A typical single-family home in Minnesota might be about 2,000 square feet. This Savage, Minn. home is 207. Why? The family inside decided to downsize in the new year.
Kim and Ryan Kasl are content with two young kids and a pet dog. This young family recently settled into what they call their dream home.
A wood stove that keeps them warm. Farm sinks, a wine barrel bath tub, compost toilet, and a pullout dining table. There's even an upstairs bedroom. The Kasl family says they have everything they'll ever need. But that's from their perspective.
Their home in Savage is only 207-square-feet, and it may be the smallest one in Minnesota. In October, these 30-somethings decided now would be a good time to be free of financial burdens, so they decided to drop $30,000 to build on an RV lot. They say they are part of a movement to live a life of simplicity and sustainability and were recently featured on a reality show, "Tiny House Nation."
They used to live in a 2,000-square-foot home in Shakopee, now for sale. Their neighbors remain shocked.
Aside from food, the Kasl family's main expense is for the internet and utilities, which is only $50 a month, and with this extra money, Kim says she can comfortably home school their kids and live off Ryan's teacher salary.
Aside from some deft maneuvering, the Kasl family has no complaints or regrets, just a new appreciation for the little things in life.
They blog! Take a look: http://matthew1525.blogspot.com/