Single Mom Decides To Live In Shipping Container With Daughter: Take A Peek Inside
Cailyn Finkel 12/3/2018
Lulu was devastated when she was forced out of her home. After chatting with friends and spending weeks brainstorming, they realized she didn't have to settle for a traditional living arrangement. She and her daughter could make a special home for themselves in the wilderness. Even though Lulu was worried about the effects of life in isolation, her worries were quickly dashed after she got started building.
Lulu carefully renovated a massive shipping container and a cargo trailer into the perfect tiny home for her tiny family. The "house" had everything they truly needed - and the best part was that she only spent about $4,000 for the whole project.
In an interview with the camera crew, Lulu detailed the moment she realized having a modern home didn't mean she would be happy. She knew that a house isn't truly a home without love.
"At one point I was stuffing all of these pink toys into a box and I was like, 'Since when, in order to have a happy childhood, do you have to have a pink room with pink curtains and pink stuff? This was really a choice about how many hours do we have in our life and how do I want to spend those hours."
As a single mom going to school, working full-time and trying to pay for rent, Lulu thought the shipping container would be the best financial choice for her family! She spent a month cutting the windows, fashioning a door, installing adequate insulation and setting up a full kitchen - complete with a camp stove and an on-demand water heater. They had everything their hearts could desire.
Even though their home was only 8x20-square-feet, Lulu and her daughter managed to have a bed, couch, bookshelf and storage with kitchen cabinets. Their bedroom rested perfectly atop their used flatbed trailer.
Not only that, but Lulu used only recycled building materials. She made their tiny home out of completely green products! She explained how the concept came to be:
"It's really mostly built like a shed. It's a nice looking shed, but it's really an 8 by 16 shed with windows in it."
Lulu's lifestyle isn't for everyone, but it's the only way they can picture spending their days. Their family is proof you don't need a large home, lots of toys and tons of fancy things to be happy! You just need the love in your heart!