Could you share a tiny house with one of your parents? It wouldn’t work for everyone, but it’s working just fine for Candice and her mother, Baoying.
Candice designed her bright, cheery little house on wheels with two separate sleeping spaces – a spacious sleeping loft for her mother, and a smaller bedroom behind the kitchen for herself.
The two of them built the house themselves so they’d have an affordable place to live, but Candice doesn’t feel like she “downsized” because she packed the house with creative design features she couldn’t have in a rented apartment.
Mother and Daughter Sharing Tiny House on Wheels
A digital projector sits over the built-in seating area to project movies onto a retractable screen that pulls down in front of the stairs to the loft, allowing Candice to entertain in style.
A series of shelves connect the sleeping loft to an elevated cat door that leads to a screened-in porch that allows Candice’s beloved cat to watch birds in the forest without straying too far from the house. And inventive storage spaces hide everywhere, including inside the stairs to the loft.
Here’s what Candice had to say about designing her tiny house:
Candice: I’m thinking, “Oh, I like to knit. Oh, I like my cat. So I need to find a place I can knit, and also my cat can be with me.” I’m just trying to collect everything that makes me happy. Everything! That’s how I started in my construction… I need to have a stove. I need to have a skylight. I want to have a movie screen…
When people talk about tiny houses, it’s about downsizing, it’s about getting rid of stuff. But me, it was about adding stuff, just collecting everything I like and cramming it into the house. Couple things I couldn’t cram in, I had to let it go. And the rest is what you see. So that’s how I designed this. I just made a list of everything that makes me happy, and then tried to find room for it.
And what’s it like to share a tiny house with your mother? “You have to get along very well,” Candice admits. While they’d prefer to have separate spaces, their tiny house works for them because it supports the life they want to live:
Candice: This is much more freedom, and very inexpensive, very comfortable. When I see this tiny house, I don’t really care how small it is as long as we all can be together. It’s more secure. I have a roof over me. This is great.
Learn more about my visit with Candice and Baoying, and see more of their amazing home and inspirational story in my Life in a Tiny House Ebook.
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