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WOMAN lives in a TINY HOUSE so She Can TRAVEL the World

WOMAN lives in a TINY HOUSE so She Can TRAVEL the World


Hi, I’m Jenna from Tiny House, Giant
Journey. So, little over four years ago I was working at a job that I wasn’t
passionate about. I had gone to school for film-making and I was working at a
movie studio in Hollywood, but I felt stuck as I think a lot of people feel
stuck in a job after they’ve gone to college for and gone into a lot of debt.
My partner and I at the time we decided to live a more minimalistic lifestyle
something that would free up our finances and with the savings that we
had, we decided to build a tiny house, and spend one year traveling on the road
doing photojournalism and blogging. We were just in way over our heads and
it took us a year. I was working on it mostly only on weekends for the first
six months and then I quit my job and started helping him full-time. So I
traveled for one year with this tiny house and we went about 25,000 miles
which is huge in one year. We went all the way up to the Arctic Circle in
Alaska and all the way down to Florida Keys at Key West. ♫Music Playing♫ So this is the hitch end of my tiny house.
It’s been raining here a lot in Oregon so you can see that my reclaimed siding, it’s
75 year old wood siding from an old barn in Wisconsin, is looking really dark right now. It probably weighs twice as much as it normally does because it’s
just soaking up all that rain. Where I keep my propane tanks so I have two 15
pound propane tanks. In the winter I like to use this heat blanket because
helps with efficiency I also had trouble with when I was staying in Colorado not
getting enough propane pressure to my water heater and it actually broke down
so this was a must. I’ve also put on a winter skirt this year. Just learning
from my time in Colorado. I’m in Oregon now so it’s not quite as cold. It
definitely has made the floor a lot warmer in my tiny house. It’s the coldest
part of the tiny house, heat rises, and with all the wind and cold air coming
underneath the tiny house this is definitely made it so I don’t always
have to wear slippers. So this is the front or the license plate end of the tiny house. We found this on the side of the road. At the time we just thought
wow this looks really cool with the old reclaimed wood so it’s not structural.
It’s kind of a nice handrail in a way because we don’t have a handrail. It’s
just been aging with the tiny house it’s been on here for about two years now and
every day it looks a little different and I really like it. I’m parked at an RV
park in Oregon and this is my setup. I have my electricity here, it has a little
meter on it. I just plug in right here as you do. This is my sewer line but since I don’t have a black water system, I have a composting toilet, it’s really just for
grey water. Hello Oregon *laughter* and this is my fresh water line so this is going in
with an RV hose and a filter into my fresh water system. I also have a 46
gallon I think freshwater tank in here so when I am off-grid I can just fill
and I have a portable gray water tank as well that I hook up right where the
sewer hose is hooked up when I’m off-grid and then I can dispose of that, however. I also do movie nights out here so I
have a projection screen inside the tiny house and it can hang right here, that’s
what these cooks are for. I bring my projector out here, it’s battery-powered,
and everything works off my Wi-Fi. “It’s hailing now” *laughter*. ♫Music Playing♫ So, now we’re inside my tiny house! This first little area is just like this tiny little mudroom area where
I put my boots. It’s also where I keep my dogs dishes. Directly to my right in the
bump-out area so because we have the porch it creates this little bump out is
the living room slash office slash spare bedroom. So I spend a lot of time here
cuz I work from home. It’s constantly evolving. Have outlets back here cuz this
is where I work a lot of the time. There’s USB plugs everywhere throughout
this tiny house. The whole motif of the inside is very rustic using reclaimed
materials, like this is all reclaimed wood that’s exposed here from a barn in
California that I was able to get on Craigslist. This is sort of my desk area.
I’ll sit here if it’s just me having coffee in this morning to maybe move
this ottoman out and do some work or if I have people over… this is the full table so when I move these Ottomans,
which of course has storage inside. So right now I have my snow gear cuz it’s
still winter and I go snowboarding just up the street. You can have seating for
four comfortably. I’ve had actually six people, just really close together,
three back here three there. And since this is a pretty thin table I really
have to think hard about what I want to cook if I’m gonna have a dinner party. I
don’t want everyone to have a big plate so I mostly do like chili night. Chili is
a great tiny house food because you can make it all in one pot and they go in
little bowls or mugs or whatever cuz I don’t have six, I don’t have six bowls.
Underside and bottom side is painted with chalkboard paint. This also turns
into a spare bedroom this is a futon mattress that fits perfectly I was able
to find it on Amazon. I flipped this piece of plywood over and then this
would be like a full-size bed I call it. Everything fits perfectly. It is a Kimberley
wood stove you can cook on top of it it’s stainless steel so it’s lighter
