Post # 31
I have lived in tiny spaces in the past and found the key was to have the right furniture and storage. Ikea is a great resource.
Hubby and I are making plans to build one at the back of our property as a guest cottage. I can’t wait!
Post # 32
Some of the designs are really cool with how they maximize space. I love watching shows about them and they are great in theory, but I am not sure I could ever live in one.
Post # 33
We live in 332 sq ft–DH, me, two kitties, and baby in about 2 months! This certainly isn’t my dream home or anything. We live in Manhattan. But it works great for us! We have had to get rid of a LOT of our possessions over the years, which I think is fantastic. I can’t tell you how much stuff we’ve donated as we gradually moved from a huge 2-bedroom apartment in Columbus to a large 1-bedroom in upstate NY now to this tiny apartment.
I am extremely organized, and I have maximized the hell of out this space!! IMO our apartment doesn’t look cluttered at all because everything has its own home. I also love cooking, so we have a TON of cooking utensils, knives, pantry staples, etc.
Post # 34
I think they are pretty cool, it would be fun to try for like a week but not permanently.
Post # 35
I think they’re pretty cool in terms of design, but I don’t see them working out long-term. From talking to a friend who does live in one, it seems the original point was to have “tiny house communities” in cities that have a lot of unused but very small, not traditionally buildable space. That way the tiny house dwellers would spend most of their time outside the tiny house, because there’s lots to do in cities. If the tiny house is mostly a place to sleep, people are less likely to go stir-crazy.
I myself live in a rural area where the tiny houses are catching on. I don’t understand this at all. We all have cabin fever all winter living in average-sized apartments, so I can’t imagine going smaller.
Post # 36
I think it’s a cool idea, but even if I were single, I’d get claustrophobic very quickly.
Post # 37
Where I live, buying the land for a tiny home wouldn’t save any money so we won’t be going that route. One of the things I do appreciate about the tiny house and minimalism movements is that it’s sparked conversations about why people consume the way they do and what we really want to be doing with our lives. I think that part of it is great.
Post # 38
My husband is too big of a pack rat, and he’s a big guy, it would not work for us. We currently live in 1200 sq feet and I find it plenty big, I could probably go down as low as 800 if the layout was right. Layout is key.
The main issue stopping me from ever being able to do tiny house living is the fact that you can’t entertain guests in them. This is something we really enjoy doing and the tiny houses I’ve seen would eliminate that possibility.
Post # 39
I want to do this as an investment when we build a house. We’d buy the land first and live in a tiny home for the year- year and a half for the construction. I think it is a fabulous way to learn about living less materialistic lifestyles and learning to save. Plus, when our bigger house is completed, it will make a great little guest home. Or, we’ll buy a second piece of land and put it there for the summer cottage.
I think when we build our house, it will be about 1200-1500sqft, but with the winter garden included.
Post # 40
I lived in a tiny traditional home with wasnt bad but frustrating to have to buy everything to maximize space and flow. I couldnt just buy anything it took months just to find a coffee table. I have friends that live in actual tiny homes that are mobile. They are awesome and I could live in one of theirs because its all preplanned for furniture placement and flow.
Post # 41
Fiance and I are planning on building or buying one someday when we leave our big crowded city and our tiny 1BD apartment. We’re minimalists anyway & don’t keep around a lot of stuff and since we’re both nerds and computer people, we pop in our headphones and can have our own space while being within 10 feet of each other. We’ve never lived somewhere where we have more than one bathroom so I can’t really imagine life differently & I certainly like not having another one to clean. They remind me a lot like living in a studio apartment or on a sailboat. (:
Post # 42
AOriver: That’s a really good point. I’ve also seen people build them and then donate them to homeless people, which is also really nice.
Post # 43
I’m really fascinated by all the tiny home shows on hgtv but I could never do it. I know mobile homes still have a stigma attached to them but I’d much rather a mobile home that’s like an actual house and has space. Most of the tiny homes lack washer/dryers and normal sized appliances. Just not for me.
Post # 44
A tiny fridge and freezer not for me.
Post # 45
A lot of the “tiny homes” I’ve seen on TV are just dressed up trailers so I guess if you want to be mobile…?
But as for the truly tiny homes…to each his own. Personally, I prefer my king sized bed and walk in closet.