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Alternative Living : The dream to build our own home

Alternative Living : The dream to build our own home

In this inaugural post I decided on sharing with you a major reason for why we’re deciding to downsize everything we own and ‘Go Tiny’!  Why would we aspire to downsize, spend thousands of dollars and make by hand our own home?

Firstly, I want to tell you a little story.  When I was younger my mother and I would move around a lot, in fact (fun fact) I had lived in 11 homes by the time that I was just 11 years old.  Now, you’d think that this could have been quite a negative experience, not having those roots in a house and having to move our belongings so regularly but in fact it was quite the opposite.  I learnt how to really ‘nest’ in new spaces, how to enjoy new cities, new countries, how to quickly make a house a home with little trinkets that I took from place to place, a handmade quilt on the bed, some old photograph-memories blue tacked to the wall.

I’ve always been very creative and from a young age I was inspired to create my own home and that imaginary home has changed and shifted in my mind over the years.  As I got older my love of new places blossomed again and what started as a brick and mortar house in my mind, soon shifted to include forms of alternative housing that I could make with my own hands like cob houses and wooden structures.  Again this shifted as I started to travel more and I started to yearn for a form of housing that allowed for movement from place to place as my needs and wants for different environments changed.

Tom’s story is quite different.  Where as I always moved, Tom had lived his whole childhood days in one beautiful home, a little converted timber church up in the hills outside of Melbourne, that had been fully built by his parents as he was growing up.  Tom’s dad is one of those kinda folks who can mend anything if he sets his mind to it and his mum is constantly looking for the next thing to upgrade and renovate.  It’s a pretty magical place and is on  of our beautiful escapes when we need a change of pace from city life.

This brings me nicely to my main point, that in our own ways we both came at the same magical idea of wanting to build our own home.  With our own hands.  We knew it’d be hard but we also knew it’d be fun and rewarding and pretty magical to create our own space together, knock in every nail, sawing every board. We want the magic of living in a space that is 100% made for use, just exactly as we want it and going tiny for us is the route to reach that goal!

Stay tuned for more reasons why we’ve chosen to pursue this lifestyle! You can follow along on our adventures by checking out our instagram page @thelittlehome.oz




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