Living with less in a tiny house


SPRING VALLEY, Ohio (WDTN)  One Miami Valley couple is proving you can live with less. They’re building a house that’s a little smaller than average.

There’s a lot of hard work that goes into building a house but this one has a lot of heart.

For the last three and a half months Trevor Gay and Marianna Benasutti have been building a tiny house they’re calling “heart of it all.”

It’s 224 square feet but when finished it will have everything a normal house does just on a much smaller scale.

Trevor Gay,Tiny House Builder says, “The cool thing about these tiny houses they’re on wheels so you can relocate and live where ever you want depending on the code of the county you’re living in. If we want to live somewhere else we can take it with us.”

There’s a total of 14 windows to let in a lot of natural light and will even feature a second guest bed loft. The kitchen is about eight by ten. Above the kitchen is the bedroom loft.

The tight space is also easy on the budget. The couple hopes to keep expenses to about 30 thousand dollars.

“You’re talking about a much better square foot ratio than a big house. We can spend more on the quality because it’s so small,” Gay says.

The entire family has been working on the project and they hope to be finished in two months. Both Marianna and Trevor realize they may be giving up a lot but hope to gain so much more.

Marianna Benasutti says, “One of these ideas is living with what you need and not everything you want. When it comes down to it you don’t need much to be happy especially when you have people surrounding you that make you happy.”

Two big hearts sharing a tiny house and learning a lot about living in the process.

Trevor and his father are hoping to share this experience with others and possibly help coach and build tiny houses for others.

The house is expected to be completed in May and the couple plans on holding an open house once it’s finished.

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