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?