Today we have another for the tiny house family readers, a Japanese house that is 678 square feet for a small family on a very narrow lot. What I really like about this house is the central part of the house is flooded with natural light through all the floors, while at the same time almost becoming an architectural focal point itself with the natural wood shelves.
One thing I like to say when talking about tiny houses is that it is not a certain square footage that makes a tiny house a tiny house, but a reasonable square footage per occupant. So that means that for families, a tiny house is going to be getting into the small home category and there is nothing wrong with that, in fact it’s great! So today I found this beautiful small house the has three bedrooms and two full baths, but still is reasonable in terms of space and extends living to the outdoors. The house is under a thousand square feet (not sure exactly) and was built in BC Canada.
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Over the years I received a lot of comments and emails saying that Tiny Houses aren’t practical, “how am I supposed to fit my whole family in 150 square feet”, etc. At this point I should disclose that I do have a bias to Tiny Houses for one or two people as I am currently not married and have no children. However, to understand this I would point out that Tiny Houses have no definition. They don’t have a dictated size, form, shape, color, etc. What does this mean? A Tiny House is what you want it to be; it is this flexibility that draws people to us, that opens doors and minds to what could be.
The answer is that the Tiny Houses that are 100-200 square feet aren’t designed for families. A Tiny House for a family might be 1,000 square feet, but it isn’t about the number, it is more a factor using space efficiently and reasonably to suit your life style needs. I always tell people to consider the square footage per person living there, if they are insistent about the number.
The truth is, that Tiny Houses of 100-200 square feet isn’t a magical number, that has been divined by some deep insight or other means. In fact the size of the trailer often dictates the size of the house, so in a way, it’s quite arbitrary. To this point, Tiny Houses don’t have to be built on a trailer either, because there is no true definition of Tiny Houses.
Today even the definition of a family is being challenged, it is no longer the traditional family unit that is being considered a family. Couple that with the fact that Tiny House is whatever you want it to be and we begin to see that the Tiny House Movement as a very flexible thing that morphs to your needs, not what someone else tells you it needs to be.
Some Families in Tiny House Links:
- Family Living Tiny
- Growing Up In A Tiny Cabin
- City Cottage, Finland Style!
- Is It Ethical To Raise A Child In A Tiny House?
- What do you think about raising children in a Tiny House?
This was sent in from a reader, thanks Luke!, it is a small cottage designed for a family of four. So it is a bit larger than normally covered by this blog, but considering the number of occupants, it is still Tiny. Here is how they describe it:
This compact home design measures just 14m2, but it comfortably accommodates a family of four with everything you want and need to enjoy the simpler things in life. Just two kilometers from their family house and the daily grind, this mini cabin is surrounded by nature, enjoyed through massive windows on every wall. And because the footprint is small, that means minimal environmental impact in terms of construction and energy use. In fact, this passive solar home can operate on sun alone! And because it’s just a stone’s throw from their everyday house, this sweet retreat also eliminates that hours-long, gas-guzzling commute to “cottage country.”