Wouldn’t it be cool to live in a house that you built and designed yourself? Well, that’s exactly what Michelle Boyle accomplished when she built herself a tiny house!
Michelle’s interest in all-things-tiny-and-old started at 12 years old when she became fascinated with a tiny, abandoned farmhouse near her parent’s home. This spurred a passion in her, and she has been sketching floor plans ever since.
But for grown-up Michelle, things haven’t been so easy. She has spent 13 years of her life living paycheck to paycheck, with no retirement plan and no savings at all. She eventually grew tired of the struggle, and she wanted to make sure that her two children will have a secure future. Most importantly, she wanted an affordable place where her family could live in – that’s when the idea of building a tiny home came across her mind.
“My life has been a series of unfortunate events,” Boyle explains in a video tour of her home. “I have been married twice, I had been divorced twice, I have built two houses and I lost the houses basically in the carnage of my divorces.”, Michelle says.
She used cash and sponsorships to build her entire home. As a form of income, she has also decided to build a few more tiny homes that she will rent out. Michelle refers to her home as “My Empty Nest”, and it measures 8 1/2 feet wide and 24 feet long.
She built it mostly by herself, but she sought the help of a few contractors and friends in the driveway of her rental.
“My favorite room in my tiny house is my kitchen,” she explains. “I think a lot of people sacrifice in their kitchen when they build a tiny house but I wanted to show everybody that you can have a really cool and stylish kitchen.”
Michelle’s kitchen is complete – with a tall refrigerator, cabinet and drawer space, stove sink and countertop space – you wouldn’t even believe that she is living in a tiny home!
In her bathroom, you will find a compost toilet and a shower.
Her living room has two sofas, a credenza, and a cupboard. It also holds a staircase leading up to her loft bedroom.
There is also a ladder provided to reach the adjacent loft space which serves as a guest bedroom.
That is a beautifully-made house right there! Congratulations to Michelle for embarking on this journey not just to pursue her passion, but more importantly, to make sure that she could sustain and take good care of her two children.
Get a full tour of Michelle’s wonderful tiny home in the video below via Dylan Magaster.
All photos were taken from My Tiny Empty Nest & My Tiny House Village unless otherwise indicated.
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