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Woman Moves into 186 Sq. Ft. Tiny Home in Vancouver

This 186 sq. ft. tiny house on wheels is called Thousand Crow. It was built for a 50-year-old woman in Vancouver who wanted to own home.

Since Vancouver is known as the 2nd most unaffordable place to own a home in the world, according to CBC, Isabella Mori decided to go tiny so she can actually own her own home without going broke or struggle to pay for a house.

She found a builder named John from a company called Camera Buildings and after spending $39,000 she now owns her very own tiny house on wheels. She didn’t have to build it herself and she’s living in it at an RV park. The queen bed rolls out from underneath the ground so there’s no upstairs sleeping loft either. And there’s lots of built-in storage throughout this tiny house including built-in floor storage. Please enjoy and re-share below. Thanks!

Woman Moves into 186 Sq. Ft. Tiny Home

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  • Cahow January 24, 2015, 11:17 am

    Anyone with “Veronica Mars” DVD’s is a !WINNER! in my book! 😀

    This home is pure bliss. The windows are amazing, the layout is flawless for this application and the sliding bed is genius. The resident moggy is a bonus.

    We’re SO lucky that tiny home owner’s allow us into their homes to enjoy them. <3

    • Alex January 26, 2015, 5:10 pm

      Thanks I’m glad you enjoyed it too! 😀

    • Mandy Tirado September 25, 2015, 5:44 pm

      Agreed. I’d love to have a very similar floor plan for my family of 5. The roll away bed is genius! I love it! A small house of about 300 square feet would maybe work for my family? It’ll be a few years, but this is something to aspire to.

  • Lannette January 24, 2015, 11:38 am

    Very nice TH! When I first saw the pink chair with the metal pot, I thought; “Please don’t tell me that’s the toilet!” I followed the link at the top of the article and discovered additional pictures including several of the bathroom.

    I do wonder what it’s like living with the horizontal shadows visible in the pictures.

    • Sally January 25, 2015, 4:58 pm

      Thanks for the laugh for the pink chair and pot idea 🙂 Anything’s possible in a TH.

  • larissa January 24, 2015, 11:47 am

    Very inspiring! And yes a big THANKS to all who open their doors to us

  • Marsha Cowan January 24, 2015, 12:00 pm

    I really, really, really like this tiny house. It seems that as time goes by, more and more people are getting so creative with their tiny spaces. This one is a good example. I love the way the bed pulls out, and I especially like the kitchen. I could not tell too much about the bath, though. Any way to get more pics of that? This is a great house! Thanks for sharing…

    • Cahow January 24, 2015, 2:42 pm

      I couldn’t agree more with your assessment, Marsha. I believe I’ve subscribed to Alex’s postings about 1.5 years now and the unbelievable metamorphosis of what tiny homes USED to look like and what they are NOW is nothing short of amazing!

      Speaking ONLY from my own Sense and Sensibilities of what excites me, the initial postings were more like random tool sheds that had been outfitted with a slab of plywood for a counter top, a horrifically uncomfortable chair and a loft that you were forced to clamber up via a rickety old ladder. It appeared to me that they were designed by and for the “Hemp Wearing/Raw Food Millennials” and NO ONE that was aged, desired a flush toilet and more than two pairs of shoes need apply.

      Decorative items were Poo-Poo’d as “clutter” and you were admonished if you didn’t rid yourself of all Earthly Goods beside some old Mother Jones’s magazines and the obligatory copy of “Walden, or Life in the Woods.” (insert eye roll HERE)

      Now, we see how the world of micro/tiny/small homes have expanded to incorporate ALL types of lifestyles: the minimalist, the aged, the “I love to cook/bake and must have full sized appliances person”, the off gridder, the full on gridder,the empty nester, the never nested, and families with children.

      I love that Alex posts so many different alternatives to the housing problem. You wanna live tiny? So be it! Perhaps a blog posting of a 1,000 sq.ft. home shows you a deck treatment that you can mimic. You wanna live on one floor? So be it. Perhaps a loft blog posting shows an ingenious tiling or bathroom application. I continue to receive pleasure and exciting ideas from almost all of Alex’s offerings and just flip them to work into my life style.

