People often wonder if tiny houses are practical for families. They might work for an individual or a couple, but what happens when a baby comes into the picture?
Macy Miller had her first child while living in the beautiful, modern tiny house on wheels she designed and built herself. She knew the house made sense for the way she used space, and was excited to have a home of her own without taking out a mortgage. She wasn’t actively planning to have children when she designed the home, but she made sure her design could accommodate an additional room, just in case. When I visited her last spring, she was happy with the house as it was, but was also open to making changes in the future based on what her family needed:
Macy: I did consider all the options, even having a kid. My life could have gone any number of directions, so I designed it to be very flexible. I designed the porch so it could be enclosed, so if I wanted more privacy, I could have a separate bedroom, or it could be a little nursery. I thought about doing it, but I love my porch, and I don’t need it: kids want to be around their parents… There may be a point that it makes sense for her to have a separate space, and I enclose that patio and it becomes her room.
Macy Miller Adds a Child’s Room to her Tiny House
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Now that her child is over a year old and walking on her own, and she has another baby on the way, she felt the time was right to expand. She’s currently enclosing her covered porch area to create a bedroom for her daughter, and posting great, informative updates about how she’s thinking through her renovations.
She’s lived in the house for almost two years, so she’s had time to see what works well for her and what could use improvement, and she decided to use the renovation as an opportunity to make some other updates as well. She’s adding more storage, and taking out her radiant heat system to balance the added weight of the new room’s walls and keep the load light on her trailer.
In a series of posts on the renovation, she worked out some design options:
And now she’s hard at work on the real thing:
In a recent post explaining the changes she’s making to her home, Macy shared a little about what it’s like to have a child in the house, and why she’s excited about the renovation:
Macy: I am SO grateful for my house, it was a lot of work, but I never expected it to pay back as well as it has! If the only reason is that it has enabled me to be able to stay home and raise Hazel, that would be more than enough, but it’s enabled SO much more… I couldn’t even imagine cleaning my big house while trying to keep tabs on a toddler, I don’t know how others do it!… I think at this point, with those additions, this house will work for several more years for us!
Learn more about Macy’s house plans and resources on Minimotives.com. You can also read more of my interview with Macy, or see more of her beautiful home and inspirational story in my Life in a Tiny House Ebook.
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