Hi y'all! Come on in! Hey Mel! How ya doin'? Good! Welcome to the tiny house.
So my name is Melanie Walker and I'm originally from Alabama, but I'm currently living in Fort Collins, Colorado and I am a registered nurse.
I work in the Emergency Department.
So because I've lived in Colorado for several years my accent is diminished, but there are very thick accents in Alabama.
My accent is diminished, but there are very thick accents in Alabama.
Thicker than mine.
And almost, almost like a different language.
It's a really slow way of speaking English.
People in the South are known for their slow way of life.
They're not in any hurry to get something said, so.
And so I think a lot of the times the speech in the South, the southern accent, is.
has its origins in slow speech.
That being said, we do like to combine words: "y'all" is something that we say quite often, which is a combination of "you + all" "I'm so glad y'all are here right now!"or "Come on, y'all!" Referring to like.
Referring to a group of people.
Referring to more than one person.
" Whereas somewhere in Colorado you might hear "you guys," you know.
" Did people make fun of you for your accent when you moved to Colorado? Did people make fun of you for your accent when you moved to Colorado at all? Or did they just notice it? They noticed it.
I don't know if I've ever been specifically made fun of for my accent but I definitely had people comment when I first moved here.
They said, "Oh, you must be from the South.
Clearly you're from the South.
" And that's become less and less as my accent has dwindled but I still have people recognize some of the words that I say.
Can you tell us a little bit about what a tiny house is, what this community is, and why you decided to do that? Yeah, sure! So in America most people want everything so big, you know? They want their houses so big, and they want their yards to be so big, and their cars to be so big, and.
Most people want everything so big, you know? They want their houses so big, and they want their yards to be so big, and their cars to be so big, and you know, to me it seems excessive and it's.
it seems pointless to have something so big that you have to pay so much money for and to clean and to keep, to keep up, and so I wanted something that was less of a footprint, and.
and less of a.
impact on the environment.
And so this space is more than enough to live in; it has a fully functioning kitchen; it has a bed; it has a fully functioning kitchen; it has a bed; it has a.
a living area, so to me this is more than enough to live in and it's not too much to consider.
to be considered excessive.
I spent probably one tenth of the price of a real, you know, a "real".
you know, typical American home.
Well can we do a little tour of it?Let's do it, yeah! Awesome.
It's gonna be a pretty short tour since it's a pretty small house, but yeah! So you step in and you're in the living room.
You have a couch that you can relax on.
And then you swiftly transition to the kitchen space.
Here, we're doing the dramatic swing-around! You have the stairs that take you up to the living room, or the loft.
the loft, which is the bedroom, which is where we have the mattress and the clothes behind the mattress.
And then below the loft we have our.
And the kitchen is fully functioning! So we have a sink; there's a full fridge and there's.
And awesome decorations! Our Thanksgiving decorations! We have a stove and an oven; plenty of counter space.
What's underneath here? So this is some storage space where we keep our.
all of our dishes.
So we have our glasses and our.
and our plates, and our cups, and our bowls.
Yeah! And so, you know, there's more than enough counter space so we can cook.
And a tiny little bathroom!And then there's a little bathroom, so yeah! And a tiny little bathroom!And then there's a little bathroom, so yeah! I have a fully functioning bathroom with a full-sized shower, as well as a little bitty sink, and then a toilet.
That sink is so cute.
This was handmade from a bowl in Mexico.
From what? So our friends got us this.
So our friends gifted this bowl, which is from Mexico, and I drilled a hole and made it into a sink.
Oh my gosh, that's so awesome! Look at that.
Yeah! These steps are a little bit tricky, but not only are they stairs, but they're also storage.
Oh my gosh, you have a drumset.
Oh, you gotta have instruments! You love records, huh? So this is the loft.
Now I'm gonna hafta get up there.
Now I'm gonna hafta get up there.
More than enough space to sit, relax, read a book, get in bed, go to sleep.
plenty of natural light.
Oh, you got that down! Oh, you got that down! It's tricky!Yeah.
Alright, back outside! Hey guys! How ya doin'?Hey! Just hangin' out.
Hey guys! How ya doin'?Hey! Just hangin' out.
Hey little buddy! So welcome to the outside of the house.
You can see out here it definitely.
it takes the form of a real house.
So it's cedar siding, which is a type of wood, with an A-frame roof and a storage shed out front.
It's attached to a trailer, which you can actually just hook up to a car and pull it.
Oh my gosh, that's so awesome!Yeah! So this is what is so great about a tiny house, is it is fully mobile.
You can pull.
you can pull it anywhere you'd like.
So you have.
yeah, so I guess that's an interesting point because you have it on tires here.
Yeah! And how do you.
Did you buy a lot to park this on, or what did.
what's the situation? So right now I'm renting it from a.
a woman that owns this property.
So right now we're just standing on her land, and she was gracious enough to let me rent the space and put the home here Beautiful.
For a very small price, and that's what so great about tiny homes: it's really affordable! So I'm gonna teach you how to say "tiny house," and that's.
Did I say it right?.