      I’m so happy that the Floodgates of Creativity are pouring forth so many grand ideas. 😀

  • mark January 24, 2015, 12:17 pm

    In Hongcouver a crapshack is $1 million….. wonder what the rent on the lot is where she stays? 😉

    • alice h January 24, 2015, 2:22 pm

      Nah, crackshacks are only about $800,000. The RV park where this house is runs about $1,000 month I think. It’s close to transit, shopping, waterfront, etc. and a short hop to downtown or mountains. Cheaper than many rental apartments with better amenities. It’s pretty deluxe. Lots of greenery too.

      • mark January 24, 2015, 3:58 pm

        $800,000?! Got indoor plumbing with that? 😉
        1k / month is what I guesstimated. Could rent a big, beautiful apt. in many parts of Canada for that!

      • mark January 24, 2015, 4:14 pm

        Yes 800k for a crackshack BUT 1 mill for crapshack

        • alice h January 25, 2015, 2:04 pm

          Oh , duh, sorry, meant crapshack!

  • Diana Huntress January 24, 2015, 12:52 pm

    $210 per sq ft seems like a lot to me, too, especially when you consider it
    excludes land and all her very cool accoutrements. I am surprised
    at how much some builders charge for Tiny Homes and get away with it.

    • Cahow January 25, 2015, 11:39 am

      Pricing is relative, Diana. A person pays the amount of money that is needed to accomplish their goal.

      A maxed out Mini Cooper at $36,000 is almost the same price as a Ford F 150 at $40,000. Was the owner of a new Mini “cheated” because they paid THAT price for a wee car? No, not if the Mini suits their needs.

      Same goes for a tiny house. If ALL the person has to do to move into their Turn Key house is write a check and pick up the key, that is what suited their needs.

      Many people have NO desire to build from scratch or go scrounging on craigslist for materials. That requires a very specific mind-set of individual and BRAVO! to those people who have the fortitude and desire to do all that work! I do this for a living and I know how mentally and physically exhausting it is with each project; I am an empty husk after each revamping. I can’t even imagine doing it for myself, to be honest.

      Just as you can go to the Dollar Store and pick up a box of chocolates for a buck, you can also go to a Chocolatier and pay $2.50 for a single truffle. Only the person who is planning on enjoying it can decide WHO got the better deal for their money.

      • Kathy September 26, 2015, 12:29 am

        Cahow, very intelligently and succinctly put! Bravo for reminding people that every tiny houser has a different idea of what suits him/her, and what s/he is willing to pay for that. One person’s desires do not negate another’s! There’s room for all sorts of tiny living. I too have been reading Alex’s wonderful posts for about a year and a half and have watched with dismay sometimes (scrounged Craig’s list and rickety ladders as you said), delight other times, amazement at the cleverness of some people, and envy many times! And it’s so much fun!

    • Jodie Dew January 25, 2015, 6:06 pm

      Like previous posters pointed out, price per sq ft varies from area to area, but the biggest thing to remember about homes like this is that they are custom made, and anything custom doubles, triples or even more the price of things. And anything considered art cost more than something mass produced.

  • lynnette January 24, 2015, 1:06 pm

    It’s lovely. However for the price it seems a bit much however I’m sure Vancouver prices are much more than the US. I agree you could have probably purchased a very nice RV or camper with more amenities.

    • Doris January 25, 2015, 3:01 pm

      Vancouver prices are staggering. For a quality, custom-built home with some great storage ideas, she got a bargain. And not to insult the RVers, but a trundling old metal box can rarely become anything else than a gas-guzzling behemoth waiting for a breakdown. I’ve known full-timers, and the maintenance is a nightmare. As Karen and James pointed out, with a budget of $39,000, don’t expect great choices at the RV lot.
      As for campers, they aren’t made to be full-time homes and I have no idea what type of “amenities” you refer to for them. We thought it was a big deal if we had enough seating inside if it rained for a week :-). The retro remodels are cute, although I’ve yet to see anyone who actually lives in one full-time (despite claims to the contrary.)
      This lady has a quality home, aesthetically a knock-out, in a beautiful city. Simplicity at its best. Congrats to her, a wonderful gift to herself.

