I saw this post on Facebook last week, almost randomly. It made me stop and think.
Here’s the original post:
When I shared it on Facebook, several of my friends commented on it. The discussions we had were fascinating.
One of my friends from college lives in a tiny house now, and absolutely loves it! She’s steps away from the ocean in Virginia Beach.
I also thought back to last fall, when Al and I were visiting his parents’ farm for the weekend. We were watching the show “Tiny House Nation.” I remember being in awe of these renovations/ Granted, it’s a reality show, but the concept is really cool.
Back to the shopping mall – The smallest units in the renovated mall go for $550 per month, which is definitely affordable in Providence, Rhode Island.
Returning to the present, I went to trusty old Google to find out more.
This is part of what I found:
To answer the question posed in this post’s title, I don’t think I could swing it with just 225 square feet of living space. If I were single, then maybe. But, being married and starting to plan for our own family, it would certainly be a tight fit. I don’t do well in super-cramped spaces, anyway. However, I give props to people who can hack it, and I also know people that enjoy it.
With the Facebook discussion, I started thinking about the struggling mall across the street from my parents’ neighborhood. To me, it either needs to be torn down completely, or renovated somehow. It would be cool to see something different, since brick-and-mortar stores are slowly fading away (Consider the recent news about Sears, Kmart, JCPenney, Staples, etc.). There’s so much potential with the space.
To learn more about tiny houses and other alternative housing methods, here’s a few more links:
- Living in a Tiny Home: Benefits & Drawbacks
- 9 Benefits of Living in a Tiny House
- Tiny house, big benefits: Freedom from a mortgage and worries – and stuff
- Tiny House, Big Living – HGTV
- Tiny House Builders – HGTV
- 45 Amazing Homes and Offices Built from Shipping Containers
What do you think about tiny houses?
Do you think tiny houses could/would work in old shopping malls, or other abandoned buildings?
Do you know anyone who has a tiny house?
Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