Tiny houses seem to be very popular these days. Could you live in a tiny house?

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  1. Cyndi10 profile image84
    Cyndi10posted 7 years ago

    Tiny houses seem to be very popular these days. Could you live in a tiny house?

  2. shanmarie profile image70
    shanmarieposted 7 years ago

    I have lived in dorm rooms and motel rooms. I am sure I could live in a tiny house. More space just means more things. It's a want, not a necessity.

  3. FatFreddysCat profile image93
    FatFreddysCatposted 7 years ago

    I'm a big dude (6-foot-7) I'm not sure I could fit in one of those tiny houses. I imagine myself having to stick my feet out the window just to lie in bed.

    1. Borf11 profile image60
      Borf11posted 7 years agoin reply to this


    2. Cyndi10 profile image84
      Cyndi10posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I could definitely see the challenge for you! I suppose a tiny house is not an option.

  4. lisavollrath profile image93
    lisavollrathposted 7 years ago

    As an artist who works at home, I don't know that a tiny home would give me enough space. I'm not sure I could fit computer equipment, a studio, and a place to eat and sleep into 400 square feet, which is the upper size limit for most tiny houses.

    I live in a 3 bedroom, 1,100 square foot house now. I could see myself going down to something that's 700-800 square feet, and still having the space I need to live and work.

    1. Cyndi10 profile image84
      Cyndi10posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      That would probably be a challenge to have enough space to work + eat and sleep. Keeping the two separate just to give yourself some distance from work would be important as well, I would think.

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    RTalloniposted 7 years ago

    Of course I/we could.  People have lived in what could be called zero space, or depending on how one looks at it, total space (aka, the great outdoors) since time began.  That's why we have so much good information on things like making weather shelters and migrating seasonally.  Today, we call such people homeless.  People can pretty much find a way to do whatever they want or need to do. 

    That said, society in general has learned to plan and build so people are quite comfortable and safe in homes they can afford, no matter the size.  I think we as a society need to help each other rethink the concept of affordability.  Banks want people to simply look at the bottom line to see how big a loan they can get, but that is not the measure of what is affordable.  Considering affordability should include much, much more.

    How much will that big loan/house cost the children in a family when both parents must work full-time in or outside the home in order to "afford" it?  How much will that big loan/house cost if one of the parents loses their job for some unexpected reason?  How much will that big loan/house cost in dollars, time, and physical/mental energy for the upkeep of a larger home?  What a person/family can really afford should be evaluated from every angle, including prioritizing the people involved.

    It's interesting to read of how there are 51 million Americans living in multigenerational homes.  One family has made a business of showing how it's done.  Look up Four Generations One Roof.  Clearly, the selfishness that capitalists are constantly accused of has not reached all levels of society.  That the question "Can you imagine living with four generations under one roof?" is ever asked is proof that selfishness has more to do with a me-first society, income bracket notwithstanding.

  6. Rachel L Alba profile image91
    Rachel L Albaposted 7 years ago

    My house now is smaller then most even though it's two floors.  But no attic and only two closets and one bath.  When I was young I would have given anything for a bigger house.  Now that I'm older, I'm glad it's not too big.  Could I live in a tiny house???  Well, maybe if I lived alone.

  7. gmwilliams profile image85
    gmwilliamsposted 7 years ago


    I couldn't live in a tiny house, even a tiny apartment.  I am a person who needs MORE rooms than I currently have.  I need more rooms just for my massive clothes & shoes alone.  I need a house or an apartment w/at least 3 VERY HUGE/ENORMOUS walk-in closets then I would be greatly satisfied.

  8. cat on a soapbox profile image95
    cat on a soapboxposted 7 years ago

    If I lived alone where I did my own cooking and allowed for an overnight guest, I could manage to live comfortably in an 800 sq ft.home. Smaller than that would make me claustrophobic.

  9. tamarawilhite profile image87
    tamarawilhiteposted 7 years ago

    If the government would like to see more affordable housing, it could simply relax a lot of local, state and federal rules limiting the expansion of trailer parks. Those are small houses - and the cheaper ones have several hundred square feet of space accessible to the handicapped for less than $500 a month.

  10. Diana Lee profile image75
    Diana Leeposted 7 years ago

    Maybe not as small as the ones they have on the TV show, but yes I could do with some down sizing. It's just me and my dog now.

  11. earner profile image82
    earnerposted 7 years ago

    I find the term "tiny houses" then go on to describe a house bigger than my current (plenty large enough) house.  My current house is about 700 square feet.

    The smallest spaces I've lived in have been 250 square feet and 300 square feet.  Both are large enough to live in, but it really comes down to storage and layout. 

    Get the wrong layout and even the largest of houses can seem a problem.

    What amuses me often about "tiny house solutions" is that the cost of bespoke items is disproportionate to what's likely.  Most people live in small homes as they lack the money to choose a larger one, yet the bespoke solutions offered for a lot of smaller homes are out of the financial reach of those poorer people.


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