      • Lynnette January 25, 2015, 11:31 pm

        There are so many quality built and reasonably priced campers and fifth wheels out there with outstanding amenities that can sure be a permanent residence for many years. It’s upkeep and maintenance just like any other home. Camper trailers are built much better than they were years ago, as are mobile homes. I agree it’s a darling home and a wonderful gift to herself. I feel this trending and new way of free living is lining the pockets of builders with gold. We currently own two traditional style (non tiny) homes and the upkeep and costs are what has lead me to the idea of this fantastic, most worry free way of life. I have attached a link to a wonderful newly built 5th wheel for sale in my home state. It has two bedrooms and a full size bath. It is very spacious a with TONS of storage. So many of 5he newer models are the “non cookie cutter” style and the luxury amenities are just out of this world. But we are certainly looking at all options and may even go with a custom inside, 500 sq ft already made two story. Base price for home, delivery and being built is $13k. Total with inside and porch finished $25k about $50 sq ft.

        http://m.rvtrader.com/dealers/Specialty-RV-Sales-2887274/listing/2015-Coachmen-Rv-Chaparral-360IBL-113612012

        • Kristina H Nadreau March 12, 2016, 12:28 am

          Lynette is correct. Can not argue with the data, even if it is not your choice. Tiny Houses can not compete with RVs of similar cost. the tiny house may appeal to an emotional tug, however, the current rvs are better designed for functionality and cheaper. I suspect that tires rot at the same rate if they are on a RV or on a tiny house. Engines that pull heavy loads also require similar maintenance in rvs or pick ups. The ordinary rv decor which I admit is not appealing, is easy to modify. The appeal of Tiny Houses can not be financial in most cases. I have seen one rustic Tiny House, very rough, with excellent water and power systems to be used off grid, built and occupied by a man who appeared to be in his 20’s. He was all function (truly excellent) and zero visual appeal. This was placed on some land he owned in an area with a harsh climate. He had the bucket and the privey.

          How does lot RENT of $1000 make financial sense? Would it not be possible to buy an efficiency apt for under $2000 per month? Tiny houses on wheels appear to work best for single people who can park it in a friend or relatives property, with access to city utilities without having to buy land. If they built the house mostly by themselves from good plans and have an eye for organization and design, their house can be relatively cost competitive and comfortable. Then will they stay more than 2 years? Once the “cheaper than rent” cost is defrayed, do they continue? I am interested in the Tiny House Market in another 2 years. Lots of builders, will there be lots of buyers, and will the buyers stay in their Tiny House full time?.

  • Patriz January 24, 2015, 1:07 pm

    I always wonder about the water, heating, cooling, and waste systems in these tiny houses. These are the bones of tiny living, besides the layout and beauty of the space.

  • Andrea Hardy January 24, 2015, 2:11 pm

    i could so live there! cute little home with tons of personality!

  • Karen R January 24, 2015, 2:15 pm

    RVs (some of which cannot be driven) would not last as long as this and a motorhome (which I think is what you meant?) requires a lot of maintenance. A motorhome for $39,000 would be a VERY low price. I RVed full time for three years and loved it, but my Tiny Home was a much better buy and will last many, many more years.

    This is very nice. I like the beds that slide out, although I wish someone could make one that then raised higher off the floor.

    It is time for more Tiny Home developments so we can all live economically wherever we want!

    • Sally January 25, 2015, 4:53 pm

      Great idea about raising the bed off the floor. Sounds like a job for Cahow. I’m not sure how well I’d roll out during the night for the bathroom. The days of air mattresses and bean bag chairs are OH-ver. As clever as this idea is, surely there’s a way to put some pop-up legs on the bed that lock into place? Cahow? Karen has a great idea, is it feasible? Love those windows!

      • Cahow January 25, 2015, 6:57 pm

        Sally wrote: “The days of air mattresses and bean bag chairs are OH-ver.” Bwhahahahahahhaaaaa!!!! And don’t forget those miserable Papasan Chairs….bottom pits of misery for anyone with a bad back, knee pain, etc.! A very young friend of mine has 4 of them for seating in her lounge; I have to stand the entire time I’m visiting with her as I can’t lower myself either IN or OUT of those buggers!

