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!
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.
So 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.
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!