| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments


Welcome. My name is Michelle and I’m here in my empty nest. My life has been a series of unfortunate events. I have been
married twice. I have been divorced twice. I have built two houses and I lost the
houses basically in the carnage of my divorces. So I’ve been a single mom
for 13 years and basically living paycheck to paycheck. My kids are getting older and they’re getting ready to go off to college and do their thing so I’m
looking forward to retirement, but I don’t have any retirement money. I don’t
have a retirement plan. So I had to really start looking at and thinking
about my life in the future from an entirely different perspective. I got
involved in the tiny house movement originally just to build a tiny house
that no one could take away. I figured doing it the same way I did it the first
two times that wasn’t working out really well so I wanted to do something entirely
different. So I built my first house, this house, basically using cash and
sponsorships to make sure that I have a paid-for nice comfortable house when I
retire. Now I’m building a few more tiny houses that I look forward to renting
like on Airbnb or a try it tiny or other VRBO kind of platforms and create some
income so, that’s next. My house is eight and a half feet wide
by 24 feet long and I built it with some help from a few contractors and friends,
but mostly myself in the driveway of my rental. By far my favorite room in the tiny
house is my kitchen. I think that people sacrifice their kitchen when they go
tiny and I wanted to show everybody that you can have a really cool and stylish
kitchen. All of my appliances are circa nineteen mid 40’s early 1950’s. It took me
two years to collect and refurbish the collection. It truly was a labor of love.
My design theme is modern nostalgia and I think I really accomplished it. It’s
one of my favorite rooms in the house. I do a ton of cooking. I do a ton of
entertaining. Also my tile wall, if you follow my blog, you’ll remember that it actually
sent me to therapy and there’s a little tile up there right on the wall and he’s
a little skew and his name is little bastard. One of the things I would do
differently it would be these stairs. Although I love these stairs and they
were really designed from the perspective that I wanted them to be
minimally invasive to the space but at the same time be really architecturally
striking. Underneath of the stairs is the cat box which is a really nice place to
hide it as well. But, one of the biggest critiques I get from most people is how
narrow they are. So, out of all the mistakes I actually made, I think that my
stairs would probably count because if I had to do it over again I might make
them a little more wide because I completely underestimated the width of
my ass. But I love them anyways. One of the things that I did really differently
from most people is I actually adjusted the ceiling height of the loft according
to where I’d be spending the most time. So you probably won’t notice it on
camera but my kitchen has a pretty high ceiling because the guest loft is over
the kitchen and so I don’t spend a lot of time in the guest loft so I wanted
the actual space to be in the kitchen. Conversely I spend way more time in my
bedroom than I actually do in the bathroom. This loft actually has about
four more inches of head room than the guests loft does. My quilt is really really a special memory for me. My grandmother died just prior to planning the tiny house build and I inherited the entire contents of her
entire sewing room. This quilt is actually made from all the fabrics that
my grandmother had given me when she died. When you live in a tiny space
utilization of vertical space is actually way more important than
utilization of horizontal space. People that fill horizontal space actually
creates clutter, but when you create intentional storage in a vertical space
you create architectural interest. One of the things that I don’t like about most tiny houses is they don’t have like real furniture. People take boxes and they put
cushions on top of them and they call them couches. And so one of the things I
wanted to create when I created the living room was a real what I call
proper living room. Living room chairs and an ottoman and a bedside table and an entertainment center. I’m really super proud of the space that I’ve actually
created here. It’s very comfortable and it’s also very functional. What you can’t
see here however is a couple of things. First of all, these chairs were actually
designed to add additional storage space and on top of that if you actually pull
these chairs apart there’s a table that’s tucked beside the refrigerator
that goes right here that actually provides dining and table spaces. So
first and foremost having a glass door on a bathroom is really unique but I
love the feng shui. I love the light. I love the space and I love the
architecture. This is an antique door, but right behind this door there’s actually
a curtain so if you do have to go to the bathroom and there’s someone else in the
house which there’s only people here when I have parties which is regularly
but you know not every day. I actually do have a stackable washer and
dryer. I can’t do all my laundry here. I can’t do my jeans and my towels and my blanket. I have my kids do that. We sort of like this reverse roll thing going on.
