When it comes to homes, Joanna and I agree on a lot of things. For starters, we both want one — eventually. We both want a big yard, an open floor plan, and a mortgage that makes us house rich. We both like hardwood floors, white cabinets, and mid-century modern furniture. We’re like two peas in a pod.
But the honeymoon ends when it comes to tiny houses.
If you’re unfamiliar, tiny houses are houses… that are tiny. There’s a whole movement behind this idea of building small, sustainable, efficient, and purposeful homes. Some are stationary, others are mobile (another previously discussed non-starter for Joanna). Some are as small as 60 sq. ft, others as “large” as 300 sq. ft. But all of them are awesome.
We learned about tiny houses after watching a pretty good documentary on one couple’s tiny house building experience. Take a couple minutes and watch the trailer to get a taste for yourself (or click here if you don’t see it).
- It’s fantastic financially. Depending on the square footage and the level of detail and general awesomeness, a tiny house can run from $10k to $60k. And while you’re paying more per square foot than a much larger home, you’re packing in lots of utility and purpose in every single one in a tiny house.
- I really want to build one. I’ve got this itch to Ron Swanson-fy my life and learn how to use tools and materials and build tangible things. Building something smaller certainly doesn’t mean easier, but it does seem much more attainable.
- I love packing moving trucks and storage units. You know why? Because I love Tetris. You know why? Because I get a crazy sense of satisfaction when things fit perfectly and waste as little space as possible. You know why? I don’t know that one, but I’m sure a visit to a psychiatrist would do me well. A tiny house is the ultimate Tetris. Collapsable tables, functional storage, secret compartments… just thinking about it makes me giddy.
- Despite my product box hoarding tendencies, I’m a firm “less is more” believer. Much like our moves to NYC have done, you’re forced to downsize and only keep the things that matter.
Joanna admits she’s a homebody and gets joy from space. That means having it, decorating it, and being at peace in it. In her words, “Tiny spaces plus children sounds like a hell that only Dante could dream up.” Touche. I haven’t totally figured out how having kids would factor into all of this, but I know families do it. But for now, it will remain a tiny pipe dream.
Team Tiny House or Team Regular House? There are no wrong answers, except saying you don’t like tiny houses.