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Meet Brittany And Her Bayside Bungalow

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Do you want to experience first-hand what it’s like to live in a tiny house? Have you ever wondered what it’s like to wake up in a cozy loft bed or cook a meal in a compact, galley-style kitchen?

I’d like to welcome you to stay at my tiny house for a few nights so that you can try tiny living for yourself! The Bayside Bungalow is a tiny house vacation rental. It’s based on the Tumbleweed Fencl design & includes all the amenities of a home, just in a smaller size, including a shower, composting toilet, microwave, fridge, reading nook, dining table & sleeping loft! The house is perched on a hilltop on beautiful, quiet waterfront property in Olympia, Washington. I would love to share my house with anyone and everyone considering downsizing to a tiny home!

_DSC2125_HDR But my tiny house hasn’t always been a tiny tester home. The story begins four years ago when I needed a place to call home. Working seasonal jobs across the globe, I found myself constantly returning to my parents’ spare bedroom between gigs. “I’m 26,” I thought, “I can’t do this forever.” I wanted a place that was all my own, even though I didn’t know where I would be in a few years, let alone in upcoming months.

_DSC2524_HDRSo one night, I just made the plunge! With a few clicks on my laptop, I purchased plans for the Tumbleweed Fencl & ordered a Dickinson stove for heating (plan ahead, right?). I attended a Tumbleweed workshop, spent hours pouring over books to beef up my building skills (needing more knowledge than my 8th grade shop class afforded me), bought a pair of overalls & went to work.

After purchasing a trailer & loading up on supplies at the local hardware store, the house seemed to take form so quickly, even though I worked mostly alone on the build. Before long, the foundation was ready, the walls built & the ceiling joists hoisted up and oh-my-gosh it really looked like a house (squeal!). A family friend graciously offered to help with the parts of the build that might kill me (let’s leave that to a professional, right?), namely the propane, electric, and the roof. The deal: he would work for an afternoon in exchange for a 6-pack of his choosing. Pretty nice offer! With his help, the tiny frame became a house – complete with running water, electricity & heat!

And so, after a several laborious months of sawdust in my hair, splinters in my hands, and determination in my mind, I had the house I had always wanted: efficient, well designed, cozy, and most importantly, cute! (But perhaps I’m biased.) I spent two joyous years living large in my little house. I was debt free & carefree, with more time & money to spend on experiences rather than things._DSC2420_HDR

Since then, my boyfriend and I have decided to upsize slightly to a small cottage downtown. And the tiny house remains where it was built, perched at the top of a hill, between two apple trees & awaiting your visit to experience its charm!

I look forward to hosting you at my tiny home. Look me up on the web, at www.baysidebungalow.com or book directly through Airbnb.

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By Brittany Yunker — September 3, 2013


Filed under: Home Rentals 
  • Deborah Turner

    I love your tumble weed, It looks like you have right much room.

  • JulieB

    It is so cute. I live on the east coast, but maybe with some planning I can rent your beautiful house some time. I love it!

  • Mike Cra

    Wonder if anyone knows about east coast and south. Considering building one, taking to Hilton Head/Bluffton area or Destin/Panama Beach areas, out in the rural areas and parking on my own lot(to be purchased). What will “the powers that be” have to say to us? Easy to overcome or same problems any mobile home might run into.

    • Penny

      Hey Mike,
      I live in SC too and have pondered the same questions. I imagine if you dont need a septic (compost toilet) I dont think anyone would bother you. If you do, I might suggest putting up a small building on your land and have the septic and water hooked into that, this will get you the permits and inspections needed, then when you are on your land hook your tiny home to it.
      Good luck!! PennyP in sc

  • erecon67

    I Love This!!!!!!

  • R.Mervau

    What a wonderful read and congratulations on your build. It’s great to see that you went and found the skills that so many others of my generation see as lacking in the newer generations. A testament to “kills are not born, they are found”! And just remember folks when doing your small house project, check with local zoning/building codes for the minimum size requirements. Some local ordinances require a minimum size, which is arcane and draconian… but what a great Job Brittany! Way to go!

    Rog
    ( a slightly experienced one from one of those “other generations)

    good Job

    • newsies2

      This is the problem. Many local ordinances have rule and regulated this type of structure out of existence. Rural areas where you own land, is probably about the only areas where one could still have a tiny house.

  • John Carollo

    As I enter my “golden years” I find myself more and more drawn to the simplicity of down-sized life these Tumbleweed homes offer. Thank you for your honest portrayal of what life simplified really means.

  • Done by Forty

    This is easily one of my favorite tiny homes, and I think it’s a savvy business idea too to rent it out. What a great way to help others experience what it’s like to live in a tiny home prior to taking the plunge themselves.

  • john_c47

    What I don’t get is the toilet, shower water, electricity and heating/cooling, and what’s needed to pull it around to a location and where it can be placed.

  • Sistah Sunshine

    OMG. LOVE it! So glad to hear you built it by yourself. That gives me hope that I can do the same!

  • Lori Trueblood

    I Love it! Would love to see this little home. Thanks for sharing it with all of us!

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