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Remodeled Space For Aging In Place | The Daily Oklahoman

*You might have to press pause on the video just below if you want to read everything before you watch it, it seems to be playing automatically.

A quick note before the video/article:

Early in 2017 I found myself in the middle of a transaction that had a very strong thread for all parties involved, aging family members. My sellers were helping their mother sell their childhood home, which needless to say had to be emotionally impactful. Not long after the house went on the market I was approached by a lady saying that her daughter lived a few doors down from the house, and they thought it would be nice to live closer to one another. I later discovered that this very witty and charming person was in the earlier stages of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Long story short they purchased the home after a few bumps in the road, and she and her daughter renovated the home – and it is immaculate…

I’m currently writing this with tears in my eyes next to my grandfather who is on his deathbed. In the last few years I lived for a while with my grandparents as they were getting settled into their final residence. We’ve been preparing for this moment for a long time, and in the middle of taking care of him for his final stage of life I saw this article pop up in The Daily Oklahoman, telling the wonderful story of some of my newfound friends, Deb and Amy on one side and Larry and Sue on the other. I’m so grateful for everyone involved. Being a part of their story makes me appreciate my own even more, and I’m pretty much bursting at the seems already with love and appreciation for my own family.


Remodeled Space For Aging In Place

By Dyrinda Tyson For The Oklahoman  

NORMAN — Amy Brewer wanted her mother closer, especially when memory issues began to surface. But it took several years and an Alzheimer’s diagnosis for things to come to a head.

“In April, she got lost for five hours,” she said. “That’s when I decided that she needed to move.”

Her mother, Deborah Brewer, raised a finger.

“Now I have a different story,” she interjected. She offered her explanation, mostly off the record, possibly tongue-in-cheek. “So I knew where I was,” she concluded with a nod.

Still, her daughter saw it as a call to action. Interstate 35 and major chunk of Norman lay between them. And as unpredictable as Alzheimer’s disease can be, the one thing for sure is it doesn’t retreat.

“I decided I’d put this off long enough,” Amy Brewer said. “For five years, I knew we needed to do something. And I’d been floating the idea and floating the idea.”

Her mother, though, was reluctant, at least until Amy played her trump card: “I finally said, ‘There’s going to come a time when I’m going to have to take your car away, and you’re still going to want to see your grandkids. So you need to be right by us. And, she said, ‘I understand.’ ”

The perfect bungalow came on the market that weekend, just two doors down from Amy’s house in central Norman. Things bogged down, however, as she grappled with the logistics of selling one house while buying another.

The bungalow was still on the market when they finally laid a plan in place. They gave the go-ahead to their Realtor, Grady Carter, of Metro Brokers in Norman. But they worried about trust issues on the seller’s side.

“He must have done some magic on his end, though,” Amy Brewer recalled. “I was in San Francisco about to board a flight to New Zealand.”

That meant many hours in the air cut off from communications, so she laid it out in a phone call to Carter. “I said ‘I’m going to land in 13 hours, Grady. Whatever they need us to pay, we’ll pay. Whatever earnest money, we’ll do cash.’ ”

That did the trick. By the time Amy Brewer came home from her extended trip, the deal was done. Friends had pitched in during her absence to ensure Deborah Brewer made it to closing, then helped her move out of her old home and into her daughter’s house to await remodeling on her new digs.

Oh, yes, the remodeling.

“I was really focused on securing this house, which took a long time,” Amy Brewer said. “And after we purchased the house, I realized I had plans to do a complete remodel and no plans to do a complete remodel. I guess someone who knew what they were doing would’ve had that lined up before they closed. A week or two went by, and I realized I had no idea what I was doing.”

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So she did what almost everyone does in this day and age, namely take her plight to social media. And social media gave back, leading her to Kendra Orcutt and her Home Mods By Therapists team. Orcutt channels her experience as an occupational therapist into designing spaces to accommodate people’s physical challenges.

