Recently, a new trend has arisen in home design and construction. The Tiny House! Maybe because of t.v. shows such as “Tiny House Builders” or “Tiny House, Big Living,” but whatever the reason, downsizing to the nth degree is fast becoming the thing to do.
Now, while I can’t say that a tiny house is everyone’s cup of tea, I can certainly say that I appreciate the reasoning behind it. I also can appreciate the skill and sometimes ingenious ideas that go into creating one of these special abodes.
One of the most common features with the tiny house is that they are built on a trailer frame. This allows the owner to easily move their home from place to place, or just drive it to its permanent location.
Most of these homes come in sizes ranging from 65 sq. ft up to 400 sq. ft. (not to be confused with the small house, ranging from 400 sq. ft – 1000 sq. ft). Now, maybe you are like me and thinking “how in the world does someone live in 65 square feet?” Well, that is were the ingenious designs come in.
Just a quick breakdown of the interior of a tiny house would show that they have just the barest of basics for a kitchen and a bathroom. They also have a single bedroom loft that provides just enough room for sleeping. However, these homes can come with a surprising number of customizations. As can be seen in this image, basic does not mean lacking in style.
But to make everything fit into such a small house, every inch of usable space must be properly utilized. Just take a look at this kitchen. The entire kitchen and all of its contents are contained within about a 25 sq. ft. area. No need for drawers or cabinets here. Everything that is needed is stored on the walls and in the dish rack. I wish we could see what is behind that sliding door. Could be a bathroom, or a very narrow pantry.
And if you think that is small, take a look at a tiny house bathroom. Again, storage items are hanging on the wall. In this bathroom, the shower is adjacent to the toilet, and the very small sink is just out of the photo on the right. (Hmmm……. I’m not sure what impresses me more, the way that everything fits into such a small bathroom, or the photographer’s ability to capture such a small, tight space so well.)
Here you can see just how small a bathroom sink is in a tiny house bathroom.
In a tiny house, the master bedroom consists of a loft space with just enough room to place a mattress. There are no closets, nightstands, or drawer space unless it is built into a small hidden area. Here the photographer did a fabulous job at making this loft look spacious. From the mattress to the highest point of the ceiling is about 36″ of headroom. The designer of this tiny house has given the loft a bright and open feel by inserting windows around the perimeter.
Here you can see an unfurnished loft area. Again, the designer has strategically placed windows to give the illusion of open space. Note the skylights along the ceiling.
Storage For clothing
So, we have seen some of the ways that these tiny houses are designed to fit all of the essentials, but if you are like me you are wondering “where do they put their clothes?” Well, I have a few images for that, too. One of the most common storage spaces for clothing is in the steps. Some people opt to have small stairs, instead of a ladder, to access the loft space. Notice the handles on those steps. They are actually drawers for clothing.
In this next photo, the designer has extended the loft area, by a few feet, beyond the kitchen zone. The extra space allows the owner to have two small closets in the sleeping area. (Note the very small deer head above the window. The owner is really keeping the decor in line with the theme) 😉
If you have looked closely, you have probably noticed several details that I did not point out in this article. These tiny homes provide a wealth of ideas for space management, and there are just too many to mention in just one post. However, I will leave you with a few other tiny houses that I was impressed with.