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post #1 of 29
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I enjoy reading this blog and browsing the pictures of tiny houses: http://tinyhouseblog.com

 

I would like to think someday my DH and I would try this. The simplicity really appeals to me. I am one that generally enjoys a certain level of spareness in a home, so this is up my alley but an extreme one nonetheless. 

 

Would you ever see yourselves living in one of these homes? Later, after the kids are gone, with your DPs maybe? or not? 

post #2 of 29

I have wanted an Enesti from Tumbleweed for several years now: http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/products/enesti/

 

Actually, it would be an increase the square footage we have at present! But we are selling our place for just that reason. We have truly outgrown it now.

 

I would love to do a year in an RV and travel the country, actually, but DH is not into the idea. Perhaps when the kids are teens, if they still love camping and traveling, I'll do it with one/both of them! My MIL and FIL RV half the year. We've been to some very nice campgrounds while visiting them.

post #3 of 29

actually sorta kinda i did it.

 

with just dd and me.

 

and it spoilt us for good.

 

we just loved it.

 

we lived in a fancy tool shed converted into a bedroom deal. our bed was in the loft. we loved it. in our friends backyard. it was the perfect size for us.

 

it has got us tripping on living in domes - in geodesic domes.

 

it worked for us because we are outside people. home is a place we return to sleep, not really hang out in there. 

 

i know a father and child who live in a garage turned home till the child got into the teens.

 

tiny home on a huge property is my dream. 

 

and A roofs. boy oh boy did my loft bedroom save power. instead of running the heater all evening, we'd only have to run it a few minutes. 

 

what is that show that shows how to organise small spaces. i loved that show. 

post #4 of 29

I find these very fascinating, even though they aren't right for my family.

 

We lived in an RV for about 5 months, and there were things we really liked about it, and things that didn't work for us. I think it's imperative to be where the climate is nice enough that being outside is reasonable option. I found it more work to keep things like food organized than I though it would be. Everything had to be VERY organized all the time because we were so tight on space. 

 

I wouldn't want to do it again as family. For me, it would work well as a retreat.

post #5 of 29

I want a tiny home so bad. With the kids. We share a room and a bed anyways, and none of us spend much time inside, so it would work great for us. I would love nothing more than a tiny home on a lot of land.

post #6 of 29
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I have wanted an Enesti from Tumbleweed for several years now: http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/products/enesti/

 

That is a CUTE house!

 

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I would love nothing more than a tiny home on a lot of land.

 

You hit the nail on the head right there. I may want a tiny home but I then I would want a lot of land.  

 
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I find these very fascinating, even though they aren't right for my family.

 

We lived in an RV for about 5 months, and there were things we really liked about it, and things that didn't work for us. I think it's imperative to be where the climate is nice enough that being outside is reasonable option. I found it more work to keep things like food organized than I though it would be. Everything had to be VERY organized all the time because we were so tight on space. 

 

I wouldn't want to do it again as family. For me, it would work well as a retreat.

 

Linda, I find it fascinating too. I enjoy browsing blogs and looking at pictures.  Although I do not live tiny now and probably would never go as small as some of these folks, it inspires me to keep it simple.  It definitely gets me to spring clean really well and declutter as much as I can. And I may find out small space living is not really for me but I would like to give it a try. Until then, I will keep the fantasy going.  Also, I agree, it will work really well as a vacation home somewhere in the woods.  

 

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I would love to do a year in an RV and travel the country, actually, but DH is not into the idea. Perhaps when the kids are teens, if they still love camping and traveling, I'll do it with one/both of them! My MIL and FIL RV half the year. We've been to some very nice campgrounds while visiting them.

 

My DH and I plan on this. Do not know when but it is on our radar. 

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actually sorta kinda i did it.

 

with just dd and me.

 

and it spoilt us for good.

 

we just loved it.

 

we lived in a fancy tool shed converted into a bedroom deal. our bed was in the loft. we loved it. in our friends backyard. it was the perfect size for us.

 

it has got us tripping on living in domes - in geodesic domes.

 

it worked for us because we are outside people. home is a place we return to sleep, not really hang out in there. 

 

i know a father and child who live in a garage turned home till the child got into the teens.

 

tiny home on a huge property is my dream. 

 

and A roofs. boy oh boy did my loft bedroom save power. instead of running the heater all evening, we'd only have to run it a few minutes. 

 

what is that show that shows how to organise small spaces. i loved that show. 

