Since Janice and I moved onto Livin’ Life, I have been reading a lot about the tiny home craze that started several years ago in the upper northwest. For the past couple of years, we have been living in a tiny home as well (Livin’ Life) and have to make many daily sacrifices. Unfortunately, we have to give up a lot living on the water but it definitely is worth it!
Before our trip throughout the upper northwest, I read a book named You Can Buy Happiness (and it’s Cheap). Can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/You-Can-Buy-Happiness-Cheap .
Within this book, it explains that you can be just as happy (or more happy) when you are not tied down with material possessions, mortgage payments and a large dwelling to care for. The author Tammy Strobel lived the typical American life. Worked hard, bought a huge house and was in debt over her head until she made a major change in her life. Pare down, sell everything and live simply. Hmmm…. Sound familiar??
Well I was extremely interested in this new craze and when we were entering Oregon in the upper northwest, I could not wait to spend the night in a couple of different tiny homes. When we were closer to Portland, I booked two different tiny homes on http://www.airbnb.com.
Tiny House #1
This was the first tiny home that we stayed in while we were visiting Portland. After driving over 14 hours, we FINALLY arrived at our destination. After re-reading the instructions by the owner, we entered the tiny house and boy it was SMALL, about 100 sf, maybe a little too small but it sure was cozy. The tiny home had a small bathroom (5′ high ceiling), small stove and even a tiny refrigerator.
Unfortunately, if you wanted to bathe you had to walk through the backyard and use the outdoor shower. We would have loved to try it but it was COLD, so Janice and I opted to pass and decided that our next Tiny Home needed to have an indoor shower!
Other than the shower situation and the tiny bathroom, we had a great time and was amazed how the space was used. Very efficient, but it felt a little like camping.
Tiny House #2
After visiting Hood River with our friends from Indigo, we tried one more tiny home in the Portland area. This one was constructed a little better and received really good reviews on AirBnb. Best part? This one had an indoor shower! Score. After entering through the back gate and walking through their vast garden, we arrived at the Tiny Home and it was pretty nice inside. We stayed here two nights and had a wonderful time. This one didn’t feel like camping at all and we loved the garden outside.
I am really glad that we had a chance to stay in two entirely different tiny homes in Portland. After a lot of discussion with Janice, we unanimously decided we want a much larger place than 100 square feet. However, we both decided that we DEFINITELY want a smaller place if we ever live on land again – 500 sf perhaps?!?! Only time will tell. Until then we will continue our comfy life aboard Livin’ Life and keep searching for our perfect paradise.
Pros & Cons of Tiny Home Living:
- Extremely inexpensive
- Eco-friendly (low impact on environment)
- A less “cluttered” life – no place to put a bunch of stuff
- VERY VERY small space
- Many states do not allow houses smaller than 600 sf
- Less storage space = more trips to the store
- No room for hospitality
- No escaping the people you live with