        I got a great laugh at your ‘shout-out’ for me to figure out a raised bed, Sally. I’m quite keen on both DC and Marvel Comics and I felt like a minor Super Hero with “Sounds like a job for “Cobbling Cahow!” ~snort~

        Well, I looked long and hard at how THIS person is using her bed and it appears to be a thick mattress on a rolling platform that is pulled out via the stairs. Because it’s on a roll out platform, you have both weight and compression factors that limit what you can place on top of it.

        Now, if the bed pulled out directly from the BASE of the stairs via a concealed door, then you could use a free-standing “Pop Up Daybed/Trundle Bed” which pulls out at a collapsed 4.5″ but then raises to a nice elevated 15.25″ with locking legs. This would allow you freedom to have the bed ‘divorced’ from a locked in platform and you could roll that bugger around at will in the available floor space. Units such as I described sell for $300.00.

        Did I solve or add to the problem, Sally? I don’t want to give up my Super Hero cape, just yet. 😉

        • Kim G February 11, 2016, 7:39 pm

          Weeeeellll since we discussing beds, I seldom hear the back-and-forths on pull-down Murphey beds. Are they strong? Do they malfunction?
          If you leave the window out on the back wall of your tiny you can mount one with decorative panels or whatnot to disguise it during the day and use the space as a den when not sleeping. I loved the one I saw Zack put in on Tiny House Nation, with it’s decorative wood inlays.

  • Lule January 24, 2015, 2:38 pm

    Love it! I see she has a Lucky Cat too, lucky cat!

    • Dianne April 20, 2015, 1:21 pm

      How about just a plain ole Murphy bed? That’s what I want. I want my tiny house designed like a 5th wheel with my bed above, but underneath, I want a Murphy bed installed to pull out for company.

      In reply to all the above posts on RV’s and 5th wheels versus tiny houses. The main thing to consider is that if you’re going to live in something this small permanently you want it to be as esthetically pleasing and comfortable as possible because it’s your HOME. There’s nothing esthetically pleasing about an RV. Plus, these tiny houses are generally built with more insulation and a higher quality of materials than the average RV. Again, if you’re living in it full time, you want that.

      I totally agree that some builders are charging way too much. Tiny houses are a novelty at this time. Eventually, as the demand increases there will be more and more builders doing this thereby creating a more competitive market. As with anything else, shop around.

      Bravo for anyone that lives in a tiny house full time. It’s a testament to the fact that we as human beings really don’t NEED all the “stuff” cluttering our lives. That being said, my motto is “whatever makes you happy”.

  • barb January 24, 2015, 2:55 pm

    The double sink is a nice touch. I love the pull-out bed idea, though I can see where blocking the under-sink cabinets might pose a problem sometimes. I’d really like to know about temperature control, and how having the bed basically under the house affects getting/staying warm while sleeping in cold weather.

  • S Hall January 24, 2015, 2:56 pm

    I could certainly live there, so now getting it past planning and finding the cash that’s all I need to do oh yes and finding a bit of land I can A buy and B be allowed to put it on. It seems to me America has much better building laws than here in the UK particularly Mid Suffolk they allow terrible buildings that look silly yet something like this they turn down flat.

  • CathyAnn January 24, 2015, 4:23 pm

    This is one of the best tiny houses I’ve ever seen! I like everything about it including the pull out bed and the Nature’s Head composting toilet.

    In studying the pictures, the slats across the windows look like they’re fixed to me.

  • Terressa January 24, 2015, 4:47 pm

    Now THIS one is way cool. I love the windows and that in floor storage and the bed are cool as all.

  • Melissa L. Gill January 24, 2015, 6:03 pm

    Now that’s what I’m talking about. A bed that slides out and can be a sofa or a bed. I would have arranged things differently, but I’m way more interested in this type of design than the loft bed idea.

  • James January 24, 2015, 6:18 pm

    In reply to earlier post about $39k buying a “beauty” of an RV – I’ve yet to see one at any price that I’d want to [permanently] call home. They’re the equivalent of a tiny tract home, not really appealing at all… School bus conversions etc are awesome, but you can’t get the interior height that this has. I think for $39k she got an absolute bargain.

