A post from Kelli–
So as I told you last week, I’m on a bit of a stitching streak. I like it because it’s something that takes just enough concentration that I dont’ think and worry…but not too much that it gets stressful. Also I like it because it’s something that’s for me…that I picked out.
I keep a little basket by “my” end of the couch that I keep it in and when I have a few minutes, I can just pick it up and make a few stitches. As you can see, I’ve been working hard. I don’t think that I had the second diamond started in the previous picture that i showed you. I’ve been working on the one in the lower left hand corner. I have it pretty far along and I’m looking to see what part I’ll be expanding to next.
While I’ve been stitching, I’ve been watching the Tiny House version of House Hunters. If you haven’t watched House Hunters before, it’s a show that interviews a person or couple to see what they are looking for in a house, what their wants and needs are, and what their budget is. Then the relator tries to find them a house that checks all of the boxes. Often times the couple has a regular job that makes them tons upon tons of money so they have a huge unrealistic budget and they have a want list a mile and a half long. I had gotten pretty annoyed with it because it seemed like lots of the people were really demanding and would get wrapped up in things like the wall color or that they wanted a master bathroom with their master bedroom that had to be a minimum of 20 feet by 20 feet and that they wanted it in their own separate wing of the house with a walk in closet. I have a hard time relating to that because I’d really just like a shower in the basement and maybe while they were at it, they could put a toilet in too becasue we only have one bathroom.
Because of these things, I was a little aprehensive when I started watching the Tiny House version, but it’s been quite a bit better. People seem slightly more realistic. You can still tell a lot of it is staged and people get a little picky about some strange things, but for the most part it’s better and people aren’t quite as petty.
Some of the houses range from like 120 square feet up to 400 square feet. Some are mobile, some aren’t. Some have full sized appliances and some have just a hot plate and small dorm fridge. It’s interesting to see the differences and how people end up getting creative to use all of the space that they have.
The outsides of the houses are pretty interesting too. Most are more cabin or cottage-y looking like this one–
Some have more of a industrial look–
And some are just a bit on the crazy side–
That last one is definitely not something I’d be interested in.
Watching the show really has made me think about what things would be important to me if I were to live in a tiny house. I think that I would want one that was a little closer to the 400 square foot number and not mobile. I would also want my bed on the ground floor with maybe storage above. I’d also like a larger shower. Apartment sized appliances would be okay, but I’d need a stove. I’d also want to make sure there was somewhere I could have a couch (not a built in one) and would want a real plumbed toilet, not a composting one. I would also like to make sure that there was plenty of storage for my crafting things. I would be okay with a pretty small clothes closet, but the crafting stuff would be really hard for me to pare down.
I’m sure it will never happen, but I think that living in a tiny house might be interesting. Not something I would want to do for a long time probably, but something that may be interesting for a shorter period of time.
Have you watched this show? What things do you think would be priorities for you?