No, Not That Small

9.05.2016

We have been bombarded on t.v. with the tiny house movement and I enjoy watching some of the shows and I catch Mr. Savvy watching them quite often. When I mention downsizing he says yes, we will build a tiny house. I say no, not that small. He's really joking. The other problem with the tiny house besides the close quarters is the bedroom is usually up a steep set of stairs and then you are in a very confined space. Since I usually get up once or twice a night to go to the bathroom, it would be a bit of a problem going up and down those stairs to the bathroom. The main reason I want to downsize is to lose the stairs and the second floor and the huge yard.....and

 When we attended the Cashiers showhouse they had a tiny house so nicely tucked into the surroundings for us to tour as an extra.

I really loved the way this one was decorated very casually in black, gray and white. Nice touch with the beams.

Loved the black swing out windows.





Look how cute the exterior is. Shingles that look like tree bark just fit right in to this mountain plot.

This is the view from the porch.



This olive bucket turned chandy was hanging from the tree over the table.

When I talk about downsizing I mean around 1800 to 2000 square foot one story house. 

Could you live in a tiny house?

See the Cashiers showhouse here and here and here.

44 comments:

  1. Hmmm we do, and have for 25 years. It's considered 4 bd,2 ba,because every bedroom all have closets. But really one is tiny. Smaller home , never,but Hubs,would love zero lot line. Thank goodness for huge walk in closets.

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  2. Yes!! But the hubby would not!! Haha!! We have about 2000 sq ft on one level but I want smaller!!

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  3. This is a beautiful house. I agree that I could not live in a tiny tiny house. We are in our early 60s and we are planning on moving from our home to a 55+ development in a couple of years. It will be around 1700-1900 sq. ft. and they will care for the lawn and will have many activities. Dell Web is the community. They have them all over the US. It will be hard to move from our neighborhood but I think the smart thing for us to do. Thanks for the post.

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    1. Lin, we have a Dell Web community close by and it is sold out with a waiting list. Sounds like y'all have good plans.

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    2. Thanks Kim. We have one that is completed in Mt. Juliet, Tn and our friends live there and love it. The one we are looking at has just broken ground in Spring Hill, Tn.

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  4. We live in the house of stairs, so will need to make some changes eventually. I could downsize if we found the right fit.

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  5. We are in our late 60's, and in 2014 we downsized to a 2000 square foot one level house. It's perfect for us. We do have a small yard, not a garden home. Life is much easier!

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  6. Kim, our house is not so large and thankfully one level, but almost 20 acres of land is too much. About 13 acres is pasture, but the other 7 acres has to be maintained and it is too much! As I get older I just want all the upkeep to be easier!

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  7. I love the tiny house shows and I think I would like one just for weekend getaways on a lake or somewhere pretty. I'm in my 60's and 8 years ago I moved to the house I have now and I love it. It's 2000 sq feet and all on one floor. Plenty of room for my sewing room and it's just me. I don't do stairs anymore. Hugs,

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  8. Kim, my house is only just over 1000 sq. ft. I consider that close enough to tiny! I would go bananas in one of those really tiny homes--like with 650 sq. ft. And I'm with you on those sleeping lofts! My tendencies toward claustrophobia would really blossom if I had as little head space as those have. No, no, no, can't consider a tiny house. Actually, I would like a little bigger house! My family thinks I 'm nuts!

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  9. Our home is a little less than 1500 sq. ft. and at times, it is too small for me, especially the kitchen!

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  10. That's my main complain about tiny houses... Those bedrooms up there! They're crazy small. No, I don't like that, too small!

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  11. I love to watch those tiny house shows too but even though I like small and cozy they are too small for me. Our new home is about 1600 sq. feet and is just perfect size for us. Our other cottage ranch was 1700 sq. feet and all one level. Loved the one level living. Miss that. Have a great new week.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  12. Yes, that was a tiny house, a teeny tiny house...I want a smaller home, but not that small...one level is a priority and the stairs in that tiny house just did not appeal to me...but the house was cute as a button....a small button!

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  13. As you know, we built in a 55 plus community almost 4 years ago. However, as much as we talked about downsizing, we now say, "we flunked downsizing"!!!:):) We still have almost 4000 sq. feet. BUT, we have fabulous storage space, have the master on the first floor, the laundry is right next to the master (I LOOOOVE this feature), we finished most of the basement, and have a guest room, guest bath and bonus room upstairs. I KNOW I would not be happy in something smaller. But to each his own, as they say. I have to say, we both love living here, we can join in whatever activities we want and skip what doesn't interest us. I have loved having the pool. It is the best move we have ever made. Sorry, didn't mean to write a book:):)

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  14. I could not live in a Tiny House like the ones I see on HGTV. I don't enjoy the show either. Just too small!

