My kids are fascinated with the show Tiny House Nation. On the show people get a custom tiny house built for them by a builder and a designer. The houses end up looking very cool with storage ingeniously built into every nook and cranny. The space is maximized to the nines. But my GOD, it is just not enough room to live harmoniously with other people.
Idealistic newlyweds on the show all want a tiny house. Some are going to travel the country and don’t need the “stuff” that the rest of us do. I can’t think of anything that would kill a marriage faster than living in a tiny house. Oh your husband’s annoying you? Too bad, there’s only one room so there’s no where to escape to. Just deal. I’ve been married 20 years and the secret is that I can escape when I need to. Where the hell can you get your own space in a tiny house?? Maybe the bathroom, but since most only have one, that probably isn’t the case.
I’m all for less is more, and downsizing (I’ll admit, we have way too much stuff) but it would be impossible for my family of 5 to move into a tiny house. On one episode, a family with 5 boys were all moving into a tiny house. Granted, 2 of the boys were in college, but all 5 were put into one big loft bedroom – wonder how that’s going over right now? The parents did build themselves their own bathroom – probably the smartest thing they did.
I do admire the people that can make tiny house living work. They obviously are very patient, unmaterialistic, not claustrophobic and maybe just a tiny bit wacky.
The only way I’m living in a tiny house is if I build one in the backyard and the rest of my family stays in our regular house. That may not be a bad idea.
What do you think? Could you move into a tiny house with your partner or family?