Tiny House article in Local paper


What happens when you announce that you’re going to live in a tiny house?

For Emily and Justin Gerde, thirty-somethings who have a 2½-year-old son, Wyatt, this is what happened:

“Our whole family was kind of skeptical before everything came together,” Emily says. “You say, ‘350 square feet’ and everyone just loses their minds. It’s actually not that small. And people were worried about Wyatt: ‘Will he have a normal childhood?’ ”

Emily smiles.

“Of course we don’t want him to have a normal childhood!” she says with a laugh.


Two-and-a-half-year-old Wyatt plays in his play room in the Gerde family’s tiny home in the south metro on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. (Pioneer Press: John Autey)


Wyatt’s unusual childhood so far includes appearing on HGTV: His family’s tiny home was featured on an episode of “Tiny House, Big Living”: “Young Couple Builds Custom Tiny Birch House.”

It all started with HGTV, actually.

“Our sister-in-law is very earthy and she had been looking into tiny homes,” Emily says. “She helped us find our contractor after a local TV station did a story about Kim Kasl (another local tiny-home dweller). Half the show was about Kim’s house and the other half was about the local contractor and how they were being featured on ‘Tiny House Nation.’

“That got us excited about it. It was just a neat idea at first, but as I researched it, I realized, ‘Oh, my gosh, this is totally doable for us.’ ”

Her husband, however …

“He was definitely not on board at first,” Emily says.

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