Why would you build and live in a tinyhouse when you could simply buy an RV? This is a question that I've been askeda million times since building my tiny house five years ago, and the answer I've always given isthat they're completely different.
RVs are typically mass produced and madewith cheap and lightweight materials.
They just don't have that same feelingof home that you get with a tiny home.
That is what I used to thinkat least until recently.
I've come across quite a few renovatedRVs that have completely blown my mind.
In today's video, you're going to meet a newlywed couplewho decided to gut and renovate an RV into a gorgeous tiny home and Ithink once you see the inside, you're going to get that samefeeling of home that we all crave.
We're the Remingtonsand this is our tiny house.
Caleb and I actually grew up 15minutes away from each other, but met out here in Californiathrough a mutual friend.
Caleb has a conditioncalled cystic fibrosis.
CF is a genetic disease that affectsthe lungs and digestive system.
Diagnosed when I was one told I was onlygonna live till 19 when I turned 19 the life expectancy went up to 29 and thenwhen I turned 29 it's up to 37 so kind of just live this life of having this disease for him to kind of come into my lifeand bring this new energy in light.
It changed my life for the better.
So long story short, fell in love, got engaged in Hawaii and then decidedto put on the greatest wedding ever donated, which is a charity gala and benefitconcert hosted in place of our wedding.
Our tiny home is about 300 squarefeet and we've been living in it for just over a year now.
We bought it for $20, 000 we put about10, 000 into it and we just started ripping everything out.
This place kind of felt claustrophobicand that was goal number one was to open it up and give it more space.
That's when Tiff really got to flex hercreative design brain and really bring this place to life andmake it feel like home.
We had like no idea how to dotiny living or how to use really a hammer and any kind oftool and we're like, wow, yeah, we'll figure it out.
Welcome to our tiny home.
Come on in.
So this is living room and this is our amazing couchthat folds down into a bed.
We'd love to host people here.
So this generally is the place where alot of people put their little rump of bump bumps, and here we have some storage.
Thisis where we put our containers.
This is Oso's special cabinet.
Where is food and brushes.
we also have extra storage underneathwhere we have blankets and also any fun little tinker toys that we have.
I actually do a lot of work here.
So I sit in this corner, I sit in this corner.
We also use this spacefor our TV watching time.
It is cornered tothe TV, so it's perfect.
So this is the front of the RVand this is the captain's chair.
This is where Caleb loves to sitand take his little lounge-y time.
Also right behind it is the steering wheeland that is how we actually move this whole motor home.
We have thecurtains here that we made ourselves.
They're just regular curtains from Ikea.
We folded them in half and then latchedthem onto the original hooks that came with the RV and also in front we haveinsulation that keeps us cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Here is our day bed thatalso acts as storage.
There used to be another co-captainschair that we ripped out, but we figured since thatchair was collecting so much, just random stuff we're like let'sbuild an extra storage space so this is bolted to the ground and we also havehidden seatbelts that come out when we move.
I'm going to take you to ourkitchen, which is my favorite spot.
I love to cook.
We completely gutted this.
We just kept the lowers.
I just took out the upper cabinetsand put floating shelves in.
I know it's something that a lot of ustiny homers love to have cause it opens up this space and we have somany beautiful dishes thathave been collected over time.
So we wanted toshowcase that off, over here we kept to our original oven and stovejust financially it just made sense for us and everything was working and itseems like the previous owners didn't really use it that much.
So it was a big win for us.
We also use it as extra storage forsome pots and pans and this is something that we absolutely love.
We just built a box, kind of like a faux vent overit just to hide our microwave.
And what we have is alittle metal magnetic at thebottom and it just sticks to the top and this is where we canaccess our microwave.
But yeah, we just felt like this was such a nicelittle modern and kind of open touch.
And something else that I love aboutour kitchen is these faux brick walls.
So we got this thin sheet of faux brickfrom home Depot and we mortared on top of it and then just painted it.
And again it gives thatreally rough kind of texture, but it makes it look a littlebit realistic and again, more modern and the white alwaysopens everything up in here.
Here is our fridge.
This issomething I'm always curious about.
When we were looking to live tiny, wewere like, how big are the fridges? Because we like to eat, we can hold a lot of things and we havea couple of drawers at the bottom for our fruits and vegetables.
