It’s head shaking… this craze of building Tiny Houses.
My friend Sharon loves the HGTV channel, especially the shows House Hunters, International House Hunters and Tiny Houses. I do like to watch people hunting for new homes in the U.S. and overseas. I like the tiny house shows too, although I can’t really identify with the mindset of people who want to live in them.
Often it’s just one person or a young couple, and that seems reasonable to me – kind of like our great-great-grandparents living in a cabin or sod-house out on the frontier in the 19th Century. Not wanting to deal with a high mortgage and not needing 3,000 square feet of space, they opt for the 200 square feet of a tiny house. Instead of a $300,000 home, they build a $30,000 home. What’s perplexing to me, though, are the couples who choose tiny house living – and they have two or three children, and a dog and a cat. Seriously, living in a tiny house? Making your kids, often a boy and girl, sleep in a loft, sometimes in the same bed? That’s just weird, even when the kids are under ten years old.
I guess it’s hard for me to fathom because I treasure my privacy. I like to be off by myself reading a book or working on my novel or a short story. In a tiny house, there would almost always be someone within a few feet of me. Even on the space station, the architects tried hard to find places where astronauts could go for privacy. Of course, they have a real problem… they just can’t leave for a walk. Tiny house people can take a stroll through the nearby woods.
Some of the owners really go all out to be off the grid – compost toilet where the waste becomes a garden’s fertilizer, rainwater cistern and/or water well, outside washbasin for a tub, solar panels for electricity. I’ve got to tip my hat to them. That’s cutting-edge roughing it.
I’ve come to the conclusion that tiny houses are not for older people – for example, me. I broke my hip in 2010. I don’t get around like I used to prior to that fracture. Climbing a ladder to a loft to go to bed isn’t something I’d want to do. Even sleeping in a loft where if I rise up on an elbow, I’m going to crack my head on the ceiling. Tiny house living seems to be a dream for young people with nubile bodies.
I have to admit, though, the architects and builders who build the tiny houses are very ingenious in how they find ways to provide a tiny full kitchen and some limited storage space. At the end of the shows, they always bring the camera back to see how the folks like their new tiny house. And they always say: “We just love tiny house living.” Is that for the benefit of the camera? That can’t very well say: Lordy, we made a huge mistake. On the other hand, I concede that for most it wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision. They went into the tiny house hunt with eyes wide open.
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