questionscould you live in a tiny house?

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We are living in something like that, though not as pretty. But our place is about 650 sq. ft. It took some getting used to, for sure! If you will be living in a tiny space with others, make sure you like them as they will always be just steps away.

I find that we really evaluate our purchases now and are stricter about trying to get rid of something if we buy a similar new item. You also find creative ways to use each bit of free space. For me, this has meant making my kitchen more convenient to use.

But, we are hoping to move something a little bigger as we have a newborn and are quickly finding things a bit too cramped now.

They sure do make them look pretty in all those glorious locales.

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No, but I think it would make a nice shed or clubhouse for my son :)

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Nope. Need my space. Plus, the wife has over 700 stuffed animals that I wouldn't be allowed to get rid of (and other things) so it just wouldn't work out for us.

However, if needed, I could buy one for when our adult kids come back home.

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I really REALLY like to think I could live in one of those tiny houses. I do believe I could. It seems cool like a clubhouse. heeheehee

Whenever I think about it I usually start to feel like the space is way too small I think of the displays they have set up at IKEA. They more or less say "this is what you an do in 221 sq ft" or some other seemingly impossible space and sure as sh#t there's a bedroom bath & kitchen in there. lol PLus I've seen how people in Manhattan adapt to small spaces. So I like to think I could be happy in a space like that but I know we all could live in one if we had to.

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My house is just under 1,000sf, but it is split level and about a third of it is really a game and utility room that I only use on the weekends. The real living part of the house is about 800sf, and I find it quite comfortable. My lot is only about 50' wide, but a couple of hundred feet deep, my house is built "shotgun style". The front door opens to the living room, which leads to the dining room, with an absurdly tiny (6'x6') kitchen to the side, the dining room leads to the bedroom, with a short hallway splitting off to the bathroom (also 6'x6') and the stairs leading to the lower level. I live alone with a Great Dane and a Siamese, but the family that lived in this house for 63 years before I bought it raised three kids and Great Danes of their own there.

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I could do it alone, but since I have a messy husband and son it wouldn't work.

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RE; shotgun house, this is pretty much my floorplan, but in the hallway leading to the bathroom there's a stairs leading to the gameroom downstairs.

http://bit.ly/JnFB0g

They call them shotgun houses because you could fire a shotgun in the front door and clear the joint. My house will be 100 this year.

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Living in an 800 sq ft house wouldn't be hard. There are quite a few of them on the market in my area. They're referred to as WWII homes around here. They're little 800-900 sq ft 2-3 bedroom 1 bath homes ranches set up in a few neighborhoods as part of the WWII veterans housing projects 30+ years ago. They're usually in a subdivision in a nice area. Lots of 1st time home buyers buy them because they're around the $100,000 range. They're also easy to maintain and fun to update. They usually have a full basement and a detached garage, making them a bit different from the ones you've showed here. But around the same size/functionality as far as the living space goes.

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@ndcouch: The plans have 2-3 bedrooms, which should be enough for one kid, really. How is that any different than any other house, other than there being less square footage?

Yeah it would be a bit cramped, but it wouldn't be that big of an adjustment fitting three people in there. It would be more of an adjustment to limit our constant need to buy more and more stuff.

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I'd like to live in a tiny house, as long as it's got real plumbing. I'm not quite ready to go as far as collecting rainwater and using a composting toilet.

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@moondrake: That's more or less what I'm thinking of. I'd have to adjust to not having a ton of space to store things in, but I've lived in apartments in the past that were about the same size as these houses, and I survived just fine.

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@phillystyle: Those IKEA spaces make me feel guilty, and cluttery, and like I could be optimizing better. (Exactly the point of them!)

I could probably fit in one of those tiny homes, because that's bigger than my apartment is now. I've lived in up to 1300sq ft, and that was just a bit too big (of course I was going from 755sq ft, so I lacked, well, furniture). I think the key to 'tiny living' is layout, really. A place can be small, but not feel small if that makes sense.

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"Could" I? Yes, if it was necessary.

Would I choose to? Absolutely not.

