny home?"
Wilhelm pulled up our tiny home builder research (again, we've been seriously obsessed with tiny living for a while - just hadn't activated a plan to make it happen).
Within days we were driving to Tennessee to meet with our #1 builder candidate, Tiny House Chattanooga...
Friends of ours built with them and having a personal recommendation was key for us as this is such a new industry - more on this later.
We toured the warehouse, walked through the tiny-homes-in-progress and trusted the Mike, the owner of THC.
So, we began the process with the bank...
It took longer one than we expected as banks aren't too familiar with loans for tiny homes, nor do they love the look of freelancer incomes.
But, we pressed on and continued to plan the home until the loan came through.
Now, it's on.
As of April, our contract was official.
The construction of our solar-powered, steel-frame, tiny dream home on wheels is underway!
We're over-the-moon and are excited to document each and every part of our journey.
Thanks for joining us on this journey to living life in a luxury tiny home! We're so excited and will be posting excerpts like this as the stories unfold...
Brooke & Wilhelm
"Why are you moving into a tiny home"
- We've always wanted a tiny home
- We're both full-time freelancers (aka location independent)
- We love spending time in different locations throughout the year
- BUT we crave stability and a home of our own
- We want to be 30-something-year-old snowbirds (summers in our hometown in the Midwest, winters in the sunshine)
- So, we're officially building a custom-built tiny home on wheels with Tiny House Chattanooga
- We're the happiest little campers in the world right now!