Hi! Melanie here! At ATWS we’re interested in challenging the norm of debt and spending. That’s why we’re starting a new column called, “Living Tiny.” (See the 1st tiny home tour.) We’re focusing on people who have gone to (what some would say) extreme means with their living situations to get out of debt, save money and live a simpler life. Today we have a tiny house tour with Nicole. She’s a studio manager for a photography studio and lives with her cat, Nuka in Portland, Oregon. Take it away, Nicole!
Hi, I’m Nicole! I’m a Portland, Oregon native that loves the outdoors, travel and my cat, Nuka. In my spare time I hike and shoot photos, go camping and help people design their tiny homes. I have a love for film photography and try to shoot film for personal projects.
My tiny house journey started while traveling back and forth between Portland and Cortes Island, BC. A good friend asked me if I’d like to make a photo book of tiny living spaces. After visiting some tiny homes on Cortes, I realized I wanted to build my own.
My reasons for wanting to live in a tiny house are all encompassing. I cannot fathom being able to afford an average 2-3 bedroom home in Portland with student loan debt, but I needed my own space. Rent has been going up in Portland at exponential rates and I became tired of paying $500+ for a room in a shared house. I felt like I was throwing money away. After living in a travel trailer and a car for a year, I realized how little I need, and the freedom of movement became more and more appealing. A tiny house seemed like a great investment towards ownership and I could get cheaper rent on a larger plot of land- allowing for money saved and more food gardening. Currently, I pay $250 a month plus utilities for a plot in a good friend’s backyard in NE Portland. Read More