Thoreauvian simple living: unelectrified, timeless tiny home

Seven years ago Diana and moved to a 12-foot-square home without electricity in the coastal mountains of Northern California. 
They’re not back-to-the-land types- they’re not growing their own food, nor raising animals-, but, like , they were looking for a place where they could get away from the noise of society and focus on their inner lives.
For nearly 30 years they have lived in tiny houses, often in guest homes, though their current abode is the smallest and most fitting their needs. It was designed by Michael based on their experiences living in nearly 20 tiny homes across the country before finally settling here. 
They don’t have electricity nor any other type of alternative energy (i.e. solar power). They don’t have a refrigerator so they eat a lot of vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts. 
There’s also no oven, but Diana says she doesn’t bake anyway and she cooks their meals with their one cast iron pot over the fire. The fire is also their source of hot water, heat and light (in addition to candles).
The Lorences are a private couple, but recently they have begun to speak out more about their lives in hopes of showing others that options such as theirs exist.
Until now, the couple has turned down requests appear on video, not wanting to be categorized as simply another couple choosing to live in a tiny space. So I was pleasantly surprised when Diana and Michael agreed to let me visit their home with my camera.


  1. I felt a sacred peace permeating that little cabin and and the way they live. I don’t know why but I felt a longing to be there.
    There is a healing presence and a light all around it. 🙏

    • It’s the absence of TV. No-one who hasn’t experienced it will understand what a profound effect it has had on domestic life.

  2. This was 2012… REALLY WISH Kirsten would revisit here, if they allowed it. I wonder if ‘the conversation’ is over??

    • I am still in contact with them. Although they have moved out of the house, they are still having the conversation and trying to find a new place to build.

  3. I think they are rich enough to have maids cleaning the house. And some hunters around to protect them from bears. And someone bringing them food every day. And some secretary typing out all she writes on a computer…

  4. Unfortunate, others living their lives as they wish will eventually impede on others. We don’t live tiny, more like downsized, but we are very much aware of what we buy, use, waste, etc.

  5. This seems so pretentious and disingenuous compared to the other tiny homes. It comes off as a false vibe. Inauthentic.

  6. How do people live like this? I would go crazy in that little house in the middle of nowhere with no internet, phone, people-watching, etc.

  7. I’m not sure I believe this. I’ve lived off grid and the reality is much different than what is presented in this video. It almost appears as though her cabin is a playhouse. Where is her store of preserved food, water storage systems, clothes washing apparatus, garden, wood shed, all the necessities to live off grid?

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