Ashley Petrone tells Moneyish about living in her teeny -- but chic -- home.
Ashley Petrone didn’t expect she’d end up living in an RV.
Indeed, it was only a year ago that Petone, her husband and their three kids — ages 8,7 and 4 — were living in a 2800-sq-ft, 5-bedroom home in Moorpark, Calif. But that all changed when she and her husband found, and bought, a plot of land abutting the mountains near Ventura, Calif. where they hoped to build their dream home. The only problem: Where would they live while they built that home?
“At first we thought about living in an apartment, but that would have cost more than a mortgage,” says Petone, an interior designer. “So we had this crazy idea to have an adventure and live in an RV.”
The Petrone’s then sold almost all of their stuff and bought a 180-sq-ft 2003 Cougar Keystone RV — “it had blue carpet and ugly everything inside,” she says — for $8200. They then put in roughly $4000 to renovate it inside and out — creating a light-filled, welcoming space with a small master bedroom, triple-bunk-bed room for the kids and open kitchen and living room. “The whole point was that I didn’t want us to feel displaced while we were living there. I wanted it to feel like home.”