The question: What exactly is a Tiny Home? If you’re on Pinterest (which, of course, I am), you may have seen the Tiny Home trend as it has rapidly and adorably evolved.

At first glance, these Tiny Homes are impossibly whimsical — that hexagonal tile your grandmother had in her bathroom, the wanderlust of a home on wheels, the lofted bed you always wanted as a pre-teen.

Here’s what you should know about my bias in all this:

  • I currently own a 2100 square foot ranch-style home.
  • My home cost $130,000 in 2014, and was built in 1970.
  • I use two of the four bedrooms as my main living areas. That’s right! That 240 square feet, plus the galley-style kitchen, is where I spend the vast majority of my time.
  • I work from home.
  • I am not one of those “yard work” people. By that, I mean I do not do yard work of any kind.

We have three gigantic oak trees. We have a crumbling foundation. We had a flood. Basically, God looked at our house and designed the unbeliever after it.

But, back to Tiny Homes.

Here are the brands I’ve researched so far:

Quite possibly, there are more to list, but these are the ones I’ve spent the most time ogling.

Problem: my brain works best in a chart system. As I was researching these companies, I simply couldn’t keep them straight. Once I closed the sites, all of the tiny houses ran together.

So, in the next several posts, I will compare the findings of my top three brands of interest — Heirloom, Brevard, and Liberation.

Share with us! What other Tiny House companies can we add to this list?

The other day, my mother suggested I watch a documentary called “Minimalism” on Netflix.

Like any consumer, I live in a world that tells me I need more. One more sweater, one more screen, one more diet, one more hamburger.

I’ve been going through a personal renaissance. In 2015, I went dairy free. At the end of 2016, I went gluten free. While these changes haven’t noticeably improved my chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and migraine, they have made me more aware of what I am consuming.

A recent $13,000 estimate to repair my nearly fifty-year-old foundation was a slap in the financial face. We don’t have that kind of money. I’m a teacher. My husband rolls burritos.

The apostles left their nets to live a life of purpose. Perhaps it is time for me to leave mine and pursue a different path.

So, in the next six months, we are selling everything, and moving into a Tiny House.

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