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Attendees at a tiny house conference in the Twin Cities paid a visit to the tiny home of Kim and Ryan Kasl, which is set on a lake in south central Minnesota.
Attendees at a tiny house conference in the Twin Cities paid a visit to the tiny home of Kim and Ryan Kasl, which is set on a lake in south central Minnesota.
The Kasl family's tiny cottage is clad in siding made of recycled telephone poles.
The Kasl family's tiny cottage is clad in siding made of recycled telephone poles.
Kim Kasl inside the family's tiny house.
Kim Kasl inside the family's tiny house.
Kim Kasl, right, answered visitors' questions about her tiny house
Kim Kasl, right, answered visitors' questions about her tiny house
Kim Kasl reaches out to her daughter, Story, on the stairs to the sleeping loft in their tiny house.
Kim Kasl reaches out to her daughter, Story, on the stairs to the sleeping loft in their tiny house.
Sully, 7, plays in the loft.
Sully, 7, plays in the loft.
Kim Kasl, with Story, 6, points to something outside the kitchen window of their tiny house.
Kim Kasl, with Story, 6, points to something outside the kitchen window of their tiny house.
The Kasls' tiny house has 267 squre feet, which includes the sleeping loft.
The Kasls' tiny house has 267 squre feet, which includes the sleeping loft.
Story, 6, plays in the loft.
Story, 6, plays in the loft.
Bookshelves are built into the sleeping loft.
Bookshelves are built into the sleeping loft.
The Kasls' tiny bathroom includes a composting toilet.
The Kasls' tiny bathroom includes a composting toilet.
A small keyboard is tucked into a corner.
A small keyboard is tucked into a corner.
The Kasls' shower includes half a wine barrel that serves as a bathtub for the kids.
The Kasls' shower includes half a wine barrel that serves as a bathtub for the kids.
A small wood stove heats the house.
A small wood stove heats the house.
The lake view from the Kasls' patio.
The lake view from the Kasls' patio.
Brinkley the shih tzu in the sleeping loft.
Brinkley the shih tzu in the sleeping loft.
Zac and Caitlin Hogan built their tiny house while living in Big Lake, Minn., then moved it to Carson, Nev.
Zac and Caitlin Hogan built their tiny house while living in Big Lake, Minn., then moved it to Carson, Nev.
Zac and Caitlin Hogan and their children Finn and Piper inside their tiny house.
Zac and Caitlin Hogan and their children Finn and Piper inside their tiny house.
The Hogans' tiny house is about 250 square feet, which includes the sleeping loft.
The Hogans' tiny house is about 250 square feet, which includes the sleeping loft.
The Hogans bought their home plan from Tumbleweed Tiny House Co. of California.
The Hogans bought their home plan from Tumbleweed Tiny House Co. of California.
The original plan was modified by JB Home Improvers in Monticello to make the most of the small space.
The original plan was modified by JB Home Improvers in Monticello to make the most of the small space.
Finn Hogan on his bed.
Finn Hogan on his bed.
Finn Hogan stands near the pantry that doubles as a stairs to the sleeping loft where Zac and Caitlin Hogan are seated.
Finn Hogan stands near the pantry that doubles as a stairs to the sleeping loft where Zac and Caitlin Hogan are seated.
The pantry cupboards are engineered so they can be pulled out and used as steps to the loft.
The pantry cupboards are engineered so they can be pulled out and used as steps to the loft.
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