Carrie and Shane Caverly built their first tiny home last year to reduce their overhead from a $1500 per month mortgage payment to $350 per month, which includes land rent, electricity, and water.
The Caverly’s eco-friendly 204 square foot home is built on a 5th wheel gooseneck trailer and features passive solar design, closed cell poly-iso foam insulation, low-E double-paned windows, FSC-certified manufactured wood siding, engineered wood flooring, post-manufacturer recycled framing lumber, on-demand hot water heater, low water incinerating toilet, recycled steel roof that collects rainwater, and grey water collection tank.
The bedroom is situated over the gooseneck hitch, with steps up to the bed that hide storage space and a dog kennel. More storage space is available over the bathroom, where they have located the bathroom sink inside the shower, and below the couch in the living room. The built-in porch at the back of the house is suitable for hauling a motorcycle or bicycles.
Shane is a building contractor and Carrie is an architectural designer. Together, they built their tiny home and have started a Clothesline Tiny Homes to build smaller houses and help others live a more efficient lifestyle in small spaces. A replica of their first tiny home is being sold being sold for $48,000 and they are accepting custom orders while fleshing out an online shop for downloadable design drawings, construction documents, and design consulting by the hour.
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