Orcutt and her team opened up the space inside by getting rid of hallways, allowing the bedrooms and bathrooms to open directly up into the main part of the house.

They widened hallways, repurposed space lost to a heater closet to enlarge the laundry room and installed a sliding barn door on the master bathroom, adding not only a trendy touch but one that saves space and is easier for a person on a walker or cane to open.

Even the color scheme in the kitchen was designed with a purpose. The gray-and-black floor tiles are low-contrast, which is easier to navigate with impaired vision or balance.

“By making this house accessible to memory loss, she doesn’t ever have to move,” Orcutt said. “She won’t have to relearn another space. She knows her daughter is down the street. All of those things are important. So what I did was I made things easier to live in.”

Easier to live in, but not institutional. It’s often just a matter of style. What appears to be a towel rack by the bathtub, for example, is actually a grab bar. Its brushed silver surface matches the faucet and, frankly, it could function just fine as a towel rack.

And that’s the point, Orcutt said. “Everything we did in the house, someone else could live in.”

That was a major consideration as Amy Brewer worked to persuade her mother to trade her four-bedroom home for the bungalow.

“She had a great big house, and I didn’t want her to feel like she was having to give up anything,” she said.

Deborah Brewer finally moved into her revamped home in late November. She gave up two bedrooms and a lot of square feet in the move, but may have gained so much more in return.

Amy Brewer smiled as her tween daughter, Harper Sterr, wrapped her arms around her grandmother. “These two are best friends,” she said.

Deborah Brewer held out a hand to compare their heights. “And she’s almost as tall as me.”

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Welcome To “Bestie Row”: Lifelong Friends Build Row Of Tiny Houses In The Middle Of Nowhere. #SquadGoals

Well, I’ve figured out what my squad goals look like… Who’s with me?!



“Because friendship.”

Welcome To “Bestie Row”: Lifelong Friends Build Row Of Tiny Houses In The Middle Of Nowhere.

By Lighter Side Staff

Some friendships last forever. You hear of lifelong friends often living in the same towns just so they can socialize whenever they wish, be a part of each other’s family lives, and finally grow to be the grey-haired besties who rock on the porch and talk about the “good ol’ days”.

Four couples who had been best friends for 20 years decided they were going to trump living in the same town. No way were they going to let the business of life keep them from enjoying that special connection that they’d grown to love. So they decided to literally create their own “Bestie Row.” They all were fans of the tiny house movement, and decided to build their own little compound based around that idea.

Because when you can say, “We’re going to be grey-haired friends,” you know you’ve found a bond that can only strengthen.

They employed the assistance of architect Matt Garcia to make their dream come true.

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They purchased land along the Llano River, just outside of Austin, Texas.

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At first they considered one large house. However, they realized that personal space is necessary for even the closest of friends.

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Still, they wanted a space to commune together. So they built a 1,500 sq. ft. community building with a kitchen, dining area, and space for guests and activities.

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Their individual homes are 400 sq. ft. cabins, running around $40,000 each.

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Their community, dubbed “Llano Exit Strategy,” was designed to handle the harsh, arid Texas climate.

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These buildings were designed for low environmental impact, and sustainability.

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The solar heat is dramatically reduced by galvanized metal siding and spray foam insulation, which also helps keep heat in during the winter.

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The roofs are sloped to angle rainwater runoff into water catchment tanks. In this kind of climate, every drop counts!

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The “Hill Country” terrain is a beautiful place for raising families.

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The interiors of the homes are designed to look like a cross between modern and rustic. The corrugated sheathing gives the modern feel.

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The rustic, cozy feeling comes from barely treated wood which shows off all it the grainy details.

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The 400 sq. ft. cabins have no trouble containing the needed living space and bathroom. A little creative space management goes a long way in making a tiny home comfortable.

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After seeing a “Bestie Row” like this, I won’t be surprised to see more popping up in the near future!

