Meet Shelby and Cole, who lives in a DIY Morrocan style tiny house with their dog, Runa. After a year of tiny living, they're now engaged! It's offered a way for them to live affordably, lean into what they love to do, and soak in a fulfilling slow living lifestyle.
After receiving her dad's life insurance money, Shelby built it to invest in her future. Along the way, she gained a new father figure.
"When my dad passed away, I had a chunk of money from his life insurance policy and wanted to invest into the future as best as I could. When I started the build, first of all, the chunk of money that I got from my dad's life insurance policy, it was like a serious deal. It was something to be very careful with.
I just knew that I would never have $40,000 at my dispense again. So the idea of using it in such a way-- I have what I'm using it for forever, to really serve me. With that in mind, I told myself that this was going to be my forever house. And that really helped out. I guess the quality of everything. I didn't go halfway on anything. Everything that I really, really wanted, no matter what it cost, no matter how much extra time it took, I did.
This is my favorite part about the house build. The whole thing, it was miserable except for my gleaming uncle, my mother's brother. I'm getting emotional again. Gosh, dang it. So built the house from my dad's life insurance policy. My dad wasn't like a nice person, wasn't the best dad he could be, and I got a dad.
So I built this house on my uncle's property. He was gracious enough to let me stay there for two whole years. And they just took really, really good care of me. And to have lost a dad, to be building this house with his money. And to gain a dad. It was so beautiful."
Inside their DIY Moroccan Style Tiny House
As an artist with a love for Moroccan design, Shelby handcrafted their creative home and packed it full of rich colors, lush fabrics, and intricate textures. She has a real knack for small space interior design. For instance, Shelby created a functional artwork with a light fixtures centerpiece in her living room that brings in light and makes the space feel airier. It's made with a wall-hanging mirror that she painted it. Then she added light bulbs with a dark base, like this.
Their tiny house is 10-foot wide by 24-foot long. Shelby added four feet extension on each side of the house, which leads to more usable space in each loft. This is perfect for her extensive dream closet that doubles as bedroom decor. Importantly, it's a park model-certified home through Washington state's Labor and Industries department program.
Watch the full tour of their Morracan style tiny house above!
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