Downsizing from 1,500 square feet to 150 square feet is going to be a little tough, and I expect that there’s gonna to be a bunch of compromises. My entire house is going to be the size of my current bedroom. There’s gonna be compromises.
I want to minimize compromise and make intelligent decisions when weighing the pros and cons of what to include—and not include—in my tiny home.
To that end, I’ve created a list of what I absolutely want in my tiny home, and what I’d like to include if possible. First, the must-haves:
- A Real Bed. I don’t want to convert a sofa into a semi-comfortable sleeping surface. I want a real bed with a real mattress.
- Workspace. I’m planning to continue working from the tiny home, so I need useable workspace for my tiny home office.
- Lightweight/Easily Towable. I want to keep the loaded weight to under 5,000 lbs. so I can tow it with my Honda Ridgeline.
- A Real Shower. The original RV bathroom in Gladys isn’t doing it for me. I don’t mind small. I do mind showering on the toilet. That’s weird.
- Kitchen. I love to cook, and I don’t see that changing. It doesn’t need to be large, but it does need to be functional.
- Seasonal Storage. I expect to get rid of a lot of things, but I also want to continue to do the things I enjoy. I need seasonal storage space for stuff like snowshoes, backpacking gear, clothing, etc.
- Solar/110v Off Grid Power. I’d like to be fully or at least mostly functional off-grid through solar and generator power.
- Flexible Usage. I don’t know if this will be a permanent life choice, so I’d like my tiny home to be flexible, so that if I move back to a traditional home, it can function as a travel trailer, guest house, or summer cabin.
And now, the things I’d like, but would be willing to give up:
- Washer/Dryer. I definitely don’t miss laundromats and communal laundry areas.
- Couch. I’d like to having a semi-conventional “living room” space with a couch and a television
- Dinning Area. Gone will be the days of grand dinner parties, but having a small space to entertain a few friends with a good meal would be nice.
- Wall Space. I have a lot of art that I absolutely love, and because it brings me joy, I’d like to be able to display as much of it as possible.
- Guest Bed. It would be nice to have a convertible sleeping area for occasional guest(s).
I’ll be keeping all of these things in mind as I work on the remodel plan to turn Gladys into my tiny home.