(Closed) Tiny Homes

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Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I consider our house pretty tiny and it’s 1,200 sq feet. I lived in apartments in college with 3 other roommates, the apartments were about 800 sq feet. I can’t even fathom going back to that even with two people. Once we have kids we’re going to get a bigger house because even after throwing out tons and tons of stuff, there’s just no more room! 

Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

The norm where I live is huge houses for cheap. I don’t think I could even find a house 500sq ft to live in around my city. I love my house, but I would probably be able to afford to decorate it nicely if it were a lot smaller. 

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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skalovingbride:  We live in a duplex. Our landlord says our half is about 600 square feet but I think that’s a generous estimate. We have a small kitchen, a tiny pantry room off the kitchen, a good size bedroom with two closets, a large living room, and a tinyyy bathroom.

I honestly don’t know what we would do with the extra space if we had it. 600 square feet is perfect for us and our pug. We may have our future first child here while he/she is small but plan to buy a larger home when we figure out where we want to live.

Post # 19
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Helper bee

These are so cool. I have previously talked to boyfriend about them, and he agrees. We aren’t in a position to purchase one now (currently renting month-to-month). But if you are in a position to take the leap, I say Go Girl! Keep us posted!

Post # 20
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Small houses make me a little claustrophobic, unless there are a lot of windows. We do live in a tiny condo though, its a bit under 650 square feet, plus a balcony.

Our space is the perfect size for us and our dog. I like small spaces for many reasons, they’re cheaper to furnish and cheaper to pay someone to clean for starters..

Its also nice to be able to get ready for a night out in the bathroom and carry on a conversation at normal volumes while he has a drink on the couch with the dog.

 

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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skalovingbride:  I am obsessed with tiny houses (those ones on trailers are SO awesome!) but feel like it is only really plausible as a retirement option. How could we live in a tiny house with a two-year-old? Where is the second bedroom? 

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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FutureMRS3lastnames:  By the way, we (my husband, small dog and I) currently live in a poorly laid out 450-500sqft apartment without a balcony and for us it’s not cramped at all (bedroom, bathroom,  kitchen, dining/livingroom) . I think with 1-2 children we could comfortably live in 750-800sqft house/apartment with a nice balcony/outdoor space. Does that count as tiny house? 

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

There’s a great documentary on Netflix called “Tiny: A Story About Living Small.” I have no insight into livng in a tiny home (ours is 1300 sq. feet… So small by traditional house standards, but certainly not part of the tiny home movement), but the documentary really helped me see what some of the differences in day-to-day life might be. 

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Aren’t there only a few hundred tiny homes in the US? It seems like a fad for a select few, and it also seems like it’s generally young, idealistic people from what I consider to be well-off backgrounds. It also seems like they build in someone’s backyard and use that someone’s electric and water.

There’s nothing dishonorable about living smaller, but I think the notion of it being some sort of environmental/political statement with actual meaning is pretty silly. It seems kind of like a hobby for bored, upper middle class kids stuck between college and a settled, adult life.

Post # 25
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Newbee

The house I bought before I had to move to a new state was 650 square feet but I loved it. And it was more than enough space for a couple even though it was a one bed, one bath.

I’ve since sold the home but I miss it so much. It was very well laid out for a home built in 1937 and had a laundry room, garage, and even a small fenced yard. 

Before I bought the house I went to a log home building seminar and learned (theoretically) how to build like the pioneers did. Fascinating experience and if I could do that, I would. But since building codes are not friendly to those that want small spaces the little house on a trailer is a neat option. Just a shade too small for me. I’d be happy in 500 square feet. 

If I could convince the bf to do it, I’d totally live in a smaller home.  He thinks I’m silly for wanting to do so, but neither of us like to have a lot of stuff and don’t need all kinds of space. 

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

If you can do it great, no way in hell I could do that… We are South African, we like space… Not a chance I could eal with that amount of space, would definitely need to be bigger… The smallest place we have lived in as a couple was 850sf and we struggled in there…

Post # 27
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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MsW-to-MrsM:  actually there are thousands of new and old tiny homes. Many homes built after WWII were built that small too. There are several old neighborhoods in old town here in which 800 sf is huge. There is a whole neighborhoods of them just started here (one of three on the city planning books), ground broke a few months ago. There is a neighborhood of them in Las Vegas that is over half done, though the one I’ve seen is designed similar to the way habitat for humanity does theirs, for homeless to work for and purchase. There is a community in Florida that is being transferred over from an old run down trailer park to a tiny home community. There was already a few communities of them in Arizona. It’s a growing phenomenon in very environmentally concerned areas like California and Washington where there are challenges in the courts to building codes to allow new builds of them. When we were at our Lake property this summer we noticed a few being built, most likely as weekly summer rentals (which is incredibly smart for the area). These are just some of the ones I know of. Tiny homes aren’t all 100 sf on a trailer, the neighborhood here is going to be 300 – 600 sqft depending on the plan purchased and the larger ones can come with 2 bedrooms. 

 

While I think for some areas it’s an economically driven phase that will ebb in a few years, I also can see the longevity of needing smaller higher end starter homes for those who would never be able to afford homes in certain areas. For those who are environmentally conscious, well, being able to have a smaller footprint is a high priority in home owning and imo, the most non-hypocritical. 

I’m far from an environmentalist, but I’ve owned a 1800 sqft home and hated it. So much time was spent on upkeep and cleaning I felt trapped. Our kids will be gone next year and DH and I have talked a bunch about what kind of space we will want and need once we retire. Neither of us can see ourselves wanting to take care of a large home once we move to the lake for retirement. We are outdoor people and would rather have a huge property and a very small home so we can enjoy all the toys and activities of the outdoor life. DH has a lot of coworkers in the same age bracket, and in talking to them about upcoming retirement, many of them are looking for similarly downsizing lives. Even my mother is considering purchasing one of the medium tiny homes. She’s talked to the builder a few times. It fits in her retirement budget and would significantly reduce her utilities, yet still give her ownership of her home and give her a small yard, which she couldn’t have in an apartment. 

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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skalovingbride:  Why do you want to do this?

My DH and I lived for 3 years in an apartment that was about 420-450 sq feet. I also lived in yurts and single-room cabins for many years. I’m a fairly minimalistic person, I hate clutter and decorative items, but I am glad to be living in a somewhat larger home now. There are many functional restrictions with small housing that are really a pain long-term. That home you posted looks beautiful but where are their clothes?! Where is the washing machine? Not to mention cooking items, stationary, toiletries, suitcases, cleaning supplies, etc., etc. DH and I were very happy in our tiny apartment, but it’s not something I’d do again without good reason. Just think about the little things — like, you don’t have storage space for extra anything, so you have to go to the store more frequently…little annoyances that add up. 

I watched a documentary on tiny home people and I thought they were a bunch of self-righteous assholes, at best (at least the ones in America). 

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

 

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tksjewelry: That’s interesting about the new communities. I’ll have to Google the FL one. I know Fiance and I can live in an efficiency without being unhappy, but it was amazing how our clutter problem solved itself when we moved!  

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