 

thumb.gif  Good to hear it worked for you.  I actually do not know anyone who has done it.

post #7 of 29
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thumb.gif  Good to hear it worked for you.  I actually do not know anyone who has done it.

For the life of me I cant remember the show. because it showed the life of people who actually did it. 

 

i thought you might find this inspiring. http://perezhilton.com/2012-04-24-oprah-visits-with-impoverished-family-in-india#.T5l-4e33CCU

 

because isnt it sad you know no one who has done it, yet many parts of the world dont know any better. 

post #8 of 29

I confess to being completed fascinated by the Tiny House phenomenon, and I totally fantasize about living in one. My fantasy doesn't involve living there with my DP and DD, however. So it's more of a retreat for me. My DP is not exactly a hoarder, but she is comfortable with WAY more stuff around her than I like. What I picture is that maybe when DD is grown, we can put a tiny house in our backyard for me. And DP can have her clutter in our house, and I can have a place all my own that only has the stuff I want. It's a fantasy.

post #9 of 29

The Enesti cited by LitMom is super cute, but like LitMom's situation, the Enesti is bigger than our apartment! 

 

I too like the idea of the tiny home movement.  Right now it wouldn't be practical for us given our location, jobs, etc., but it does have a certain appeal. 

 

I should note, though (like CI Mom) that my DH is a bit of a "collector."  Before I could live with him a tiny home (smalller than our apartment), he would need to re-evaluate his love of collecting, and I don't think that is going to happen any time soon.

 

There was an article a while back that I enjoyed about a guy who lives in a coverted janitor's closet in a Manhattan apartment building.  He perfected the art of organization and storage and it was quite fascinating.  The place looked comfortable and efficient.  I think it is a cool concept. 

post #10 of 29
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I should note, though (like CI Mom) that my DH is a bit of a "collector."  Before I could live with him a tiny home (smalller than our apartment), he would need to re-evaluate his love of collecting, and I don't think that is going to happen any time soon.

 

 

"Collector"...I like that. Sounds so much better than "pack rat" or "hoarder".

post #11 of 29

I grew up in tiny, low-income apartments all my life, so I guess I find myself wanting to break out of that. Although by looking at that blog, I think my idea of a 'big house' is probably considered tiny for the average American. I just want a 3 bedroom house, rooms can be small but the living room/kitchen area should be open with lots of windows. And a large deck/porch/lanai outside. To me, that's a big house!
 

post #12 of 29
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"Collector"...I like that. Sounds so much better than "pack rat" or "hoarder".

Yes, it's a term that was coined by DH's brother, it is kinder in his approach than I am.  It's good stuff, though, CI Mama.  Totally unusual music that requires a sort of mole-like quality to obtain...out of print books by obscure authors...antiques that are  special to him (old lunchboxes, 45 holders, bizarre and obscure statuettes that are totally off the map).  That being said, it's too much stuff.  I appreciate his mind.  The clutter, not so much.  :)

post #13 of 29
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I think my idea of a 'big house' is probably considered tiny for the average American. I just want a 3 bedroom house, rooms can be small but the living room/kitchen area should be open with lots of windows. And a large deck/porch/lanai outside. To me, that's a big house!
 

 

 

That's not far off from the kind of house we live in. I do think it's a big house, but we once lived in an RV so my perspective is different. For our income bracket and the part of the country we live in, it's a small house.

 

We have lived in truly big houses, and I found that difficult in it's own way. Stuff just got lost. And things accumulated for no reason. I believe that stuff expands to fill available space. headscratch.gif I was aware of it and yet couldn't stop it from happening.

 

The terms "big" and "small" really depend on your perspective, and I think the American McMansion and wrapped a lot of people's ideas. A 3 bed room ranch with lots of light is my idea of a "just right" house for the 4 members of my family.

post #14 of 29
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Originally Posted by meemee View Post

 

i thought you might find this inspiring. http://perezhilton.com/2012-04-24-oprah-visits-with-impoverished-family-in-india#.T5l-4e33CCU

 

because isnt it sad you know no one who has done it, yet many parts of the world dont know any better. 

 

I should clarify, I meant to say  I knew no one who willingly went from being able to have a big place to a tiny house. Thanks for the link.  I was actually pretty impressed by how organized this particular place is.  

 

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I believe that stuff expands to fill available space. headscratch.gif I was aware of it and yet couldn't stop it from happening.