I call my daughter my laundry fairy. I drop off my dirty laundry and then it appears
on my front porch all folded. But, for day-to-day laundry I love
the fact that I don’t have to run to the laundromat every five minutes. I can
literally go weeks upon weeks without having to go to the laundromat, which is
really great. Another myth in the tiny house movement
is that you have to sacrifice and downsize like a ton, but the truth is you
can do some really cool stuff when it comes to built-in cabinets and sort of
unutilized space. This is three pairs of my 47 pairs in the house. This is three
pairs of dress shoes. They fit perfectly in the 2×4 framed wall. I’m very much a
girl I have like 200 pairs of earrings and necklaces. I have tons of clothes,
tons of shoes. So there’s only certain things that I was willing to sacrifice
and being a girl was definitely not one of them. Agh! He’s back! Look. Is that at frog? His name is Ralph and I suspect that he’s actually crawling up the drainpipe
behind the washer and dryer. Like that’s the only space in the house that’s
probably big enough. So he’s swimming through the pee trap, he’s crawling up the
drainpipe, and he’s coming in the house and he loves nothing better than to hang
out in my shower. I take him out in the woods and I set him free and then it takes
about two to three days and then he comes back and hangs out in my shower. This is an amazing sink from LaCava. This is actually a hand-carved all
one-piece Italian marble sink. Like a lot of tiny housers in order to
stay off grid and in order to live a more sustainable life we embrace composting
toilets and my favorite by far is Nature’s Head. Basically, there’s three
types of waste. There is grey water and I handle all the grey water in my house by
sitting on top of 18 inches of gravel. Long story short sort of a modified grey
water treatment system I’ve got going on. But then the toilet actually separates
the liquid wastes from the solids. Out back of the tiny house I have a 25 gallon
garbage can. In the bottom of the garbage can I have little teeny tiny holes that are drilled all the way around. I fill the
garbage can up with 24 gallons of water. I pour the 1 gallon of urine into there.
I put the lid on and then it leaks very very slowly down, it’s fully diluted at
25 to 24 to 1, it leaks down through the holes down through the gravel and
actually returns to the ground water itself. That concept came from
the Humanure Handbook. The solids my land host is not really keen on composting
humanure for very very understandable reasons. It’s a really really kind of
high-tech kind of scientific process. So I called the local garbage people and I
said, “How would you like me to dispose of the contents of my composting toilet, my
dry flush toilet?”. And they said, “Put it in a bag and put it in the garbage. We deal with diapers every day.” So that was sort of a compromise on my part
because you know I’d like to utilize it as soil, but my land host they’re not
really keen on the humanure concept, but my garbage company was more than happy to take care of it. When I started building my tiny house I
had no money. None. I had to finance my tiny house in a way that actually did
not consume any of my paycheck to paycheck existence. I had to create
really really creative ways to finance my tiny house. First thing I did was I
actually got an old vintage RV from a neighbor for free. I put about $700 into
it and I turned around and I sold it for $3,700. I did an ombre dresser that I got
for free on Craigslist and I sold it for $325. Just all kinds of separate little
things that would help. And then I ventured on the whole sponsorship thing.
I first discovered the whole concept of sponsorship, Andrew Odom wrote a book called Your Message Here. My advice however for
sponsorships is you don’t have to get twenty two corporate sponsors. You can
get a very very simple sponsorship for a sink or for a toilet or for flooring or
for siding. Whatever it is that you really feel either passionate about or
you feel comfortable advocating and promoting. I really feel like I found my
people. I really feel like I found a group of people that get me and that’s
really rare. I have never really had a sense of home. I grew up in foster care. My birth parents were divorced when I was four years old. I went into
foster care as a toddler. I was adopted as a teen and then left that house when
I was 18 and I’m now estranged from my adoptive family. We’re all just making it work. We’re not necessarily legal. We’re not necessarily rich. Maybe not all of us are
really really smart. We’re all sort of pirates. I’m literally living illegally in my tiny house on the down-low like below
the radar of legality, but we’re just making it work and supporting each other and finding a way to make this life of ours the best version that we can
make it without sort of conforming to what society tells us we have to do. I hope you enjoyed this week’s episode. If you did be sure to LIKE comment and
subscribe. If you didn’t get quite enough of me, you can hear me also every single week on tiny house podcast www.tinyhousepodcast.com. if you like the inside of my house and you want to see more pictures you can go to www.gotinyorgohome.com. And be sure to check out the podcast cuz I was just
a guest. I know! So fun. It’s so cool. Peace! have a great day.



