Two Florida Sisters Construct $75,000 Tiny Houses To Reside Subsequent Door To One One other In Village

After dwelling collectively for many of their lives, two Florida sisters determined to half methods and stay individually—effectively, form of. The 2 constructed tiny properties that replicate their distinctive personalities and parked them proper subsequent door to 1 one other. 

Alexis Monkhouse, 25, and Ashley Okegbenro Monkhouse, 23, recall bunking collectively for years—from their childhood house to their faculty condominium. Sharing a house wasn’t all the time straightforward, they instructed Insider. Like most siblings, that they had their variations.

Ashley instructed Insider dwelling collectively “was exhausting.” The 2 had completely different cleansing requirements and most well-liked temperatures. 

In 2018, Ashley instructed her sister she needed to maneuver out and stay with pals. Alexis, who was studying about tiny properties on the time, quickly realized she couldn’t afford the $1,390 lease alone. 

The sisters’ mom had lately handed away and left them her life insurance coverage advantages. Alexis determined to make use of her funds to buy a tiny home. She scheduled an appointment with a builder and dragged Ashely alongside. 

“I feel we toured one home and had been like, ‘OK, that is actually cool,’” Alexis recalled. “Then we toured the second home, and Ashley was like, ‘OK, I’m going to get a tiny home, too.” 

(Ashley Okegbenro Monkhouse [left] and Alexis Monkhouse [right] exterior their personalised tiny properties./Alexis Monkhouse)

The constructing course of for the sisters’ properties took about six months. They moved into their new homes in July 2018. Constructing prices for Alexis’ house had been about $75,000, whereas Ashley’s house price near $80,000. 

The 2 properties, each 325-square-feet, praise the sisters’ distinctive personalities. 

Alexis’ house is stuffed with orange undertones and pure woods. She mentioned she was going for a “homey and heat” feeling. Her home has two lofts, a kitchen, lavatory, custom-built bookshelves, and a big lounge for her daughter, Nalini

Alexis Monkhouse's Tiny Home
(Inside Alexis’ tiny house./Alexis Monkhouse)

Ashley’s house, then again, boasts a contemporary really feel. The inside décor is primarily black, white, and grey tones. Her house features a kitchen, lounge, lofted bed room, and a rest room with a tub. Whereas her sister selected a big lounge, Ashley devoted most of her sq. footage to the kitchen, the place she mentioned she enjoys cooking, baking, and consuming. 

Ashley Okegbenro Monkhouse and Alexis Monkhouse 4
(Ashley Okegbenro Monkhouse’s house provides a contemporary really feel./Alexis Monkhouse)

“We love our homes,” Ashley mentioned. “I feel it’s as a result of it’s designed for every of us. It’s how we needed it.”

The sisters mentioned certainly one of their largest challenges was discovering a spot for each their tiny properties. Few websites had been providing land they might lease. 

They began off dwelling on farmland in Land O’Lakes, Florida. For a couple of months earlier than finally transferring to a tiny-house village exterior of Tampa. Every sister pays $475 a month for his or her plot of land, electrical energy, and sewer hookups. 

Ashley Okegbenro Monkhouse and Alexis Monkhouse 3
(Ashley Okegbenro Monkhouse and Alexis Monkhouse’s tiny-house village exterior Tampa, Fla./Alexis Monkhouse)

Alexis focuses on elevating her daughter in her tiny house whereas engaged on a grasp’s diploma in anthropology. Only a 10-second stroll away, Ashley takes care of her two Shih Tzus, Tulula and Chaos, whereas ending her grasp’s diploma in train and diet. 

The sisters mentioned dwelling subsequent door to 1 one other, usually yelling from window to window, has saved them related. 

“We’re so joyful right here,” Alexis instructed Insider.