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Source: Welcome To “Bestie Row”: Lifelong Friends Build Row Of Tiny Houses In The Middle Of Nowhere.

21 Surprising Statistics That Reveal How Much Stuff We Actually Own

Ownership, especially home ownership can be a very good thing. However, as with most anything that we add into our lives moderation can be very important in thinking about how to live a happy and healthy life. Do you find yourself fearing your own home sometimes? You’re not alone. Below there is some information that might help to add perspective in your life in some way or another – that was definitely the case for me. Here are 21 surprising statistics about our clutter that help us understand how big of a problem our accumulation of stuff has become.


21 Surprising Statistics That Reveal How Much Stuff We Actually Own


Most of us know we own too much stuff. We feel the weight and burden of our clutter. We tire of cleaning and managing and organizing. Our toy rooms are messy, our drawers don’t close, and our closets are filled from top to bottom. The evidence of clutter is all around us.

Today, increasing data is being collected about our homes, our shopping habits, and our spending. The research is confirming our observation: we own too much stuff. And it is robbing us of life.

Here are 21 surprising statistics about our clutter that help us understand how big of a problem our accumulation has actually become.

1. There are 300,000 items in the average American home (LA Times).

2. The average size of the American home has nearly tripled in size over the past 50 years (NPR).

3. And still, 1 out of every 10 Americans rent offsite storage—the fastest growing segment of the commercial real estate industry over the past four decades. (New York Times Magazine).

4. While 25% of people with two-car garages don’t have room to park cars inside them and 32% only have room for one vehicle. (U.S. Department of Energy).

5. The United States has upward of 50,000 storage facilities, more than five times the number of Starbucks. Currently, there is 7.3 square feet of self storage space for every man, woman and child in the nation. Thus, it is physically possible that every American could stand—all at the same time—under the total canopy of self storage roofing (SSA).

6. British research found that the average 10-year-old owns 238 toys but plays with just 12 daily (The Telegraph).

7. 3.1% of the world’s children live in America, but they own 40% of the toys consumed globally (UCLA).

8. The average American woman owns 30 outfits—one for every day of the month. In 1930, that figure was nine (Forbes).

9. The average American family spends $1,700 on clothes annually (Forbes).

10. While the average American throws away 65 pounds of clothing per year (Huffington Post).

11. Nearly half of American households don’t save any money (Business Insider).

12. But our homes have more television sets than people. And those television sets are turned on for more than a third of the day—eight hours, 14 minutes (USA Today).

13. Some reports indicate we consume twice as many material goods today as we did 50 years ago (The Story of Stuff).

14. Currently, the 12 percent of the world’s population that lives in North America and Western Europe account for 60 percent of private consumption spending, while the one-third living in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa accounts for only 3.2 percent (Worldwatch Institute).

15. Americans donate 1.9% of their income to charitable causes (NCCS/IRS). While 6 billion people worldwide live on less than $13,000/year (National Geographic).

16. Americans spend more on shoes, jewelry, and watches ($100 billion) than on higher education (Psychology Today).

17. Shopping malls outnumber high schools. And 93% of teenage girls rank shopping as their favorite pastime (Affluenza).

18. Women will spend more than eight years of their lives shopping (The Daily Mail).

19. Over the course of our lifetime, we will spend a total of 3,680 hours or 153 days searching for misplaced items.The research found we lose up to nine items every day—or 198,743 in a lifetime. Phones, keys, sunglasses, and paperwork top the list (The Daily Mail).

20. Americans spend $1.2 trillion annually on nonessential goods—in other words, items they do not need (The Wall Street Journal).

21. The $8 billion home organization industry has more than doubled in size since the early 2000’s—growing at a staggering rate of 10% each year (Uppercase).

The numbers paint a jarring picture of excessive consumption and unnecessary accumulation. Fortunately, the solution is not difficult. The invitation to own less is an invitation to freedom, intentionality, and passion. And it can be discovered at your nearest drop-off center.

