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Couple Quits Day Jobs, Builds Quaint, Tiny Home On Wheels To Travel The Country

02/25/2015 11:15 am ET | Updated Feb 25, 2015
Tiny House Giant Journey

When Guillaume Dutilh and Jenna Spesard quit their jobs two years ago, they decided to go big -- by going tiny.

The two built a 125-square-foot "tiny house" (185 square feet if you count the loft) on a 20-foot-long trailer, latched it onto a pickup truck, and turned North America into their playground with a massive (and ongoing) road trip.

In the past five months, Business Insider reports the two have put 10,290 miles on their odometer while touring 25 states and parts of eastern Canada along with their dog, Salies. They have plans to visit at least 11 more states -- and that includes a trip to Alaska and back.

"We enjoy the new freedom this lifestyle has afforded us," Spesard explained to The Huffington Post in an email. "We get to travel all over the country and go on new adventures almost daily. We work online and from the road. North America is our backyard!"

Of course, building a tiny house is easier said than done. This particular project took more than 1,000 hours of labor (not counting research), required more than 6,500 nails, 8,000 screws and cost $29,328.

And it's not without some inconveniences, either. The two hit a laundromat on a weekly basis, and there's no room for a bathtub "for the occasional relaxing soak," Spesard said. Overall, though, "it hasn't been difficult for us to adjust," she added.

Scroll down for a tour of their tiny house (and to see some of their adventures!). For more on their travels, visit the couple's YouTube channel and their website, Tiny House, Giant Journey.

  • Guillaume, Jenna and their dog, Salies
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  • Interior
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  • Interior - Great Room
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  • Interior - Kitchen
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  • Interior - Loft
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  • Interior - Shower
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  • Interior - Toilet
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  • Construction
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  • Construction
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  • Construction
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  • Storage couch in action
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  • Storage staircase in action
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  • Always on the road
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  • Tiny house vs mobile home
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  • In Arizona's Painted Desert
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  • Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
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  • Cadillac Ranch
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  • Parked at The Wedge brewery in Asheville, North Carolina
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  • Other tiny houses in Asheville
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  • At WonderWorks in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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  • Fire hydrant statue in Columbia, South Carolina
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  • In New York City
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  • In Central Park
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  • In Marblehead, Massachusetts, under fall colors
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  • In New Orleans' French Quarters
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  • Snow in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
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  • Pensacola, Florida
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  • With the 'world's largest alligator,' outside of Orlando
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  • In the Florida Keys
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  • In front of the largest lobster in Islamorada Key, Florida
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