'Tiny House Nation' filming in Gainesville
Published March 2nd, 2016
GAINESVILLE, Fla.--Bigger isn't always better. One couple in Gainesville is choosing to live the "tiny" life.
Danny Mckibbin and Lonie Carpenter will be featured in an upcoming episode of the FYI Network's Tiny House Nation. They will make history as the first gay couple on the show.
"Tiny House Nation is like our favorite show, so we were like, the lot wasn't huge but we could put another house on it so we thought, let's put a tiny house," says Mckibbin of their idea to build a tiny house. "It all kind of came together," Carpenter explains.
Tiny House Nation showcases families who take part in the tiny house movement by massively downsizing their homes.
"It's just basically about being more within your means. Both in terms of the environment and economic," explains the show's co-host John Weisbarth.
"We really love the idea of going just a little bit smaller, but it being super functional. And hopefully that'll free up more of our time to just enjoy living and not be owned by our house," Mckibbin says of their decision.
"What I really like about them is they're successful businessmen. They own like five businesses. They have plenty of money. They could live in any situation they want. They're choosing to live tiny," says Weisbarth.
"Actually we own four local businesses. Mode Salon & Spas, with two locations, and then Danny has two All-State agencies, one in Ocala and one here in Gainesville," says Carpenter
With the network's help, building this tiny home will only take about two weeks.
"This is an interesting built to me because it's not the smallest house we've done, but the owners of this house are moving down over 3,000 sq.ft. So, that's quite a jump from 3,000 sq.ft. to 600. And that's certainly in the spirit of the whole movement," says co-host Zack Giffin.
"The overall look and feel of the house, we're super excited. We wanted a nice, clean aesthetic and we think they're going to deliver exactly what we're looking for," says Mckibbin.
Tiny House Nation will debut its fourth season on FYI Network this month, but expect this episode to air in the Fall.
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