Have you heard about tiny houses? I don’t mean our 800 square foot home. A “tiny house” is usually under 300 square feet. Tiny houses are intentionally small. The idea is to get away from the superfluous, to simplify your life. You only have to clean 300 square feet; you also only hang art that speaks to you; you only have furniture that you love; you only have room for groceries that you will actually eat. One of my favorite aspects of owning a tiny house (I imagine, as I don’t actually own one) is the fact that your surroundings take more of the focus.
I spent a few months living and working in Pigeon Forget, TN one summer. This city (near Gatlinburg) is incredibly touristy. You look down the strip and it’s bumper cars after Titanic museum after fair rides after Christmas stores after restaurants and so on. But one day my eyes lifted beyond all the attractions and I noticed the dramatically beautiful mountains. With a distaste for overtly tourist-centered locations, it never occurred to me that Pigeon Forge was beautiful. As soon as I took my eyes off the buildings, though, it was overwhelming: “This place is not just gorgeous, it is one of the most naturally stunning places I have ever been.”
I think that is what the tiny house movement is about. It helps you lift your eyes from the manmade things.
Source: House Tweaking
This tiny Indiana house was converted from a garage. It’s small but not crazy and incredibly functional in its smart design. The exterior of this house is quite attractive and includes a little seating area. Even if you would never consider a tiny house for yourself, this would make for a pretty great guest house or detached mother-in-law suite.
This tiny home is efficient, eco-friendly, and built on a flatbed, so it can be moved. Did I mention that it is so dang cute? Click on the link to check out the adorable exterior (porch included).
Source: Tiny House Swoon
This tiny house is the most spacious in design (not footage). This couch folds out into what appears to be a full sized bed while there is also a second bed in the loft! Genius. Tiny homes like this one are incredibly inspiring to me for how to use space well, something we have to do here with four of us in 800 square feet.
Source: Tiny House Talk
Ok, you have to check out the exterior of this house as well, because it as just as sleek in its design as the interior. This is heavy in natural materials (especially, duh, wood) and, frankly, just looks so cool.
Source: DIY House Building
And we have a winner! If we could pick up and move into a tiny house today, this would be it. It is beautiful, airy, and incredibly smart in its design. Even the exterior is stunning (seriously, go look at it). They have drawers built in their stairs. Their loft somehow offers privacy. The sitting area (not shown in this photo) would totally seat six people. There is a work space, a functional kitchen, and a great bathroom. This is another one of those homes that inspires me so much to build and design in a smarter way.
Are you into the tiny houses? Would you ever live in one?