Our Tiny House Dilemma
As we gear up to graduate and begin the work on our new house we have been researching and planning for the construction of our new home. We have settled on stick built with lumber we mill from the area we are building on but one of the biggest questions we have been struggling with is just how big this house is going to be.
As much as I love the tiny house movement, I am not sure it’s for us. Don’t get me wrong, compared to your average Americans we’re practically minimalists, but parts of our life require a lot of space. Just to give you an idea, in the corner of our dorm room there’s a 9 tray Excalibur dehydrator, a milk crate full of canning jars with a well used hand wringer sitting on top, a 1925 Singer Sewing Machine, a handmade basket of yarn, a cracked, worn, and mended spinning wheel, a birdhouse gourd, and a jolly, fat, little pumpkin.
As this house will be off grid, things like the hand wringer and washtubs and a drying rack will be used in the living room during the winter. Homesteading and being self reliant takes space.
We also will be sharing our home with a dog, a cat, and 4 litter trained rabbits 2 of which, weigh over 10 pounds. We also regularly have family that comes and visits us for a few days at a time.
At the same time we know we don’t want a huge a house. We enjoy the simplicity of not having a lot of stuff and limiting our space is one way to do that. Also the smaller the house the less firewood we have to cut, split, and stack to keep it warm. I also believe that smaller spaces bring people together.
Lately we have been thinking about a 24′ x 24′ cabin, not including a porch, with 1 1/2 or 2 stories. We hope that it is mostly open with the living room, kitchen, and bathroom downstairs, with one or two bedrooms upstairs. If it’s a full two stories that will give us a total of 1152 square feet. That’s enough room for our animals, homesteading activities, and guests but isn’t so big that we’ll feel the need to fill it up with more stuff.
So what do you think? Bigger? Smaller? What would you do?