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Gas powered tiny home

The 2018 NW Natural Street of Dreams welcomes MJ Boyle’s home, Tiny House with a Big Dream, a 204 sq. ft. tiny home with large deck, wandering pathways, benches, and garden, to the tour.

This home is the first ever built with natural gas appliances and a unique roofline. Every bit of the home has been donated from generous sponsors and partners. Features include a fully integrated vacuflo system, a flush toilet, sink, shower, dishwasher, combination washer/dryer, a surround-sound system, hi-definition TV, furnishings, deck material, flooring, tile, build materials and all labor will be donated too.

Loaded with high-efficiency natural gas appliances, residents of this tiny home will be toasty warm with a Hearthstone gas fireplace that heats up to 700 sq. ft., a Fisher & Paykel freestanding 4 burner range and oven, and the newest in tankless water heating technology with the Rinnai Sensei installed on the exterior of the home, with Wi-Fi and freeze protection down to -4 degrees Fahrenheit.

The home will sleep two in a custom-designed queen size bed with custom mattress that lifts for storage. When asked to describe the design and concept of the home, MJ Boyle said, “It’s a modern cottage with a funky twist.”The home is under construction now in a Gresham warehouse and will rest on a flatbed trailer at the final tour site.

“It all began with creating a fundraiser for Veterans organizations.Gerald Rowlett, Westlake Development Group President and Chair of the HBA Veterans Committee, and friend, got together with Empty Nest Tiny Homes, my company,” MJ said. “We collaborated with the builder, Tiny Innovations, to create a tiny home like no other that will be sold on an online auction with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Veterans organizations.”

When MJ moved from a 1500 sq. ft. home to tiny living, her furnishings went to three homes. MJ says the benefits of living tiny allow her to be control of her destiny, with financial freedom, and time to spend on things other than paying bills.“The things that remain are those that you love or bring you joy.”

When asked, where can one place a tiny house? MJ answered, “It depends.There are Federal, State, County, and City regulations, building codes and HOA rules to be considered.”

MJ is grateful to be creating a unique home for visitors of the tour to enjoy. “It’s an opportunity to explore my passion and provide advocacy for the tiny home movement.”

To learn more about living in a tiny home, check out MJ’s video on You Tube,


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