“What No One Ever Tells You About Tiny Homes”

Good morning! I’ve been sick with a cold this past week, and have family visiting this weekend, so there wasn’t much time for blogging.

I just finished reading an opinion piece in the New York Times about the “hidden” problems of tiny home living. Those described were, in my opinion, silly and easily mitigated.

There are two paragraphs dedicated to a tyrannical Target hamper being more noticeable in a smaller space. Either buy an attractive hamper or do what I did: buy a laundry bag and keep it inside a closet. I grew up in a small New York City apartment and lived in a tiny in-law house for two years in grad school, pictured above, that the UPS driver mistook for a shed when trying to find my house for a delivery!

Unlike actual creepy crawling vermin like the spiders that loved my dwelling, dust bunnies go away when you keep your home clean.

Cooking smells from onions are an issue for any home that’s not well ventilated. It’s also a cause of bad breath–perhaps eliminate it from your diet?!

The article concludes with: “Dreams of design features so vast that they sound like foreign countries. I dream of kitchen islands. I dream outside this box.”

There is nothing outside the box about that thinking. Look at vast majority of new housing developments and design magazines: They are are for living large. In my town of Scarborough, Maine, we are experiencing growth. My home was built in 1950 and is 1220 square feet not including my sunroom.

ranch-house

I looked up the original owners and  invited them over:

Although only 1,200 square feet they raised two children in the house, and judging from the excellent condition inside, they were very well behaved. We talked about the changes in ways people are able to finance homes now as compared to then and how a bigger house has somehow come to equate “better.” A smaller house is now usually perceived only as a starting point.  I explained: “I plan to live in this house a very long time, yet people often refer to it as a ‘starter home.’”  “This was our starter home for forty-two years,” the former Lady of the House replied.

 

There is a large housing development being built blocks away from my house. The homes are an average of 2000 square feet. They are being snatched up before building is complete.

Like the author of the opinion piece, I lived in tiny places most of my life because it’s what I was able to afford. However, instead of seeing space as a moneyed privilege, I experienced the wealth of having enforced limitations on the clutter, something I detest, I could acquire. It taught me to be very discerning about what I allow into my space. Smaller spaces are much easier to keep clean, not the other way around. Having fewer things and a manageable budget means less worry and mental clutter.

For me, living large has little to do with the square footage of my home!

What about you, dear readers? Have you ever lived, or wish to live, in a “tiny home?”

6 thoughts on ““What No One Ever Tells You About Tiny Homes”

  1. Hi Averyl! 🙂
    My husband and I, live in a home with 807 square feets. We have a kitchen, 2 bathrooms, a pantry, a living/dinning room, an office and our bedroom. And 2 balconies and a storage attic.
    It’s too much, just for the 2 of us and our cat.
    So, we’re thinking of one day, when we can afford it, sell this house and buy a smaller one. With only 1 bathroom.
    Have a wonderful week!
    🙂

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  2. In late 2016, we sold and moved from our 2000+ sq. ft. house, built in 2003- it was 2 story, huge kitchen, 2 living rooms, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, large laundry room, huge yards and, after renting an apartment for a few months, bought a 1000 sq. ft. southwestern ranch style town home- built in 1979.
    We couldn’t be happier!! Absolutely no wasted space, but plenty of closet & storage space, 2 car garage, laundry room, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a small front yard, a gated courtyard, plus a small backyard with a deck. The 4 skylights, large windows and large sliding glass doors make this place feel huge. Its a cinch to keep clean, it forces us to stay organized, to not buy in excess of what we need and to let go of what we aren’t using! Utilities are less than half what we were paying at the old house. This townhouse has so much more character and style than our last house. Do we have a granite kitchen island the size of a bedroom? No. Is that really a necessity? No, again.

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  3. Oh my gosh! When in my 20s, with two small children, we lived quite happily in a house of under 1000 ft.². with a nice yard for both adults and children. (Yearly, we hosted a family reunion/picnic that included 25 to 30 people!) That was pretty much the norm those days for newly married couples starting out. We lived in a wonderful neighborhood, great for raising small children. They were safe, but more importantly had a community of friends, and caring adults. We moved on, because of my husband’s job, into a larger house, but I’m not sure we were any happier! The family across the street from our original house, stayed in their house for many many years while raising five children! Their house was a bit bigger than ours, and they converted the garage into a large family room. I don’t consider these “tiny houses”,
    Your home, of 1200 ft.² with the additional space in the sunroom, I think is quite generous in size. I can imagine your house to be comfortable for many, many years, dare I say into your golden years?
    The tiny house craze may be the pendulum swinging away from the McMansions that have become so prevalent.
    I did find the New York Times article a bit silly.
    I could go on, but enough for now … 😊

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    1. DeeDee, that sounds so idyllic! It seems that square footage has replaced a sense of community. Wayne and I love our house and I do hope to stay here for many many years to come!

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