The family also grows their own crops and cares for livestock.
During 2008, Hari and Karl Berzins lost their home and restaurant business. The recession hit them hard, but they didn’t let their misfortunes stop them from moving forward. They learned their lesson and vowed never to use credit again. So when they rebuilt, they did so on a small scale. (Literally.)They used their small savings to buy a plot of land in Virginia in 2011. There, they built a home that’s smaller than 200 square feet. And they couldn’t be happier.
Hari and Karl share the 168sq ft home with their two children.
Life with Archer and Ella in this little house would seem cramped…
But actually, it’s cozy.
The small house includes a galley kitchen, lounge-diner, bathroom and two lofted bedrooms.
It only cost the Berzins $12,000 to build their small home on a flatbed trailer.
Most of the construction was completed by Karl.
They have found a way to enjoy simple and inexpensive living.
By avoiding debt, the couple is saving up money to build a bigger home for their growing family on their land.
But for now, this tiny home is their only home. And it’s adorable.
Building tiny houses to avoid debt and conserve space is an interesting phenomenon that is sweeping the country. Learn more about how the Berzin family did it by visiting their Facebook page. The most important thing about a home isn’t necessarily how big it is or how many shiny toys you have in it. It’s about living there with those you cherish.