The average size of a new single-family home in the United States was only 1,780 square feet in 1978 and grew to 2,479 square feet in 2007, then again to 2,662 square feet in 2013. However, in recent years, we’ve seen a move towards the “tiny house movement.”
While a small house constitutes anything between 400 square feet and 1,000 square, to be “tiny,” the house should be under 400 square feet. And yes, while it seems like it would be unlivable, there are plenty of houses in this world that fit that requirement—take this one that’s a mere 160 square feet!
We know what you’re thinking: How does one person possibly live in just 160 square feet of space? Don’t be silly, there is a family of three people that live together in this space! A mother, father, and son, to be exact.
The thing is, when you walk into their abode, it doesn’t feel cramped at all. In fact, the space is decorated magnificently, giving off a warm, homey feel.
You walk in directly to the lot area, where there’s a small couch/day bed sitting area. It’s big enough to hold five pillows, so it’s not too small.
A TV is mounted on the wall to save space. In fact, everything works in some capacity to save space. There are books that line a shelf in the top of the doorway and hooks on the wall to hang purses.
Even nooks and crannies in the spaces of a ladder to hold kitchen items is across the way, right before you enter the beautiful kitchen, which has enough space to include a sink, more than enough cabinets, and even a dishwasher. To cook, the family uses an induction stove and toaster oven, which they can put away and pull out as needed.
Directly under the kitchen is a loft sleeping area that holds a comfortable bed. The parents sleep here, but only because the son wasn’t a fan of being so up high to sleep. Instead, he sleeps downstairs on a bed made of two four-inch pieces of rubber latex, and he loves it. Plus, this way he can stay up later than his parents downstairs and not disturb them. Everyone wins!
Then there’s the bathroom. While small, it has everything they need to survive: A shower, a toilet, and the sink is in the kitchen not too far away.
Everything is beautifully decorated with a traditional, yet rustic and modern feel. The creamy whites and wood tones create a warm, homey abode that you wouldn’t even know is under 200 square feet.
It really puts into perspective the things we truly need in life, and the things we don’t. This family lives with the bare minimum, and is still as happy and comfortable as ever. While this kind of living situation may not work for everyone, it certainly works for these three!
What do you think of this tiny house? Would you ever live in a house this small?