Source: 21 Surprising Statistics That Reveal How Much Stuff We Actually Own

Wes Moore to Speak In Norman on Thursday, February 12th! (Video)

Oh Noooo! Wes Moore is someone who I’ve admired for a while, and he will be in Norman, Oklahoma tomorrow!!! However I will have to miss this talk due to a prior obligation to attend a cross-industry event for Real Estate called OwnOK (which I am also very excited about!). Wes will be speaking on Thursday, February 12th at 1:30 p.m., in Meacham Auditorium (which is located on Asp. in the Student Union of OU’s campus). Intellectual conversations are often hijacked by political agendas, and thus not many people can speak to the greater population of our society. Mr. Moore is someone who has proven to be a thoughtful, interesting, and a patriot. If you are capable I encourage you to go to this event tomorrow.

Here’s a powerful TED Talk from Wes on how to speak to veterans about war:


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Army Combat Veteran, National Best-Selling Author and Social Entrepreneur WES MOORE to speak on campus

The Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education’s Cathey Simmons Humphreys Distinguished Education Lecture Series featuring Wes Moore will be Thursday, Feb. 12 at 1:30 p.m. in Meacham Auditorium, Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp Ave., Norman, Okla. A reception will follow.

RSVP to attend the lecture here.

Read more about Wes Moore here.

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A Mudroom Designed For Your Dog

Dog Wash Room

I love dogs…  I don’t have any because I’m on the move a lot, but in a few years I’d love to have a couple of dogs and a mudroom that can help me take care of them.  It might seem extravagant to some people, but it wouldn’t necessarily have to be a big expense, and of course you could still use the room for other things like laundry.  Could you use something like this in your home?



A Mudroom Designed for Your Dog

Is your pet a part of the family? Check out this custom designed room for all you dog lovers.

Managing a family can be hectic, but when you add a couple family pets into the mix your life gets even busier. For those of you who adore your dog(s), but just don’t have enough space or resources in your home to properly care for them – we’ve found a solution.

This home’s mudroom addition was custom built to provide plenty of resources for the family’s dogs. See how this functional space was designed to cater the needs of both the family and their loved pets.

There are many components to this mudroom that are customized to make life easier for both the family and the dogs. The following are a few of the amenities:

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1. Washing Station

This sanding height dog washing station includes a shower base and wall mount hand shower for easy washing without back pain.

2. Retractable Step

A lower cabinet beneath the washing station opens up, exposing retractable stairs for easy access to bathing.

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3. Preparation Zone

Extra cabinet space was made for food/medication preparation and storing of other items.

4. Water Bowl & Drain

An under mount sink for fresh water and easy draining.

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If that’s not enough, the room also includes hooks by the door to hang leashes and an exit to a fenced backyard with an in-ground pool just for the dogs! Get started on managing your home space to fit the needs of all your family members, dogs included!

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What do you think about designing a room dedicated to your pet? Let us know in the comments below!

Image Credit: S.J. Janis Company, Inc

Kyle Got A Seat At The Table!

One of my favorite things about having moved home is that I seem to know people most of the places that I go. I’ve now had 2 friends become members of the Norman City Council – Kyle Allison, and Stephen Tyler Holman. While you’re very different from one another you both share a passion for our home town, and for that I’m even more proud to call you my friends. Congratulations Kyle!


Kyle Allison takes seat on Norman City Council
FROM STAFF REPORTS| January 22, 2015

NORMAN — Kyle Allison, 28, has been sworn in as the Ward 8 city councilman.

He replaces Dan Quinn, who was appointed last year when Chad Williams resigned to take a job out of state.

Municipal Court Judge David Poarch administered the oath of office Tuesday. Allison ran unopposed for the seat.

