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Steinys Go Tiny Adventurous life change for a family of 5

Who are we?

We are a family of five located on the Central Coast of California.

Jason and Kate have been married for just over a decade. We love Jesus, appreciate community, and do our best to instill a sense of adventure and fun into our daily lives. Our kids are Annabelle (8), Benjamin (6) and Finn (4). They love unicorns, monster trucks and all things RAD.

We value experiences over stuff, and have spent the better part of the past few years reevaluating our lifestyle and embracing a "less is more" perspective.

How tiny is tiny?

Our home is a 38' THOW (tiny house on wheels) on a gooseneck trailer.

Our not-so-tiny tiny consists of three bedrooms, one bath, kitchen, living room and office/laundry area.

We carefully designed all 336 sq ft {440 sq ft if you add the sleeping lofts and slide outs} to meet the specific needs of our family.

Where we are in the process...

We're doing it!

There have been a few challenges here and there, but overall we are LOVING life in the tiny. July 2020 marked our one year anniversary!

We are incredibly thankful for all who helped turn our tiny dream into reality.

Settling in...

Moving day...

A few snapshots from the build...

This is one of our first sketches of the tiny house as we brainstormed...
...notice the slide? We have since added another slide out, but had to omit a few windows to pay for it!

Main Features:

  • Master Loft {queen bed, clothes storage}
  • Girls Loft {twin bed, desk, clothes & toy storage}
  • Boys Room {murphy bunks, bay window seat, clothes & toy storage}
  • Kitchen {refrigerator, stove, oven, farmhouse sink, open shelving, pullout pantry and bar seating for four-five}
  • Living Room {slideout with couch, open shelving}
  • Office/Laundry Area {computer desk/workspace, storage, washer/dryer combo}
  • Bathroom {sink/vanity, bathtub with shower, composting toilet - oh yes!}

We designed the tiny ourselves, working with Volstrukt (a company in Austin, Texas) to engineer the trailer and steel framing for the shell. The shell was delivered to our build site in Prescott, Arizona in the spring of 2018 and we worked tirelessly in hopes of completing the tiny in time to bring it back to California for the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

Unfortunately, we were unable to finish in our desired timeline and had to leave it behind, but were able to finish just in time to catch a ride back home before the 2019-2020 school year!

What a whirlwind! But we made it and we're doing it. Praise God!

Here's the steel frame as it was being built back in Texas.

The Back Story

What led us to go tiny?

We first met the idea of tiny living in late 2016, when we found ourselves entrenched in Tiny House TV. After watching hours upon hours of people moving away from traditional housing and into this new lifestyle, we were hooked! It was the idea of living with less that was captivating, and shortly thereafter we began to purge, purge, purge. We worked our way through the house - selling, donating and giving TONS of stuff away. It was freeing.

A few months into this new mindset, Jason made the bittersweet decision to leave his position as youth pastor and begin a career in teaching. It came about rather unexpectantly and was scary, exciting and sad - all at once.

Not knowing exactly where we were heading, we moved in with family and got rid of even more of our belongings, only holding on to the items that we use on a regular basis.

Jason began substitute teaching while also studying and testing. He was accepted to the Teaching Credential and Master's program at CSU Monterey Bay and began his courses and student teaching in the fall of 2018. He recently completed the credential program and accepted a position teaching 7th grade science and design this coming school year.

This season of uncertainty has been filled with God’s abundant provision. We are beyond thankful to our family and friends who have supported and encouraged us along the way. And while we still face many unknowns, we are looking forward to the biggest and tiniest adventure yet.

The STEINYS ARE GOING TINY!

ARE WE CRAZY?

Perhaps.

We realize that five people living in less than 500 square feet won't be all fun and games, but we are up for the challenge!

If you're interested in joining us for the journey, you can follow us on Facebook and/or Instagram @steinysgotiny

We will keep you up to date with photos of our build and other events along the way.

Cheers!

Credits:

Created with an image by Anisur Rahman - "scenic-dirt-road-in-spring"