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  15. I could not live in a Tiny House like the ones I see on HGTV. I don't enjoy the show either. Just too small!

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  16. The tiny house concept is an interesting trend. I've wondered if Millennials left with large college tuition debt are fueling the trend. I don't believe we could manage less than 1,000. square feet. Having a comfortable bedroom, and single level is important. We've lived in several homes of various size. Our latest downsize; a Victorian cottage on a postage stamp lot. Our secret, Craig's list, what a lovely way to place furniture, and antiques up for adoption, while making new friends.

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  17. I think the optimal word is Tiny. For those of us who just hit 60, or it hit me, I think of the future health needs. What if I needed a walker or wheelchair even if for awhile?
    When I met my hunny bunny I had a 4 bedroom 2 story home. He had recently purchased a condo. When we married 14 years ago he asked me if I wanted a house? Maybe it was the 32 containers of Christmas decorations? But I said no. It had possibilities. So happy we didn't move. No yard work, no house painting, no roof repairs or plumbing problems. Our unit has a yard and we have an outdoor kitchen, a waterfall we just took out and he built me a she shed. So I'm glad we downsized when we did. It has all we need, till we move to the kids in Florida 😉

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  18. I have a tendency towards claustrophobia, so no I could not. I agree about potty runs overnight, too, and those steep stairs/ladder on most of them. No thanks!

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  19. We have 1300 square feet for a family of three (plus frequent visitors since family all live far away--they don't come for dinner, they come for a week). A pretty big yard, which husband wanted; I am like Woody Allen, at two with nature. The yard is mostly pool and terraces for dining. We both work from home, so there are two offices. I think it's too big, especially the yard, and we have too much stuff. I admire the tiny house movement, but I also wouldn't want to climb stairs or ladders to bed. I think 900-1200 square feet is plenty, even for a family. I grew up in a family of four kids in 1100 square feet, and that was fine. More space = more stuff and more work. Our current house feels far bigger because it's very open. No halls. The kitchen/dining/living room are one big room. The bathrooms are too small, I admit. Sometimes I like the apartments we're renovating better than our house.
    My parents had to move out of their house of 55 years because of the stairs, even though my mom got one of those elevator seats. The laundry was in the basement, and she couldn't ride the seat up the stairs with a basket of clothes. There were steps to go in the house. So even though it was mostly one level, it was too much for a pair of 80-somethings. Also, since they couldn't get out easily they were very isolated, not even seeing neighbors. They moved to assisted living, and had mixed feelings about it--a little too much seeing other people, some of whom had dementia.
    I'd rather be in an apartment complex with a nice balcony and an elevator, in the middle of downtown. Many of our friends have bought apartments to move to in the next few years--the better to get settled and make friends and contacts in the new setting. The older you get the more you resist change. One couple in their early 70s recently sold their house near us and moved to the same apartment complex as their daughter. Smart idea.

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    1. Our first home we lived in for 20 years was 1300 square feet with very tiny bathrooms and a small galley kitchen and I could not wait to get my bigger dream house. I do still love it, but am thinking about the future and how we will need smaller with less stuff and work. I've just got to keep at him about it. He is the one that isn't ready. Maybe after he retires in a couple of years.

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  20. I couldn't live in a tiny house although I do romance the simplicity of them. I never thought that I'd say this but I do love living in a one story home (or at least I will, once we move back in when the renovation is complete).

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    1. Kimberly, our first house was a ranch with a basement. I could so easily go back to a one story. I can't wait till yours is complete so we can see it.

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  21. The exterior of that house is really beautiful ♥ I love seeing the tiny houses on TV... But as you said, those little sleeping areas and steep stairs won't work for me ♥


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  22. No tiny house for me. It has always been just the two of us, so we've never needed - or wanted - a big house. I think of the upkeep. We're very social/involved (LOL) and I just don't want to be thinking about cleaning all the time, etc. We are all one level with a basement and a big 4-car garage with workshop (guess whose play-space that is???). I think around 1800 square feet and that doesn't include sunroom and garage. We have a big yard but for now it's manageable. I used to have someone come mow for my grandmother and he still comes to my dad's. I guess we could do that if it comes to it. I have to have some privacy and space! LOL
    PS - those sleeping "lofts" - no!

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  23. I don't know. I downsized to 1861 sf and I feel cramped. After 10 years, I am longing for more sf, not less.

