“Embracing Freedom”: Couple Finds Joy in Custom-Built Tiny House Retirement

Ken and Laurel Shrang lived in big houses for most of their lives. When their kids moved out, they wanted a change. They decided to move into a tiny house retirement community called Escalante Tiny House Village in Durango, Colorado.

The Shrangs wave to the camera in front of their yellow and green tiny house retirement home.

Their tiny house, built by Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses, cost about $120,000. It’s 10 feet wide and 32 feet long. The home has a yellow exterior with a green rooftop, giving it a beachy feel. Despite its small size, the couple didn’t compromise on comfort.

The tiny house retirement home has yellow paint with a green rooftop.

The Shrang’s tiny house runs on propane for their gas stove and instant water heater. They use a larger air conditioner than usual, keeping the house cool in summer, and a heater in winter to prevent frozen pipes. Their community of tiny houses is located in Durango, Colorado.

Their community of tiny houses can be found in Durango, Colorado.

Inside, the couple enjoys features like a stained-glass window on the door for air circulation. The living area is spacious, with a big TV and high ceilings. The kitchen is well-equipped with a full-size refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, four-burner stove, and oven. The cabinets showcase family photos and glass art collected during their travels.

The couple added an outdoor deck with chairs, a coffee table, and a gas grill.

The bathroom is complete with a sink, mirror, shelves, toilet, washer, dryer, and shower. The bedroom has a queen-sized bed with storage space underneath. Outside, they added a deck with a gas grill, creating an extra living space. The couple also maintains a vegetable garden with tomatoes and herbs.

The kitchen folds a full-sized refrigerator, stove and oven, microwave, and dishwasher.

The Shrang’s tiny house lifestyle brings them joy. 

The living area has a TV, high ceilings and a fan, and some of their favorite art pieces.

Laurel emphasizes the importance of bringing things that bring happiness into your home. Ken adds that life is about experiences, freedom, and relationships, not just material possessions.

The bedroom has a full-sized bed and ample storage space.

Ken adds that life is about experiences, freedom, and relationships, not just material possessions.

Their tiny house retirement home also features a full bathroom.

In summary, the Shrang’s downsized to a tiny house in a retirement community, enjoying a simpler and more fulfilling lifestyle.

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