Have you heard of the Tiny House Movement?
I first heard of this when I was browsing through DIY and Home Remodelling ideas – mainly organizing tips for the extreme pack rat. It shocked me to learn that so many people have started to forgo the space and go for light weight, travel friendly options that are also very pleasing to the wallet. Of course, some people take on RVing or “Micro” Living for a short term to travel the continent or while they renovate their dream home, but a lot of people have put a lot of time and effort into making little spaces into everything they want in a big space, whole heartedly encompassing the “More is Less” mentality.
Can you believe that this is built on a trailer? Not the TV trailer – the kind that you haul lumber and couches. I think this is my dream kitchen.
In my travels to find a lost link (grr coding) I stumble across this other amazing trailer overhaul with fourteen pages of blog posts. I’ve read through quite a few of them and they are beautifully photographed, perfectly described, and adorably witty from start to finish. This is a great find and a huge recommendation!
The next one is by Angela at Our Anchored Home. I thought it was one of those “too good to be true” pins that end in a .jpg link, but was I ever thrilled to come to the source itself! Great photos and a fantastic source for inspiration, this is one of my favourites to date.
Some of the renovations are intense. You can tell that those little spaces went through some back-wrenching demolition and construction. But for a young’un like me with nothing holding them back, maybe a little camper is all I’d need. A little space to hold coffee, wine, pillows, books, and cookies. And becuase it’s so small, you could spend a bit more on the few things you do need and want. You could buy the upgraded cabinet, because you only need one. Fancy plates instead of cheap Walmart brand? Why not! (Save the paper for company, of course).
While my heart makes me want to buy a trailer tomorrow, my feet are telling me to wait. Why my feet? Well because Canada gets cold. If something goes wrong in the middle of the night, my poor feet wouldn’t make it as they’re always freezing as it is. From what I hear, there’s a few political glitches you may encounter if you decide to go small. Some places don’t recognize spaces smaller than a certain square footage as liveable. And what about a mailing address? Internet? Friends? For me, this would be the biggest solo trip of my life.
Maybe my future goals should be to form a Travelling Tiny House convoy. We can set out on Canadian highways to wreak havoc on little towns and their coffee shops and wineries and explore mountains and lakes not yet touched. Maybe enjoy the Northern Lights and learn to play the guitar, or just read a book with cocoa by the fire… And yeah – under the Northern Lights. Because I have yet to find the words to describe my heart when I imagine how ridiculously exciting it is to watch the sky dance and feel the air crackle. OoOoOh the shivers!
For the child who could stare out the window for hours on roadtrips and hid in closets under shelves to read books and write in diaries, and for the teen who sings at the top of her lungs on the open highway who has spent many nights in airports and planes, staring at the ground below – this would be perfect. The best road trip with no expiration date.
Thinking of going tiny? What stories have captured your heart and spurned your googling?
And the big question – when will we become Trailer Trash & Co.?