Dec 12, 2019, 1:00 am Reply

Weldone mama beautiful tiny with alot of art

Little Panda

Dec 12, 2019, 10:47 am Reply

Her home is just like her beautiful :>

Have a great life!

Vaibhav Shetye

Dec 12, 2019, 4:48 pm Reply

Such a strong lady

JosephCecilHorne SmithJunior

Dec 12, 2019, 5:15 pm Reply

πŸ’ŸπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆBeautiful and More!β€ΌοΈπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ’šβœοΈ


Dec 12, 2019, 5:16 pm Reply

Love this woman, love her house. Every credit to her 🏑πŸ’ͺπŸ’―πŸ‘β€οΈ


Dec 12, 2019, 7:08 pm Reply

could have given u my 50 yr old stove.


Dec 12, 2019, 8:39 pm Reply

What an awesome lady. You did a wonderful job with your home. Looks very nice and cozy.

Jeanne Lipham

Dec 12, 2019, 7:42 am Reply

His name is "little bastard." Priceless. I love that she has "real" furniture. The chairs look comfortable & they store things!! Love the little frog. Oh, let him live there, what the hey.

Jeanne Lipham

Dec 12, 2019, 7:52 am Reply

I'm surprised she doesn't have some friends who are interested in the same things she is who would take her poo. BTW: if you are considering this, remember that if you are using it as part of organic gardening, then what you eat needs to be organic. AND, if you take any meds, don't do the poo! There is a toilet that will "zap" your excrement, turns it to ash. You could put the ash in the garden.


Dec 12, 2019, 4:05 pm Reply

I wouldn't want any stairs in my retirement house,when you get old stairs are hard and yours are super dangerous, when you are old you don't have balance

Marc Law

Dec 12, 2019, 9:57 pm Reply

That great lady has built a home not a house.There is a big difference.She sure has that John Wayne true grit.

Heather Bledsoe

Dec 12, 2019, 10:54 pm Reply

Beautiful Home!!!

Candiep Show

Dec 12, 2019, 12:09 pm Reply


Candiep Show

Dec 12, 2019, 12:10 pm Reply

Can I be your neighbor?! I want to live in a tiny community

Marie Pinkerton

Dec 12, 2019, 7:40 pm Reply

Michelle, your tiny home is Amazing!
You could easily teach tiny home & life lessons for other single women…think about that.
Your kitchen is a Retro Dream come true and I agree with real furniture versus foldout options, as a wide body gal I could not handle those stairs. Be well lovely lady!

A Seerose

Dec 12, 2019, 12:42 am Reply

I really really like your home. It is so seldom I see a tiny house that I actually like that I would want to spend any more time in than an afternoon visit. I like your proper living room. I like your lamps. I like your kitchen. It is clear that you have done this without sacrificing a lot of your own personality. Bless you.

Norman Perez

Dec 12, 2019, 3:57 am Reply

I wouldn't mine moving in!🍁

Claudia Hamilton

Dec 12, 2019, 6:13 am Reply

Respect! You did a hell of a job with great attitude.