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  24. We moved less than a year ago. We love our condo. It looks like a ranch home with lots of land around us. We are attached to one person and they face the opposite direction. We have three bedrooms and an open floor plan. No yard work. 1500 square feet. No stairs. We also face a pond. We love it.

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  25. I agree Kim, I like the tiny homes but couldn't deal with the loft bedroom. We live in a small home and have a finished basement with lUndry down there. I would love to have everything on one level. Slowly, I will be downsizing my garden because it's too much work. We just bought a brand new retro style 22 ft camper with a slide out. We plan on traveling and living in for a month at a time. It's 200 square feet with the slide we love it so far but I couldn't live thT small all the time.

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  26. I confess I do not understand the concept of tiny homes.. While I am of the age that I do want to downsize... I just could not imagine living in a space that small... plus.. It makes me think ... "Just buy a Motor Home or a Travel Trailer ?? I adore a small Craftsman Cottage type bungalow ... maybe 1000 square feet or so?? BUT... a bedroom area where you can't stand up?? .... UMMMMM don't think so .. !!! Thank you for sharing !!!!

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  27. Having grown up in a very big and old rambling English farmhouse, I have always loved big rooms and space. Our home is 3250 sq ft, but my husband would have liked something much bigger, I had to remind him that a bigger house costs even more to heat in the winter, this is bad enough already! but there are 7 of us plus lots and lots of visitors and we do need the space. Our eldest daughter is a design student and she is passionate about tiny houses, Her favourite day out is a trip to IKEA, Not to buy anything but just to walk around the minuscule show apartments and I agree they are quite inspirational, I don't know how they fit so much into such minute spaces.

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  28. I could live in a tiny house, but it would have to be around 500 square feet. With a real bathroom (no composting toilets!) and only one story.

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  29. Tiny house? Ah, no. My dream is an ancient mansion, cheap, with many, many rooms. The more square footage the better. A home that doubles as a bed and breakfast. :)

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  30. When we live in our vintage trailer, 85 sq ft, and we come home to our 1183 sq ft charmer it feels like a mansion. Its all about perspective. Its not small to me at all.

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  31. No tiny house for me. They are as cute as can be, but the loft situation gives me claustrophobia. I don't need much, but I draw the line at crawling.

    All I really want is a condensed version of what we currently have. 3200 sf has been wonderful, but not necessary now that our kids are grown and gone. Something around 2000 sf would be perfect for us.... as long as it comes with a screened porch with a fireplace! I have a lot of back porch rockin' to do....

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  32. The tiny houses are cute but I think it's a fad that will soon pass as soon as people realize they have no room in them. I'd be bumping into someone or something constantly. They'd be perfect for a vacation home on some small acreage but not a full-time house. And those stairs. No way.

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  33. If I were single and rid myself of 90% of my stuff I could live in perhaps 600 sf. The hubbs and I already live in a relatively small house at just under a 1000 sf. Although we do have a HUGE garage (896 sf), which is almost as big as our house. We could comfortably scale down to perhaps 850 sf, but no less.

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  34. I m fascinated by the creativeness of styling a small house.only. Do not one one myself . I think there are other comprises for downsizing.

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  35. I love the Tiny House show. It's sorta like watching a train wreck... you just can't believe someone would choose to live in a space that small. Yes, they probably have great hopes but I know how easily our lives get cluttered. The tiny home you are showing is gorgeous though!

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  36. I loved touring that tiny house with you. I live in a very small cottage compared to American houses, but I wouldn't want to live in a tiny house... I think this trend is just as extremist as living in a huge, huge house.

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  37. I would love to know where I could see more pictures of the tiny house. I myself would love to own one just like this one. I am curious about the bedroom and bath. I presently live in an 800 sq ft apartment and it is more than enough for me, I like small spaces.

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    1. This was a temporary set up on the property of the Cashiers showhouse tour which is over.

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  38. I could live in a tiny house if it had space for a real couch (not a wooden built-in with cushions), a real toilet, large shower, large closet and a real bedroom. My clumsiness and loft sleeping would not meld well for the exact reason you said, late night bathroom trips!

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  39. My husband (a retired architect, now a full-time artist) and I designed our 670 sq ft cottage with attached (via a breezeway) 190 sq ft artist's studio. Our contractor built it a year ago. We absolutely love it. We could have built a much larger home, but were tired of all the work and expense to maintain a larger residence. It's so freeing to let go of all the "stuff" and enjoy life simply. I'll never, ever again live in a big house.

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