Tiny house living anyone?

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Apparently, part of the downsizing movement has helped increase the popularity of Tiny Houses. They range in size from 65 square feet to a few hundred square feet and if you are an average American, you would probably say that is indeed tiny. If the small size weren’t enough of an adjustment, fitting all your possessions into a space that small would even be a challenge for a minimalist. But they have many enthusiasts and the trend seems to be growing.

Most of them are fully functional – including a kitchen, bathroom, living, and sleeping area and as you would expect they make tremendously efficient use of every inch of space. Obviously, this type of living isn’t for everyone, but tiny housers love it because…

  • You can move most of them anywhere since they are often wheels
  • Tiny house living requires just a fraction of the resources that others use
  • There is a lot less to clean!
  • How quick could you pay off a mortgage on a 100 sq. ft house?

How about a tour of a tiny house?

Text just doesn’t do the Tiny house justice, you really need to see one to understand…

Tiny thoughts

I am very intrigued by ideas like this. While I don’t think I will ever do anything that small, I think there is a lot that we can learn from tiny housers. If they really can fit all their possessions into a house that is smaller than my bedroom – shouldn’t I be able to quit complaining that I don’t have enough space?

What do you think? Would you ever consider living in a house like this?

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  1. Jenny

    That is so cool!

    Our home is clearly not tiny (it’s 900 sq ft) but does sometimes feel constricted with four adults living in it. When our daughter and her fiance move out, we’ll be down to two people and more room than we need. 🙂

    We bought “small” because we knew we didn’t want more house than was necessary for our planned lives.

  2. Kevin at OutOfYourRut

    I watched the first video but not the second, so I may be commenting in the blind here.

    This looks like a seasonal workers dream! Or a retirees. You could follow the work or the seasons without ever having to leave “home”. (I guess this is as close to the experience of turtles that human beings will ever get.)

    On the positive side are the lower cost and mobility, but also the fact that since you’ll have less space, you’d have built in discipline to not buy too much stuff, since you’ll have no room to store it.

    Downside–you won’t be able to store up food and necessary items in any quantitity. Buying in large quantities to take advantage of sales would become problematic. May need a storage trailer to boot, or rent a storage unit in the location dujour. But what do you do when relatives come to town and need a place to stay???

  3. Larz

    Half the fun must come from brainstorming space-saving ideas, like multifunctional ‘Transformers’ furniture. It reminds me
    of the space saving items I stuff into my kayak on river
    and ocean tours.

  4. Alex

    These houses are really cool but they’re not for everyone. They’re pretty much made to house just one person. I find them fascinating and completely possible to live in. But you have to overcome the price tag, a place to park it and getting rid of almost everything you have.

    And if you have a family one of these is out of the question. But what you can do is find ways to make 500, 700 and 900 sq ft places cater to a family instead of 1200 sq ft +.

    And there are other uses for them too, like…

    * Guest house
    * Office
    * Meditation room
    * Music room

    Etc.. 🙂

  5. Julie

    @Kevin is correct about lack of storage. We live in a 625 sq. ft apartment and, while I converted a closet into a pantry, I am still unable to really buy in bulk and realize savings from quantity purchases.
    We moved here from a 3-bedroom, full basement bungalow, so it did take quite a bit of paring down but we find living in this small space keeps us from accumulating needless “stuff” and constantly reviewing that which we have.

  6. Judy

    I just sold my home in Aug. last year and took an apt. close to my kids. All I pay is rent and elect. Very frugal living here. Being retired and pension small nice to live frugal. Have plenty of room and just buy what I need. Budget is under a month not counting rent or elect. Been living on $50. a month now. Funny how things change. Went to cheaper light bulbs, cost more but cheaper to run and lasts longer. Close to stores if need anything and go to discount stores more now. Don’t need 100 pairs of shoes or pants, ect. 4 pair of shoes and 10 blouses and 10 shorts and jeans does it for me. Learn to down size from others also.