A Living Vehicle, founded by Joanna and Matthew Hofmann, comes in one of three exterior colors, such as the white shown here, as well as a light gray and a darker charcoal.

A Living Vehicle, founded by Joanna and Matthew Hofmann, comes in one of three exterior colors, such as the white shown here, as well as a light gray and a darker charcoal.

For a California couple, the ultimate freedom is found with a small home and a hugely rewarding lifestyle.

Tiny is trending. For people taking up residence in a diminutive dwelling or making their abode mobile with a trailer, the motivations for a pared-down lifestyle are varied. For some, it’s a value system that revolves around minimalism and sustainability. Take Lindsay Schauer and Isaac Kendall, who recently left the tech industry and their one-bedroom San Francisco apartment to set off for a wild isle of Kendall’s native New Zealand to build a tiny home and raise their two small children. Prior to the pandemic, Jesse and Lindsey Chambers also traded their city lives for a 27-foot Airstream trailer and began “wandering America” (as their popular Instagram handle proclaims) and working remotely — before it was something we were all doing. Even Elon Musk purports to live much of the time in a 375-square-foot prefab tiny home in Texas.

Joanna and Matthew Hofmann.

Joanna and Matthew Hofmann.

A Living Vehicle, founded by Joanna and Matthew, is equipped with solar panels that capture up to 3.5kW of energy and a self supported, 60-square-foot deck.

Living Vehicles, founded by Joanna and Matthew, are equipped with solar panels that capture up to 3.5kW of energy and a self-supported, 60-square-foot deck.

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