Pat Jeffries, The Oregonian
Tiny house perspective: Moving into a tiny house doesn’t involve just the usual kind of downsizing. Such small spaces require a different lifestyle from the mainstream, as well as a certain discipline. But that’s part of their appeal.
Writer Laura M. LaVoie discusses the lifestyle changes she’s experienced by living in her tiny home: “The Tiny House Movement is what led me here but the complete change of lifestyle is what keeps me excited every day,” she writes in a guest post on Tiny House Talk. She describes changes in the way she and her partner eat, exercise, work, save money and spend.
LaVoie, who lives in a mountainous area of North Carolina, describes herself on her website as a writer, brewer and adventurer. She writes on her blog, Life in 120 Square Feet, about daily life in her home — such as the chores it requires. Although you’d think a small space would require less cleaning, it’s also more likely to show the dirt tracked in, so her place, in its rustic setting, has to be swept several times a day. Granted, this doesn’t take long.
Then there’s the half-hour process it takes to get the shower ready, and her experience bathing her cat, Piglet. Sphynx cats, which are hairless, need to be bathed regularly, she says, and that’s a lot harder to accomplish without a bathtub to hold the squirming feline in.
Even the simple life has its complications, it seems. But, as LaVoie concludes on her Tiny House Talk post, “even if tiny living isn’t for everyone, profoundly changing the way we live can be an incredibly liberating experience.”
Tuff Shed branches out: Tuff Shed apparently took a cue from people who’ve turned the storage sheds into shelter, as Tiny House Blog reports:
Most people are familiar with Tuff Shed’s storage sheds and garages, but now the 30-year-old company is designing and manufacturing structures that could be used as tiny homes. Tuff Shed’s speciality structures come in a Modern style and a Weekender style and each of them feature several different sizes (including custom sizes) and options.
There’s a nifty little paint color tool on the Tuff Shed site, with a shed photo that changes colors according to your selections for the roof, siding and trim.
There’s also a build-a-quote tool: Just for fun, I chose the studio model because of its modernist look, picked the largest size, 12 feet wide by 16 feet long, and loaded it up liberally with options. The base price was $7,549; with options, $10,510.
That doesn’t include all the interior finishing required to make a house a home, of course: plumbing, electricity, sink, stove, and so on.
For a look at what a gussied-up Tuff Shed can look like, check out Southeast Portlander Betty Morgan’s “Balinese hut” in a Homes & Gardens of the Northwest story last year. You wouldn’t know it was a Tuff Shed.
Towing a tiny house: The thought of building a tiny house may seem a bit daunting, but the prospect of towing one can be downright scary for a novice. So the Tiny House Talk post on how to prepare your tiny house for towing is welcome. It discusses vehicles you could buy, plus the option of renting one or — the easiest plan — hiring someone to tow it.