Tiny Homes: A Not So Tiny Trend

Tiny home near field and trees

By Emily Dawson

Most of us try to budget and save for the largest home or the nicest apartment we can afford. We want to be in the best location, have all of the amenities and to have plenty of space.

Brandon Wood, a video and multimedia producer on the digital communications team, decided to live a “little” differently. About a year ago, Brandon purchased a 260-squarefoot Tiny House from Colorado. What his house lacks in square footage, it makes up for in practicality. His tiny house has a kitchen, living room, bedroom, a loft, and a 100-gallon fresh water tank.

Brandon’s Tiny House is built on a gooseneck trailer, which means it’s on wheels. That’s how Brandon was able to hire a driver to bring his Tiny House from Colorado to Virginia. Being transportable allows picking up and moving to a new destination to be done with ease. Brandon’s Tiny House is now located on four acres of land in King and Queen County, outside Richmond, surrounded by goats, pigs, and chickens

The Tiny House movement is largely motivated by the desire to live modestly and simply. “Living off the grid” entails that Brandon’s Tiny House is powered by three, 300-watt rooftop solar panels, backed up by a propane generator, which results in a smaller ecological footprint.

“I’ve wanted to live in a Tiny House since college. Not because it was trendy but because of the simplicity,” says Brandon. “I’m a bit of a minimalist, so living in a Tiny House was a natural step in that direction.”

little pig with a tennis ball
inside view of tiny home
night view of tiny home


Emily Dawson, Employee Communications intern.