Our tiny abode, note how Veronica lives in our living room, along with packed boxes, our computer 'desk' also doubles as a stool- crafty I know.
That's key really, before we start talking about high tech gadgets, simply having a space to fit a regular family is the best place to start. As we know, house sizes have quadrupled in the past 50 years while actual family sizes have shrunk. Do we really need so much space?
In the past two years Andrew and I had the opportunity to watch while my brother and his (then) partner built their 'dream' home. A huge monstrosity of a house with a nine foot roof that would never be able to be converted into living space. Beautiful though it may have been, we were baffled by their need for this amount of space.
I never really understood why people had random rooms that they barely used. Like the dining room-kitchen, living room-family room concept. What is the point of having a pristine room where no one was allowed to sit? A huge waste of space, energy and resources. Although I can see the 'fancy' in having a special room for (rich?) guests or relatives to have holiday meals or sit and drink... um... tea twice a year, but is it really worth it? Our family did just fine with our kitchen table and living room (ahem SORRY family room).
Of course, living in a tiny tiny space also isn't that much fun. Currently our 540 square foot living space has kinda gotten a bit cramped. So we're moving on up to a roomy 817sqft apartment where I could even spin around in the bathroom with my arms wide! Yay!
Current miniscule bathroom- NB: must shut door prior to sitting on toilet.
View from our 'dining' area... Andrew typing away!Some day Andrew and I will have our little home, just for us. It won't be perfect (nor will it be perfectly 'green') but it will be ours and made to fit.
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