Tiny house helps Raleigh couple get their boys outdoors

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When Brian and Caroline Setliff of Raleigh began planning a weekend home on 10 acres of land in Saxapahaw, they knew it would be something small, to fit both their budget and their desire to get their young sons outside as much as possible.

The couple’s 450-square-foot get-away house up a hill from the Haw River is what has become known as a “tiny house,” dwellings that aren’t just small but are thoughtfully designed to optimize the use of space.

In thinking about the house, the couple drew from a number of sources of inspiration.

Brian, a lawyer with a solo practice, remembers seeing cool trailers and camping pads in Outside magazine and seeing how a friend converted a storage shed into a livable space in his backyard in Durham. Caroline, a sales representative for Merck, recalls a friend going to a “tiny house convention” and telling her about how cool some of the houses were.

Now the Setliffs are in a position to inspire others. The story of their house was featured in an episode of the cable TV show “Tiny House Nation,” which aired on Saturday and can be found online at www.fyi.tv/shows/tiny-house-nation.

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