A family of 4 built a private tiny-house village where the kids have their own homes.

Tiny homes will never go out of style as they are affordable and easy to build. This Kentucky-based family has built a small village of tiny homes for the entire family, so they can all live in the same place but still maintain their privacy.

The Brinks family is comprised of the parents, Keli and Ryan, and their two children, Brodey and Lennox, and they switched their entire lifestyle from a 2,200 square foot house to a collection of tiny homes.
This way they can have a more sustainable lifestyle, saving money on utilities, and living closer to nature.
Their small village hosts a larger home of 280 square feet for the parents and two smaller homes of 160 square feet, one for each child.
The two smaller houses do not have a bathroom inside, so there is another separate unit for this which also has a room so it can be used as a guesthouse too.
The village also hosts another smaller home of 180 square feet which is a pool house to be used for family get-togethers, game nights and opens up to a swimming pool.
It seems like the Brinks have thought about every tiny detail, as they managed to create the perfect sustainable village for a small community.

Five years ago, the Brinks family wanted to move from their 2,200-square-foot home in Michigan and live more sustainably.

Courtesy of Lennox Brinks

In 2015, they bought a 21-acre piece of land in London, Kentucky, for $57,000 and turned it into a private tiny-house village for the family.

“We chose London, Kentucky, because of the lack of restrictions for housing and because the land was much cheaper than in areas of Tennessee that were closer to the family but more expensive and with restrictions,” Keli said.

The parents’ house.

The first tiny house in the village is where Keli lives with Ryan.

At 280 square feet, the house is the biggest on the property. It cost $9,000.

The bathroom and guest house.

Next door is a tiny house made up of two bathrooms for each of the couple’s two children.

“It’s really not that bad,” Lennox said. “It seems much worse than it is. I just put a coat on if it’s cold or raining. I’ll just bundle up and run over there.”

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104 Responses to “A family of 4 built a private tiny-house village where the kids have their own homes.”

  1. Cynthia Stevenson says:

    How does it cut utilities? All the outside edges must be super insulated or the leak heat big time.

    • Laura says:

      They went from 2,200 sq foot to 3 smaller spaces that if you combined them equal 800 sq feet. Significantly less sq footage to heat and keep lit up.

  2. Jackie says:

    Love This Concept

  3. Mill Gonzalez says:

    I’m sorry I think this was a bad idea people are very sick minded. I pray that no one sick hurts you or your family. God bless you and your family.

  4. Helen Daub says:

    I love this

  5. Galya says:

    My husband and I are looking for such a house! We live in Brooklyn, NY! How can you buy a house and where can we put it! What is the price of this small house for 2 people and a dog ???? Thank you very much, you are doing a great job! Regards to you. Lina!

  6. Jean flemings says:

    How do you go about check in for Tinys homes

  7. Jennifer Robeson says:

    Awesome

  8. Marea says:

    I’m trying to get my family onboard for this

  9. Adrienne Hull says:

    Fabulous I hope more families follow this example

  10. Lisa Racano says:

    Were can you order these tiny houses???? Plz send info to my Email

  11. Mary says:

    I really think it’s a great ideal I think more people should do this if I had alot of acreage I would do this as well

  12. Sherry Sinyon says:

    Wow, this is what I want between the 2 houses we own in our Community, “just sleeping rooms and their privacy. a bathroom and One light switch for lights and a heater { emergency}

  13. Teresa Horton says:

    Love it..ya did a wonderful job…

  14. Wreathie Stone says:

    So cool.I could definetly live there.

  15. Lori says:

    …and when their kids start sneaking out at night….good luck

  16. Krista says:

    The best ideal and smart housing situation I’ve seen.
    I would love to know who the builder was.

  17. Walmart_215@yahoo.com says:

    My daughter really needs a place of her own to live and she have saved up just about 9,000 for a tiny home can u help her?

  18. KerrieTaylor says:

    Hey how much is this

  19. Todd for you people. We are doing this for vets. Building them for a living says:

    We are doing this for houseless veterans. Thank you kindly for your efforts

  20. Milo MARSHALL says:

    Nice ideas, I think I’m gonna do something like this for my family.

  21. Kathleen Whiteford says:

    Love it

  22. Chris Szymanski says:

    Very great idea! Tiny is the in thing, add solar and I am in!