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I have never lived in a place smaller than 1200 s/f, except hotel rooms. Don't think I could. I'm a big guy, and need large furniture. I come from a large family and now we have 4 kids plus two grandkids. Current home is 3000 s/f. Even our vacation condo is 1200 s/f. We fill it up with 6-8 people.

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@ndcouch: (I'm female, btw) My daughter will be going off to college in a few years, so I'm sure she could suffer through the horrors of not having a 3000 sq foot, 5 bedroom McMansion for that long. If it's a huge issue for her, I'm more than willing to buy an absurdly large home so long as she helps pay for it. As far as sound goes, I guess I could just soundproof the walls? We once lived in a 1200 square foot townhouse that I considered to have more room than I really needed. 850 would be a squeeze, but not nearly as bad as you're implying.

I can understand if a smaller house won't fit into your lifestyle, but just keep in mind that not everyone has the same "needs" as you. I don't really see how having to sit in the same room as your mother would be as mentally scarring as you're suggesting.

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You're going to have to get rid of a lot of shirts, Narf ....
AAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

(Does that answer the question?)

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@heyjoie: I'm still in the "starting to seriously give it consideration" phase of the entire thing. If I did go for it, I probably would have to get a lot of the heavy-duty work done, but I'm fairly certain I could finish it up if the "bones" were there, if that makes sense.

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I'm certain that I could live in one of those small houses. My current house is 1865 square feet and it's really more than I need.
I'd need to get rid of a bunch of stuff, but I should probably do that anyway. Like most people (and goldfish), I tend to fill up the space that I've got. And I know I have a lot of stuff that I don't need.
But the thing that would get me is the short ceilings. My house has really tall ceilings as does my office, the gym where I work out and pretty much everywhere else I go on a regular basis. When I visit friends who have places with 8 foot ceilings I just feel a little closed in. Not claustrophobic, but just kinda cramped. Living with short ceilings all the time I think would be difficult...or it would drive me to spend more time outside.

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What about heating and cooling? I would die without my heat pump, I have to have air moving or I would suffocate. Will a full size refrigerator fit in the kitchen?

I could probably tolerate it if it was a weekend getaway in the mountains.

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I lived in a 500 sq ft house for 4 years and it was fine. Of course it had some perks: I was 3 blocks from the bay, 4 blocks from the Pacific, could see the SeaWorld fireworks all summer long and if I stood on the street corner could see the ocean in two directions!

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@missellienc: No. I have a 9cf refrigerator in my 6x6' kitchen. My stove is a little too small for a cookie sheet. My friends call it my Easy Bake Oven.

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We have a family of 4 (1 adult, 1 teen, 1 tween, 1 kid), all female, in 630sq ft. Yes, with 1 bathroom.

Our house has 2 floors and basically no hallways, so no wasted space. I do wish I had a coat closet, that would help a lot. We also have storage in the basement, but you have to go outside to get there. Getting ruthless with what to keep is huge, as is making a really good organizational strategy. And then following through with it. That's the part we're having issues with. :)

Our house is old (1846), so I think it's pretty cool that newer houses are also being built small on purpose!

The trick is really to make sure everything's laid out well. Our kitchen is fabulous, we have a big (comparatively) dining/living room, 1 big bedroom (for kids), and 1 small one that barely fits my bed & bureau & desk. Lots of storage bins hiding under coffee table, window seats, etc.

Enjoy!

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Challenge met and elevated...I live in a tiny apartment.

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"Minimalism living" is something that looks wonderful but would be so hard for me to accomplish.

80% Electronics and furniture is what makes up my 850 sq ft apartment right now. I would have to make drastic changes to my lifestyle and hobbies(and maybe even my IT career) in order to live happily in a smaller space.

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I think that's a mansion in Japan.

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I live in a 750sq ft apartment right now with my 2 meows, so a house seems like it'd be cool. I could definitely have a second person in my apt fairly easily, so I don't think adding a person would be an issue. A kid might be cramped. Would have to see, though. I have a pretty open floor plan in my apt, not sure how open it would feel if you put 800sqft on 2 floors.