Incumbent council members Greg Heiple in Ward 1, Robert Castleberry in Ward 3, and Stephen Tyler Holman, Ward 7, also ran unopposed for their seats but will not be sworn in for their new terms until July 1.

Incumbent Ward 5 Councilwoman Lynne Miller is seeking a second term and will face Bobby Stevens on an April 7 ballot.

Quinn had agreed to temporarily fill the Ward 8 post after Williams left.

‘Empowered’ Appliances Link Home, Internet | Realtor Magazine

What new home technologies have you heard of that people may enjoy? I thought that when the Roomba Vacuum came out that we officially lived in the space age.


‘Empowered’ Appliances Link Home, Internet

Get a good look at the smart-home tools making waves at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.


Washer, dryer, and water heater, get ready to meet smartphone, tablet, and app.

Hooking up time-honored home equipment to the Internet is the latest trend being touted by some of the biggest names in the appliance industry at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

This spring, Whirlpool Corp. will roll out Wi-Fi-equipped laundry machines that can download custom cycles, alert you if a load is unbalanced, and spot mechanical problems before they get out of hand. The new appliances, on display at Whirlpool’s CES booth, communicate wirelessly with a dedicated app that will also let you start them remotely, offer instructional YouTube videos, and even make a charitable donation when you begin a new load.

The new appliances represent “a really exciting opportunity for Whirlpool … to do what we do best, which is helping families care for one another,” said Ben Artis, senior category manager of connected homes for Whirlpool. “You can empower the appliances to offer new benefits that weren’t possible before.”

Whirlpool plans eventually to expand the app-based technology to other categories of appliances, such as ranges, ovens, and refrigerators. The company’s booth at CES features an exhibit that displays its vision for the kitchen of the future, a concept that closely integrates appliance operation with the cooking requirements of specific recipes.

Another appliance maker exhibiting at CES, Robert Bosch GmbH, is also close to bringing wireless connectivity to its products. The German company has developed an app, dubbed Home Connect, that will control and monitor devices such as water heaters, thermostats, and refrigerators. It will be released in Europe later this year. Bosch expects to introduce the technology in the United States as well, but hasn’t said when.

The drive toward linking devices to one another — an accelerating trend known as the Internet of Things — is spawning innovation across the electronics industry and playing a prominent role at CES.

In a packed keynote address at the start of the show, Boo-Keun Yoon, president and CEO of Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., declared that 2015 will be the year when many of the futuristic promises companies have made about getting devices to work together will finally become real.

“These are not pipe dreams anymore,” Yoon said, adding that by 2017, 90 percent of the products Samsung produces — including TVs, mobile phones, and home appliances — will be linked to the Internet of Things, or IoT.

Yoon also said companies must take steps to ensure that the IoT-based products they manufacture adhere to open standards, so equipment from one company is able to work with software and hardware from another.

Yoon was joined onstage by other leaders of the IoT movement who laid out their vision for a world where machines go beyond communicating with each other to responding to — and even anticipating — people’s needs. For example, working in tandem, a user’s smartphone, heating system, and other Internet-linked equipment could learn when that person tends to go to sleep and under what conditions. Then it can adjust the temperature of the user’s bedroom to promote a good night’s sleep.

Many companies exhibiting at CES are developing products that aim to take advantage of the ability of individual devices to communicate.

Engineers at Baintex, a startup based in Valencia, Spain, showed off its unreleased mobile app and an array of related devices that control and monitor a host of home functions. The Sentio system’s capabilities include remotely turning lights on and off; opening, closing, and securing doors; and tracking how much energy is being consumed in various parts of a home, said Alberto Sendra, lead mobile applications engineer for the company.

Meanwhile, California-based Savant unveiled an app by the same name that aims to enable disparate connected-home systems to communicate with one another as well as with the company’s own hardware for linking entertainment, climate control, lighting, and security devices.

‘Empowered’ Appliances Link Home, Internet | Realtor Magazine.