  23. Mary L. Mount says:

    Absolutely love this idea! Everyone has their own privacy

  24. Delores Johnson says:

    Would love information on obtaining several small houses

  25. James Green says:

    Heck FRICKIN YAAAA! I LOVE THE LITTLE COMMUNITY AND HOW YOU ALL DID THAT. WONDERFUL IDEA AND HECK IF I WAS THE KIDS I COULD & WOULD NEVER MOVE OUT . OF COURSE UNLESS YOU OARENTS ARE TO STRICT ON THE COMPANY RULE AND OPPOSITE SEX GUESTS RULE BUT OTHER THAN THAT, MILK IT KIDS, I LIVE IN BAY AREA San Francisco and pay 2850.00 month for 1 bedroom apartment half size of your house so how do I get there? Lol take care and loved the story!!!

  26. Nina Barnette says:

    Sweet😎 sounds good 👍

    • Susan says:

      Such a great idea. Kinda think I want my own and my husband can have his own as well. Lol Idk why the kids couldn’t just have their own bathroom in their homes? On second thought I guess the kids houses didn’t have any running water so I guess it would be cheaper that way. I’m gonna require a small kitchen and bathroom though, as will my hubby. Love the loft idea but it isn’t practical as we age so that’s out for us as well. Hmmmm

  27. Cynthia Rice says:

    Interesting idea, we my sisters and I thought of this idea years ago but life leads you in separate ways sometimes!

  28. Cheryl Little says:

    I have been looking for some one who builds these since I first saw them. Please if you can help contact me asap. Thank you

  29. Sarah Moton says:

    This is so awesome!; We thought of this 20 years ago! Just couldn’t get our hands on the money to do so! lol

  30. Carol Jackson says:

    Lennox 🌞 I totally Love, the choice, living on your own, yet together, and getting family time, and privacy. It’s so Amazing! My first home was 500 sq.ft. , my husband,myself and four little ones😊 I now have a home, same size, 500 Sq Ft. Not as little as yours, I wish, I had done what you have😍😍😍🌻🌞 Thank you for sharing 💞💯 your Adorable homes and Village💕🌼

  31. Terry says:

    I would love to live like that. It looks amazy.

  32. Deb Greims says:

    Hi,
    I just wanted to mention that you might want to get another goat to befriend the one you have. Goats are HERD animals and really should not be alone, I have heard. Please check it outl
    Deb

  33. Pamela Skousen says:

    Awesome! I will also follow Lennox if it is good for the family. Way to go!
    Pamela in Coeur d’Alene Idaho.

  34. Sandy Wright says:

    We have 6 acres behind our house and would love to build a few tiny homes for family members, do you have a separate septic tank and well for all the tiny homes. Who do I contact about doing this.

  35. Dorothy Stewart says:

    I’m very impressed with these tiny houses.i have had a dream if doing the same thing for my family so we could all live better

  36. Christi Trull says:

    I LOVE it! What a fantastic idea!❤❤

  37. Raymond Sancez says:

    How do I find one of these builders in my area? Albuquerque N.M.

  38. Marcy Cockrell says:

    I would absolutely love one of these little houses!

  39. Angela says:

    Who was the builder?

  40. Debbie says:

    I love it where in VA I can I purchase these homes

  41. Judy says:

    Sad that they have to walk out to another place to go to the bathroom. What happens if you are not feeling the greatest. Could have figured out a place to have at least half bath.

  42. shaun says:

    bloody fxcking genius….we just bought some land and this is my plan

  43. Joelyman says:

    This is about the poorest idea ever for raising children. It temds to isolate them from the parents who are their main educators on morals, social conduct, all the essentials that family closeness makes possible. Several here have pointed out ways that children will go off the rails when not supervised more closely, as they would be in the same house. No, this is a VERY bad idea, IMO, for raising children. Adults, fine. Children, NO.

  44. Sandra H says:

    This is what I was wanting to do. Something like that. Love the layout. Great idea. More families should do this and live together yet not together.

  45. Melinda says:

    Neat idea, however my first thought was security. How do you protect your family if you are separated?

