I thought my place in Portugal was small – its a 50 sq metre place that I love to death! I love the way I have plenty of storage and everything is cleverly made to maximise the space. For me, it has a really nice blend of design and function that once you are actually inside, it feels big!
The growing interest in tiny house concepts has been growing in popularity over the last decade all around the world as more. Motivations differ, as do the size of dwellings from really small to around 100 sq metres, the intentions are similar- to downsize. It doesn’t necessarily mean sacrifice or confined space. Tiny houses can mean innovation. It can mean a simpler life and a nod to conservation as we start to reduce our carbon footprints and the waste we generate from the wrong design, or unnecessary heating and cooling. Often, it means a better connection with family, friends and nature while not having the burden many others have from a mortgage or renovation to keep up with Jones’s.
Now, small living is not for everyone. But if you’ve always been curious about what it would be like to stay in a tiny home, there’s always Airbnb. We searched Airbnb and found The Hereabouts Tiny House – Oh my!!!
The Hereabouts Tiny House
We made our way down the path toward the tiny house and we were immediately struck by the total embrace Jackie, the enthusiastic and friendly owner, had to complete this handmade vision. It came together perfectly.
We got to the front door as we marvelled at the veggie patches along the way, and were eager to set foot in the home. Jackie gave us a quick tour and explained everything we would need to know and have for being very comfortable for the next couple of nights. It was clear from her menu options and tasty little treat upon our arrival, cooking and responsible living seamlessly coexisted for her.
The house is a simple open plan design, making the most of natural light which we were loving, as we remained cozy watching some late-Spring snowfall outside. I wanted to stay here and just write. It was the perfect space. I loved the feeling inside with their recycled and up cycled furnishings; and just their bravery to try all things with their build.
It was a great reminder for us after being on the road and staying in big and small places, the size of a place is not necessarily an important aspect. It just felt like a home. It was a smart design- something we both love and have really been interested in especially after our trip to Japan. Sure, if we paced it out, the place would be confirmed as small, but it was what you needed. I could stop thinking (and of course voicing to Paul), I really just wanted to stay here and write- it had a bunk for reading and little nooks perfect for burrowing down.
At the end of a long day, Paul and I sat in front of the fire place and put our cups on an old stump beautifully restored from a big poplar in the front yard and nodded our heads.
A tiny house is something that definitely is for us. If you are ever curious about the lifestyle, or just to see if this could be you, this place is a great stay and definitely worth it. What a great excuse, even if you’re just a bit curious and on the road- try a tiny house…