2 Years Ago Today I Met David Letterman, and It Was Hilarious…

I started this site so that I would have a platform to talk about Real Estate, and anything else that I find relevant to my knowledge of my industry. Oh, and I love talking about my job! However, I thought that it might be fun to share something a little different today. 2 Years ago today I ended up on The Late Show with David Letterman! After I had the chance to talk with him for a few minutes before the show he introduced himself as Norman, Oklahoma to my utter surprise… It was a little too difficult to explain once the show aired, so I decided to write a blog post about it to explain. So, on this day 2 years ago (in 2013) I had the chance to talk with David Letterman, and he mentioned my hometown on his show – and here is the proof!

How David Letterman and I Became Friends… (1-16-13, Kardashians and Buddy Guy)

by gradycarter

How David Letterman and I Became Friends… (1-16-13, Kardashians & Buddy Guy) – YouTube.

So recently I had the chance while in New York City to go to a taping of Late Night with David Letterman, and it was a Great experience. I didn’t actually become friends with Dave, but we did get to chat for about a minute, and I like to think that I’ve never met a stranger (so we are friends now…).

I went to the show with one of my friends who I hadn’t seen in person since summer camp when I was 13 years old (half of my life ago). But thanks to the miracle of social media he and I reconnected and we had some great conversations, and shared a David Letterman experience.

So, before we went to the show I had been warned by multiple people that we should try to dress reasonably well and be enthusiastic, we did both and we had great seats. Before the show started we got to watch a few minutes of standup comedy (which I loved), and then we listened to the band get everyone fired up. Paul Shaffer came out right before Dave, and then we were off for an hour long adventure filled with Kim and KortneyKardashian, and Blues legend Buddy Guy. But, before the show started the audience had a chance to ask Dave questions, and I was ready for it. Right when he asked if anyone had any questions I shot my hand up, not entirely sure what I was going to ask. He asked me my name (I told the truth), and then he asked where I was from. When I told him Oklahoma he acted interested and asked which town. I said Norman, and he started asking about the Sooners (University of Oklahoma, for anyone who doesn’t know), and he seemed to be baiting me to explain to everyone that they were the people who cheated in the land run in the late 1800’s.

So finally I get to ask my question, and I decided on the question that I would forever remember asking David Letterman, and I asked him:

“How old were you when you realized that you were funny?”

The audience laughed pretty hard (which was about the coolest feeling ever), and he seemed to think it was a funny question. Due to a surge of adrenaline I don’t remember exactly what he said back to me, but he said something self deprecating about not being sure if he is really funny.

So he then thanks everyone for being there and heads back stage to start the show, and when he comes back out there is a miscue with the cue card guy, and they have to go again. On the second run something happened that I’ll never forget – he came out an introduced himself as Norman Oklahoma… To the audience this was pretty funny, but it obviously made no sense to anyone who wasn’t in the room 3 minutes earlier. It was a very small blip on TV, and meant nothing in terms of David Letterman’s career, but having a momentary inside joke with the Late Night personality of my adolescence and young adulthood was absolutely priceless.

After that it was a blast to watch how the show was run, and it was great to see such a different spread of guests with the Kardashians and Buddy Guy. So here are some clips from the show that don’t include yours truly.

The Monologue:

The Kardashians:

Buddy Guy:


This Tiny House Will Amaze You


It’s me, Grady. I love Tiny Houses 🙂

Have you ever heard anything about the “Tiny House” movement? It’s a rather small movement 😉 but if you were born after 1980 you are very likely interested in saving more of your wealth and living in a smaller home than those in your family before you. Research and polling says says that the millennial generation wants a manageable home. As a very calculable millennial myself I must say that when I see pictures and videos of Tiny Houses I find myself supremely intrigued! Can you imagine owning your home for maybe 10 or 20 percent of what it might cost otherwise – thus giving you the opportunity to have gready autonomy and control in your life of how to spend your money. There is a swelling amount of information that talks about people making life easier and more manageable. Just how manageable are you hoping to make your life/home?…


This Jaw-Dropping Luxury Tiny House Will Amaze You


Chris Heininge Construction gained attention for this beautiful little design that squeezes more style and luxury into 280 square-feet of space than most houses five times its size have. From the cedar-clad exterior to the warm and spacious interior, every inch of this tiny house was built with an attention to detail that’s hard to match and a zen-like approach that seems perfectly balanced between luxury and necessity. The end result is nothing short of stunning. There’s a lot to check out, so let’s dive in.



