Andrea and Gabriella built this tiny house for $22,ooo (not counting appliances)--about $2,000 more than mine, including "extreme" appliances, including steam shower. But, they covered all their priorities in a beautiful and clever way. Their closet, for the three of them, is a fraction of mine, for only myself, at this time, but it is incorporated, cleverly, into the stairs leading to their loft, bedroom. They designed their top priority, their kitchen, to be the biggest room in their house and "full service," although I don't see their oven or cook top. Plus, I see much less top cabinet storage than mine. Their mortgage free, minimalist life-style and low utilities gives them more from a small income for family and experiential priorities, which they say has brought them closer together as a couple and a family. CLICK HERE
A family of 5 (parents, teen and two 5 yr olds ask Tiny House Talk (Click here) about downsizing to a Tiny Home. Their advise, don't think "Tiny" ( 100-200 sf) think "Right Sizing," maybe looking at 500 to 12oo sq ft.
This next creative family space has pumped up a 192 sq. ft. footprint into 336 sf of floor space counting the loft living room and parent's bedroom. This has an upside and downside. Clearly, they have have extended the height of the Tiny House above the national underpass maximum of 13.5 ft. They don't say how high they made the house, but the video does mention "plenty of head space," and it looks to be at least 15 ft tall. That would make this house portable on a limited basis. Only under open skies. The design is quite clever. Downstairs is the bedroom for 2 children, each with their own twin bed, storage cubbies and play space. Through the pocket door, you find yourself in the kitchen, 2 stool breakfast bar area, complete with microwave, 2 burner, portable stove top, and under counter refrigerator. No oven and the small closet was converted into a nice pantry. Through the kitchen to the small bathroom with toilet, sink and shower. What is so clever is the V-stairway leading to the each side of the loft area. One side is the living room with 2 small sofas and a TV. The other side is the very nice parent's 8x8 bedroom.
It's worth checking out the quick Video Tour , CLICK HERE.
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This is a virtual tour of a tiny family home. No dialogue, no reference to the size of the house, but looks to be less than 200 sf without any loft or "upstairs" space. Clearly this is a couple with a toddler, whose room is a jr. bed alcove extension (walk-through hallway) to the parent's room, leading to the living, dining and kitchen area. It has lots of kitchen storage with full size fridge and cook top, but no oven. Lots of windows give it spaciousness, and the rifle over the door tells me they may be minimalists who are living very close to nature and possibly hunt to supplement their food supply.
This family says don't think of "Tiny" sizing your life, but "Right" sizing. How much space do you need to live happily ? This couple built their tiny house and started their family. They found that their Tiny House was the best therapist. With all the compromises it required, it helped their relationship, as a couple and family, deeper. For them, it was right with the two small children, but for future needs, they would need more. It provided a wonderful, nurturing inexpensive home while they built their larger, mortgage free dream house. Had they built this home on wheels, they could have retired to it, again, after the children were grown. CLICK HERE for their story.
This tiny house is 20' x8.5' with a small downstairs bedroom. Although they say they are a family of 4, the "children's bedroom," as shown in the floor plan is hard to identify from the pictures, unless it is what looks to be a "sunken" family room. seem wasn't shown, and seems suitable for one teen. Upstairs is the 50 sq ft. loft bedroom for parents. They call it a "leaf house," and it's built for Canadian Cold, with spray foam insulation, eco heat baseboards, granite tile and hardwood floors, steal frame and skylight. I think the design is very warm inviting and classy. For more pictures and a floor plan at the bottom of the post, CLICK HERE.
Next house is not technically a "Tiny House," although small, probably about 500 SF. But by reducing some of the "empty floor" space, the same concepts and features could easily fit a "Tiny" house of about 200 sf. Even this luxurious "claw foot" tub (without the claw foot) I have seen in micro homes. It adds luxurious functionality even to a family home. Lots more pictures. on the tiny house talk site, and an additional link to another. P.S. the parent's loft bedroom is above the bookcase, at the top of the ladder. CLICK HERE for more pictures.
Home to a Family of three in the UK. via Tiny House Swoon No further information, but this is probably an "upgrade" from a "Gypsy" truck bed camper. Other "family" homes of this size have usually been such, and are with very small children, or those who are used to even less "camping" space.
At age 67, I started all over again, but I had help, and a warm place to sleep. This remarkable woman had none of those things. At 65 yrs. , Feb. 2012, she returned to her home town, and 2 acre wood with nothing but a tent, a propane heater and two dogs, to rebuild her life, clearing one tree at a time-- in the dead white of a Vermont winter- sleeping with her two dogs, Lily and Junior ,in THEIR bed.
8 years earlier, she lost her home of 18 years, where she had raised her daughter and pursued her career, just within site of where she stands, today, due to a mysterious illness that left her too week to hold down her job. Recovering her health through conscious nutrition, she decided to return and start over, one tree at a time, cutting a clearing in woods for her envisioned tiny cabin. Now, two years after her return to Vermont, she has built her small cabin, with no amenities, except for the "running water" of the stream outside. She plans to continue, and add a second story plus a downstairs bedroom for when she is 90 and no longer wants to climb the stairs. Now, that's a lady with pluck ! CLICK HERE for the rest of the story of this woman who would not give up on her Dream.
When the economy crashed and Jaclyn was being forced from her home due to foreclosure, she knew she wanted more than just a roof over her head. She wanted to travel, and have adventures, but didn't want to live in an RV. She wanted her home to be soul inspiring and nurturing, but needed to create it on a shoe-string budget. So, with minimal funds and a little help from her friends, she built her tiny traveling sanctuary.
In this blog, you'll find the story of Jaclyn's journey from foreclosure to Living Large, Tiny in her Gypsy Island Sanctuary.
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