Dec 12, 2019, 5:24 pm Reply

Very nice creative and informative GOOD LUCK TO YOU…

Nikki Nicole

Dec 12, 2019, 8:18 am Reply

I say that all the time.
( I underestimated the size of my ass)! Lol

Nazifa Tahsin Ananya

Dec 12, 2019, 2:04 pm Reply

I'm in love with your personality…..


Dec 12, 2019, 6:44 am Reply


Timothy Bigham

Dec 12, 2019, 11:27 am Reply

How about patenting some designs?


Dec 12, 2019, 6:14 am Reply

Ralph has to go!!

Tha Chan

Dec 12, 2019, 12:50 pm Reply

May God continue to Bless you πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™Thank you for sharing a tour to your beautiful tiny house πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘You are strong πŸ’ͺ🏽 and a fighter women. I’m gonna try to be strong πŸ’ͺ🏽 like you πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈ

Laura Burdett

Dec 12, 2019, 8:17 pm Reply

Love her house. She is so neat too.

Elizabeth C.

Dec 12, 2019, 11:04 pm Reply

Lucky frog that protects a Queen, she is so enchanting!!


Dec 12, 2019, 5:32 am Reply

Inspiring! Another successful former foster child! Great house too!

Jennifer Cromwell

Dec 12, 2019, 11:53 pm Reply

Incompletely underestimated the width of my Ass! 😡😡😡😍😍😍

Colleen Alcantar

Dec 12, 2019, 4:34 am Reply

This is a cute little house. I like everything , the kitchen,living room looks normal and bedroom has space to walk around and he actually has a closet.

Devon doe

Dec 12, 2019, 10:24 am Reply

How do you get to the guess loft ????? Anyone …. nvm the ladder


Dec 12, 2019, 3:43 pm Reply

That frog storyπŸ˜‚πŸΈ

Siret Meleni

Dec 12, 2019, 6:23 am Reply

I love the kitchen like too much. Can you tell me what color are you're walls ?

Beach Town Reseller

Dec 12, 2019, 10:44 pm Reply

I love her sense of humor and her get it done no matter what attitude. That’s what real women do.
She threw me when she said she’s twice divorced and estranged from her adopted family. Hmmm. If I were her, I would take a long look at what I might be missing when it comes to relationships and how to make them last. It takes compromises to keep any long term relationship thriving, whether it’s a marriage or parental.

Happy Pussy

Dec 12, 2019, 11:32 pm Reply

I could watch you all day πŸ₯° you are like a breath of fresh air

Carmen Dee

Dec 12, 2019, 4:28 am Reply

Love this lady!

Michelle Donovan

Dec 12, 2019, 8:18 am Reply

She absolutely is amazing her trials made her accomplish what she has a HOME 🏠 you go girlπŸ’•πŸ’œ

Devyn Glass

Dec 12, 2019, 9:12 am Reply

Lol!!! The tile called little bastard!

chonte P

Dec 12, 2019, 12:27 pm Reply

She has an amazing personality

Lynn Lamont

Dec 12, 2019, 4:45 pm Reply

🎩🎩🎩🎩🎩 off to Debbie. She has been through a lot and still came through with a spirit of determination and a positive outlook.


Dec 12, 2019, 1:56 am Reply

You are my spirit animal lol 😍

Julie Owen

Dec 12, 2019, 11:33 am Reply

So cool, go girl!!! LolπŸ’œπŸŒΌ

Fro Zen

Dec 12, 2019, 3:34 am Reply

You are a true inspirationπŸ€—

Isa Belle

Dec 12, 2019, 4:32 am Reply

For her retirement? it's really beautiful but she is going to have a BIG problem as she get older she is not going to want to be climbing these tiny unsafe stairs. Imagine her at 90 years old? what was she thinking?

Prabal Guha Biswas

Dec 12, 2019, 8:45 am Reply

She is more interesting than her tiny house. What grit.

D Sicilia

Dec 12, 2019, 10:56 pm Reply

Absolutely love her attitude, seems to me shes got ot all figured out

Heather Zlotyh

Dec 12, 2019, 1:29 am Reply

Super cool lady !