than a cast iron and is a double combustion system so really, really
efficient. If you have a nice piece of hardwood it can burn up to eight hours. I
have a stove plate here for the bottom. We decided to raise it up instead of
just having it flat on the floor because we wanted it to be counter height and
so that we could get some extra storage space underneath. Probably the next thing everybody noticed this when they first come into my tiny house is my staircase.
I call it a hidden staircase because a lot of times people come in here and
they’ll ask me how do you get up into the loft? It’s my closet,
it’s my pantry, and it’s also my staircase. This is my closet. It is a lot
smaller than most women’s closets. I think that it’s plenty though. Everything I own I care about is one thing I tell people. I like having
stories around everything. I love to travel so even when I’m wearing right
now like I bought this in Peru. I got this in Alaska, my trip up to Alaska, it’s
a piece of jade. This is actually Mount Hood, which is just down the street. This
is from Taiwan, this is from El Salvador. So all of my clothing items or
accessories are from stories and experiences and they make me think of
those things and makes me care about each item in here. ♫Music Playing♫ Plates, bowls, this is my water tank so yeah. And then if you look under the sink over here, you will see my water heater. It’s a tiny water heater. It’s propane, it’s instant. This is for burnable trash I live in a
campground I have campfires often. Keep burnable trash in there. I have a
composting pile and system outside, this is my indoor compost. Over here I have my regular trash can and my recycle bin Over here is my refrigerator.
It’s a Dometic RV refrigerator. It’s a three-way so it works off a propane or
DC or AC. Spent a long time finishing these countertops they were just big
pieces of alligator juniper wood. We actually routed them out so they look
really thick and so that keeps it lightweight it’s actually hollow behind
here too. So it gives the facade of having a thick wood slab countertop
without having the weight. I found this at the restore recently and it’s just a
closet door, an antique closet door, so it can fold away. It snaps into place with
magnet so just like that. It can actually open up, felt like my house got really
dark when this was closed. So when nobody’s using it I keep those
ventilated. I have a composting toilet, the Nature’s Head composting toilet, it’s
pretty popular in the tiny house world. This is my shower it’s 24 by 32 inches
so 32 by 32 is a standard shower. I think the smallest you can normally put in a
regular-sized house. Mine’s a little smaller than that but
because I’ve extended out this curtain rod and one bonus about having a metal
shower is you can use magnets so I’ll magnetize things like even all the way
out to here so really the only part that small is down by my feet. I decided
to go with a tub for a couple of reasons. The dog, mostly. I can’t really bathe in there, it’s for her. It’s really nice for giving
dog baths. Plenty of headroom for me I’m five foot
four. I have a five inch mattress it’s a Japanese-style mattress so it has
netting underneath it, which is great, means I don’t have to flip it. I was
worried about moisture getting underneath it and getting mold and with
that netting it sort of has alleviated that problem. This is my dog Solis she
has been part of the tiny house the entire project. Got her when we were
building and so she’s more comfortable in the tiny house than any other house I
would say. Five windows they all open so great ventilation, I don’t have air
conditioning. So I actually have a third floor, I like
to say. This opens up completely and I can sit on the roof. It’s really nice and
on a clear night to watch the stars up here and when I want darkness I have
this little shade so if I’m sleeping in or something like that. If you’re looking
into downsizing or building a tiny house there’s lots of resources out there now
that were not available when I was building. There’s obviously some great
YouTube channels as you’re watching right now. I would say going to a build
workshop is not a bad idea. I went to a Tumbleweed Build workshop at the time it
was the only kind of build workshops available and it taught me a lot because
I had zero experience. I used to teach them actually later on after we finished
building the tiny house they hired me to teach those workshops. I’m a big advocate for them because I know what goes into designing those workshops and what they actually mean and there’s plenty of them out there now. What can a tiny house do for you you
know? For me I have always been a wanderlust kind of person. I like to
travel and I loved traveling with the tiny house, but now that it’s parked I
save so much money that I’m able to travel abroad. I travel three months out
of the year. I visit five new countries a year as a minimum. And my goal is to
visit every country before I die. This is a house that facilitates my life and my
passions, not the other way around. I don’t work for my house it works for me.
Thanks for watching guys! If you enjoyed this episode be sure to hit the like
button and subscribe, if you’re new to the channel. Be sure to check out Jenna’s
channel Tiny House Giant Journey linked up in the description. We did a video on
her channel about my van as well so be sure to check that out and, until next
time guys, we will see you later.

