Turning Tiny to Live LARGE

Adventures of Heidi & Sam

Month: October 2014

Visit to a Tiny Village

We took a beautiful fall drive over the weekend to a magical village that resides near Ithaca, NY.


Sam at the village entrance.


Sam with Karen and Robert in front of the sitting room house.


It’s called Karenville…and it’s a village solely built by Karen with almost 100% recycled materials.

We loved everything about it…especially:

  • the greenhouse with a dirt floor where roses were blooming
  • the two goats Edgar and Joey
  • the log cabin where we stayed with it’s glass porch and garden out front
  • the sitting room house with it’s potbellied stove and crystal chandelier
  • the K-ville cafe and store where your purchase’s were 100% off
  • the chapel that houses a library and smells of old books
  • the old swing that hangs under the willow arbor
  • the silo that’s really a quaint outhouse (as quaint as an outhouse can be!)
  • the outdoor room where you could pass hours talking to Karen (she’s fascinating!)

Karen built all these tiny structures because she likes small things and likes to live simply. Robert came to visit and apparently never left…so Karen built him a chapel to house his books…and a sitting room where they could drink tea. Someone mentioned that maybe other people would enjoy visiting her village and she couldn’t imagine people wanting to stay on a farm with no electricity, no indoor plumbing, sometimes no heat…and to pay for it! But they do, and just like us, they love it! Sometimes when she’s fully booked in the summer…she sleeps in the woods of the adjoining national forest…she is one cool lady and we gained a lot of useful knowledge on turning tiny!


The greenhouse collects rain water inside and out.

The outdoor room is open on two sides and has a swing for two.

The outdoor room is open on two sides and has a swing for two.



The chapel that houses a library.


The log home is Karen’s main living quarters.

K'ville cafe and store with a partial living roof.

K’ville cafe and store with a partial living roof.




The corn crib, also with some plants on the roof, and a twin bed inside.

The corn crib, also with some plants on the roof.








The inside of the corn crib...she had a woman stay in here for a month!

The inside of the corn crib…she had a woman stay in here for a month!



Chickens even have their own tiny house!

Chickens even have their own tiny house!








We are already planning our return…this time we’ll be snowshoeing in!

Q & A with Sam via Facebook

So I apparently am unable to make a video small enough to put on this blog…facebook however did except it…so you can watch it here:


The crux of it is that he is on board with the whole turning tiny idea…except for having to downsize his STUFF!  He does have a lot of it too! I accept partial blame for that…when we went off on the whole GeoTrax tangent and I went a little crazy with buying up accessories for our town! He does have two houses though…two bedrooms full of things to play with…but he’s happiest with a ball and a mitt, or a hockey stick and puck…he’s really not a high maintenance kid. He’s laid back, sweet, helpful and considerate. He also loves to collect sticks, rocks, acorns and the occasional firefly.  In the end we will find the room for the things that are most important to us…and the rest will just have to find new homes.

When it comes to turning tiny…I think he’ll survive the transition just fine.

When it comes to living large…I think he’ll THRIVE! The kid wants to go to Africa…how awesome is that?!

Heidi & Sam