How We Roll
There is even a little house competition! Maybe we can submit our modifications and enter the contest. Well…probably not, but it’s fun to think about. When we find the time. Right now we are too busy living the dream. Or at least trying to figure out what that means to us, exactly. In our tiny house.
There is a show on TV (A & E) called Tiny House Nation. We started watching it since, well…we live in a tiny house. Some of the houses I’ve seen on the show are bigger than ours, but not by much. And they usually stay in one place. But other than that, there are many similarities. Downsizing is not just a good idea, it's mandatory.
Recently, an article from Gizmag (an online techie mag I subscribe to) showcased a tiny house that can be pulled by a bicycle!!!! You really have to see this. Go here to check it out: http://www.gizmag.com/ Gizmag has articles about other portable tiny houses too. (I’ve included some pics.) The Salsa Box is built by a Portland, Oregon company called Shelter Wise. The Tiny Leaf House was designed by Canadian Laird Herbert to accommodate a family of 4 and withstand the cold Canadian climate.
Our motor home has about 310 square feet of living space when the slide-outs are out. Wow. Maybe we’ve really discovered something here. Remember my blog on downsizing??? I thought we were blazing a new trail, but it turns out we (motor home dwellers) are not the only ones trying to simplify our lives.
According to “The Tiny Life” a website dedicated to tiny houses, the typical American house is about 2600 square feet. The typical small or tiny house is 100-400 square feet. “For most Americans, 1/3 to 1/2 of their income is dedicated to the roof over their heads; This translates to 15 years of working over your life time just to pay for it and because of it 76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.” thetinylife.com
Who knew we were part of a movement? Wait. Can you be part of a movement without knowing it? I wonder if we need to pay dues or something…I watched a Ted Talks video where a man, Adam Baker, talked about it in terms of defining “freedom” for ourselves. And he makes a good case for seriously reducing the number of things we own and for living our dreams. You can watch the video on YouTube here.
Did you know there is a movement afoot where people
are living in tiny houses? Well, people are joining the movement because of environmental and financial concerns and because they want more time for their lives as opposed to spending a large amount of time maintaining their living spaces.