Hari and Karl Berzins poured their life savings into a dream, and opened a hopping start-up restaurant in early 2007. Their dream came crashing down along with the rest of the economy in August of 2008. After losing their business and their home, the two made a firm resolve to rebuild a zero-debt lifestyle. They wanted to own a home, but not mortgage their futures to pay for it. They devised a simple plan to work hard, stop buying, sell, donate, downsize, make a budget, and save every penny. They would find a little piece of land, buy it for cash, and grow a homestead. Since May of 2011, Karl and Hari along with their two kids, Ella (14) and Archer (12), have lived mortgage-free in Southwestern Virginia. They lived for 4.25 years in their 8′ x 21′ tiny house. Living mortgage-free in a tiny house enabled the family to continue saving to build the homestead’s main house, a 1400 sq. ft. 3 bedroom “big house”. Their three-acre, debt-free homestead includes chickens, pigs, and vegetables. After a complete renovation, the family’s tiny house now welcomes Airbnb guests from all over the world. While living tiny, Hari blogged about their experience at tinyhousefamily.com which led them on a media adventure with appearances on Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show, The Today Show, CNN.com, Viral Nova, Daily Mail, Ladies Home Journal, Yahoo Finance, inhabitat.com, GoodHouseKeeping.com, The New Pioneer, a Nikon Commercial and more.