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Sunday, August 7, 2016

...it's how you use it

How big do you like it?  Magnum and I pondered this question this afternoon.

Yup, headed on out to the Tiny House Jamboree!

We might be looking to downsize someday, but we're not really in the market for a tiny house.  It just looked like a fun thing to go kick around.  We invited Meego to come along:

Me:  Wanna go check out the tiny houses?!
Meego:  Why?

Uhm...

Okay, so he stayed behind.  I will say that, although the event was well attended, I didn't see a whole lot of teens there.  Families with little kids and empty-nesters made up the majority.  A few young childless couples too.  I'd bet that a lot of attendees were like us - just looky loos,  not really serious about owning a tiny house.



So it was a fun few hours.   This was the third and last day of the event, and judging by the crowd, I'd say they made a good amount of money from it.  Since the houses were so tiny, there were long lines to go inside them, as they only held a few people.

There were also quite a few houses.  I don't know the complete count, but plenty to see.

It was interesting how the designers made the most of the small spaces, but really, we didn't find them to be anything special compared to a camper or RV.   In fact, the Airstream people were there.  Maybe they realized they'd have a ripe and captive audience.   Here's a shot for Agg79.  Don't mind the huge paint brush.  Obviously no one told them this was an event for tiny things.



One thing that did seem to set the tiny houses apart was that most of them had nice roomy loft areas. Once inside them, they did feel like they had more space than one would expect from looking at the outside.













And, of course, I have written permission from these random jamboree goers to publish photos of them here.  *COUGH* ahem*










Here's a tiny house kitchen, with my good friends the PhotoBomb family.


There was a range of sizes, but most fell within about 300 square feet of living area.  Some of the bathrooms were surprisingly large, while others were very airplane travel-esque.

Good times at the jamboree, but I'm in no rush to shrink.  How big do you like it?

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9 comments:

Sparkling Red said...

My condo is around 1000 square feet and I wouldn't like to downsize any smaller, thanks for asking. It might be fine in a warm climate where you can spend most of your time outside, but with Canada's long winters it doesn't seem practical.

Abby said...

1000 sq. ft sounds about right. And I was thinking the same thing too - what about winter? I get cabin fever already as it is!

ShadowRun300 said...

We went from a 2500 square foot house to a 1200 square foot house which took some getting used to. (But only because there are times we have 3 kids living with us.). I could probably go a little smaller if they promise to move out, but I have no desire to go THAT small. (No matter how they use it...)

agg79 said...

As one who has spent time inside a 30 foot trailer with with my significant other, a kid and two wet dogs, I could add some perspective. I get the desire to get rid of the clutter and simplify, but sometimes having the space to stretch out is a luxury we appreciate when we are older. I recall dorm life and living in tiny apartment back in my college day where your primary furnishing consisted of a couch/futon/bed arrangement and your gardening comprised a window ledge. I see pros and cons for Tiny Houses but I still prefer my aluminum can on wheels - it's mobile and we can change the scenery as often as we like. Besides, those houses look so small, you'd have to go outside to change your mind (old Airstreamer's joke).

Abby said...

There's downsizing, then there's DOWNsizing. We're at around 1800 sq. ft which seems a little big since the two older guys moved out, although it was often cramped while they were here. After the jamboree, it feels like a mansion.

Abby said...

I agree. I like clutter-free simplicity, but mainly because it gives me more SPACE. The jamboree attracts a good crowd, but I wonder what percentage of the populations really wants to live in a tiny house. I'd guess it's a low number.

Ramzu Zahini said...

Oh wow... To have a mobile home and to do things inside it....
A mobile home, RV etc are rarity here in Malaysia as most people live in actual houses and prefer them to be bigger.
I'd like one though, to do ehem... Interesting stuff. ;D

Abby said...

Nasty dark lord stuff? The Unabomber had a tiny house...

Tee said...

I couldn't do it. It's one thing to live in a confined space while camping now and then. But making it a regular or permanent thing? No thanks. Of course, if I was always in an agreeable climate, where the outdoors could be part of my living space, I could probably handle it.