This Mississippi-style "shotgun shack" is Debra and Gary's version of their Love Shack. Years ago they lived and worked in South America and returned to the United States with only two suitcases apiece. Soon they found themselves being sucked into the proverbial "American Dream" of always wanting more. Before they knew it...they were both working two jobs apiece to pay the mortgage on their 2,000 (plus) sq.ft. home.
Yearning for a simpler life, Debra and Gary decided to give it all up and start over, by purchasing a 320 sq.ft. custom "shack" for which they paid a little more that $15,000 cash for.
At first they were ashamed of their life-style choice and worried about what their family and friends would think...so much so that they didn't even tell them about it for six months. Debra tells it like it is..."people just don't do this...they don't live in 300 sq.ft. homes." But with the economy the way it was (is)...they were tired of struggling with their business, and working other jobs...just to make ends meet.
But now they are proud of themselves for their decision to downsize and to free themselves of the burden of working to pay for a home that they couldn't even enjoy. Boy can I appreciate that!
The video below, first submitted to the blog faircompanies.com on an open call for videos of tiny homes, shows the couple and their teenage son living mortgage-free in their surprisingly spacious abode. Please note that if you are viewing this via email that may need to open this post to watch the following video:
But bigger is not always better and I love the way Debra talks about how "they concentrate on what they do have instead of what they don't have". Talk about a healthy attitude...one that I think more of us need to adopt...especially after following the Compassion Bloggers in the Philippines this week.
You have to see it to believe it! That you can have a walk-in closet, conventional-sized appliances, an eat-it kitchen/family room with a full-size convertible guest bed and even a lofted bedroom (for their teenage son who host's sleepovers)...all in 320 sq.ft. I love the way Debra has decorated the home as well...so darn cute and cozy and I see alot of bloggers who go for this fresh, vintage, country style.
Not to mention that they can just walk right out of their front door to work everyday! Talk about being green in all sense of the word ;)
Watching this video made me feel good all over. How about you?
Wherever you find yourself, remember, there is no place like home.