After a couple of years of dreaming about building and living in our own tiny house, trying to figure out floor plans that maximize space so we can fit two kids, two dogs and a cat, we finally had the opportunity to stay in an Airbnb tiny house for a couple of nights. The Bayside Bungalow Tiny House. So now we know the answer to the question: Can we fit in a tiny house? No. It’s just a little too small for us. We are currently living in a pretty small space. Really, the only difference between where we’re living now and a tiny house is four and a half feet of width. But that’s kind of a lot.
Last summer, unbeknownst to Sunny, I started checking Airbnb for an interesting and unique vacation rental to celebrate our ten year anniversary. TEN YEARS! Crazy. Staying in a tiny house was at the top of my list, but I also checked out tree houses, boat houses, a yacht, fire lookouts, lighthouses, and other things I don’t recall. I looked all over the world, because afterall, we’re celebrating TEN YEARS! Turns out, there was a tiny house just two hours from home, which worked out well with a four-month-old baby tagging along.
Quick note: because I booked and paid for this last year, you won’t see it added to our budget. We’re sneaky.
It was great to get away from home, to have some time away from Coraline so we could give Mazlo some extra attention (although we missed Coraline, of course), and to check out a tiny house. Brittany built her tiny house a few years ago, before it became popular, and before there were so many options and ideas for building. She was one of the pioneers. And it’s cozy, and in a great location on her parents’ property, who are also delightful people. You should definitely consider staying there if you like tiny houses or fun getaways. You don’t even need to bring your own tape measure. There’s one provided. I measured a lot of things.
But what we really learned is that tiny house living probably isn’t right for us right now. It’s not something we could sustain long term, but it’s still fun to dream, and maybe some day we’ll figure out how to make it work.