  • Billy January 24, 2015, 6:35 pm

    Nice house. I noticed something in the photos that the owner may not be aware of. Those nice green plants look like POTHOS VINES WHICH ARE POISONOUS TO CATS. I’m not just repeating something I read or heard, my own cat ate parts of the leaves and got deathly sick. And it’s not ok just because the cat never bothered them previously, my cat didn’t touch them for the first dozen years of his life, then one day decided to. GET RID OF THOSE VINES, do not have them in your house with pets.

  • Mark January 24, 2015, 6:40 pm

    This tiny house is up there with my top 10..
    Thanks for showing Alex, Ozland is appreciative. .
    Sliding beds are so much more pleasing on the eye and would be easier to build there for i believe cheaper.. a collage of diffrent bed layouts would be awesome to see..
    cheers
    just saying. . Cheers

  • TinaMc January 24, 2015, 7:16 pm

    Bed stores underneath, neat space-saving idea, but I have to wonder how that’s going to work in winter.

  • Kate January 24, 2015, 10:50 pm

    I think it was kinda neat that there seemed to be a lot of cubbies for stashing stuff out of the way.
    I enjoyed the fact the step-up didn’t appear to be quite as high as the plan where the bed was beneath the kitchen.
    Thanks for sharing this home.

  • Teresa Cohen January 25, 2015, 1:13 am

    I have a couple of questions. Why the exhaust hood in the kitchen? And while I love natural light, the expanse of glass has to impact the interior temperature. How well does that amount of glass hold up under travel conditions? I’d also really like to see the bathroom….

  • Sandi B January 25, 2015, 3:28 am

    This is absolutely exceptional and the builder did an excellent job. While a little bit too small for me it is very creative the kitchen is well done, the sliding bed like others have said is a great idea and all the storage ideas are so imaginative. If I had less stuff I could see living in this — I am not getting rid of my “stuff”, so this would not work, plus I really want a bigger kitchen as that is my passion. Bottom line, a wonderful place with so many good ideas — enjoy your home Isabella, Vancouver is a great and exciting city to live in. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Cahow January 25, 2015, 10:28 am

      Hi, Sandi B. 😀 I am right there with you in regards to “not getting rid of my “stuff”!” We did a major purging of items when we moved from 2,300 sq.ft. to 800 sq.ft. and that’s it for me. My joke among my family is they’re going to have to pitch what they don’t want when I ‘kick it’. LOL

      I have a brutal, hard job in construction and how I relax is by cooking/baking and sharing the bounty of my kitchen with friends and family. So, like you, the kitchen IS my passion! I have enough Bundt (TM) pans to stock a kitchen store and use every one of them. Same goes for cookie molds, cookie sheets and all the other doo-dads and gewgaw that I’ve collected/inherited throughout my life. My cherished and beloved M.I.L. willed me her fine china which is used for every supper we sit down at, plus I collect vintage dinnerware/glassware and I change it up as it suits me. So, you have a kindred spirit in me in regards to Kitchen Passion.

      Bake on, My Friend. 😀

  • Faith Hazelwood January 25, 2015, 8:45 am

    One of my faves I think…and the kitty loves his new home too I bet 🙂

    • AmyCat =^.^= September 25, 2015, 8:09 pm

      The live cat DOES look very contented amidst all the Maneki Nekos (“Lucky” Cats) and other feline decor! This TH has both books AND cats, which I heartily approve! 🙂

  • hank hill January 25, 2015, 6:13 pm
  • dawn January 25, 2015, 9:03 pm

    I am interested to know how much it costs to rent a spot at an RV park.

  • sc January 25, 2015, 11:36 pm

    Here are photos that includes the exterior, folks!
    http://imgur.com/a/RG62s
    VERY nice exterior, I like the exterior even more than the interior. It’s kinda different from other tiny houses, although I have seen the wedge by at least one other builder. I dont know anything about construction, but it just looks like it was built with quality fit and finish.

