Living Tiny

Emily Harger

Ohio University

In 2012, Kev Polk’s life was flipped upside down. He and his wife Kimberly Wagner lost their foster children to a different placement and soon after, they chose to end their marriage. In the wake of major transitions, Kev chose to create a new home for himself.
Now, Kev Polk steps out of bed every morning into a space no larger than 98 square feet, built on wheels, and entirely off-grid. While the typical American home is around 2,600 square feet, Kev’s tiny home he built himself is anything but conventional. Living by himself simply and efficiently has brought Kev more freedom, comfort, and time to focus on his new direction in life: building tiny house communities to encourage more people to share in the lifestyle he chose and created for himself.​