 

 

YES. YES.  YES.  Which is why I like smaller places.  Our current residence is a 3 bedroom apartment and we have three adults and two children in our family. It is small but it works quiet well for us.  I like that it forces me to minimize the stuff acumlation. I find too much stuff mentally opressive.  

 

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The Enesti cited by LitMom is super cute, but like LitMom's situation, the Enesti is bigger than our apartment! 

 

I too like the idea of the tiny home movement.  Right now it wouldn't be practical for us given our location, jobs, etc., but it does have a certain appeal. 

 

I should note, though (like CI Mom) that my DH is a bit of a "collector."  Before I could live with him a tiny home (smalller than our apartment), he would need to re-evaluate his love of collecting, and I don't think that is going to happen any time soon.

 

There was an article a while back that I enjoyed about a guy who lives in a coverted janitor's closet in a Manhattan apartment building.  He perfected the art of organization and storage and it was quite fascinating.  The place looked comfortable and efficient.  I think it is a cool concept. 

 

A collector. Lol.  I have never been much into collecting outside stuff but my husband wants to throw EVERYTHING out (old postcards, letters, artwork from the children, their first outfits  and shoes... he does not get why I would want to hang on to some of that!) so we still have the dynamic of one partner wanting to keep more stuff than the other.  

 

Any of you a fan of George Carlin? I love his bit about stuff: 

 

Here is a linkhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvgN5gCuLac

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

post #15 of 29

I read the Tiny Houses blog and love it! It seems like such a cool thing to do.

 

That said, we have five people living in two bedroom student housing, and now that the kids are getting older, I think that we could realistically only do bigger rather than smaller (especially given our long winters).

 

But maybe someday when the kids are gone... 

post #16 of 29

I would love, love, love to live in a yurt. We are "vacationing" in a yurt (camping? whatever you want to call it!) with the kids this year. DH would definitely go along with this idea as long as the yurt came with lots of land, that's his big thing. He wants outside space. We are outside people... especially DH & and the kids... I sometimes need to go inside and recoup, but the 3 of them seem to only need the indoors for sleep and nothing else!

 

We moved from our first home, 1800 sq ft, to a tiny apartment (or in comparison, anyway), 900 sq ft last year... and the amount of stuff we sold, donated, or threw away absolutely boggles my mind. Since then I have taken the mantra "I hate stuff." and when we moved into our current home (about 1200 sq ft) I was pleased to find that not only does everything fit, but we have tons of breathing room and nothing looks or feels crowded. I enjoy the simplicity and know I would enjoy it even more on a smaller scale.

post #17 of 29
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Yes, it's a term that was coined by DH's brother, it is kinder in his approach than I am.  It's good stuff, though, CI Mama.  Totally unusual music that requires a sort of mole-like quality to obtain...out of print books by obscure authors...antiques that are  special to him (old lunchboxes, 45 holders, bizarre and obscure statuettes that are totally off the map).  That being said, it's too much stuff.  I appreciate his mind.  The clutter, not so much.  :)

 

My DP's stuff is all over the map...there are some good books and LPs in there (Elsa Lancaster's "Bawdy Cockney Songs" is a particular favorite of mine), but she also has a penchant for picking stuff up from curbsides that might be put to good use in a "project" someday. It is true that occasionally she has managed to turn an old bed frame into a trellis and it doesn't look half bad. But I'm not always convinced that justifies the mounds of junk in our basement and under tarps in our backyard! I just keep reminding myself that compared to her parents & the house she grew up in, we look pretty normal...

 

Emaye, I love that George Carlin sketch! thumb.gif

post #18 of 29
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Would you ever see yourselves living in one of these homes? Later, after the kids are gone, with your DPs maybe? or not? 

 

Probably not. They are cute and I could see staying in one with dh for a vacation but not permanently living in one.

Dh has a very large collection of game stuff and we have a lot of books that we would never part with. We also are not really outdoors people or people who are on the go all the time.

 

I have lived in a small space with other people and it was not for me.

post #19 of 29
When the kids move out I'd be into something smaller just for me & dh - especially something on the water.
post #20 of 29
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I like that it forces me to minimize the stuff acumlation. I find too much stuff mentally opressive.  

 

 

YES!!!  It is oppressive! I like the George Carlin bit.

 

Have you ever seen the movie Fight Club? There's a lot of stuff in it about how we select and buy things to define ourselves. My favorite line is "working jobs we hate to buy things we don't need."

 

(disclaimer -- this is a very rough movie, not for the faint of heart, and is not even vaguely appropriate for children.)

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