Above you can see the well-appointed kitchen area, with stainless appliances, a wall-mounted television, and small kitchen table.


A sleek gas fireplace warms things up, and instead of a ladder leading to the sleeping loft, you’ll find a perfectly usable staircase – a big plus for any older folks or disabled people who might not be able to climb as easily. Another great feature is the storage that’s included in the stairs, making the most of every inch of space. Notice how that first step is angled toward the wall – yet another way the builder adds a few extra square inches in this tight space.


The living room offers a relaxing place to chill out, and of course, more built in storage cabinets everywhere you look. That blue couch pulls out, transforming into a queen sized bed for your guests, or a great spot to lounge with your loved one (or large dog as in my case).


As we head upstairs to the loft things just keep getting better. The sleeping area features a queen size bed, with built in end tables and storage, plus room to stand up! I also love the large window that lets natural light spill in, and at night the sleek recessed LED lights help brighten the area up just perfectly. It brings together style, form, and function in one perfectly arranged space.


By now you’re probably thinking, “I want to live here” and you will surely feel that way once you see the bathroom. It’s pretty straightforward, with a sink, cabinet that you can use for a washer/dryer if you want, and toilet. But then, there’s the jacuzzi bathtub, with shower extend.



As if all the elements that went into this tiny house weren’t enough, just wait, because it gets better. While the house isn’t on wheels, Chris decided to make it easy to transport by designing a detachable roof. In just a few minutes the house can be made ready for transport on a 20′ flatbed truck. There’s no doubt that Chris Heininge is a master craftsman, as demonstrated by this build, and the 100+ other houses he helped build in Oregon, Arizona, and Washington.



In case you were wondering about the inspiration for the design, there’s a story there as well. Chris spent twenty years doing missionary work in Japan, Hong Kong, India and Macau. While in Japan he helped build and remodel houses, and as you can tell, the Japanese approach toward simple and functional design aesthetics rubbed off. Hopefully there’s enough demand to get them to consider making more of these, or releasing building plans because we love every square inch! Chris’ work is truly inspirational, and we hope to see more of his efforts in the future.

We can only assume Chris has received a blitz of interest for this house, and while we aren’t sure whether it sold yet, we do know this is the only one of its kind available. In case you were wondering about floor plans, you’re in luck because according to his website, they will be released for sale soon. We can’t wait.

Closing thoughts

As with any tiny house that costs this much, we usually get a slew of comments and opinions, and while mostly positive, I wanted to take a moment to address the inevitable “$70k!? That’s crazy, I could never afford that.” statement that’s sure to arise.

With a rising tide of interest surrounding the tiny house movement comes an increasing demand for builders and more designs to draw inspiration from. We’re seeing new builders like Tiny Heirloom Homesemerge, making tiny, fashionable little houses that sell for upwards of $65-100k. And while this one clocks in on the low end of that figure, at $70k, it seems worth every penny, especially when you see just how much detail and beauty is contained within.

Given the values of sustainability and the closely related vision of financial prudence that serve as basic tenets of the tiny house movement, it’s interesting to see builders serving the higher end market. Naturally with a growing demand, it only makes sense they’d fill the gap. Regardless of the higher than average price, I think this is a good thing because with more competition and demand I think we will see cheaper alternatives emerge that don’t compromise value for quality and comfort. So I’m hopeful that along with an increase in supply on the high-end side of the market, the low end will also find structure and development. We can only hope this continued interest brings about more affordable solutions to some of our most basic needs as a society for shelter.