    • Cahow January 26, 2015, 9:58 am

      Hi, sc. Thanks very much for posting that link! I really enjoyed the additional photos, including a glimpse at the loo. I had no idea that the slats were an architectural feature of the entire house; very, very intriguing look. 😀

    • Alex January 26, 2015, 5:15 pm

      Cool! Thanks. The pics wouldn’t load up for me but I’ll try again later 😀

  • Ellen Steed January 26, 2015, 10:08 am

    Nice! Love the rollout bed.

  • Dixie Hamilton January 26, 2015, 11:26 am

    Warm, cozy, so original. Clever use of space. Heaven on wheels. Good job!

  • Cynthia Adams January 28, 2015, 1:57 pm

    Wow! Where can I get a house like this? I love it!

  • Nancy January 30, 2015, 2:32 pm

    Great concepts in this house! LOVE it, and NO LOFT = no ladders!

  • Zarah March 3, 2015, 7:28 am

    LOVE this home! So fun and cosy and clever. The kitty litter/fan idea is brilliant and I love the stowaway bed/sofa/stairs. Also, I agree with the person before me who added that anyone with Veronica Mars DVD’s is a winner in their book. Mine too. 😀

  • Ellen March 15, 2015, 4:38 pm

    Pretty spiffy! Like the desk setup upon entry. Lots of natural light too. the pull out bed under entry is mighty cool. Leaving room for a comfy place to sit also very cool. Kitty looks happy. Lots of color. Efficient space use in the kitchen. Also applaud the color there. No bathroom photos? Hope it has storage and a decent size shower. Where do you store your clothes? Looks fun and inviting!

  • Sarah April 4, 2015, 12:34 pm

    I just LOVE this tiny home! The best parts to me are the slideaway bed but also the way it has been so wonderfully personalized. On other shoutout, CAHOW, I very much enjoy your postings. Are you a writer or just crazy (just kidding)!

    • Cahow April 4, 2015, 12:57 pm

      Sarah wrote: ” On another shout-out, CAHOW, I very much enjoy your postings. Are you a writer or just crazy (just kidding)!”

      Hi, dear, Sarah,
      In regards to “just crazy”, I tend to allow the reader to draw their own conclusions regarding my sanity or lack thereof. LOL

      Seriously, though, many thanks for the kind comment about enjoying my posts. I have a teaching degree among my many “over-achiever” degrees that I hold so that might explain my writing. If I can’t get my message across, I fail both myself and my former students. (I taught Botany/Genetics for years before I transitioned into architecture, which had been my secret passion since I owned my first doll house at age 4, and kept putting on ‘additions’ with shoe boxes.) LOL

  • seth April 4, 2015, 1:26 pm

    Well, the houses that sell for 1 mill in Vancouver probably cost the same to build as anywhere else- say 50-100k? It is for the location you pay the other $900,000 or so . Therefore I wonder what the land rental is-frightening no doubt! I guess she has a good job/life in Van otherwise I would hitch it up and drive the house off somewhere else if it were me.

  • janie April 20, 2015, 10:32 am

    I can’t stop staring at that amazing countertop bin/canister set. What is that called? It is perfect for tiny house living, and I would love to be able to search for one. Thank you.

  • Karen R April 21, 2015, 12:28 am

    The home is so pretty and personal. I, however, could not deal with the alternating strips of light and shadow and the bed would have to rise to 20″ or more, Cahow, since an inattentive driver rammed into the back of our car a couple of years ago, causing damage to my knee that required surgery. Until then, I was proud that I was more flexible than most children – pride does go before a fall!
    (Likewise, the neck that oft was compared to a swan’s now more closely resembles one that can expect to be cleaved near Thanksgiving . . . If you don’t have a sense of humor in your sixties, the subsequent decades will be long and miserable!)
    Eight hundred square feet is a tiny house for YOU, Cahow; a little more than 400 is tiny for me (and I have several collections, including antique furniture), and 96 is perfect for some (!!!). We don’t have to compete, just be content in our own space.
    Now, please pop that bed up higher . . .

    • Cahow April 21, 2015, 9:43 am

      Hi, Karen. I’m so so sorry to read about your car accident and what happened to you. But, you survived, although a bit ‘bent around the edges’ and that is a wonderful thing!

      Sorry, I can’t help you in regards to finding a higher *pop-up* bed. 🙁 But, if you’re having a tiny home built, you can always customize the pull-out section.