Valerie Petty

Dec 12, 2019, 9:21 am Reply

This lady is awesome

Sammi C

Dec 12, 2019, 3:39 pm Reply

My goodness, I love this woman and her home!! Her exes were idiots. No wonder she has lots of gatherings. She must draw people to her like magnets. Keep on grooving xx

Nott There Yet

Dec 12, 2019, 3:34 am Reply

Amazing lady!

Tiffany Curtis

Dec 12, 2019, 10:27 am Reply

She kills meπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Krystal Daniels

Dec 12, 2019, 2:26 pm Reply

I LOVE tiny houses, I've always had an obsession with miniature versions of normal things! I also like the way they utilize every little space, my 14yr old daughter's bedroom is actually a utility closet so im always looking for space saving ideas! (She chose to turn the utility closet into her bedroom bc she wanted her own room. When her brother graduates next year and leaves the nest she has BIG plans for his bedroom🀣)

What did you say?

Dec 12, 2019, 7:24 pm Reply

"I underestimated the width of my ass" lol Tip noted.


Jan 1, 2020, 12:46 pm Reply

She's dope!!! This is the best tiny house I've seen (to my liking) thus far. I wish I could come to one of her parties πŸ˜‚

The Flyin Hawaiian Travels

Jan 1, 2020, 8:57 pm Reply

Luv it!! I would add a counter by stove from wall with 2 bar stools.

Titanic Studies

Jan 1, 2020, 3:56 am Reply

Hardly what I call a single mother. Maybe grandma!

desi noel

Jan 1, 2020, 5:40 am Reply

She’s a badass!!!

Heidi Stanton

Jan 1, 2020, 2:55 pm Reply

Love it! Way to go!

Cat Williams

Jan 1, 2020, 4:16 pm Reply

It is SO RIDICULUS that tiny houses are outlawed in lots of cities. Its totally ok to build a worthless McMansion that sits empty because nobody wants to buy it. But a tiny house! Oh no, can't have those cluttering up the city. It's all about money, how much can they get from you in taxes. Congrats to you for breaking free!!

Jamilah Castro

Jan 1, 2020, 11:17 pm Reply

Hahah his name little bastardπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘I love this woman already, beautiful home I love it

marc demell

Jan 1, 2020, 2:17 am Reply

Best one I have seen yyet, love the stairsshelves in one, clever.

Carnetha Clark

Jan 1, 2020, 5:37 am Reply

Love you it❀️πŸ₯‚πŸ’πŸ‘πŸΎ

Aspasia Frederic

Jan 1, 2020, 1:05 pm Reply

Good for you. You are in your later years ! Lesson learned

Tony hood

Jan 1, 2020, 4:15 pm Reply

Are you on YouTube

Wilhelmina & Iris

Jan 1, 2020, 4:19 pm Reply

Beautifully HumanπŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½

Cheyenne Blythe

Jan 1, 2020, 5:39 pm Reply

I like her. She's funny and real.


Jan 1, 2020, 9:47 pm Reply

OMG, she’s hilarious, she’s really living the dream, just my dream … πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚, love it


Jan 1, 2020, 12:08 am Reply

Nice lady and so capable. I always admire these tiny houses and what they do with them, but I would personally feel claustrophobic. It’s a fabulous way to live cheaply if you can do it though.


Jan 1, 2020, 2:50 am Reply

So happy for her and I truly enjoy watching these tiny home videos. But they say everything is bigger in Texas and I like it that way, lol.


Jan 1, 2020, 4:52 am Reply

I’m in love with her tiny house! And her! 😍😍

Zia Gillespie

Jan 1, 2020, 4:57 am Reply

This house makes my heart happy! It’s just beautiful.


Jan 1, 2020, 5:20 am Reply

I think she didn't think also about once her knees fails her for retirement , she won't be able to go upstairs so this will be a pain for her, she will have to redo her living room

La to the Bay

Jan 1, 2020, 7:32 am Reply

She should put rails to grab on the wall at her age for as she goes up and down

Mike Grayson

Jan 1, 2020, 8:38 am Reply

She has a real sense of resourcefulness that will serve her well in retirement. The stairsΒ are too narrow and I would not be drinking wine while I am walking up them.


