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The Tiny House Plan

2010 July 10
by laura

In my last post I mentioned that we were putting our house on the market and would be moving into a tiny house once our current house sells.

Why on earth would we move our family of four from 2300 square feet of luxury into a house of 1100 sq ft which is less than half the size?

In a word…

Simplification.

We have lived in our dream house now for nearly 7 years.  It’s great.  It has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, a big kitchen.  It’s perfect.

We can totally afford it.  We have a tenant in a detached in-law suite behind the garage who pays a big chunk of our mortgage.

So what is it?

I guess the question is ‘do we need all this space?’ and we are thinking that the answer is ‘no’.   We don’t.

We have several rooms that we never use.  We have closets that are full of stuff that we don’t really need.  We have to paint the house every 5 -7 years and that takes either time or money.  We have to clean it, we have to maintain it.   We have to maintain all the stuff inside of it.

Yes, that’s what home ownership is all about.

But, it doesn’t have to take up so much of our time.  If we cut the size of our house in half, it accomplishes several things.

One, we have half as much house to keep up.

Two, we have to get rid of at least half of our stuff, and will free up more time and energy by not having all this stuff around.

Three, we will not spend as much money on the house.  The mortgage payment will be lower and the maintenance will cost less.

Four, we will probably leave the house more.  The kids are getting to an age where they will be doing more and more activities and we will be out and about more anyway.  It will be nice to know that we aren’t sacrificing time that we need to spend maintaining the house, and will be able to enjoy living instead.

More life, less house.  That’s what we are thinking.

We may be crazy and we may get there and realize it is just too small.  But I kind of doubt it.  I think it’s going to be great and we are going to love the freedom that will come with it.

Right now we are in the midst of demolishing the old 50s kitchen.  If it’s going to be a tiny house, I at least need it to be functional.  I’ll post some before and after pictures in the next post.

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  1. August 21, 2010

    Laura – This sounds like a great move, and like you are going about it in exactly the right way. We combined families and now have 5 people, a cat and and dog in 1500 square feet, and find that clutter is our biggest challenge. The more you can clear out before you move, the better the experience will be. We’ve gotten rid of so much, that it’s a wonder the people at Goodwill don’t know us by name! And yet we still have piles of stuff. It’s an ongoing project, but well worth it! Good luck!

  2. August 23, 2010

    Hi Asha,
    Thanks for the kind words, and congratulations on your recent victory of getting your master closet cleaned out. I am excited about starting the adventure in the new house, but our current house hasn’t sold so we will have to delay the move for a little while. I’m taking it as a sign that I have more decluttering to do first.

    I’ll add your blog to my feed reader. I think we may be on similar paths.

    Best,
    Laura

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