It’s been a while since we’ve shared a home tour on the blog, and we couldn’t be more excited to be back to share Bela and Spencer Fishbeyn’s
“We started thinking about tiny homes as a way to beat housing costs in the San Francisco Bay area. Why rent a tiny apartment for thousands of dollars when we could buy a luxury tiny home for way less? We worked with New Frontier Tiny Homes to custom design our home down to the inch. Our daughter was about a year old at the time, so we needed a home that would accommodate a toddler. We also wanted the home that would serve as an accessory dwelling unit and rental property whenever we finally buy a foundation home, so we made sure not to skimp on the finishings. In our mind, this was a long-term investment, even if we only end up living in it full-time for a few years.
After only six months of research, design, and building, our custom home was completed—not bad compared to the timeline and headache of custom building a foundation home! Currently, it’s positioned in Boulder Creek, California, just 10 minutes away from old-growth Pacific Redwoods. We rent our land and own the home. In a few years, we may move the home north to Mendocino or south to San Luis Obispo.
Since our home is so small, we meticulously designed all the rooms to feel distinct and separate from one another (can you believe that we have six rooms in our tiny house?!) Each one has special features to make the room exciting and refreshing.
Spencer used to work as a chef, so our kitchen is full of artisanal products like carbon-steel cookware from
I think our favorite, though, is the master bedroom. When you’re lying down, the giant picture window behind you opens up to the sky, so you can stargaze while you’re laying in bed. We also arranged a unique design on the ceiling to expand the sense of space. Combine all this with
We splurged on
When you own very few home goods, you can usually afford to be as selective as you want! I remember when we moved into our first apartment. It was impossible to completely fill it with meaningful or interesting items, but with our tiny home it’s been the complete opposite.
We’re big fans of having our daily ritual and cleaning products be part of our decor as well.
We’ve lived in our home for almost two years now! It’s been a blast and, though the inside of the home hasn’t changed much, our outdoors have changed tremendously. We built a big cedar deck just outside of our garage door, set up a xeriscape zen garden and other landscaping, added a canvas belle tent, and a big outdoor table.
We’re always looking for ways to expand our living space more into the outdoors. This obviously helps to keep our house from feeling too tiny, but the outdoors also brings its own sort of peace. As much as we can, we try to view our home as having more to do with the whole world around us, instead of just a set of walls.”
P.S. We’re starting an “At Home” series for Airbnbs soon! Stay tuned. xo.