Jan 1, 2020, 9:24 am Reply

I'd suggest a homeless Village designed by Hansagarten24 https://youtu.be/B4o3sAhpgFY
a shelter/shed kit for homeless situations can be assembled in a day. https://youtu.be/kwtxW-phgSU

Florence Pearson

Jan 1, 2020, 8:13 pm Reply



Jan 1, 2020, 9:29 pm Reply

Imagine a β€œTiny House Partyβ€πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£
The cursing
I LOVE HER!!!πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’₯πŸ’₯

Latisha Brown

Jan 1, 2020, 1:29 pm Reply

I really love her & LITTLE BASTARD. πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

Andrea Huggins

Jan 1, 2020, 3:11 am Reply

Sick of seeing "families" tiny home..glad to see a strong single woman in her own home! You go girl!❀

Benny Hill

Jan 1, 2020, 12:02 pm Reply

Those stairs could be dangerous, you only need to add a railing and problem solved.

Benny Hill

Jan 1, 2020, 12:04 pm Reply

Legality? Oh I thought the US was the land of the Free.

Fem Mo

Jan 1, 2020, 3:58 pm Reply

I love this woman and her tiny house

And ralph


Jan 1, 2020, 12:46 am Reply

I need a tiny house and I have no money. Thank you because this was so very inspirationalπŸ’ž

Miss Antrobus

Jan 1, 2020, 11:43 am Reply

I’ve never had a since of home and I’m 50 years old, I have a health problems and a illness that limits me on a lot of stuff. I would love to live like this but most likely it’s never gone happen for me but it’s nice to see others find happiness.

Donna Ramirez

Jan 1, 2020, 12:01 pm Reply

This is the first tiny home that I have ever said "I want to live there" Cozy and every bit a welcoming abode. Great job lady!


Jan 1, 2020, 11:02 pm Reply

You have such a beautiful home. You did an awesome job. Gives me ideas and hope for the future. You rock. Much love from Baltimore

Erika America

Jan 1, 2020, 12:16 am Reply

❀️this house and ❀️ Ralph🐸


Jan 1, 2020, 1:39 am Reply

3:16 LOL

scifi vampire

Jan 1, 2020, 9:29 am Reply

She's awesome

Suzanne Todaro

Jan 1, 2020, 2:54 pm Reply

Cute home and very hard working nice lady. However I was confused at her last comments about family etc. She said her parents divorced when she was 4 years old but she went into foster care as toddler a toddler is 18 months to 2 years aka they toddle just starting to walk. Seems like she has had I tough so much power to her.


Jan 1, 2020, 11:53 pm Reply

Love her spunkyness. I wish her the very best!


Jan 1, 2020, 8:37 pm Reply

Very cute!

Doris Daumann

Jan 1, 2020, 3:35 pm Reply

I love this girl – greetings from a 60 year old German girl !! πŸŒΉπŸ’ž

Laura Sebly

Jan 1, 2020, 7:41 pm Reply

I love it!!! I want a tiny house and have lived tiny in my single mother days (small 3 room cabin). I can’t talk my husband into it though Grrr


Jan 1, 2020, 8:03 pm Reply


Federica Olaso Artucio

Jan 1, 2020, 12:04 am Reply

Michelle you are an inspiration πŸ‘πŸ–’πŸ’– cheers 🍷


Jan 1, 2020, 4:18 am Reply

You are an amazing inspiration. The divorce industry is set up to bankrupt women especially. But you didn't let it crush you. Win!


Jan 1, 2020, 3:42 pm Reply

What an amazing story!

Martha Lopez

Jan 1, 2020, 6:54 pm Reply

I love n can completely relate to when she says mine that no one can take awayπŸ’™


Jan 1, 2020, 8:11 pm Reply

She is Awesome.

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