The Tiny Home Built By A Bad-Ass Single Mom
INTERVIEWER: Divorced and left on her own with three small children to care for, Kelley Lewis decided to turn her life around and literally rebuild it with her bare hands. When you got divorced, you had three small kids. Can you tell me about what you were going through mentally and emotionally? KELLEY LEWIS: Things were not in my life going the way that I had hoped, career-wise, relationship-wise, personally. And that is when I dealt with my most severe depression and having medical attention to address that. I’m 29. I know I have three children, but I’m still just 29 and this doesn’t have to be the end.
And so that’s when I made the decision to buy a piece of land. And I just started doing more research and came across this whole tiny house movement. And I just thought that was so fascinating, because again, I came back to what is the most important to me and finding that meaning for myself. Come on in. INTERVIEWER: It’s so cool. It’s so tiny. KELLEY LEWIS: It is. INTERVIEWER: How big is actual space? KELLEY LEWIS: It’s 192 square feet. 12 feet wide by 16 feet long.
INTERVIEWER: And this is a work in progress obviously. KELLEY LEWIS: Most definitely. Most definitely. INTERVIEWER: How long have you been building this? KELLEY LEWIS: Third summer, so two years. INTERVIEWER: Aside from the framing, the shell of the house, have you done everything else on your own? KELLEY LEWIS: Yes. Mm-hmm. Everything from insulation– I did have someone come in and do electric and show me how to do that. But everything else has been done and I’ve had friends come help me, and family help me, and– INTERVIEWER: And your kids? KELLEY LEWIS: –And my kids have helped. INTERVIEWER: What are some of the bigger challenges that you faced building the house? KELLEY LEWIS: The design part was a challenge. There was no computer. There was nothing. I literally used a ruler and pencil with a good eraser and designed it as I went. And I ended up hiring someone to build the shell, and then I’ve taken it from there.
Watching YouTube videos on how to install things or make things, from a composting toilet, to a wood-burning stove chimney, and things that keep you off grid. Lot of the things that I’ve used, such as the windows, and doors, and the stove have all been recycled materials. [MUSIC PLAYING] KELLEY LEWIS: I think a lot of people, especially in today’s society, always want more. And something bigger and better and I’m guilty of it too. But it if it takes away from you appreciating the smaller things and things that you do have, I think that’s where there’s a disservice. INTERVIEWER: What has that meant for you to be able to build this cabin with your children? KELLEY LEWIS: Kids tend to stereotypically learn these types of things from a dad or from a male figure but they’re learning that from their mom. And they get to see nature in the process.
And I think that’s really cool. INTERVIEWER: What do you think this house symbolizes to you? KELLEY LEWIS: Well it started as a symbol of a new beginning. However, it’s become something more. It’s a rebuilding of a life. Everything from every screw or nail that’s been put into the cabin has some sort of symbolic story and meaning for me. Looking back, would I change anything? And I don’t think I would. I’m a stronger person for it and by being a stronger person myself will allow me to be a stronger teacher and create stronger children. INTERVIEWER: Be sure to check out this next episode. Two years of trash in this tiny little jar. SPEAKER: My values are having a really low environmental impact. I have to live like I want that. And so that’s why I decided to change my lifestyle.
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