This week I had the pleasure of meeting Tiny House couple Lisa and Jon, proud new owners of The Bumbleshack, one of the newest Tiny Houses to find a home in Florida. Joe Everson of Tennessee Tiny Homes built and personally delivered the tiny house to Florida last week and we could hardly wait to get over there for a tour. We all had a great time and shared many laughs and a few beers as we checked out the tiny house. They have it set up in a great spot in their back yard, nestled in the shade of a big oak tree by their dock with a beautiful view of the Hillsborough River.
Though they currently live in Tampa, Lisa, Jon, and their two daughters plan to start a homestead with some friends near Asheville, North Carolina. The Bumbleshack is the first of several buildings they intend to have on their property where they will start an organic farm and self-sustaining community complete with solar panels, composting toilets, rain barrels, and a variety of animals, including bees.
Lisa, Jon, Adelaide, Hazel and their dog Tank in front of the Bumbleshack
Their goals are reminiscent of many who have or plan to transition to tiny living: to have a simpler life with less stuff that doesn’t matter and more time to do things that do.
The Bumbleshack is an 8×20’ home built on a trailer with a loft that sleeps two, a living room with an eight foot sofa/murphy bed, a kitchen and a full bath with a composting toilet and shower. The kitchen includes a sink, a small refrigerator/freezer combo, and a three-burner cooktop stove. The shed, attached to the front of the trailer, houses an instant hot water heater and propane tank, and they intend on installing a mini split air conditioner.
The Bumbleshack will be a temporary guesthouse, and bed and breakfast as Lisa and her family transition into their new lifestyle. They hope to downsize from their 2600 square foot home to the tiny house in the next year or two and build additional structures, like another tiny home for Lisa’s teenage daughter Adelaide, shortly after moving to North Carolina.
For more pictures and updates on the Bumbleshack visit their website at www.bumbleshack.com.
Kelly Ross is a contributing writer for Tiny House Listings. She lives in a converted school bus that is neither too hot nor too cold with her husband and two dogs. You can learn more about Kelly and her “Just Right Bus” at her website, www.justrightbus.com