      I’m a tad confused about your last paragraph. If you scroll ^UP^ in comments to #8, I utterly embrace the diverse needs of everyone, at whatever square footage/single floor-loft/ etc. I stated no competition in my post for “who’s the shiniest penny in the bunch.”

  • Kate April 21, 2015, 10:48 am

    Amazing! I view tiny house info nearly every day and by far this is the most beautiful, creative, and best use of space I have seen for the price.
    Well done!

  • Karen R April 21, 2015, 11:46 am

    No, sorry if I wasn’t clear. My point is that you downsized to the extent that suited YOU and your necessary stuff, although some tiny house proponents think “tiny” only means micro.
    I have had comments that my 400+ square foot home doesn’t qualify as tiny, but I see the tiny house movement as the effort to live as small and simply as each person prefers. For instance, my insistence on an extra half bath is anti-tiny to many, but not to me!
    If the size of the average house in the nation were reduced by half, think of the positive impact economically and ecologically! So you and I aren’t micro, but we have reduced our impact by much more than half.
    Also, my bedroom is downstairs, so I don’t have to worry about that pop up bed . . .unless I get another “tiny” for traveling . . .

    • Cahow April 21, 2015, 12:07 pm

      Hi, again, Karen R. I appreciate you coming back and providing clarity on your prior comment. I agree 100% with you that the Anti-Tiny Crowd can be a bit too much in their dogmatic demands of what “tiny” constitutes; that’s what I was afraid your post was going toward. But, I now have complete understanding of your comment.:D

      If you want to read an exquisitely written comment by Denise on the fracturing of the tiny house community, go to the blog posting called “Tiny Heirloom’s Larger Luxury Tiny House on Wheels‏.” It really is a stellar Op-Ed piece written by Denise and bears reading and repeating, often.

      Blessings sent to you today!

  • carrie April 22, 2015, 10:02 am

    NICE done…..I want grilled eggplant!
    I just don’t know about pulling out the bed every time I want to lie down.

    • Cahow April 22, 2015, 1:11 pm

      Hi carrie: you wrote, “I just don’t know about pulling out the bed every time I want to lie down.”

      Every person is different with what they perceive to be a ‘bother’ or not. I lived in a 12′ x 12′ studio apt. for a solid year while my husband worked over seas and I had a micro-loveseat that demanded to be Sofa OR Bed in order for me to even move about the place. After several months of bumping my shins on the bed frame if I refused to put it away or taking a nap curled up like a fetus on the micro sofa when I refused to pull it out…I’ve been scarred for LIFE in regards to furniture that has to be assembled, daily, to be used!

      But then again, this is MY experiences and other folks might not find it a bother, at all. I have sciatica in my left leg and 5 fused disks in my spine so I find sitting upright for any amount of time very painful. Hence, I need to lay down to read, stream videos on my tablet or watch TV. Being able to have a proper bed and proper sofa to transition to, as the need demands, is a luxury that’s never escaped me since leaving that studio.

      I don’t know if it’s possible for you to rent a sleeper sofa and give it a serious trial for a month or two, but if you can do that, you’ll soon have your answer within 60 days.

  • Lee April 22, 2015, 8:07 pm

    Thank you for showing your home so freely and I hope it is everything you need and want.

    A number of interesting ideas (storage under the floor). For me having to pull out the bed every night and put it away every day is not something that would work for me, but neither does a loft bed. Still seeking a solution. The tiny frig also does not work for me either. I think the price is an absolute rip off. Some tiny home builders are charging far too much. Yes she did not have to do any of the work, and she has a house that is paid for, but she has to pay for a monthly rental space and that is not cheap in Vancouver, BC.

  • Susanne April 25, 2015, 12:23 am

    Sleeping in the kitchen I would not prefer but she needs to keep her square footage down… If possible, leave
    Vancouver! Too costly.

  • debra robinson September 25, 2015, 11:56 pm

    Love the sunshine streaming in and the use of bright colours. Good for someone who has creaky knees (no loft). This would suit me – especially as you are able to live in a town of your choice.

  • John March 11, 2016, 10:59 am

    bed pulls out . . . . “from under the ground” . . Huh ? ? ?

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