Living large in a tiny house…or apartment

Over the last week, I have been obsessively watching the FYI channel’s Tiny House Nation. Anywhere from two to four people decide to throw caution to the wind and throw half of their belongings away in order to make the ultimate downsize: to a house under 500 square feet.

Everyone I have talked to about this has the same initial reaction….”That’s crazy!” I started off thinking the same thing….except now, I really admire the people how live in tiny houses and those who build them. These houses are insanely well thought out…every nook and cranny has a purpose and each piece of furniture has multiple functions. Beds pop out of walls and floors, then can be hidden away to allow for a larger daytime living space.

Maybe it’s because I’m a poor student in college who has spent the last two years of college (and eight years at home before that) in a space that’s a tight fit with all of my stuff, but if given the chance, I would like to try living in a tiny house. (My boyfriend may not like it so much, but I do think he would find the hidden nooks cool.) Or, if given the option, I would love the opportunity to re-vamp my apartment to give me more space and delight guests with my ridiculous creativity 🙂

Some fun facts I have found out since learning about this movement:

  1. Most tiny houses are constructed for under $30,000 – I guess this makes sense: less house to build, less materials needed, smaller cost.
  2. Not all tiny houses need to be connected to sewage – gross but true, there are composting toilets where your waste can end up becoming compost outside the tiny house.
  3. You can take tiny houses anywhere via truck! One episode of Tiny House Nation featured a traveling nurse and her partner who wanted a house that could travel with them.

And the coolest fact yet:

4. Despite the fact that tiny houses are mostly under 500 square feet (not sure if this is what constitutes a tiny house or not…), with all the hidden nooks and space-saving creativity, these houses can look and feel just as big as a “normal” house. (I’ve seen walls slide, beds pulled out of walls and from under steps and floors, and dog crates built into the inside of a kitchen island/table.

So what do you think? Would you ever consider living in a tiny house?