Kristie Wolfe is an Airbnb rockstar. Even if you don't recognize her name, you've probably seen one of her incredible Airbnb's, whether it's her treehouse in Hawaii, her Hobbit Holes in Washington, or her Fire Tower in Idaho. She also transformed the old Idaho potato into a bohemian chic hotel room. Kristie is also extremely frugal- she builds her tiny homes for a fraction of what you would expect by looking at them, using salvaged materials and making things herself. In this conversation, we cover Kristie's building philosophy, how she transforms properties into desirable Airbnbs, how she finds cheap land, and more.
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In This Episode:
- How COVID-19 has affected Kristie's Airbnb listings
- Scrappy and resourceful: how Kristie saves money by building instead of buying
- What is “owner carry” and how does it work?
- How to find cheap land
- A little about Kristie's course to train you to get the most out of Airbnb
- Airbnb is having a competition and Kristie is a judge
- Zoning issues that you may want to research
- Kristie's plans for a greenhouse in Idaho
- Where does she find plans?
- Trial and error is an important and rewarding process
Links and Resources:
- Unique Airbnb Fund Contest has been suspended until 2021
- Sign up to be notified when Kristie's course goes live
- Peak by Chip Conley
- Heads and Beds by Jacob Tomsky
- Walt Disney: A Biography by Louise Krasniewicz
- Honey Farm Dreaming by Anna Featherstone
🌴 Treehouse in HI @bigislandtreehouse
🍄 Hobbit Hole in WA @thehobbitinn
🌲 Fire Lookout in ID @crystalpeaklookout
🥔 Potato Hotel in Boise @bigidahopotatohotel
💍 Wedding venue in Nampa Idaho @whitebarnathappyvalley
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The Hobbit Hole in Washington
What a view!
Fireplace in the Hobbit Hole
A bedroom for Hobbits
The Hobbit Hole bathtub is all wood
Big Island Treehouse
Big Island Treehouse swing
Big Island Treehouse bedroom
Big Island Treehouse bathroom
The Fire Lookout
A deck with a fire pit and a sauna – in the woods at the Fire Lookout
The bedroom at the Fire Lookout
The fireplace and wood storage that Kristie designed
An antique coffee grinder at the Fire Lookout
The Potato Hotel in Boise, Idaho
Daisy, the resident cow, is super friendly (and photogenic)
A view from the Potato
A fireplace inside the Potato
Who knew a Potato could have such a nice bedroom?
The trough bathtub looks inviting.