Five years ago, the Brinks made a $57,000 purchase of a 21-acre property in Kentucky and turned it into the sustainable tiny house village.
4 family members share 6 tiny houses in total—the parents’ house, two separate houses for Lennox and Brodey, a double bathroom house, a pool house, and a guest house.
The parents’ house is not only the most expensive in the property, coming in at $9,000, but also the most spacious at 280 square feet.
Stephanie McQueen, the content manager of the Tiny House Community resource center, told about the pros and cons of living in a tiny house. “The pros of living tiny are the benefits of your environment, which is to say that most people that live in tiny houses spend more time outdoors. This naturally increases overall health and happiness when you’re in nature and absorbing vitamin D on a regular basis. The cons of living tiny can be the lack of indoor entertainment space and the legality of parking tiny houses on wheels (or even building one on a foundation). Having family or friends over for holidays or dinner parties probably aren’t the most comfortable, especially if you live in climates where outdoor entertainment is not a viable option during the winter months. While we’re all still working on local zoning laws with our governments, tiny houses are still a gray area and some cities refuse to allow them.”
The living room feels cozy and has plenty of natural light.
The kitchen is well-equipped with plenty of shelf room for kitchen appliances.
You wouldn’t expect a full-sized bathtub in a miniature house!
Is a tiny house better for the environment than a regular house? “Tiny houses are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, intentionally live, improve health, and increase income. While it is a very eco-friendly way to live compared to a standard house, it also offers huge benefits in other aspects as well. Many houses use a fraction of energy compared to average homes, plus many are setup for solar power.”
Stephanie suggests starting from your current home. “Taking the plunge into tiny living isn’t for everyone. If you’re considering it, start by working on your current home. A tiny lifestyle can be achieved by anyone, no matter the size of your house. Get rid of excess things, reduce the amount of space you use in your house, learn to be intentional when shopping, and start the mindset shift. It may sound complicated, but it’s really not. If tiny living is for you, these transitions will be smooth and logical. The next step is learning how to get into a tiny house. At Tiny House Community, we offer guides and tips for beginners wanting to build their own tiny house.”
Lennox’s and Brodey’s tiny houses don’t have bathrooms, so the kids need to step outside and use one of these two bathrooms.
Can I be your guest in this cozy guest bedroom, please?
The Brinks love taking a dip in a private pool house which measures 180 square feet.
This lounge area is perfect for family gatherings and game nights.
Brodey is the proud owner of his own tiny house with a king-size bed upstairs, a couch, and a TV.
Lennox’s house has a barn-type door.
Lennox’s tiny house has everything a ‘normal’ house has—from a dresser to a full size bed upstairs.
This 64-square-foot building is the family’s private office, which mom Keli and her husband can use to work from home.
“It seems much worse than it is. I just put a coat on if it’s cold or raining. I’ll just bundle up and run over there,” said Lennox about the bathroom, which is outside.
A private barn is the cherry on top of the family’s sustainable lifestyle.
Fresh air, outdoor exercise, and s’mores roasted over the firepit are always just a step away!