Have you been following the tiny house trend that has swept the nation over the past few years? I am totally captivated with the concept and it seems to be making its way east. I have been following this site and I’m smitten with the homes that are built using reclaimed materials. Surely you can see what there is to love…
Honestly, I don’t know if I could commit to tiny house living 100% because I love stuff and I’m a bit of a hoarder quite frankly. In 2013 we downsized to approximately 1000 square feet of live/work space. At times it can be hard. Not so much living small but working small. On the other hand, it presents a fun challenge allowing one to push the organizational boundaries, consider how they use and store items especially clothing and kitchen gadgets. Clothing was the area that we purged most when downsizing due to limited closet space.
We often daydream about owning a tiny guest house at some point. How fun would it be to put friends up in their own secluded tree house or cabin coming in at just a few hundred square feet of comfortable living space? We have casually looked at pre-fab cabins although I’m not sure that this is the route we’d go if given the opportunity to own a tiny house. When it comes to owning a tiny house there are utilities to consider, land use ordinances and many other legalities and associated expenses. Spoiler alert! That is where our dreaming has stopped at this point but never say never as this trend is becoming more mainstream and accepted.
We’ve actually had our share of tiny house stays over the years while traveling across the states. Often I consider how the spaces were used in those rentals to accommodate two people. I dug through my archives to share two of my favorite tiny house stays. Both were stand alone buildings at about 300 and 400 square feet including a kitchen, full bed and full bath. How much more do you need?
New Mexico Casita
Casita actually means small house in Spanish. I loved the outside of this building. It fit right in amongst the Santa Fe architecture. When you walked into the home, you faced the sleeping quarters. The kitchen and bath were to the right. Another beautiful architectural feature was the brick floor.
Both of these homes had distinct exterior features and private outdoor space. The cabin just outside of Aspen was a dream mostly due to its setting. When you walked into the knotty pine cabin there was a seating area to the right. Straight ahead was a sleeping loft which was above the bathroom and kitchen spaces. I like the loft for the fact that it saved space in the living quarters however I’m not sure that climbing a ladder into bed every night is ideal. I’d prefer stairs to a loft. The majestic view from bed was worth it though!
Would you ever consider tiny house living? If so, would you choose a lofted sleeping area or one in the center of the home? Rustic reclaimed building materials or modern and new?