Centerville, OH: My Childhood Home & My Tiny Home

Centerville, OH: My Childhood Home & My Tiny Home

Jenna's Dayton house

Do you have a relationship with your home? How about your childhood home? Well, I can honestly answer “yes” to both of those questions. Obviously I love my tiny home, but when I fall asleep at night, I often dream that I live in my childhood home. And even though I haven’t actually seen that ranch-style house in fifteen years, I remember it vividly. Could that mean that my childhood abode still feels like “home” to me? Not to sound nostalgic, but perhaps that’s what this journey is all about – finding home.

Our first stop on our giant journey was to revisit the home that I so often dream about: Where the bus picked me up from kindergarten to seventh grade. Where I grew tall. Where I learned to read and write.

My family’s former house, located in Centerville, Ohio.

My heart raced as we drove through my old neighborhood, and each curve greeted me as if I was visiting a long lost friend. “There’s going to be a steep hill up ahead,” I said, as I remembered riding my bike up the perilous slope. Soon we turned down my former avenue, and I was surprised at how oddly small my old neighborhood felt. As a child, I knew every crack and bump in the road. This neighborhood was a endless sea, and my bike was a ship.

Approaching my old home with my new home in tow was like introducing an old lover to a new lover. Am I cheating? And if so, on whom?

I rang the doorbell nervously. Will they let me in? …. No answer. I had to try.

I stood in front of my two homes, weighing how different I am now than I was when I was twelve, and how my two homes reflect that change. I broke my arm in that driveway. I hammered a nail in that porch. I taught my bother to ride a bike here, but I taught myself how swing a hammer there.

In the end, I decided I love both homes. One feels like a hug. The other like comfort.

– Jenna

PS. We were interviewed by Dayton Daily News on our stop in Ohio. They did a full video tour and took a few photos (below). Check out the article and video here.




  1. Elaine
    November 7, 2014 / 5:43 am

    Jenna, I love the table you built! Can you give me any details on it? I’d like to build one myself for our tiny home.

    • User Avatar November 7, 2014 / 11:32 am

      Thanks Elaine! Yes, I can. In fact I might do a quick video on it soon. I’ll let you know when I do!

  2. Julianne Tauriello
    September 23, 2014 / 5:24 pm

    Can you give me an estimate of how much money it cost to build your home??

  3. Alan
    September 12, 2014 / 1:21 pm

    ” it’s a funny thing about comin’ home. Looks the same, feels the same, smells the same. You’ll realize what’s changed is you.” One of my favorite quotes by Benjamin button

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