07 Jul '11, 5pm

Living on less and liking it! @robynlawrence 2 people living in 640 square feet, building their paradise out of pocket

Living on less and liking it! @robynlawrence 2 people living in 640 square feet, building their paradise out of pocket

Diana and Tony Varnes were living—not so happily—in an 1,800-square-foot home in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2001 when Tony’s job went away with the dot-com bubble. Their home was full of clutter, and they hated the city ordinances, so they downsized to a 900-square-foot home outside city limits. Tony drove oil trucks until that work dried up in 2009. Unable to fix their home’s central air conditioning unit, Diana and Tony lived in the home’s front three rooms. “We realized that year how little we really needed to live on, both monetarily and physically,” Diana says. “That's when we decided to start planning to build an even smaller home that we could build ourselves, out-of-pocket as we went, that would be more efficient. Our goal is to eliminate our bills and become as self-sufficient as possible, not because we are eco-conscious but because it seems like the smart thing to do...

Full article: http://www.motherearthnews.com/natural-home-living/2-peop...

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