There is no doubt that the Tiny house movement is growing more and more popular every year. Houses are getting bigger and bigger, the world is getting more consumerist by the minute, "Debt culture" is the norm, and there are more and more people who want freedom from it all, escape this world and live simply. The way it used to be.
grandma lives in the same house that she has lived in since the 1930's.
It WAS a 5 bedroom house. Now it is a 4 bedroom because one of the
bedrooms has since been converted into the houses only bathroom [They
used to use an outhouse before the bathroom was put in.] This house
hosted a family of eight. This house is 1300 square feet. The average 4
bedroom house today is DOUBLE that. My grandma lives alone in that house
now, and every time I visit her I stay in the same bedroom, Up the
stairs, all the way down the hallway [maybe 12 feet of hallway] and its
the last bedroom on the left. The room is a grand total of 8x8 feet, but
the ceiling comes down in half of it so it feels smaller. Two people
used to sleep in this room growing up, and compared to modern housing,
it seems like you can barely sleep one.
I don't see why a person can't live perfectly happy in a 16'x7' space. If you think about it you don't need that much:
A must, safely disposing of your waste is critical to survival, so you
need one, however it doesn't need to be big, just big enough to sit and
do your business.
Total space: 9 square feet
A place to bathe: The bathroom can be a wet bath and dual as a shower.
Total space: Still 9 square feet
A Place to sleep: Now
this can get a little tricky, because you COULD sleep in the same space
you live and eat in, but for the purpose of this example I am going to
say they should be separate. I do love my bed, but I also love to walk
around, sit when soggy and rained on, etc... and I like my bed free of
the elements thank you. SO separate space for a bed: I have slept in a
twin bed most of my life, but after sleeping in a full size bed I find
that it gives me a better rest because I can sprawl out on it without
Full size mattress: 27.25 square feet
Total space: 36.25 square feet
A place to live: This is the space where you do
everything from eat to use your computer, read, watch tv, do a puzzle,
sculpt a bust of William Shakespere, play chess with yourself, whatever.
There really is no minimum requirement for this space, but if you would
like to have guest[s] over you probably want a place for them to sit,
or a poster depicting how to make their stay less awkward in your house
with no chairs. In my opinion, an 8x8 space is doable, you may want
more, you may want less, but this is my example so :P
8'x8' Living space: 64 square feet
Total space: 100.25 square feet
A place to store and prepare food: Food
is pretty essential to survival, and it can take up quite a bit of
space if you let it. The amount of food storage you need is dependent on
how often you can get to the store to replenish your foods. There are 3
types of food storage: Refrigerated food, Frozen food, and Dry storage.
Some people say they can get by with one of those 5 day coolers, ice,
and their food. I call bs, they either go to the store entirely too
often, spending more on gas than food, or they eat Vegitarian / buy
things that don't spoil. Add space for a refrigerator, depending on the
size of your food needs your fridge may be larger or smaller.
use a chest freezer converted to a refrigerator. for two reasons,
First, I can store more food in the same amount of space. In a standard
upright fridge you have shelves and ALOT of space. in a chest fridge you
can stack things on top of things and store more. Second is energy
efficiency. It is understood that heat rises and cold falls right?
Right. Go stand in front of your fridge barefoot, now open the door. You
feel that? That is all the cold air you had locked up in the fridge
pouring out and onto the floor. Chances are your fridge just kicked on
and started another charge cycle huh? That's because it's working to
restore the set temperature inside. EVERY TIME you open the fridge this
happens. There has to be an easier way! perhaps if you could block off
that door so the cold air cant fall out...like if you were to come in
from the top...
If you had two identical refrigerators,
size, insulation, compressor, everything the same. only one was an
upright, and one was a chest refrigerator. The chest refrigerator would
be around 10x more efficient than the upright. Simply because it holds
most of it's cold air in when you open the door.
Now I've gone off on a tangent that I will expand upon later. anyways, the fridge is 4.25 square feet.
Frozen food: Depending
on your use of frozen foods, you may not need a large freezer, you may
not need one at all...but where are you going to get your ice to make
your Margaritas? Personally I hunt, and I will come home with around
100lbs of meat [which is awesome btw because that saves me sooooo much
money at the store buying meat. All it costs me is the 25 cent bullet I
reloaded, and the cost to run the electricity to freeze it until I need
it. which is around $30 per year.] Im on another tangent sorry. so TWO
chest freezers, one converted to a fridge. 8.5 square feet
Dry storage: With
my meat and my vegetables taken care of in the other two, my dry
storage doesnt need to be that big. all I keep in there is flour, sugar,
starch, pasta, beans, and rice. and maybe some canned goods and a bag
of Animal crackers, but the animal crackers are probably going to be in
my living room, so instead lets put some popcorn kernels in there. I
could keep all this in an 18 gallon Tupperware tub, so maybe 2 square
feet. but for the sake of making things even lets make it 2.25 square feet.
SO Two chest freezers and dry storage: 10.75 square feet
TOTAL: 111 square feet
Now you need a space to prepare and cook the food, but if
you are following my example, you are using chest freezers, so the tops
are counter space/space for appliances and such, then they can lift up
for access to the freezers. how to do that system I will talk about in a
Appliances: now you have a place to
sleep with two freezers, how do you cook? In the world of Tiny houses
you enter the world of Tiny appliances, or at least REALLY compact ones.
tabletop burners, convection/microwave ovens [that's right, its BOTH in
ONE] and a hot air popcorn popper [although you can just hook a heat
gun up to a metal colander and get the same result] although I heat some
pretty gunky stuff with that heat gun sometimes, I may just want to
keep a dedicated popper, or not eat popcorn, but where's the fun in
that?.... Everything I need fits on a 2'x5' counter on top of the
Total: 111 square feet.
In my opinion, one could live comfortably in 111 square feet and have
the options to have guests over. but wait, square footage doesnt count
if the ceiling height is less than 4 feet ie: a loft bed. so you COULD
say that you could live comfortably in 84 square feet with a 27 square
foot loft and have guests over.
What about stuff
storage? if you use your space efficiently, shelving, under couch
storage etc, you wont need a closet, just a hook for whatever you hang,
and keep the rest in boxes. :) simple, Tiny, and 100% awesome.
I was just reading over my post and realized that 16x7 is 112 square
feet... Ill call that extra square foot the luxury foot, you can use it
however you want. Ill put mine in the bathroom :)