I have never outgrown my enchantment with miniatures. When I window shop, I find myself lingering over items that are perfect replicas of items normally ten times their size. On my first trip to Paris I fell in love with Smart cars. When I worked overseas, I brought home tiny versions of items the country was known for–doll-sized kimono jackets, small decorated bowls, casitas. And I have always liked travel-size toiletries!
So when a college-aged friend told me about the television show, Tiny House Nation, I was immediately drawn to the concept. My first step was to watch this show on fyi network. In the “Vermont Chalet” episode, a couple close to retirement with one high school student left at home, downsized to a tiny house on their property so they could rent out their big house. At the close of the show, I was absolutely amazed at how spacious the tiny house looked. Even the husband, who was a self-confessed packrat, was able to pare down enough stuff in their 2200-square foot big house to live comfortably in a 493-square foot tiny house. (According to the Small House Society, the definition of a tiny house is one that is typically less than 500 square feet.)
My next step was to see what HGTV had to say on the subject. I’m a big fan of the interior design and home renovation shows on this network, and I wasn’t disappointed. Their website featured video segments hosted by designer Tracy Metro entitled, “Extreme Small Spaces.” I watched several segments and was really inspired by the Copper House. HGTV also has a part of their website devoted to decorating in limited spaces. You may want to check out their Small Spaces Design Guide for more ideas.
It seems building and living in smaller spaces is rapidly becoming a trend due to the state of the economy, a desire to leave a smaller footprint, and an effort to live a more simple lifestyle. While many younger folks are embracing this trend, it is also coming at a good time for Baby Boomers who are looking to downsize their living space and possessions, and reduce their housing expenses.
What part or parts of this trend appeal to you?