My exciting tiny house journey begins here. And it’s a bit daunting. The only people I’ve told are my daughter and you. Oh and the people at the planning department (although the man I spoke to went silent when I mentioned tiny houses – he’d never heard of them!) I already have my heavily mortgaged house up for sale, with two viewings so far and I’m dreaming of a mortgage free life, with less working hours and more time to be creative. The next step is to find and buy land (I think I might have found land! More about this soon…) and choose a design for the tiny house. There are so many amazing designs out there. One of the things I really find attractive about tiny houses is that design is so important. There’s a certain perfection needed with innovative use of space and aesthetics being especially important.
There is a lot to do. I have many possessions which I’ve started to sort through and I really am enjoying the freeing feeling of losing some of this stuff. At the same time I know it’s going to be hard to part with some things; the heavy pine desk that I’m sitting at now, being one example.
It’s amazing what I have accumulated over the years since I bought my first house back in 2002. When I was in my twenties I used to say that I wanted to live out of a suitcase. I may not achieve that, but with a tiny house I hope to live much more lightly and kindly on this planet.
I would also love to hear from others who are on this journey or starting out. In the US there’s a vibrant tiny house community and it seems feasible that tiny houses could become popular here in the UK too. Especially if problems with acquiring land can be overcome.