We are finally understanding that less is more and sustainable living is becoming popular. A small four-member family in Kentucky has taken this to a whole new level, by building a small sustainable tiny-house village of their own.
Keli and Ryan live in a small house in Kentucky and their children, Lennox (18-year-old daughter) and Brodley (16-year-old son) live in their own tiny houses next door to them. Together, the family lives in a six-home tiny sustainable arrangement.
The Brinks family lived in their 2,200-square-foot home in Michigan and were looking to live more sustainably. So they decided to be a part of the tiny-house movement. Tiny houses produce less waste, require less electricity and heat and are a lot more environment-friendly.
The family bought a 21-acre piece of land in London, Kentucky, for $57,000 and converted it into their small village. The family bought six tiny houses for $20,000 more and placed them on their land.
“We chose London, Kentucky, because of the lack of restrictions for housing and because the land was much cheaper than in areas of Tennessee that were closer to the family but more expensive and with restrictions,” Keli told Insider.
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The first tiny house is where Keli and Ryan live together. The house has a living area, vaulted ceilings, stainless-steel accessorized kitchen with a ladder leading up to a bedroom. There’s a spacious bathroom with a tub as well!
Next to them is a house with two bathrooms for the children to use, and a washing area. Lennox and Brodley’s tiny houses do not have any bathrooms hence, they walk to this little house. The house also has a guest bedroom.
Next comes a pool house for the family to hang out together. The house also has an above-ground swimming pool.
Next door is Brodley’s tiny abode, a wooden cabin flaunting a beautiful porch. The house has a couch, TV and a king-sized bed upstairs.
“When my parents were first deciding which houses to put down, me and my brother both got to pick which model we wanted,” Lennox said. “My brother picked one with a larger porch,” Lennox tells Insider.
Lennox’s tiny house is actually a barn. The house has a couch, a dresser, and a TV.
“It’s just like having a bedroom,” Lennox said. “Instead of having hallways, you’re just outside. I like the independence of it. I don’t have to bother my parents with noise either.”
The village also has a small office, a barn, a chicken coop, and a goat, which all adds to the family’s sustainable lifestyle. The family pays less than $200 in utilities and produces just 1 bag of trash a week, less than at their home in Michigan.
“The reason we have so little trash is that we try to live by the very important rule of RRRR: refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle,” Keli said. “We almost always refuse plastic bags for groceries and use cloth bags. We compost almost all our food. We give our produce leftovers to the chickens. We recycle everything that is allowed to be recycled. We rarely use our clothes dryer.” Kelly says.
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