A Dozen Other Places Doesn’t Exist in a Small Home
One thing that is hard about living in a small house is trying to explain to people just how small 480-square feet really is.
Yesterday, a new friend of Living Large on our Facebook page, wrote in response to seeing Dale’s potting table creation: “Great job; now see if you can interest him in making another one, perhaps narrower, to go behind your couch! Or any of another dozen places!”
After I finished LOL at the phrase, “Or any of another dozen places,” I wrote that there isn’t room for one more stick of furniture in Our Little House.
In response, another friend wrote: “Do you have an island for the kitchen area?”
Another LOL. Yes, it’s called the sofa (which doubles as a pull out bed for guests)!
I’m used to this type of reaction when I try to describe the space we have in Our Little House. Most people can’t fathom the scale of a space that was probably the size of many people’s first apartment – or smaller.
I still have friends who have never been here who ask me about certain pieces I had, or my mother had and when I tell them I just don’t have room for them, they look at me with a blank expression.
“Well, can’t you just put it….” Ultimately ending with someplace that doesn’t exist, like the “dining room,” or “hallway.”
And then there is the friend who sent me the huge sofa sized painting, one larger than any wall in Our Little House.
As you can see by the above photo, which was featured in the article about our home in Mother Earth News, Dale is sitting at the kitchen table, just a few feet from me in the living room. In front of him, not more than 3-4 feet away, out of the photo is the kitchen sink and refrigerator.
Behind the photographer is the bathroom and pantry/laundry room. To the left is the bedroom, which measures 10 x 10.
So believe me when I say there isn’t room in a little or tiny dwelling for sofa tables, islands or hall trees.
I wish I did, I have plenty of beautiful furniture we no longer have room for that I would love to display, including a butcher block of my mother’s that she used as an island and my china cabinet and huge kitchen table.
But it is a trade-off, this small house living, and it’s why small home dwellers embrace the William Morris quote, “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
For Our Little House, it not only must be beautiful as well as functional, but tiny too. There’s no luxury of having one or the other.
If you live in a small space, what is the biggest misconception you face about the size of your home? If you don’t live in a small space, what do you believe to be true about a small space?