First Person: I Thought I Wanted To Live In A Tiny House—Until I Spent The Night In One
Let's just say I'm not joining the tiny house movement anytime soon.
BY LYNDSEY MATTHEWS | Aug 21, 2016 | Travel
I've been obsessed with the idea of living in a tiny house ever since I saw TINY, a documentary about a couple who decide to downsize and build their own home on a flatbed trailer. The idea of simplifying and consolidating everything in my life into 300 square feet sounded great to me. Plus, I've lived in New York City apartments for the past 11 years—moving into a tiny house wouldn't be that big of a change, right? So when Getaway recently offered to let me stay in one of their new tiny houses in upstate New York, I jumped at the opportunity to see if tiny house living was actually for me.
The verdict? While I loved staying in a tiny house for a weekend getaway in the woods, I can safely say I won't be permanently moving into my own miniature abode any time soon. These are the five reasons why:
1 | Pets. I recently adopted two kittens and the only thing that keeps me sane is being able to lock them out of my bedroom at night. While they look sweet, they have the energy of a pack of hyenas and are AWAKE starting at 5:30AM everyday. Since the tiny house I stayed in was built as a retreat for short trips, there would have been no space to separate them from me and my precious sleep. Let's just say I was super happy that I left them home with a cat sitter. When they're full-grown and can sleep through the night, maybe I could consider living with them in a tiny house but then again, there's still the issue of their litter box… so, maybe not.
2 | Baking. I absolutely adore baking. The process of making a layer cake or batch of brownies from start to finish is my form of meditation. Even though my apartment's kitchen is small, it still has a full size oven, which makes all the difference. Unless I could customise a tiny house to include a regular-sized oven, I'll have to pass. Same goes for a regular-sized refrigerator—living with a mini fridge would make me feel like I was still in college.
3 | The toilet. I've never appreciated my toilet more than when I got back to my apartment after my tiny house experience. The Getaway house we stayed in had an electric toilet, and if you've never used one before... well, it's an experience to say the least. Using a waterless system, the toilet "flushes" all waste by some strange method of space-age witchcraft that involves sucking away everything with a lot of Mylar. That and you only get 15 flushes per day. While we ended up only using 12 flushes (one for the video below, of course!), the whole ordeal gave me anxiety. But it is super cool to watch, so maybe I could deal with not having a normal septic tank in exchange for getting to see this every day.
4 | Entertaining. I love throwing parties and cooking dinner for my friends. I've even hosted a 22-person Thanksgiving dinner in my New York apartment (it was tight, but we managed). While I get that part of the point of living in a tiny house is spending more time outdoors and treating your yard like your living room, it would be impossible to have guests over once the weather cooled down. So unless you live in a place where it stays relatively nice year-round (Florida? Arizona?), there goes the idea of having more than two people at a time over to your tiny house in the winter.
5 | My boyfriend. He is my favourite person in the entire world, but we both really love our alone time. It makes a huge difference to be able to have the space to be in different rooms, to either read a book, watch our guilty pleasure TV shows (I love Star Trek and he has a thing for Gossip Girl), or make phone calls without forcing the other one to listen to the entire conversation. While staying in a tiny house for a weekend getaway with him was cozy and a lot of fun, I can't imagine what the day-to-day reality of living together in 200 square feet would be like. However, there was one benefit to cooking with him in a tiny house kitchen: There wasn't enough room for both of us to stand in the kitchen and prep dinner side-by-side, so he did all the work while I sat in bed and drank wine. That's a full-time arrangement I could get on board with.
From: Country Living.