I bought a tiny house when I became a single mum after my 18-year marriage ended – it was all I could afford, I love it

A MUM has revealed how she bought a tiny house on wheels after her 18-year marriage ended and she became a single mum.

Jen, who posts under @trailheadtiny, said she was forced to get creative when she couldn’t afford to buy a home in the area where she lived.

She explained on her website: “When my marriage of 18 years ended in 2018 the biggest obstacle I faced was finding affordable housing on a single mom income in my affluent community near Boulder, Colorado.

“That’s when I specifically remember seeing a tiny house on social media that was bigger and nicer than any I had seen before. It was like a modern farmhouse.

“I forwarded the post to my neighbour and said ‘I’ll just build a tiny house!’ I expected a laughing emoji but her response was, ‘Genius!’” 

The 34ft-long home is now complete and graphic designer Jen has shown it off on her Instagram.

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She wrote: “Welcome to my tiny mansion. 

“My journey to tiny living started when my marriage of 18 years ended in 2018. 

“I wanted time and space to focus on what I wanted to do in my second chapter with NO compromises.

“I wanted to keep the flexible work-from-home job that I loved.

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“And I wanted space for my teenagers plus options to relocate when they graduated high school.

“Somewhere along the way I realised tiny living could be a perfect solution for me and once I landed on the idea… I became obsessed and I NEVER looked back. It was plan A, B and C with no backup plan.”

Her mission wasn’t all plain-sailing however. 

She first headed to Craigslist to find a builder to create her mini home, but they ended up doing a bad job.

Jen explained: “The roofing material was wrong and the windows weren’t set correctly.”

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She also had issues when the lender who pre-approved her financing backed out ONE WEEK before the home was completed.

However, she managed to complete her mini home for £142,786 in January 2021 using a reliable building company.

She said: “It’s hard to describe exactly why or how… but this house has changed me. 

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“I never knew having less would feel like so much more. More options. 

“More room to breathe. More attention to how and what I buy.”

This house has 100 per cent set the tone for my second chapter and it feels soooooo good. Thanks for following my journey!”

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