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Tiny Homes Obsession

I have a confession. I’m obsessed with tiny homes. Like majorly obsessed. A few years ago, when the tiny home movement took off, I started dreaming about one day living in my very own tiny home. The obsession started off small, watching a few YouTube house tours every now and then, but quickly grew into a full-blown fixation. I’ve watched every episode of Tiny House Nation on Netflix, bored my dad with my incessant talking about tiny house living, scoured the Internet for examples of tiny homes to find out which elements I would want to include in mine, toured some tiny homes in Texas, and researched prices of making my dream a reality. I booked a stay at a really eclectic tiny home in Waco, TX during the summer of 2020, but had to cancel it due to the pandemic. I need to rebook for this summer.

What I love most about tiny home living is the clever use of space, the ethos of living with less, and the minimal costs compared to living in a traditional home. I also appreciate that you can build your tiny home in a sustainable way so that it can be mostly off the grid, saving energy and money in the process.

Here are some of my favorite tiny homes:

I’d love to build a custom tiny home in Austin, TX that I can rent out on AirBnB. It’d be decked out in funky furnishings and decor, something “Instagrammable” to draw in people looking for an experience on their holiday in the ATX. Ideally I’d like it to be as close to South Congress as possible, where all the action is. My tiny home would have plenty of room in the kitchen, a bedroom that you can stand up in, a luxurious bathroom, and a large deck with a variety of seating options and a place to barbecue.

Once I retire, I’d love to live in a tiny home, but I’m not sure yet where I’d like to retire. I’ve seen plenty of tiny homes that are mobile, which would give me freedom to move it from place to place, but I’m not sure that’s right for me, since that would pretty much limit me to the US. Perhaps I’ll build two tiny homes, one somewhere in the states and another somewhere else abroad (maybe Thailand, France, Italy, Portugal, Bali…) to give me options. I can always rent out the other one when I’m not there. My tiny retirement home will be somewhere with space and a view. I don’t want to live in a tiny house complex, where my windows look into my neighbor’s house. Outdoor living is important, and I’ve seen a few homes that bring the outside in by having glass doors that open completely, creating an open space between the living room and the deck. As someone who loves to entertain, it’s important that I can have a large living space in a tiny home. My retirement home needs to have room for guests, too. I’d love to have a spare bedroom for visitors, even if it’s just a loft.

Have you ever considered living in a tiny home?