Sunday, July 17, 2011

Living Small

For our anniversary this weekend, we went to a bed and breakfast. We got to stay in a Texas Tiny House and oh it was so wonderful! I've been wanting to see inside one of those tiny homes for a long time. Saturday morning after breakfast, the owner gave us a tour of the other tiny homes as well as the other buildings they have on their property. He had done all the remodeling and building on the other homes (not the TTH ones) and S and he enjoyed talking woodworking for a while. It was way better than staying at a hotel!

We would absolutely love to live in one of these one day but....what to do with the children? Hmm. Details, details.

To the left when you walk in. 

Straight ahead when you walk in. 

To the right of that window. The ladder leads to the loft and bed.

A view of the whole living room from the loft. 

Looking back at the front door. 

To the very right when you walk in, is the kitchen.  The bathroom door is there on the left.

Looking up at the "bedroom."

The bath. River rock on the shower floor and ceiling tin on the walls. 
 One thing that sets the Texas Tiny Homes apart from other tiny homes is they use 90-something percent repurposed materials.
Salvaged sink.  When is the last time you saw 2 separate faucets?

Old windows saved from another house or building.

Old doors with doorknobs just like in my grandmother's house. 

All these antique details are really neat. 

And OH! the beautiful smell of all the wood! The hardwood floors were also antique. It was just beautifully made.

Good-bye Little House! We would love to live in you one day!
It's easy to imagine, while you are staying there, that you could actually live that small. Then you come home and walk abound your regular house and think HOW? Well, we don't need to go that radical with our simplifying right now, but I do wonder how much less we could live with.

I mean, instead shelves full of games, couldn't we just have a few decks of cards? You can play a lot of games with cards! Books are important, but you could get a Kindle or a Nook and do without shelves and shelves of books. (I don't want to, but you could.)

The bigger the area you live in, the more you fill it. If there is a shelf or mantle, you have to put things on them. We definitely do not live with just the necessities. And if we ever did get a tiny home, it would have to be bigger than the one we spent the night in. Still, I would love to go smaller. How about the Ingalls' home? That one would work just fine for me.

Except with A/C.

Hey, we're talking about simplifying, not losing our minds!


  1. i had not heard of these. "the bigger the area you live in, the more you fill it." so true! i once have a friend who rented a storage unit while they were trying to sell their home. when they changed their minds and decided to stay, they paid on that unit for three more years before they came to their senses. crazy. ;)

  2. Very cool. That brown wood door looks like the one right over there (points to my bedroom door) in my 1921 farm house in northern Wisconsin, minus the brass plate and my knob is cut glass :).

  3. This looks wonderful! I haven't heard specifically of Texas Tiny Homes before.

  4. They have something like these in Fredericksburg--- where were you guys??


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