Comments (100)

  1. When you are young you are supposed to build a future, wasting your life for what.

  2. People need to wake up, this young women is university educated and working ,but needs to minimalize her living conditions to follow her interests. This shouldn't be so, there is more than enough in America or Canada to compensate well educated working people. Does celebrate 10th century peasant hovels in the 21st century.

  3. Nothing is even….. things are unfinished…….I see your intent, but in a few years mold will grow and breed amd you'll get sick.

    Your 'indoor compost' is right near your chemicals and water heater. Your house probably smells like shit because of this.

    That 'antique closet door' is not an antique.

    Jesus CHRIST!!! If ypure gonna do something, do it right. I built my guest house a bit bigger than this and it's up to code/standard.

  4. Your life that you're choosing is wonderful and amazing to me.

  5. A great house but wheres your family

  6. When she went to her bedroom side I feel like its Indian Trains. Oh my God!

  7. Nice to see.Looks very cosy and calm.Well done and god bless.

  8. I bet the tiny house probably contributed to the split. Would be fine single, but this would be double as hard with two people in that space. cool though

  9. The Vail School District in Southern Arizona has built a tiny house community to attract and retain good teachers who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford to live in its high rent district.

  10. She is a doll. What a wonderful idea. Might be a little tight for me, I'm 6'2", 240. But I love the idea. Great way to get around the country. Cool dog as well.

  11. YouTube: Woman lives in a tiny apartment so she can travel
    Me: My apartment is way smaller than this and I still can't travel.

  12. NO to tiny houses! We gotta work-work-work and have more, bigger, better!!!

  13. This is both inspiring & amazing ❤️

  14. This tiny house is a great idea, I love it! Very inspiring

  15. Where's the fridge

  16. “I dont work for my house. It works for me.”

  17. You did great jenna

  18. Beautiful,,,nice,,,love it,,,👍✌️💯⭕️

  19. who does the rendition of this song

  20. I see what you did with the little Janet Jackson beat at the beginning

  21. While I'm totally on board with the concept and practical advice, I think a rundown of how you actually afford this lifestyle would bring a much-needed breath of fresh air to the discussion. How do you afford your healthcare? Dental care? Spendy stuff, where is your money for that coming from? "Oh I save by living small." Ok but doesn't that assume an income from somewhere?

  22. Please build me a tiny house!!! I will pay you what you are worth!!! I'm a single mom of 2 and because of economic situations my money fluctuates and have found my self back at my moms along with my children all sleeping in the same bed and room.. this would be perfect for us seeing as tho I just graduated college, and I am a traveling nurse. This would save me money and gain many experiences over time..
    If you were to go into business doing this you would be a millionaire girl fr!!! Cause I want one Now lmbo💓💓😅🤞🤔🤔🗣🗣🗣

  23. one deadly fart can kill many people at this place

  24. Been following tiny houses for several years now and mostly see people just getting these things to live small and travel… honestly no different than buying an RV other than the customization. I’d be concerned with gov regulations on people building these things themselves. Hopefully I’ll have a small storybook cottage at some point in my life.

  25. Your house may look nice to so many people … but it's a cold & dark coffin box for claustrophobics.

  26. "My goal is to visit every country before I die" 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

    TYPICAL dumbcunt. What does that bring? What is the good of this? You will be a typical, hated American tourist priss in each of those countries. Plus you will not "grow" with your travels. You are what you are.

    Do yourself and all those countries a big favour and stay home.

  27. The house must reek lik shi with the dog

  28. WOW! So cute and cozy 😀

  29. She's beautiful. Now that's a tiny house!!

  30. A big heart like Jenna's, she doesn't need a big space, needs a great life! And she has it.

  31. blue hair. Im sorry are we still in high school?