We have little meat stations, but we try to keep everythingas organized as possible.
But it definitely does hold a lot of food.
And this is our pantry as well this has a little rollingrack where we can pull out, we have our can food some ofour baking essentials andany other little knickknacks that we have.
This isour coffee nook area.
We use it a lot for ourInstapot and prep area.
So there's not as much realestate on the kitchen countertops.
So I I like to come hereand prep a lot of our foods.
This one is so special to us.
This is a drawing made by mybest friend at Kayla Haber.
She also has cystic fibrosis like Caleb, Caleb and I actually saved ouractual wedding day for them.
We got married at UCLA hospital becauseKayla was waiting for a second lung transplant and she couldn't make it toour actual wedding that we had and she was supposed to stand with us.
So while she's in the hospital she'd dothis for us and gave it to us as a gift and we absolutely love it.
This is where we eat.
This is where we work.
This is where we play games.
Up here, we have some storage for our cups inthermoses and on this side is more of Caleb's medications.
So this table was actually leftover scrapwood that we had from cutting out our kitchen counter.
block and all we did was justbuy some industrial lights from Amazon.
You'll see throughout the rest of thehouse it has like a modern industrial kind of feel.
We do love white spaces.
It just again opens upour tiny house so uh, you'll see a lot ofthose different accents.
We are going to takeyou to the bathroom now.
This space is actually is a lotbigger than we ever anticipated.
We love how drastically different wewere able to transform this small room.
We went with the peel andstick tiles for our accent, which has been absolutely awesome.
This back wall I just added, I just used a little bit ofblack paint and a sponge.
The sink is just an actual sink bowl.
We were able to just put alittle drain in it, drill a little hole and then the faucet isfrom Amazon and it gives another, again, different kind of metal thatis brought into the home.
One thing that we always get askedabout honestly is our toilet.
We ended up keeping the originaltoilet that was in here.
We were kind of thinking aboutgoing towards the composting route.
It was just a little bit more expensive, so just trying to keepbudget friendly.
What I love about this spaceas well is the skylight.
We're able to kind of shower under thestars or have the sun beating on us.
Um, it always just makes it a littlebit more of a nature feel.
It's also a tub shower, so it's really great for when we haveto give Oso a little bath time of which he absolutely hates.
So this is our bedroom in the front we have our dresser where weput most of our everyday clothes we have our bookshelveswith our essential oils.
That's also another placethat we frequent a lot.
We try to do reading every morningand every night about 20 minutes.
This was something that we broughtfrom our old place.
We absolutely love.
It was just a easy print that we got offEtsy and we took out the other half of the cabinet closet here and then made itinto a nook for reading and also extra seating space when peoplecome into the bedroom area.
Behind me is another closet.
This is where we put a lot of like ourbigger kind of chunky coats and suits and clothing wear that we don'tnecessarily wear every day.
I think our bedding probablychanges out every month.
I feel like especially with pillowsunderneath the bedding is more storage space.
We're able to lift it up and I have alittle bit more storage for clothing as well as some extra blanketsfor guests that come over So one of the things that we hadto consider while going tiny, um, is trying to figure out spaceto store Caleb's medication.
This is Caleb's vest.
We storeit on the side of our bed, um, as well as his nebulizers.
We chose the bedroom to storemost of his medications, um, because it is the leasttraffic area in the house.
Um, with people coming in and out all thetime and especially a lot of the windows open, there's just higher opportunityfor bacteria and viruses to land on things.
In our very near future, we're starting to plan, hopefully growing our family.
Our kind of bigger goal is to beable to move into a container home.
We're obsessed with them andwe're starting to get thatsame feeling that we did when we were looking at motorhomes and all that stuff.
So I feel like that's something that coulddefinitely be a reality for us in the next, um, three to five years.
So living tiny and moving into a spacethat is less than 300 square feet has definitely brought itschallenges.
But if anything, it's brought us closer together.
It's made us learn how tocommunicate better with one another.
While there is lack of privacy, there is more of an opportunity forintimacy in a way that you don't have, like when you're in abig space.
If anything, it's allowed us to grow individually, which helps us grow together as a couple.
We love this lifestyle and I think it'sdefinitely showed us a whole new way of life.
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