Tiny living is becoming more and more popular and communities like this are appearing worldwide.
But, one family from Kentucky took tiny living to the next level-they created their own village.
Keli and Ryan Brinks live in a tiny home in Kentucky and their two children, the 18-year-old daughter Lennox and their 16-year-old son Brodey-each of the children has its own tiny home!
The 6 tiny homes make this a one-of-a-kind living situation with the ultimate goal being sustainable lifestyle.
Continue reading to learn how the Brinks make their ‘village’ work.
The Story of the Family of 4 Who Built their Tiny Home Village
5 years ago, the family decided to move from their 2200-square foot home in Michigan and lead a more sustainable lifestyle.
In order to do this, they turned to tiny home living. Tiny homes are very popular today as they have numerous benefits like less heating, less waste, and other eco-friendly advantages.
At first, Ryan wanted to live together all four of them in one cabin; however Keli argued on behalf of the children and their own privacies.
This is when they made the decision to purchase several tiny homes, one for every member. This happened in 2015-they bought 21-acre land in London, Kentucky for $57,000 and made it into their private tiny home village.
They chose this location due to the lack of housing restrictions and because the land was less expensive than in some Tennessee areas that were closer to the family, yet had more restrictions.
The Building of their Dream Tiny Home Village Began
Then, they spent $20,000 to buy 6 tiny homes and placed them on this land. In the first tiny home, Keli lives with Ryan.
This is the biggest house on the property with 280 square feet. It’s also the most expensive due to the additional amenities they asked for.
Some of these are additional windows, a cutout area in the back for a door, and real dormers for more natural light.
The second home is another tiny home consisted of two bathrooms for each of the children.
As their homes don’t have bathrooms, they go out of their building into these ones when they need to use the bathroom or shower.
Lennox says it’s not that bad and it seems much worse than it actually is. She just puts on a coat if it’s colder or raining and runs up to the bathroom. This house also has a beautiful guest bedroom.
They also have a pool house that’s adjacent to the previous house and the family comes here to connect.
This is one big room which has several areas for seating and the family hangs out and plays games here.
This guest house opens on the aboveground swimming pool of the family.
Brodey who’s 16 lives next door to the pool in his own tiny home.
It’s a wood cabin with a small porch. On the ground floor, he has a couch, a dresser, a TV and the space upstairs is where his king-size bed is.
Next to him is his sister Lennox in her own tiny home of 160-square feet. Her home is a barn- she picked out the design herself.
She also has a couch, a TV, and a dresser on the ground floor and her full-size bed is upstairs.
Even though a lot of people find it unusual that she and her brother live in different houses than their parents, Lennox is in love with the privacy. She likes the independence and the fact that she doesn’t bother her parents with noise.
The village also has a 64-feet square house that they use as an office.
The family pays less than 200 dollars for utilities, which is a much lower price than the one they paid in Michigan.
Both of the parents have multiple jobs and sometimes they use their tiny office to work from home.
Believe it or not, their village also boasts a chicken coop, a barn, and a goat!
Living a Sustainable Life Turned Out Better than They Could Dream of
The parents are proud of being able to sit around their fire pit and teach their children how to appreciate earth and to take care of it and motivate others to do the same.
Outdoor workout, growing their own food, togetherness, fresh air, and animals is what they want to live for and are passing their knowledge to the younger generations.