Be sure to check out the Heininge Website for more details about this gorgeous build.

This Jaw-Dropping Luxury Tiny House Will Amaze You | Tiny House for Us.

A Personal Story For Your Troubles – Why My Friend Should Win!

I come before you today to discuss a personal matter. I want to make sure that I’m as human as I can be with this site, but I have tried to be very conscientious about not being unreasonably informal. With that said I’m going to do something a bit unorthodox today, and that is to write a quick story about a dear friend of mine, Gavin Rogers. Gavin is attempting to be temporarily appointed to the San Antonio City Council, until they vote in mid 2015. If you live in San Antonio please contact your council person and ask them to appoint Gavin for this temporary seat!

Gavin and I met 6 and a half years ago at a summer camp in Missouri, K-Kauai (which is the family camp in Branson, MO, not Hawaii, tied in with the Kanakuk Camp enterprises, and really a magical place). I didn’t get to go to Kanakuk as a kid because it cost a bit 20 times as much as the camp that my parents went to in the Wichita Mountains of southwest Oklahoma (Quartz Mountain Christian Camp), so instead I just decided to work their for 3 summers in college, and get paid to play! Gavin and I were actually only there for 3 days together, but we’ve kept up over the years, and have talked on the phone at least every few months. Earlier this year he and I went to our dear friend James Slagle’s wedding in Minnesota together, and after that we just talked more and more – and he actually parlayed that into tricking me into going to Egypt with him… I blogged about Egypt on here, so feel free to read about it if you’d like to, just click on one of the links below:

The Fringe of Cairo & Suez

In The Rough: Finding Family In Egypt

I am having a great urge to just tell you everything that I can think of about this trip, and our experiences in Egypt, but I want to sum this up so that you can get back to work before your boss sees you on your phone again… Over the last several years I have seen Gavin travel the world some, and he always seems to come home with great stories, and life mementos that will make me think “I need to do stuff like that”, and I’m so glad that I got the chance to in Cairo. With that said, maybe my biggest regret of not taking action to do something radical and impactful (even if only for me) was when a few years ago Gavin asked me to join in for lent in being homeless on the streets of San Antonio for 40 days and I said no… I had a job in Little Rock that I enjoyed and didn’t want to lose, so I just told him no. After that experience Gavin found himself firmly implanted amongst the poor in San Antonio, and he even ended up with a roommate who’d been homeless for many years named “Chilly” Willy. Willy passed away this year, and he didn’t do it alone because Gavin wouldn’t let him be… Gavin is not a perfect person, but feel so strongly in his conviction for his common man that when I heard that he is running for city council in San Antonio I had to write about it… I can be a very emotional person, but I rarely find myself spewing my emotions as I might an second now, but If you pray or live in District 1 of San Antonio please keep my buddy Gavin in mind, and ask your Council person to pick Gavin. He probably won’t love how sappy I’m making this, but I don’t care, I know he’ll honor me for being who I am, just as he honored Tutu in the garbage city of Cairo, and just as he honored “Chilly” Willy. All I want or Christmas is for more people to meet people where they are like my friend Gavin Rogers… I love you buddy, and I can’t believe we get to be friends.

There is a vacancy in District 1, and the council is voting on the replacement for the time being, and there are 14 applicants. This district represents a lot of homeless, and underserved individuals – and there’s no way that anyone can understand that plight better then my buddy Gavin. If you know anyone in San Antonio please send them this link, even if just to make fun of us 🙂

Grady Carter


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This was Tutu’s first time to eat McDonald’s that he hadn’t found in the trash


Gavin’s Buddy “Chilly” Willy

Willy hanging out on the porch, where he spent most of his time.


If home is where the heart is I want to help people find the keys to their hearts!

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