We established Tiny House Travelers to explore ideas on space, place, home, and travel; and to document our journey of building and living in a tiny house on wheels.
We met because of a travel website. We were two writers, bringing places in the world to life through a mutual love for words. In the beginning, there was an ocean between us, so we relied and connected on the internet. Through this space, we nurtured a relationship that otherwise might not have been. Since then, our notions of space, place, and travel have evolved, particularly in a world where physical and digital are intertwined and home is hard to define.
At the end of 2013, we began to ask questions about how our shared life was unfolding in San Francisco, one of the most expensive cities in the world. After nearly three years, a room in our home had been unused. The question had always been: What should we put there? But one day, after looking at this room with fresh eyes, we realized the real question was: Do we really need this space?
We plan to build and live in a tiny house on wheels, which we’d like to move into by mid-2015. One of the goals of building and living in a tiny house is to explore a more independent and minimal lifestyle, free of mortgage payments and an accumulation of stuff. We hope to stay in different places and find the location in which we’d ultimately like to live, but also travel without the house and spend more time with our loved ones around the world — which would be possible from downsizing and saving money.
Our tiny house is a 131-square-foot Tumbleweed home — the Elm Overlook — that is 8 feet wide x 20 feet long. The floor plan includes a great room, kitchen, bathroom, queen-sized loft, and front porch.