One upon a time, when I was a poor, starving, college student, I lived in a tiny house (small t, small h), which is not the same as living in an adorable Tiny House. Have you seen them? Tiny Houses are usually no more than 400 sq. ft, often hand-built, craftsman-style, sometimes on wheels, and largely off the grid. They are for people who want to decrease their impact on the earth and who don’t have a lot of stuff. Here are some links to give you an idea:
And…for your amusement… Dear People Who Live in Fancy Tiny Houses
My tiny house was kinda cute, but it wasn’t adorable, or very comfortable either. It had originally been built as a pool house, a place to change into your swimsuit before taking a dip. By the time I moved in, in the late 1970’s, the swimming pool behind the apartment building had been filled in with dirt, and the pool house served as a detached apartment. I had 200 sq. ft. of living space, but there was also a covered 10×10 screened-in porch for hanging out on nice days. (If it was rainy, forget it. The roof leaked like a sieve.)
One of the drawbacks of living in an old pool house, since it was never meant for habitation, is that the walls, um, did not quite meet the roof. Granted, this was in Southern California, but even so, when it’s 40 degrees and rainy, one notices when the walls don’t actually meet the roof! Other creatures notice too.
Another drawback was that my 200 sq. ft. contained three completely separate rooms with floor-to-ceiling interior walls that formed a combo kitchen/dining/living room, a bedroom with closet, and a bathroom with shower. Tiny Houses are designed for optimal storage and function, and they usually feature an open floor plan. Mine had no clever storage nooks, but it did include an intriguing appliance, the likes of which I have not personally seen before or since: a combination stove/sink/refrigerator.
A Tiny House usually has either a loft bedroom, or at least a sleeper-sofa. Mine had a small sofa, a twin bed, and not much else. If it had been cuter, and if I’d been planning to stay longer, and if I’d had the funds (I was still years away from purchasing furniture of my own), I might have gotten a sleeper-sofa and used the bedroom as a little home office. Or installed one of those cool Murphy Desk Beds. As it is, the only way this space worked for me is: 1) I was single and had no pets, 2) I owned nothing, 3) it was all I could afford at the time.
What about you? Could you live (or have you lived) in a Tiny House?
(I know two couples who live full-time in RVs…which totally counts…)
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