Have you heard? Living small is in these days. America is downsizing everything! Factors like student loan debt, the rebounding economy and the current job market have forced so many of us to take a good, long look at our lives (and finances) and reexamine our needs and our wants. For some, that meant ditching the car and those monthly payments for a bicycle. Maybe you’ve cancelled your cable and replaced it with a Netflix subscription. Some have even given their closets a “slim down” using clothing resale websites/apps like Tradesy, giving fashionistas an opportunity to make great money selling their coveted items. It’s what’s trending today – – living a bit smaller and owning less. Examples like these tell us more about the mindset of those trying to adapt to an ever changing world. Going small is just a sign of the times.
But living small isn’t all about sacrifice. With so many options out there, you can still maintain your personal style and comfort level. Have a look at the following options for “Tiny Living”. You’ll be surprised by what “less” can offer you.
The Beach Cottage
This 325 sq. ft. cottage may be small, but it has a lot of character. This Florida home was built to take on hurricane force winds, is well insulated, air conditioned and loaded with all of the amenities you would find in any apartment.
Here’s a shot of the interior from above. Doesn’t it look cozy?
Worried about space for a functional kitchen? Problem solved.
For those with more rustic tastes, consider this upscale option. This small home is 400 sq. ft. in size and was built on Orcas Island, WA.
The details in this cabin are amazing. Very luxurious.
Pocket doors are a great way to break up a small home without creating congestion in tight spaces.
The House Boat
For those living in places similar to the South Carolina Lowcountry, a house boat could be a feasible tiny home option. Charleston based entrepreneur and founder of Best Kept Self, Shauna Mackenzie and her husband Justin were featured on the show Tiny House Hunting last Summer. The decision to “live small” didn’t come easy but the couple took the leap of faith and purchased a house boat of their very own. Hear what the two had to say about their choice to become freewheeling, minimalists in the brief clip below.
The Airstream Trailer
Check out this amazing renovated Airstream trailer. Here architect Matthew Hoffman has reconfigured this retro gem to fit his lifestyle. Imagine how you could customize your very own Airstream. There are no limits to where your creativity could take you. Let the pictures of Hoffman’s 160 sq. ft. space inspire you.
This area could serve multiple purposes. You could entertain guests, enjoy your meals and work from this space. Notice the storage options underneath the bench and above the table top.
Look how the above space transforms.
Though not spacious, the bathroom appears to include the bathing necessities.
Every single inch of this trailer serves a purpose and includes every modern day living essential. The kitchen is surprisingly detailed.
Have we made you think more about going small? Let us know in the comment section. Maybe you’ve already scaled down and gone small. We’d love to hear all about it.