“Too many people spend money they haven't earned to buy things they don't want to impress people they don't like,” said iconic American wit Will Rogers.
It is thoughts like these that spring to mind when touring the bursting-with-cozy Brevard Tiny House Company creation dubbed “Keep on the Sunny Side,” a diminutive house that exemplifies the company's catchy slogan: “Tiny Houses, Big Dreams.”
Inside and out, this cheerful nest for a young couple in Pennsylvania is simplicity itself. The lines are clean and boxy, with an end-of-house dormer on the back end that allows for a spacious upstairs bedroom.
And yet, there's always an Alice-in-Wonderland feel to tiny houses that average between 190 and 1,000 square feet of floor space, simply because the interiors seem to be larger than you would expect if you just saw the house from the outside.
Here's another look at the exterior. How much "home" do you think can be packed inside this house? You'll be charmed and amazed.
Like crawling through a small rabbit hole to find yourself in a house with expanding dimensions, here's a tour of this dream home for two. Here's a view of one of the living room and bedroom loft in one of the coziest bungalows ever designed since man started getting in out of the rain. (The kitchen with a combination clothes washer and dryer is in the background.)
Here's a view of the room from the bedroom loft:
Here's a bit of good, old-fashioned Yankee ingenuity, dreamed up by the homes' owner: A stove build on retractable drawers!
With an arched ceiling, this looks like one cozy bedroom:
And, of course, you need one of these:
And one of these:
With all the dollhouse qualities of a tiny house, one can almost forget that living, breathing, average-sized people reside in them, which means some space is dedicated to mundane chores, such as taking a shower or doing the laundry. The couple residing in the "Keep On the Sunny Side," diminutive manor are reportedly avid cooks, who churn out goodies ("casseroles, pasta dishes, smoothies and waffles!" says the Brevard Tiny House Company) on an as-needed basis, the same as any eager-to-enjoy-life couple would.
Still, there's a sacrifice here and there to make life easy as possible. In this case, no sink in the bathroom allows for a larger shower which means an occasional trip to the kitchen sink to wash your hands.
Will Rogers, however, would appreciate the utility of a home that can be heated with one small space heater and cooled in the summer with open windows and a ceiling fan. The combination clothes washer-dryer in the kitchen means that the owners have their priorities straight, because avoiding the laundromat, it could be reasoned, is at least half the reason for owning a home in the first place. That, and the peace, quiet and security, of course.