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I have lived in a Studio apartment with about 350sqft by myself and in a small house 600sqft with my gf & another couple + 2 smaller dogs and survived.

But now have over 2800sqft with my wife and child + 2 small dogs with plans of having more children, not sure I could do it or would want to live in such tight quarters.

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Loved reading the answers to these; I've been so intrigued by these tiny houses. Although I don't really consider the 600+ square footage ones to be so tiny; I lived in a 525 square foot apartment, by myself and with another person, and it wasn't so big of a deal (felt spacious for one person, really). I prefer more space, but I also like to think I would be capable of downsizing if need be... although musical instruments/equipment make that more difficult. I love the idea several people mentioned of using them as a place for guests/adult children to stay.

purplefeather: Are you planning to build it yourself?

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@tsfisch: My sentiments exactly. Sure, I could do this, but I would have no good reason to do so. I have a theatre room for watching movies and things are just perfectly set in there the way I like them. I have a reading room for .... yep, reading. Dining room, offices, living room... each have their purpose.

I can't imagine having a house so small I could never have guests. The BBQ's, football games, races, etc. Though cleaning should take all of about 3 minutes.

But, if you are quite the recluse and have very little need for space for anything at all, I suppose one of these could do.

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@moondrake: I am giving you a link to the wiki page on shotgun house. I had always heard it described as being able to open every door in the house and fire a shotgun through it. There is a floor plan halfway down on the right.

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@jsimsace: The floorplan that I linked to above is more similar to my house's floorplan. There were a bunch of them built near Fort Bliss at the beginning of last century. I think they were mostly for young officer's families. My own house was originally lived in by the architect that was designing some of the big houses in the most posh part of town only a couple of miles away. They lived there while their house was being built. All the original surviving homes in my neighborhood are shotgun style, but many of them have been knocked down and replaced with the kind of simple, unimaginative square house that was popular in the middle part of the past century. My lottery dream is to buy the shotgun house next door only the width of a driveway from mine and merge the two into one good sized house. Not so much for day to day living, but I entertain a lot and it's hard in my teeny house.

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@ndcouch: I don't understand your antipathy towards this. It can work out really well. We live in 630sq ft & 4 people, and have guests over all the time - kids in the afternoons and adults/families for dinners. My kids have friends sleep over frequently (planning a sleepover for 5 teens in a week and a half), and there's always at least 1, usually 3+ extra kids over after school every day. There's always space for more!

I do have a full size oven and a full size fridge, plus a full size dishwasher and quite a few cupboards & great countertops. We did some remodeling in the kitchen before I moved in because I cook all the time.

Admittedly, we have some fighting between the 3 girls, but we've worked it out. I'm happy to let a kid use my room for alone time, though. Maybe some other adults wouldn't be OK with that, but it's fine with me. My kids each have their own space in their room, too (2 loft beds, 1 regular bed, 3 chairs, 3 dressers), which also helps. They're not traumatized.

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dude, are you serious? one person could live there, but if you try to fit a family of 3 in there, you wont have a family much longer. kids especially need privacy growing up. what circumstances are causing you to even consider this?

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@purplefeather: while i've never lived in an 800 sq ft house, i have also never lived in one larger than 1400 sq feet. the reason i keep harping on the kid thing, is that as a kid in a 1200 sq foot house, with 2 siblings and 2 parents, i know what its liked to be too cramped, and it gets old fast. does your husband not need a shop or an office or a man cave? do you not intend to ever have anyone sleep over? do you expect to entertain guests? if i had a few acres on a lake or a mountain, and just needed a cool place to sleep on the weekends, those houses are cool as hell. but to actually live in it seems dismal.

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so like i said, what is your reasoning? cause its cool, or its the only thing in your budget? most kids will not think that is "cool" and will wonder why the hell their parents are cramming them into a shoebox with windows. even if they like it at first, the novelty will wear off quick. ever been in a cramped space when one person has teh flu or a stomach bug? ever been in a cramped space when 3 people have the flu or stomach bug? hope you and your wife have quiet sex, or that kid will be traumatized.