Going tiny has changed us, you can let it change you!
Michael and Regan Ballard have 3 boys Riley (6), Oden (2), and Emmitt (5 months). They decided they wanted to “go tiny” after having moved 13 times in the last 9 years of marriage. Between Mike’s military service in the Marines and moving for flight school and work, moving became something done AT LEAST once a year. If you have ever moved, you know first hand how difficult it can be, then add children and pets into the mix! After boxing up an entire house over and over again, then renting storage units and risking having all of their belongings damaged they decided enough was enough. They decided to start Canyonlands Tiny Homes with their brother and sister and be its first customer! They received their funding mid March, began construction 2 weeks later and the home was completed mid May!
Because of their family of 5, they went with a 33' gooseneck trailer and a few things that were of necessity were a full kitchen, space for a king size bed for the master suite, a full bathtub, and a unique play area for the boys. They wanted a country modern design with every aspect being functional, yet beautiful. They chose a white tin shed style roof with matching white trimmed windows and a deep ocean blue for the rest of the home. The exterior is sided with batten board and the interior is finished in knotty pine with a white wash finish. The cabinets are all soft closing storm grey and they did a custom cobblestone counter. The master is located over the gooseneck which connects to a large closet equipped with storage bins and an industrial pipe for hanging clothes. Attaching the closet to the boys loft on the other side of the home is a high stressed net where the boys can climb or the family can lounge for a movie night. Being moderate preppers, they wanted to also have the option of being completely off the grid so a propane fridge and range was installed along with a composting toilet, a 56 gallon water bladder, and a solar system. Comfort was also an important aspect of this tiny home build so a Dickinson propane wall mounted fire place and a mini/split air conditioning unit were installed.
You would imagine going tiny with a larger family would be a difficult decision but it wasn't for the Ballards! They have enjoyed every moment of the build and look forward to having more time to spend together living life rather then being slaves to their surroundings.