  32. I wonder if she has an address at all..

  33. Its a travel trailer……I have one, its parked right next to my house.  If you use this video as a drinking game, throwing one back every time she sez "tiny", you will be wasted before it ends. Rock on "Sister Tiny House".  😀

  34. These yups are living the dream.

  35. What kind of insulation did you use under your floor? How is the floor air sealed ?

  36. When you said “I don’t work for my house, it works for me.” I felt that deeply.

  37. I mean, it's not that tiny. It's a bit bigger than my house. Mine's a bit taller though.
    I think this must be an Americanism. "Tiny".

  38. I live in a 5th wheel on my land so I can travel

  39. who owns the land you are parked on?

  40. I would go crazy with that small amout of space.
    But hey if she likes it then who are we to judge. We all love what we wanna love.
    Shes happy. Im happy

  41. I like the idea that I can eat and shit at the same time while folding the washing.

  42. she seems sad maybe miss's her old BF. but that's a nice house I would live there NP

  43. It never stops raining in Oregon.

  44. love to know what are the dimensions? Where did you get your trailer?

  45. If you can travel the world with this, then this is pretty much luxurious.

  46. Love what you're doing I'm stuck in the rat race holding down two jobs to fund my rent and child burn before that I loved travelling the world all I can say live your life and be stress free keep doing what ur doing x

  47. Beautiful life 🧚🏻‍♀️💋💞👒

  48. Absolutely inspiring! And one of the most beautiful tiny homes I've seen yet. Love it!

  49. I want to build one juuust like this.

  50. I want to move in… single?

  51. I did the exact same thing …
    But I just bought a mobile home

  52. Please please come to Sweden!!

  53. She could take the house with her and save a fortune 👀

  54. alot of work just to keep up with a tiny home…

  55. How are you SO CREATIVE!?!?!?!?!? Why are some people like you blessed with such an efficient mind while so many of us aren’t!!!!!!

  56. so its a caravan without wheels. next please.

  57. Dyed hair 😳🚩

  58. At 54, life is a journey best shared with those we love and raise. Traveling won't allow foundations and roots to grow. Always plan for golden years with those you shared the journey with. Pray you find a place to allow your roots to blossom.

  59. Não dá pra ver nada por causa dessa faça negra.

  60. this woman looks like carlton from beverley hills housewives

  61. I'd live in the tiny house with her a

  62. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3e1eEpSAErg&t=45s

  63. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3e1eEpSAErg&t=45s

  64. 💛👍🏻 🙌🏻 👏🏻subbed, belled, liked

  65. Love From Alaska👌🏾

  66. I saw you on T.V. once; I remembered your name–from my list. I looked it up. Sure enough, it checked out. You think because you're a celebrity that somehow the law doesn't apply to you, that you're above the law?

  67. Basically. After boyfriend built the house. She dumped him… If rather burn it than let her keep it

  68. Sebastopol motorhome solutions

  69. Gorgeous life, woman and dog.

  70. Childless woman wanting to travel the world. This here folks is a sign of a collapsed society.

  71. you have a nice life style girl … thumbs up

  72. Thank God hot chicks are never batshit crazy.

  73. appreciate her effort.. follow the dreams always

  74. It's beautiful house😍😍

  75. Tiny houses cost as much as a normal house, so you're basically paying the same amount to say you have a tiny house. Utilities though…I would imagine you would have to save on that but she's not living a life of luxury and travel because of that fucking house. She has no kids. This is single life with no kids and i applaud her for it lol but for the rest of us…A tiny house won't change a damn thing…get real. LOL

  76. Well, to my mind it's not tiny. At least for our country) We still have shared flats, especially in Saint Petersburg, where different families live in the same flat, each in one room. So this kind of house seems like luxury to me who lives in rented rooms))

  77. She's barren and in love
    with sterility & childlessness.

  78. I like how America is 'THE WORLD'…

  79. when you climbed over you the frickin dining room i flipped. IT HAS A UPPER LEVEL!

  80. Kinda selfish. When she is 60 she will look back on her life and realize she accomplished nothing.

  81. how do these people afford this shit after quitting their jobs wtf

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