The other morning I got this email from a reader on the topic of families and tiny houses.
Here’s what it said and then I’ll give you my thoughts after (and I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments).
If you have a family and you’re thinking of going tiny don’t do it until you read this:
I LOVE your site and am so interested in tiny houses!!! I would live in one today if I could convince my husband. We have a family of 5 (one teenage girl and two 5-year-olds). Would love to simplify our lives and live within our means. I have never seen any of these houses in person and was wondering if you knew of any in _____? We currently live in ______.
So, what do you think? (share in comments & read what I think below)
For a family of five simple and small seems great, but I’m not sure about tiny. And when I say tiny I mean 100-200 square feet (just to be clear).
The good news though is that a large family can still live a simple life by living within their means with or without a tiny house. There are lots of small house options too where you can gain lots of the same benefits.
So to me, the idea of families and tiny houses is just asking way too much out of your family. I think it’s challenging enough for many couples to live tiny and do it happily so when I think of a family I immediately think: they could use more space.
If you’re in love with tiny houses and you have a family I’d like to guide you towards looking at some small cabins and cottages or even Park Models. Consider some well designed homes that are 500-1200 square feet. And maybe even a little larger depending on the size of your family.
And maybe you can still build a tiny house on wheels as an inexpensive vacation home or weekend camper for now?
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