tiny house family

Sleeping in a tiny house with a family...

There seems to be a lot of interested in the sleeping situation of a family in a tiny house.  So I will take a minute to talk about what our experience has been  I will first say that EVERY single decision in this particular tiny house was made as a group.  Equal vote for all three of us, this includes the sleeping arrangements.  

We first offered our Son (18) the loft so that he could have more space than us, but he didn’t like the feeling up there, so he preferred to have his bed on the first floor.   The next phase was, how wide of a bed would he be comfortable for him, so we began experimenting at our old townhouse with bed widths, etc.  If you go back to the earlier post we show lots of photos etc about that process.  Before he was sleeping on a twin bed, so in order to have the font door be in the center of the tiny house, it would need to be about 2″ less wide than he’s previous bed.  So we cut down is old latex mattress to that size, and he slept on it for months before we moved in.  He determined for himself that that size was perfect for him.  We offered to make that downstairs bed a fold out, double size or a queen and move the door over etc, but in the end he liked the modified twin.  So away we went.  He and I built it together, and tested it’s comfort all the way.  He has two giant storage compartments under his bed, one of which is filled with his books, games and misc items.  The other side is for the couch pillows and this sleeping linens.   The other unintended perk of him taking the downstairs, was he stays up way later than us, so it works out well that he can be in the main part of the house late into the night… and we can be asleep upstairs and not be disturbed.  

Lot’s of questions about what his bed is made of since it’s not a typical size. His bed is made of two 4″ pieces of natural rubber latex purchased from our favorite organic mattress store.  It works great, and we flip it over each day to keep both sides fairly even and no moisture build up

As far as the upstairs loft bed, we’ve always slept on a queen size and we just stuck with that, even though a full would have worked for sure.  As far as the privacy thing goes, well there is none when everyone is home.  I’ve thought about adding a curtain to the upstairs loft so that you could pull it closed when you wanted more darkness or privacy, but it hasn’t been an issue so far.  You defiantly have to tune into each family member and get the sense of when they need space, and then give it to them.  For me, when I don’t want to be in the middle of it, I go upstairs, and put on my headphones and chill.  My son like to mediate up there etc.  As far as more adult activities, as in every home, you take advantage of alone time when it comes.  If you think about it, most families are not all home, all the time.  There are lots of blocks of time, where one, two or all of you aren’t home.  So what I’ll say about that is, that works just like every other household.

I did post about our mattress brand with from Sudbury Organic Mattress, our specific brand was Eco-Slumber.  The natural latex topper was Naturepedic. We love it, and highly highly recommend them.  The linens: Nature Soft organic wool comforter with Nature Soft, duvet, sheets, and wool pillows.  That company has been terrific.  The more you wash the softer they get.  For realz.

So, our home got 2 offers above our asking price on the first day it was listed and we accepted one of them!!! (Shhhh - our realtor told us that we can’t make it official, but we are too excited and wanted to blog about it).

What does that mean for us?

It means we will hopefully have our home sold and onto the farm life within the next 40 days!

With that said - our farm house is going to take almost a year to build so we are either going to temporarily move in with my parents OR live in a tiny house on our 10 acres and live completely off the grid while our home is being built!!! Lindy and I are leaning towards the latter - but it’s a pretty crazy idea.

We are going to start video blogging about our transition from suburban life in Orange County, CA to our life in the country and we want to answer some questions from you guys!

Please send us asks so we can generate material for our first video! We love to hear from you guys :)

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Alysha St.Germain - Living in a Tiny House (by Respectful Revolution)

I really love the openess and airyness of this tiny home. Loving the wood paneling on the walls painted in white, gives it a really hand crafted but modern feel.

It’s cool to see a tiny house with kids living in it but I am interested to see how it would be when the kids are bigger and older, they all seem to sleep in the one bed and I can’t really work out how this tiny house could be changed/renovated to suit other than maybe having the two kids in the loft with twin beds and then the mother downstairs on a sofa bed style sleeping arrangement.

I’d love to see some more tiny houses with families that have older kids, I think it could totally work, maybe like bunk bed style sleeping areas with privacy curtains on a lower level for kids would be interesting to see.

Anyway I give this tiny house 7.5 out of 10 nookywoos

Remember, for those of you gushing over the “tiny house” trend… that’s all fine and good, but NEVER… EVER… shit all over people who can’t live in one of those for “wasting environmental resources” and “being what’s wrong with the world”.

You know who can’t live in tiny houses?

Families. The elderly. Disabled people.

We CANNOT survive in tiny houses. Like, literally cannot. A lot of them have lofts where you sleep, a lot of them are too small if you have kids or pets or even just a partner you don’t want to be crammed into a tiny space with all the time.

If you can and want to jump in on the whole “tiny houses” thing, go for it. But stop saying people who aren’t interested just “don’t care about the environment”. Fuck you, yes we do. You’re just forgetting that not everyone is young and able-bodied and capable of surviving in a space that small with stairs and whatnot.

So fuck off with that nonsense. Those of us who are too crippled or old or busy with families are STILL able and wanting to do OTHER things to help the environment. Your latest trendy environmental fad is not the only option and acting superior for jumping on this bandwagon just makes you a dick.

Tiny House Living One Year Review

It’s been almost a year since we moved into the tiny house (me, my husband, and our dog). My friends always say that they love my tiny house and my family keeps asking to come over. Well it still isn’t finished and I really have no idea when it will be done. 

Our only income is from photography, mostly weddings and engagements. Business is picking up and I have been very grateful. We were able to buy a car and some much needed photography equipment. Being a full time photographer isn’t cheap.

I’ve been debating about getting a day job or not. Yes it would help pay the bills and maybe purchase some more equipment but at the same time we built the tiny house so we could focus on our business. And if I had a day job it would mean less time spent on our current clients and marketing to attract new clients. 

Any way as far as living in a tiny house, I think it is romanticized. Yes you save money which is great, but it’s just not that practical. I really could only see us being here a short time. We knew that this won’t be our forever home when we built it. Maybe a single person would be much more comfortable in a tiny house. 

All I can say is, I am dreaming about living in an apartment and eventually buying a traditional home. After living in 160 sq. ft., 800 sq. ft. would feel gigantic. We still want to keep things small and simple. We also don’t want to live beyond our means. 

I think everyone hears about tiny houses and is more interested in the novelty of it. Also not a lot of people talk about actual tiny house living. All you see are these beautiful pictures but no one talks about what it’s like day in and day out being there. 

I am noticing that a lot of tiny house people are building a bigger house and using their tiny house as a temporary solution. There are very few that live tiny for life. I see it as a stepping stone to our future. It has served it’s purpose and now it’s time to move on.