Retired Woman Builds Her Own Tiny House for Affordable Living

Brigitte is an inspiring woman with a wonderful outlook on life. She built herself a tiny house with the help of a contractor and she has been living in it full-time for 5 years. She’s a retired teacher who now grows and preserves a lot of her own fruits and vegetables, she carries her water into the house by hand, she gets around with an electric bike rather than a car, and she makes time for volunteering, book club, learning piano, friends and family, meditation, and more!

The advantages of living in a tiny house, including her low cost of living, far outweigh any challenges she has faced. In fact, what an average person might see as a challenge, Brigitte finds a way to turn it into a positive. For example, shovelling snow to walk to the toilet in the morning is an opportunity for fresh air and exercise rather than an unpleasant part of daily life.

Although she currently has a loft, her seating area can be converted into a bed if she ever decides she doesn’t want to use the ladder anymore.

Living in a tiny house as a retired woman hasn’t limited her ability to enjoy her life, either. She’s got a beautiful garden, she’s an active part of her community, and she’s one of the happiest people we’ve ever met.

Thank you, Brigitte, for sharing so many delicious meals with us, for the great chats, and for taking the time to share your tiny house experience with us!

And thank you for watching!

Mat & Danielle


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Music & Song Credits:
All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives.

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Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives

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Mat of Exploring Alternatives

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Provided by Brigitte

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49 Replies to “Retired Woman Builds Her Own Tiny House for Affordable Living”

  1. Wayne S

    Since this woman's daughter and son in law are living in the same property, why not move in with them, or even into their basement? Instead of going thru the trouble of building and living on a seperate dwelling tat does not even have running water?

  2. Randy's Travels

    Excellent video. I applaud her for her courage to take on such a task of building her own home. I've been living in places where I haul my own water for a few years now, and for over a year in my van. It really does teach you how to conserve.

  3. Sandra

    what a great thing Brigitte says at the end: we don't need to have everything, we can share. I love her outlook in life. So resilient. It's true that if you learn about different types of living you don't feel as scared about the future.

  4. MountainViewVintage

    Nice to see she could simply change the couch area into a bed later on if needed & could no longer climb stairs. I think even at 45 now id like to just sleep down there instead of climbing (converting couch to bed & back)☺️

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