Turning Tiny to Live LARGE

Adventures of Heidi & Sam

Visit to a Tiny Village

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

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Sam at the village entrance.

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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!

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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.

 

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The chapel that houses a library.

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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!

2 Comments

  1. wow, amazing! How long did it take to build Karenville? Is it complete or will she add to it in the future?

    • heidisjourney@hotmail.com

      October 23, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      She’s been building since the 1990’s and yes she is constantly building! She is in the building process of two tiny structures at the moment…one has a double bed in it and she is raising it up off the ground, adding a glass enclosed front porch to it and then you will step up into the house. The other is an old freezer that she’s put on a trailer, added a peaked roof and now has to finish the inside. I don’t think she’ll ever stop adding on, especially now that other people have expressed such interest in what she’s doing and how she’s elected to live.

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