With the aim of living intentionally – which, to us, means letting go of material possessions, living more in tune with the outside world, and focusing our time on self development (as well as putting our money towards something other than rent) – in the fall of 2014 we came to the conclusion that it was time to make some changes and decided to build our own small house on a trailer aka a THOW aka a tiny house.

We started construction in late June of 2015 and completed the house on May 1, 2016. It turned out better than we imagined possible considering our lack of skills and cost us thousands less than predicted. We are so pleased with the project and are very thankful to have documented it all on our Happy Hanok blog so please check it out if you are interested in more information!

The Happy Hanok

We dubbed our burgeoning home The Happy Hanok because of the positivity we hoped it would radiate. We designed our house to reflect a traditional Japanese and Korean style, so as for the “Hanok” part, from trusty ol’ Wikipedia, “Hanok is a term to describe Korean traditional houses. Korean architecture lends consideration to the positioning of the house in relation to its surroundings, with thought given to the land and seasons. The interior structure of the house is also planned accordingly. This principle is called Baesanimsu (Korean: 배산임수), literally meaning that the ideal house is built with a mountain in the back and a river in the front.”

In the Fall of 2017, we sold The Happy Hanok to a friend and are currently in the early phases of building our next home.