Tiny Home Makes Big Impact in Boston

Tracey Powell’s state-of-the-art tiny home on wheels is finally complete.

“I’m so happy. Everybody has been asking questions. The best part is that everybody has been saying, ‘I could live here. I could live here,’” says Powell.

“I mean, I’m 6-foot 4-inches. I’m pretty close to 300 pounds, and I had no problem walking through that tiny, little space. I felt it was an interesting concept,” says Gerald Seguia after touring the home.

Powell is all smiles as she unveils her 150-square-foot tiny treasure to guests at the Architecture Boston Expo (ABX). The last time we saw Tracey her tiny home was just a shell. Now, it’s tricked out with safety and sustainability tech.

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“We got Lutron for the lighting system. We’ve got the doorbell that’s the SkyBell. When someone comes to the door with a package, I can talk to them through that video interface. We’ve got the Nest system that tells me if there’s some sort of concern or alert,” says Tracey as she scrolls through her smartphone.

As you can tell, security is of the utmost importance for her. Both doors have a switchable film that will be triggered by motion detection to change from clear to opaque. There are also Blink security cameras throughout the home.

“You can place them really anywhere, which was a really appealing thing for Tracey, and they’re ultra affordable,” says Alexandra Specht, marketing specialist for Blink.

Inside Tracey Powell's techie tiny home at ABX.
Inside Tracey Powell’s techie tiny home at ABX.

“The Blink cameras are great, because I can check the status of my home whenever I’m not here. I can just look at the app in my phone,” says Tracey, who likes to say everything in her tiny home serves two purposes to make up for the lack of space.

And all of it runs on electricity, which was skillfully installed by her electrician brother.

“She has cameras systems, security, her privacy glass, all these little things that you want to have running all the time. But if you don’t have enough power to run large appliances, we use relays to kind of shut those things off to keep everything else up and running,” says Trever Powell.

And it’s those large, energy-efficient appliances that seem to strike a cord with those touring the home.

“What really kind of surprised me was the type of technology they’re using in there such as the washer/dryer combo kind of thing. That’s something I never would have conceived, and the incinerating toilet is interesting,” says Seguia.

The concept makes all the sense in the world to Tracey,who looks forward to a new, convenient way of life in her tiny home.

“Technology are tools that we use to live a simpler life, not just to have all the gadgets and the latest and greatest of all the technologies,” she says.

The next step is going off-grid with solar energy and battery storage.

About The Author

Andrea Medeiros is editor-in-chief, multimedia director and content developer at TecHome Builder. She is a former TV news reporter turned home technology guru and is using her broadcast journalism skills to help our team deliver complicated, tech-focused content in a conversational way. She has a decade of experience in the editorial realm—interviewing, writing and editing stories as well as shooting, editing and producing video content. She is most interested in covering interoperability among smart devices.

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