A couple sold their belongings to live in a tiny, off-grid Georgia “shed” — now they’re shedding some light on how they earn $35,000 to $60,000 a year and became debt-free.
“We came to realize being in a small space together was more what we enjoyed,” John Kernohan, 61, told SWNS.
Kernohan and his wife, Fin, 44, met online in 2010 and fell in love despite living over 4,000 miles apart, in Miami and London, respectively.
They married in 2012 — and planned a new way of life. A Thai native, Fin had lived on a narrowboat and in an attic, and she was a frequent camper, so she wasn’t comfortable residing in Kernohan’s spacious three-bedroom Miami home.
“When I met John I already knew how I wanted to live my life and it wasn’t that hard to convince him,” Fin explained.
She eventually compelled Kernohan to sell his home in favor of a 304-square-foot cabin structure in Georgia costing $6,500.
“We sold pretty much all our [belongings] we had in Miami and in London and bought our first shed,” John shared. “[Fin] wanted us to build our own home together.”
The couple spent about $6,000 to add unique features, such as a bathroom that functions as a greenhouse and an outdoor kitchen with a koi pond.
“When we started out, about six months in, I thought we’d made a mistake because we never had any space,” John admits. “But 12 years on, I love the small space and can’t imagine living differently.”
The Kernohan home is powered by solar and thermal energy, SWNS reports.
The couple uses a biogas system, creating cooking gas from their non-compostable waste, such as leftover meat.
“As a hunter [John was] always in the woods, so I sort of knew he’d like it. If he didn’t, he’d have to! When I have a vision, you’re with me, or you’re out!” Fin joked.
Falling in love with their offbeat lifestyle, the couple expanded their land to 16 acres and spent $83,000 to add additional structures such as cabins, domes, tiny houses and a yurt — which they rent on Airbnb.
They claim to make $3,000 to $5,000 a month on the venture.
It’s their primary source of income, and they don’t have a mortgage.
They also host tiny house festivals on their property, bringing fellow off-grid enthusiasts together for workshops and social events.
The couple swears “it’s possible to live off-grid without roughing it.”
“Every single morning when I get up, I’m like, ‘Man I am living a dream — this is how I envisioned I’d live my life,’” Fin gushed.