Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Open House

Oh, this Tiny House Movement is really catching on!!!

The Tiny House Movement.  Have you heard about it?  I have been reading quite a lot about it lately.  According to this website, the typical, average-sized American house is about 2,600 square feet, while the typical "Tiny House" is about 400 square feet.  The rule of thumb seems to be that any home under 1,000 square feet will qualify you as a bona-fide member of the Tiny House Community.  It's all about simplification - financial, environmental, and well, just life in general.  Small houses cost less money (initial purchase and upkeep), have a smaller carbon footprint, and take up a lot less of a person's time. 

Here in Sierra Madre, we have our share of Tiny Houses, especially in the Sierra Madre Canyon.  I believe that quite a few homes in town were built as vacation cottages/cabins, as well.  Sierra Madre can even boast a Tiny (at 932 s.f.) Greene and Greene House.  I happen to live in a Tiny House.  Imagine... for all these years, I've been thinking that we were just people who lived in a really small house.  Nope.  We're Trend Setters.  Who knew??? 

So, do you want a Tiny House of your own?  Check out Tumbleweed Tiny House Company.  You can buy blueprints and build the house yourself.  In case you were wondering, I'm partial to the B-53, with a three-bedroom model at a gargantuan 874 s.f. but please, don't feel pressured by my Trend Setter Tendencies.  Feel free to choose for yourself.

    

15 comments:

  1. Oh oh, I *love* the Tiny House movement - seeing as I lived that life for years, oh to be a trendsetters!:) If only I knew all that time I was ahead of the curve. I love that Sierra Madre has embraced this, I wish Princeton would too.

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    1. Amazing to find out, after or nearly after the fact, that one is a Trendsetter! I don't know that Sierra Madre has exactly embraced it in recent years (or that they haven't!), but a lot of our remaining early homes are small. Lots of everything here!

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  2. ha, now that one is just a little bit too small, great title!

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    1. Thanks, Tanya! That title was my dose of wit for the week! :)

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  3. My house isn't tiny, but it's not big. I definitely wouldn't want more room to clean.

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    1. I could see that. I'd like a little more room, though, just to be able to organize better. I feel like I'm in a minute-by-minute battle with clutter, and I lose - often! One pair of shoes left out and it's a dump! :)

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    1. Thanks! A rare moment of inspiration... :)

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  5. I qualify. My house is 740 sq ft. 2 bd 1 bath. I like to think that the blueprint is based on mobile home models. I turned my two car garage into a studio and plastid a door through it. Hmmm that door might make a good Trash Tuesday.

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    1. 740 is perfect! That sounds like a great Trash Tuesday - I look forward to seeing the door.

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  6. Just read your reply to Margaret - that is so true

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    1. Isn't it? I don't really have a place to swipe stuff into, if someone comes over. I have to be constantly vigilant, which does not come naturally to me. So, I focus on that "must be either useful or beautiful" saying, to keep the clutter down.

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  7. Margaret and PA, I'd like to point out that I take my inspiration for being efficient in my small place from Mary Tyler Moore's apartment in Milwaukee!

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