“Three years go, Laura LaVoie and her husband Matt decided that they were tired of their 2,400-square-foot home and began building one a fraction of its size. Sure, they enjoyed having lots of space so they could invite guests over and throw parties. But at some point, the size became too overwhelming. “We started to get really bogged down with a lot of things like house maintenance. Every time it rained, we worried about the basement, we worried about the roof,” says Laura LaVoie. “We realized if we scaled down and built something ourselves, we would know exactly what went into it and exactly how to fix it if something went wrong. And, there would be a lot less of it to worry about.”
Now, the LaVoie’s live in a 120-square-foot home nestled in the Smokey Mountains just north of Asheville, NC. They live completely off the grid, with a solar-powered energy system and completely self-sufficient plumbing system.
And the tiny home has been a perfect solution, she says. Now, they can live on their own terms and do what they enjoy doing without feeling trapped by a mortgage or outrageously high bills. There’s no stress or pressure to rake in a higher salary to be able to pay for more things. And for the first time ever, LaVoie feels very engaged in her own life.”
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