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Tiny Living, a 140 sq. ft. Story

Meet Chris and Malissa Tack, a photographer and 3D artist who live in a 140 sq. ft. tiny house in Snohomish, WA.

Inspired by plans from Dee Williams of Portland Alternative Dwellings and Jay Shafer’s tiny houses, the duo designed and built their own tiny, solar panel-equipped home. The Tiny Tack House has all the comforts of regular-sized home, yet it fits neatly onto a 7 x 20 ft trailer.

The couple began designing their home back in 2011 and made sure to think about how they would use the space before ever beginning construction. Working from home is a necessity for them both, as well as having a spot for friends to crash and a place for their two cats.

They worked all of that into their plans and still managed to fit in a galley kitchen, a bathroom, a lofted bedroom and storage. Before moving into their 140 sq ft space, the couple got rid of most of their possessions and pared down to only the necessities. In the end, the home cost them approximately $15,000-$20,000 to build.

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The house has more than enough space for them, the couple says. And one advantage of a home on wheels, the 29-year-olds say, is that you can always move where ever you want. Chris Tack made seven trips to Goodwill to get rid of his stuff, before moving into the 140-square-foot home he and his wife Malissa Tack designed and built. Constructed on a trailer bed and parked in Snohomish.

If you’re interested in building your own tiny house, Dee Williams and Portland Alternative Dwellings hosts workshops.


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