"It was a good flat," said The Tall One. "We liked the landlord too, so I felt a bit bad telling him I couldn't physically fit into the bathroom, and, sorry, it just wasn't going to work out."
He's been flat hunting for next year - already! - and I had to laugh at his bringing up the size thing - on the very day I was about to send him a link to my new favourite thing. Tiny Houses.
A while back, I made a page for Scrap365, scrapbooking from a different viewpoint; and I wrote, not about something I'd done, but about something I'd like to do. Real fantasy, pie in the sky stuff. I wrote about having a little place of my very own: somewhere to escape to, somewhere I could decorate exactly as I wanted, somewhere to dream of....
Here it is. This is what I would like: the real thing, of course; but I'm starting small with the paper model which my handyman here lovingly put together for me yesterday while I made Sunday dinner.Because a year after scrapbooking that page, I'm still dreaming. And if you dream enough, chances are sooner or later you end up on Pinterest. Clicking. So,that would be exactly where I found it. The house of my dreams.
I hadn't heard of The Tiny House Movement, that day I started randomly clicking. Now I'm completely converted. Over here we are starting to get used to the idea of extra rooms in the garden - studios, guest rooms, offices - but The Tiny House Movement (which started in the States) takes "out of the big house" living to a whole new level. Tiny wooden houses, 18' long, but with everything you need for permanent living.
At least, I say permanent: they're built on wheels so that they don't need to conform to real house building codes. I'd call that an advantage, though. I could move it around, change the view. Oh, I do want one!
It would make the perfect retirement project. I told The (Not So) Small One this.
"It's a perfect retirement project," I said. "Your dad can build it for me, and that'll keep him busy for years, and then when it's finished, I'll go and sit in the garden in it and you can visit. It's a win win situation."
But she rolled her eyes and went to do her homework.
She won't be laughing so hard when she starts thinking about buying her first house. I'm not surprised The Tiny House Movement has a growing fan base. These houses are affordable, you can build them yourself; and, all over America, enthusiasts are choosing to live in these pretty little buildings, in a pared down, carefully thought out way. I've watched video clips of tiny houses being put together, I've listened to owners talk about how living small connects them to their community , because they reach out more to use the services they can't keep at home. I'm completely charmed. Everything you own stripped down to fit in this space? Doesn't that sound good? I'd love to see some of these round here...
...and that gets me dreaming again. You would all be welcome to visit. Just not all at once. Best to phone ahead first. Yes?
If you are interested, you can read What Is The Tiny House Movement?. I found my little model on the Tumbleweed site and I've also been enjoying the Tiny House Blog