Lee and I are heading off to Houston for some real estate learnin’ and networkin’ time, leaving our business and homes in capable hands, thank goodness. (Hooray for Anita and Mandi.)
As we were packing up, I realized that our car had more storage in it than many of those tiny houses we keep gobbling up television shows about. That got me thinking…
What’s So Great about Tiny Houses?
I know perfectly well that I am not the intended audience for tiny houses. I admit that I have a closet at the Hermits’ Rest the size of some of them (really, it’s 324 square feet), and I’m a collector. Even after all my downsizing, I still have a lot of dishes with flowers on them, books, and yarn (not to mention, books about yarn). But, I can see the attraction, say, for a weekend house or camp. And there have been a few of them that have tempted me greatly, mainly tiny houses with high-end materials that are like little jewel boxes of perfection and efficiency.
And sure, if I was wanting to move frequently and keep my housing costs down, they’d appeal more. So, sure, tiny houses may be great for some people, like single people with no pets who only need a week’s worth of clothing.
But I Have Tiny Issues!
Still, the tiny house movement seems like it’s got some flaws that you just can’t overlook. These aren’t just “Sue Ann’s preferences” things, but real worries. Here are examples:
Babies. The only way to the bedroom is narrow steps with no railings. And the cute loft also has no railings. That baby will be a bruised-up toddler, and trying some scary tricks if toddler-hood is survived! And where the heck do you put their toys??
Multiple or large pets. You know pets need exercise. And um, put a lot of pets in a small space and it gets smelly really fast. If you only have one couch, let’s hope the mastiff doesn’t take it over. And in a tiny house, you’d better have a built-in feeding station or you’re gonna step in the pet bowls repeatedly. Also, Fido will also fall off those stairs and lofts. And if you have a ladder, are you going to carry Rover up them? And kitties. They love cubbies. Don’t shut them up in your storage bins!
Friends. I guess they just stand the whole time they visit.
Weather. Up north, where exactly do all those coats, boots, mittens, and hats go?
Hobbies. Apparently you don’t get to have hobbies in a tiny home. I guess you could suspend your spinning wheel or loom from the ceiling. Or your kayak if you’re sportsy. Maybe your lacrosse stick is a decor item?
Books. Get a Kindle?
Food. If you have some wilderness tiny house, where do you put all your food? You just can’t pop over to the local store if that’s an hour’s drive. In winter. On a mountain.
My Solution, and I Bet I’m Not Alone
Anita and I have frequently discussed which tiny houses we like and don’t like. And we also came to this solution. We’d only live in a tiny house if it was part of a compound. Then we could have a tiny hobby house, a tiny food storage house, a tiny recreational equipment house, and a tiny cattery or dog palace. And we’d connect them with paths leading to a central deck with lots of entertainment space for our friends (and a heater). Of course there’d be a tiny guest house with its own tiny guest bath. Still not sure what we’d do with babies, but then, we aren’t having any.
Somehow, I have a strong suspicion that once people move into those wee tiny houses you see on television, storage sheds, garages, and little guest cottages start showing up. Those Zen masters who just need a cushion, a futon, and a composting toilet, and who forage for their food are probably the exceptions. They just need 300 square feet of tiny heaven!Hermann says please like and share!