I am catching up on the Tiny House community while I am in Hamilton and I have the luxury of a full time internet connection.
I found this interview with Dee Williams. Dee has been living full time in her 84 square foot Tiny House (on wheels) in Olympia Washington, since 2003.
I think that she and I have more in common than having dogs named Rudi… but I have come to understand that we Tiny Housers all have things in common. I can’t speak for us all, but I have noticed, largely, that we do not wish to participate in consumer culture, we think about what we consume and we try to lead our lives simply and sustainably. More than once I have heard Tiny Housers speak to the issue of simplification because they want time with those who they care about, more than they want stuff in their lives.
“I think stuff is a huge distraction from your character” Dee Williams
Dee is really cool – you are right. I knew about her but I had missed this particular interview which I think is worth seeing.
I am totally on page with your concerns! She might have some pots under the cupboard? Still a single burner. I think when I put mine in there will have to be two, I like a cuppa tea with my food.
She is a very minimal person and I am not. Art supplies, books, photos, writing stuff and also ritual things are a part of my life that I am not compromising on – (these are things I need for my well being). As well with the mild climate…. you are spot on! This is one of the reasons that I built THO a little higher. I have storage boxes under my bed. Still this is not really quite up to snuff (maybe because I am not heated and NEED a half foot of blankets on the bed). I find myself bringing home blankets and winter clothes in the spring and moving them back in the fall. When I no longer have the house in Hamilton I would absolutely want to have a large shed too. Big enough and solid enough that I can store off season clothes, snow shoes, cross country skis, gas can, motorcycle, a few holiday decorations, tools, gardening things… essentially this shed must be as big as THO in order to make the living space bearable. I find the storage of my work boots/chaps and chainsaw one of the silliest things to deal with and thus they are at a friends home (unless I am using them) until such time as I can put a shed up.
Too, I am sure that it helps that she is a single person. If I were alone, I would shrink the size of the bed in my loft (now a king) – add a tiny desk and a tiny dresser, which could house my well being stuff that I mention above.
I mentioned in my interview with KBOO that when my husband is there I wish for another 100 square feet. I know that there are couples who live in Tiny Houses of my size… I am just not one who could.