At first glance, this tiny home might look like nothing more than a box with windows.
It's a critique that Alexis Stephens and Christian Parsons -- a North Carolina couple who built much of the home themselves -- might hear from time to time. Yes, their mobile tiny house looks small, and yes, it's only 130 square feet in size.
But open the front door, and you'll find some serious space.
Stephens and Parsons built their abode in part to show the mind-boggling space benefits of tiny-home living. The house features a queen-size bed, as well as a sleeping loft and stairs that double as a closet. The living room has a sleeper couch with built-in storage compartments, another loft, a dining table and a kitchen. A separate bathroom nook provides privacy, too.
Here's the floor plan, if you're interested in specifics:
As you can see, the tiny home is totally custom-built.
"What we love about our house is how its tailored specifically for us," Stephens said in an interview with The Huffington Post. "The beauty of consciously simplifying is getting down to the essence of who you are, what you really love and really need."
It's all part of what they're calling the Tiny House Expedition. Stephens and Parsons are driving their abode around the nation, stopping at tiny-house community housing projects and neighborhoods to lead workshops, host barbecues and start a conversation about new ways to consider the spaces we live in.
Tiny homes are known for their ability to cut costs like heating, water and electricity, as well as their efficient uses of space. They're being viewed increasingly as sound options for low-income housing, especially when the homes are mobile.
And this inspirational tiny home is in it for the long haul.
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