Tiny Houses: How Small is Too Small?

Tiny Houses: How Small is Too Small?

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Nancy Mitchell
Mar 2, 2015
(Image credit: Portlandia)

There's a skit from Portlandia (of course) poking fun at the tiny-house movement. In it, two earnest hipsters inhabit a 'microhouse' that doesn't look all that small from the outside — but inside, there are all kinds of er, unconventional solutions, from a toilet that doubles as a desk chair to a fold-away litter box.

Of course this is humor, but most things that are funny are funny because they have a tiny grain of truth in them. Which leads us to the question: how small is too small? Where do you draw the line between a house that promotes a beautifully simple lifestyle — and one that is just plain cramped?

While you're thinking about your answer, take a look at some of our favorite tiny houses that we've featured over the years. Somehow, the inhabitants of these itty bitty spaces manage to make it work — with nary a toilet desk or folding litter box in sight.

(Image credit: Kevin Hoth)

Christopher & Merete's Truly Tiny Home on the Range
Location: Hartsel, Colorado
Size: 127 square feet

(Image credit: June Bhongjan)

Tim and Hannah's Affordable DIY Self-Sustainable Micro Cabin
Location: Tahoe, California
Size: 196 square feet

Although this cabin clocks in at a relatively spacious 196 square feet, it also lacks indoor plumbing. So there's that.

(Image credit: Tammy Everts)

Four People (and a Dog) Living in 180 Square Feet
Location: Gulf Islands, British Columbia

Once again, relatively spacious. But: four people.

(Image credit: Submitted by Alek)

A Peek Inside Alek's Tiny Project House
Location: Sebastopol, California
Size: 160 square feet

All of the homes pictured above are vacation houses, but this one is inhabited full-time, by Alek, his girlfriend, and their small dog. It may seem crowded to other people — but to them it's just home.

via Curbed

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