Tiny House as a Rolling Office

2019-02-01 Prairie Style Tiny House Drawing

Tiny houses pop up in my life at a frequency that far exceeds my actual real-life experience with that particular type of housing. I’ve never seen one in person, and I have no desire to live in one. The closest I’ve come to a tiny house is touring an 1800s camp on Martha’s Vineyard.

I see tiny houses in the news and on TV all the time. I talk about them at family gatherings because someone has them as rentals on his properties. I even met someone in Hartford who had experience developing tiny house communities.

The appeal of tiny living eludes me – it’s just not for me.

That said, I can understand the draw. The economics are attractive if you’re willing to live in a very small space. And the ability to periodically move your home to new locations can create interesting possibilities.

When I saw this article about a tiny house in the Prairie style of Frank Lloyd Wright my mind went to work. This is a tiny house that I might be able to get behind.

I definitely wouldn’t live in it, but I think it would make an amazing rolling office.

Swap out the bed for a conference table, add some technology, and this could be fun. Best of all, the company that makes these things (Escape) builds them to RV specs. So it’s going to do a whole lot better on the road than the typical tiny house that was really not designed for travel.

Maybe I would even take it out for the occasional weekend camping trip…

A Tiny House is Stolen (and Recovered)

Missing House

Stealing an entire house is a new level of larceny. The tiny house movement has now made that possible, as a St. Louis woman recently learned.

Thieves took the next step from taking packages, bikes, and cars when they hitched a trailer-based tiny house to their truck and sped off. The structure was not yet complete, so fortunately nobody was inside. The home was recovered after a social media-fueled search and returned to its owner.

The Washington Post has a long write-up with all the twists and turns in this unusual tale.

As always, we definitely recommend locking up a house when nobody is home – especially if it has wheels.

Tiny Houses in Connecticut

tiny-houseI saw this structure while driving on Interstate 91. It’s most likely not a tiny house since the Jamaica Cottage Shop doesn’t claim to make them. But it did get me thinking about the idea again.

A couple years ago I saw my first photo feature on so-called tiny houses. For those not familiar with the concept, a tiny house tries to pack all the essential features of a dwelling into a very small structure. Some of the smallest versions check in at less than 100 sqft. It’s a combination of minimalism and design efficiency. How little can you survive with? And how well can you organize those essentials into a functional home?

My interest was piqued by some of the plans by Tumbleweed Tiny Houses. Their website has pictures and schematics for many of their designs on the website, though it’s difficult to truly understand just how small they are. You can take a video tour of founder Jay Shafer’s 89 sqft abode to give you a sense of scale. They’re small. Really small.

Last fall a Yale graduate student gained regional attention for the tiny home she designed on the back of a trailer. You can learn more about her project in this article by a New Haven Register reporter and see a video tour made by the Hartford Courant.

These stories are probably the closest that most of us will ever come to experiencing a tiny house. There is, however, some hope for a small house. West Hartford has one property in particular that has the potential to be a very nice small home. It’s about 650 sqft and at this point is in need of a total makeover. Amy’s sick of hearing me talk about it, but it could be a really great place if “tiny house” principles were applied.

There could be a decent sized great room with built-in cabinets to house the various electronic necessities and provide storage. I’m envisioning a kitchen further back and open to the main living area, with the bathroom behind that. There may even be room for another room that could serve as both a dining room and guest bedroom (if it utilized a Murphy Bed). Above the back portion of the house would be a sleeping loft that would be the primary bedroom and provide more storage. Finally, there is a full basement and all the possibilities it provides.

Alas, Amy and I will not be moving. But if anyone is interested in taking on a project like that, feel free to contact me…