Mom, Dad, and a Teenager (Really!) in 160 Square Feet

Mom, Dad, and a Teenager (Really!) in 160 Square Feet

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Nancy Mitchell
Feb 15, 2016
(Image credit: Tiny Hall House)

Tiny houses are all the rage these days, but a lot of the tiny houses you see are just vacation homes where people spend a weekend or a few days. And then there's the Hall family of Massachusetts, who took the plunge and moved their entire family — mom, dad, their 18-year-old son, and a dog — into a house that measures only 160 square feet.

(Image credit: Tiny Hall House)
(Image credit: Tiny Hall House)

The setup is quite similar to other tiny homes we've seen — you walk into the living room, and on the other side of the house there's the kitchen, with a loft bed above. The loft bedroom in this house even looks like it has a decent amount of headroom, thanks to the dormers on either side of the house.

(Image credit: Tiny Hall House)

The kichen is a fairly simple affair — there's a counter height fridge that tucks under the stairs to the loft, and a countertop stove that can be stored when it's not in use to free up work space. The family's clothes get stored in the cabinet to the right, and the sliding door with the glass insert leads to the bathroom.

(Image credit: Tiny Hall House)

The Halls helpfully answer questions (like "how do you make the bed?") on their blog about the experience. And yes, they answer the question you're probably all dying to ask: how in the world do three people live in a house this small without driving each other crazy? The answer: you have to be sensitive to everyone's needs, and give them space when they need it. Mom says that when she needs to get away, she will sometimes go to the loft and put on headphones and chill.

She also answers other questions about their unusual setup: the decision to move into the house was made by all three members of the family, and their son, who sleeps on the sofa bed that you can see to the left of the door in the second picture, is quite happy with the arrangement. He'll be heading off to college soon, where, I'm guessing, his dorm room will seem positively palatial.

You can read more about the Halls' adventures in living small on their blog.

via Curbed and Tiny House Swoon

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