Five years ago, the Brinks family made a $57,000 purchase of a 21-acre property in Kentucky and turned it into a sustainable tiny house village where their children each have their very own private tiny home.
Family Ditch Conventional Home for a Tiny House Village
Keli and Ryan Brinks live in a tiny house in Kentucky, which isn’t all that remarkable considering there are thousands of tiny houses across the United States.however, what makes the Brinkses setup unusual is that their tiny house sits among a mini village of five other tiny houses that they also built, two of which house their teenage children.
Keli hopes this unique living situation will teach her children what it means to live sustainably
"The reason we have so little trash is that we try to live by the very important rule of RRRR: refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle," Keli said. "We almost always refuse plastic bags for groceries and use cloth bags. We compost almost all our food. We give our produce leftovers to the chickens. We recycle everything that is allowed to be recycled. We rarely use our clothes dryer."
Keli says she hopes this unique living situation will teach her children what it means to live sustainably.
"We have taught them to value the Earth and to do their part to take care of it and encourage others to take care of it," Keli said. "Family togetherness, fresh air, outdoor exercise, growing and cultivating food, and taking good care of animals so they can take good care of us is what we want them to live for and pass down to the next generations."
For the time being, Lennox cannot imagine living anywhere else. "This isn’t a temporary thing," she said. "This is a solid home for us."
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