A Family Of Three Lives Off The Grid In This Hawaiian Tiny Home

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Tiny homes are a great way to lower your expenses, declutter, and be able to travel to beautiful places. One family decided to live in the beautiful Maui and build their own tiny home to enjoy. They also added lots of features that allow them to live off the grid, so they don’t rely on things like an electricity or water company.

Zeena and Shane Fontanilla decided to build their own tiny home after being inspired by the show Tiny House Nation on HGTV. Their tiny home is 360 square feet and now includes a spacious deck to enjoy the outdoors. They also added solar power and a water catchment system that uses rainwater to become drinking water.

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This past weekend my husband checked off another project on the “honey do list”. . Building a railing for our deck has been in the works for quite awhile now because Mavericks curiosity has caused him to fall off the deck three times. The first two I literally watched him step off and the third he actually tripped and fell off. We figured it was time to cage him in. . To my surprise, it feels like another room has been added to our house! I can’t wait for warmer nights so we can hangout here more! Check out my story for the full process. . . . . . #mauirealestate #fulltimefamily #rvlife #ahomemadehome#glamping #livesimple #homedepot #habitandhome#liveauthentic #everydayIBT #wanderlust#currenthomeview #darlinghome#becausecommunity #smmakelifebeautiful#localhomes #tinyhomeonwheels#minimallife#stellarspaces#showemyourstyled #mauitinyhouse #sunsetmag

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When the couple got engaged, they knew they didn’t want to buy a large home and have lots of debt. They started their tiny home in 2014 and learned how to build it as they went. Of course, they did have some help from family and friends.

Building their own tiny home allowed them to design their dream layout and customize it to their needs.

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An 8 month engagement before we said “I do” challenged us to consider alternative housing options because Hawaii’s housing market is through the roof! . Countless tiny house nation episodes and a desire to start our married life with a big adventure ended up looking like this. . A 360 square foot home, just for us. Our affordable housing answer with a whole lotta adventure attached to it! . Don’t let the unknown steer you away from opportunities to grow. Connect with the people that are doing what you dream of and jump in. Joy is waiting on the other side. . . . . . . . . #thehappynow #postitfortheaesthetic #everydayIBT #rvliving #ggathome #cornerofmyhome #showemyourstyled #thatauthenticfeeling #whitedoneright #tinyhouseblog #fulltimerv #skoolie#homeiswhereyouparkit #tinyhomeonwheels #fulltimefamily#habitandhome #ahomemadehome #tinyhomes #bloglovinhome #apartmenttherapy #vanlifers#tinyhouse#mauirealestate #mauitinyhome #amazonhome#homeiswhereweparkit

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They also decided to build a customized trailer because they couldn’t find one that was perfect for them. They live in farmland in Maui, one of the most beautiful places in the world.

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Instead of creating storage for extra bedding we decided long ago to only have one of each. fitted sheet, straight sheet, comforter and pillow cases. . Needless to say, these items get no breaks. So I need all your suggestion for new sheets because ours might or might not have a huge hole in them🤣 . Here’s what I’m looking for something that is Ethically produced and Long lasting. Easy right💁🏽‍♀️ . Please tag all your favorite brands in the comments below before our fitted sheet becomes a fisherman’s net. . . . . . #ggathome #anthropologie#cornerofmyhome #theeverygirl#beckiowensfeature #darlinghome#smploves #mybhg #homerenovation#showemyourstyled #mydomaine #tinyhouses #thow #smmakelifebeautiful #sodomino#interior444 #myhousebeautiful#ambularinteriorsaintgotnothingonme#designsponge #howyouhome

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Their tiny home has a living room, double sleeping lofts, high ceilings, lots of windows, exposed ceiling beams, and more. They aimed to have their home feel modern, but still cozy and inviting.

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Of course, they also have a kitchen and bathroom. In addition to the solar panels and water catchment system, they have a waterless composting toilet.

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Have you ever second guessed turning a light on at night!?! Me either until about two years ago when we moved off the grid! . We rely on these four blue babies to power our electricity day and night! Our first few nights in the tiny we basically did everything in the dark🤣 because we felt like at any moment our batteries would be drained. . Which isn’t true because 1️⃣Our system was designed to exceed our electrical load and 2️⃣Each fixture/appliance is LED/ high efficiently. . Does our batteries charge when it’s cloudy, Yes! Have we run out of electricity, Yes! The adventure doesn’t end once the house is built 😝 . How incredible is the sun?!? ☀️ . . . . #thehappynow #everydayIBT#solarpoweredhome #tinyliving #ggathome #solarpowered #homefortheholidays #thow #thatauthenticfeeling #whitedoneright #tinyhouseblog #skoolie#homeiswhereyouparkit #tinyhomeonwheels #fulltimefamily #habitandhome #ahomemadehome #husbandandwifeteam #savvybusinessowner #solarpower #communityovercompetition #mytribe #offgrid #thisisus#bloglovinhome #apartmenttherapy #tinyhouse

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Now, they have a baby named Maverick. They had to alter a few things in the tiny home to make room for this little baby. They will likely have to adjust other things as he gets older. The family chronicles their tiny home journey on Instagram and on their blog.

Now they help others who wish to build their own tiny home by sharing the lessons they learned in the two-year process.

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A tiny family in a tiny house. It makes sense, right? But what if we start growing…(don’t worry I’m not pregnant, yet) does a new addition make it complicated? . I think it makes it challenging but with our track record I feel like we are qualified 😘 Shane and I’s dating relationship started long distance, we decided to build this house while both having full time jobs, then started to grow our family in 350 square feet.(it’s definitely not the norm) 🤪 We are familiar with difficult situations and the result… a deeply connected marriage, a thriving/ functional living space and intensional family time, all the time. I think it’s safe to say, “hard work pays off!” . It’s the start of the new year! Are you tackling some hard goals!?! Share one goal in the comments below because community makes those difficult moments remind you that you’re good enough! . . . . . . . #thehappynow #postitfortheaesthetic #everydayIBT #rvliving #ggathome #cornerofmyhome #showemyourstyled #thatauthenticfeeling #whitedoneright #tinyhouseblog #fulltimerv #skoolie#homeiswhereyouparkit #tinyhomeonwheels #fulltimefamily#habitandhome #ahomemadehome #tinykitchen #bloglovinhome #apartmenttherapy #vanlifers#tinyhouse#vanlifer #projectvanlife #amazonhome#homeiswhereweparkit

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What do you think about this family’s off-grid tiny home in Maui? Could you see yourself living there? If you enjoyed this article and the photos, please SHARE with your friends and family who are obsessed with tiny homes!

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Check out a video tour of the Fontanilla’s tiny home in Maui:

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