Inside Tiny Houses, small apartments - Are you ready?
Hi out there to everyone. To sum it up I'll be selling my house during 2016 and downsizing into one of those famous Tiny Houses. So just out of curiosity, I started looking for smart and small scale furniture that I myself would like to consider for this new adventure of tiny house living, but found many options spread around and not just one or two websites that would have everything I was looking for.
So I dove right into this colliding world of fancy living in a large home vs practical and functional big living in a tiny home. Like I originally said once, ""whoever came up with this idea of tiny houses is brilliant"". And found out the original founder to be Mr. Jay Shafer and read on many articles on the mushroom growth of such small houses in America.
Turns out to be that even during the Katrina Hurricane disaster in 2005, Marianne Cusato developed 308 sq. ft. cottage constructions for the homeless victims and the tiny house or small house movements bloomed.
There are many ideas out there for space saving floor area. Sofas with storage underneath, corner desks, floating desks, drop leaf folding tables, storage trunks, murphy beds, bed that slide out or up and down from the ceiling any many many more. These all are great for small apartments, small rooms, small dens, small sun rooms, studios and even dens. Many innovating and creative ideas come to life everyday from different sources and all because of the need for them. Very well said by Plato "necessity is the mother of invention.
The mind steps out of the box we've created and goes beyond the usual things we're used to and wualá - there comes a new great space saving idea. I'm sure you've seen many good ideas received from tiny house newsletters, some you had never thought of and some you would have done a different way. Lately, I just saw a bed that slides out underneath the kitchen floor of a tiny house. They constructed the kitchen floor just a step or two up and the queen size bed pulls out! How great is that?
There are sites that sell plans, workshops, existing real estate for sale or even rentals So Tiny Houses are here to stay for a long time and a definite solution for not paying mortgage for 30 or 40 years. I want one!
On the other hand, I believe Tiny Houses are for just a for single people or a couple. Can't picture a family of 3 or more living inside a tiny home. Must be difficult to adapt for a large family. So, Tiny Houses are for our own single living or in-laws on our land, even as an investment for rental income and many more options.
I recently read an article "Dear People Who Live in Tiny Houses - Medium" by Lauren Modery where she wrote this article on Tiny Houses, but depending on how much square feet you build it, I believe them to be very comfortable and happy go lucky living. I picture myself living in it, but being able to take off whenever I want to travel and having a carefree experience because of no mortgage, low utilities and less property tax blessing. My husband and I are really looking forward to it.
We've already seen 320 - 588 sq. ft. homes just to have an idea, and even 320 sq. ft is quite enough to make it comfortable and the transition from big to small very easy. We also want the bedroom on the same floor and we'd use the loft (if there is one) for extra storage or maybe even one of those fold out beds for a guest.
But it all comes down to planning ahead, doing some "window shopping" if I may and see what's out there. We even visited a pre-fab small building made into a tiny house. To our surprise, some even include all appliances and HVAC systems. All you need to do is pay for the home, taxes and transportation. To give you an idea, we saw one for $35K.
And last, I invite you to see what I'm building slowly but surely, for all of us out there that need small but smart furnishings for our Tiny House. It is my pleasure to invite you to www. tightspacefurniture.com.