  46. Edward says:

    So nice just wish I could afford to do it

  47. Daniel says:

    If people would raise their kids the right way, you wouldn’t have to worry about them sneaking out. Parents let the video games and electronics raise their kids these days

  48. Alicia says:

    In our state the building permit fees are literally several times the construction cost of these cabins. Fees here make this prohibitively expensive.

  49. Tiara says:

    Cause there’s sickos in this world

  50. Stacy Glover says:

    I would like more info on how to do this please. 🙂
    Awesome!!!

  51. SJ says:

    Sick minded…?? Wtf.. you’re clearly a crazy person and you should keep your strange and unfounded opinions to yourself, you zealot..

  52. Tom Waters says:

    Pathetic! Adult children should be encouraged to go out and make their own way.

  53. Toni Turner says:

    Same thing I wondered. Lol

  54. Kathleen McLain says:

    Love this!! Did you come from Lowell, as I see the Red Arrows plate. I lived there 30 years. My two grandsons played football there too.

  55. J.S. says:

    These types of cabins can be purchased many places, especially in rural areas, although they can also be purchased at Lowes. If a local builder (maybee Amish) you can order with 2×6’s rather than 2×4’s and also a foot or two more in the floor to ceiling heights. The interior, finish off however you want. Lots of info in Tiny House blogs and forums. If wanting an actual house and not just a room (like many of these) then you can get slide in kitchen units, and something very similar for bathrooms. Think campers, RV’s, old refurbished VW vans, and even yachts for small space design inspiration. Before saying you want to live in a tiny house, go stay in one for an extended period of time to see if it fits your style, because it’s not for everyone.

  56. Aaron Smith says:

    Just seeing the comments of people looking for someone that builds these beautiful homes, I’m the proud owner and operator of Smith-N-Sons Home Improvement located in southern Ohio if anyone may wish to have something like this built. 10% discount for veterans and elderly! Thank you

  57. Samuel says:

    I love this too. God bless you

  58. Heidi says:

    Oh my goodness this is amazing!!! I have been telling my hubby for years I want a tiny home😊 we have land to this same thing and our boys would love this idea!! Thank You for sharing

  59. Junebug says:

    Why is it sick and why would someone hurt them ?

  60. Niall says:

    More info

  61. Michelle krisan says:

    What are you talking about saying thst you hope no one hurts them or their family.

  62. Nina says:

    It’s ok, i would prefer a livingroom with a cozy couch tho.

  63. Susan says:

    Such a great idea. Kinda think I want my own and my husband can have his own as well. Lol Idk why the kids couldn’t just have their own bathroom in their homes? On second thought I guess the kids houses didn’t have any running water so I guess it would be cheaper that way. I’m gonna require a small kitchen and bathroom though, as will my hubby. Love the loft idea but it isn’t practical as we age so that’s out for us as well. Hmmmm

  64. Donna Chambers says:

    Congratulations! What a wonderful idea, giving your teenagers independence and privacy when they still need guidance and all that a family offers. You all must be incredibly close and your children responsible and trustworthy. I hope your children continue to live there even once they are able to move away. The closeness and bond that we share as families is so important to all at all points in our lives and can surely bring good things on the future to you all. Thanks for sharing your story and possibly inspiring other families in this ever changing world to be responsible citizens of the earth as well as family members. The best to you all in the future God Bless

  65. Emma says:

    This is awesome, my dad wanted to do this years ago when we were young may he R.I.P this was o e his dreams. Amazing idea yall God bless

  66. Brandon says:

    Still waiting to understand why thus is a bad idea…. pretty sure you probably are in a cult and let your emotions run wild with Law and Order SVU episodes in your head.

  67. Theresa Clark says:

    I would love one of these homes. Great way for the children to learn how to be responsible adults when they become adults. Plus the whole family has a job to do on the land which is great

  68. Renee says:

    Awesome!! I love the idea!!!

  69. Melanie says:

    Thats awesome. I wish i could do something like that then id still have my babies when they grow up n move out. I think you guys did an awesome thing for your family.

  70. Lucy Walker says:

    Live your families story. Absolutely love this whole concept. Would love to do this with my sons, however, they are both married with three children each.

  71. Patrick says:

    Why would you think someone would hurt them? What an incredibly dark thing to say!

