On September 26, Tennessee Tiny Homes hosted their seasonal Open House which drew hundreds of curious small home dwellers to their tiny home farm 12 miles past Wolfchase Galleria in Eads, Tennessee.
I brought along my friend Lauren, a tiny home naysayer who is happy in her parent's 3,200 sq ft. home in Nesbit, Mississippi. I thought if I'd bring her along she would convert but that wasn't the case. This was the first time I had been in a tiny home as well and boy did my perspective of them change...
The first tiny home we visited was what I entitled, "the glam wagon"... its hot pink exterior mixed with shiny silver and metal accents brought a playful feminine side; unlikely for the average tiny home.
The interior, at first, felt spacious, but Lauren and I quickly realized the space we were in had to accompany living room furniture.
Where Lauren is sitting (above) was great because they utilized the back wall as a library shelving unit which maximized the storage capabilities.
Our guess was that this custom gem was built for a woman (I know, that's sexist but look at the photos...) there was a chandelier sconce in the hallway leading to the micro kitchen and bathroom.
The bathroom (below) was shocking to us. It was gaudy with its black marble surround and bright metal accents. Again, not for everyone but the customization of tiny homes is what makes this industry so unique.
By far one of the most interesting choices of this unit was the washer and dryer in the kitchen.
Many tiny homes either do not come with a washer and dryer unit and use that space for a walk-in closet and frequent the laundromat or they have 2-in-1 washer / dryer combos.
I feel like the square footage they sacrificed for the stacked units is not worth the added unit (see below).
Another model we checked out was the incomplete 7x12 micro vacation home by Tiny Happy Homes.
I felt claustrophobic in this model because of the boxy layout and tight quarters. No more than two people could ever be in this unit at a time so for someone who loves camping or having a shack by the beach, this may be your option. It comes in at $25,000.
Overall, I have to admit I am a bit reluctant of the tiny home lifestyle after touring five of them at the open house.
While the micro-lifestyle appeals to me, I think having a foundation home in a historic neighborhood would ease the liability and still bring me the options I am looking for.
The next Tennessee Tiny Homes Open House information is below:
DATE: Sunday, October 25, 2015
LOCATION: Eads, TN – Just East of Memphis (RSVP for exact address)
Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
$5 Fee per person. Please no one under the age of 12 allowed (this is a construction area)
I'm a tiny home swooner looking to maximize my life without drowning in debt. Over the next semester, I'll be writing about those who live tiny and its benefits as part of the University of Memphis' Advanced Social Media class.