  72. Sammy says:

    Wtf? It’s no different to people building on any other block of land, having a seperate flat/guest house etc
    You know an easy solution to sick people?
    A gun 🙂

  73. Pat Patterson says:

    I have lived a long life. In listening to my adult children, I know that teenagers who live in the home with their parents, no matter your beliefs,do things that do not match up with their parents ideas. So I know that there are things that your children will do that will not be what you envisioned when you brought them into your life. Even if they are over 18, if I care for them, I would like to know what is going on in their life. Not because of me nagging for that knowledge but contact usually means that things are shared as they learn about their lives as adults and they need to know they are important.I pray you have been preparing them in the past for things that they will face, even if they think this is a great idea.

  74. Walter says:

    Love this idea I would have to insulate these in my part of the world, it gets really cold in the winter. But I think it is wonderful to see the family all together.

  75. Donna says:

    Well it wasn’t bad but one bathroom. Idiot idea. I see kids are grown children. Why can’t there be bathrooms. I can’t see where it’s cheaper. I just don’t get it

  76. Jackeybaird says:

    I love this ideal I wish me and my family could do this,I mean we could thank you so much for letting us share in your little community, I really think it is a fabulous ideal

  77. Chris says:

    Look on amazon or home depot.. Pretty much can find them anywhere online..

  78. Heather says:

    Families are meant to live together. This doesn’t do anything for the bond of a family.

  79. Linda Baker says:

    living where there are no building restrictions isn’t for everyone, some extra land (like 57 acres) makes it possible for them to do as they please but will still have neighbors somewhere that will maybe run a large business or farm (think smelly animals or fumes from business or large vehicles coming and going on smaller roads). Services/Utilities are necessary unless living off grid and I for one want my own bathroom in my own unit! Good for them if this suits them but certainly not possible for most people.

  80. Dianne Marie Terlecki says:

    I absolutely love this concept! I only wish I had the money to do this for my family! 5 of my children are grown so it would nice to have my family all near! My 6th child is 17 when she turned 18 I would let her be in her own house. But I don’t have that kinda money unfortunately so it is nice to dream

  81. Janet Halley says:

    This is goofy and now every pedophile in the world had seen it.

  82. chastityscarber5@gmail.com says:

    Hello I am chastity Scarber and I am a mother of 4 kids and I have slot of land that would be great if I had more money ok live on my SSI check and that is not much at all and my wish is to have some thing like this please and hope God be with me

  83. Brian says:

    Am I the only person confused by this comment?

  84. Sally clarke says:

    Not catching water? Harder to use it forkitchen etc when separeated ..?grey water..may have missed details but all essential in sustainable living (:

  85. Sandy says:

    Tiny homes aren’t that much cheaper to build. The prices are around $75k depending on what you are putting into it.

  86. Desiree says:

    How do you get the city with this? I live this idea with aging parents
    Great

  87. Samantha Janssen says:

    Great idea but in researching to do the same I have found you can not just purchase land and put tiny homes on it. A tiny home has to be a secondary unit? Meaning there must be a traditional home 1st? The zoning laws are nuts. You would think if you own the land you should be able to put up what ever type home you like? How were you able to do this? I am 49, my mom 79, and have a 55 year old sister. I would love to get a piece of land to build one for each of us. Do you know where, what states permit doing so?

  88. Gail Seals says:

    I think each unit should have it’s own bathroom. Who wants to run outdoor at night to use the bathroom. Naturally, it would not work for those with young children, most states have laws against a child being home alone, even if parents are right next door. For older kids, well, they just might never move out. Would be great concept for those with elderly parents who are of sound mind.

  89. Amber says:

    I live an hour east of here. It is a very rural area and very safe. Also, our kids are just raised different. My 15 year old son could easily live on his own. He knows how to do all domestic jobs, he knows how to make his own money and can be completely self-sufficient if needed.

    Even in the event of an emergency, EMS isn’t showing up for at least an hour +. We learn very young how to take care of ourselves.

  90. Tracy Bunch says:

    I noticed in Brodey’s tiny home over the air conditioner a Lowell “red arrows” plate! I just thought that was pretty cool! I’m from Lowell, Michigan. I attended Lowell schools K-12. Graduating in 1985.
    Go Red Arrows and Go Tiny Homes!!

  91. Darlene says:

    Why. I’m confused. What is sick about it?

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