When we talk about designing a tiny or small home, we typically speak in terms of what necessities we can fit into the space.
More storage is always a premium.
Sometimes, though, you have to give up a little storage to be happy.
When we designed Our Little House, we thought about not putting a window above the kitchen sink and instead, put more shelf or cabinet space.
I already knew I wouldn't have a dishwasher, as it would take up too much prime cabinet real estate.
We live in the Ozark Mountains and beautiful scenery is abundant, no matter the time of the year.
….And knowing how much I dislike doing dishes, I knew it would be less of a chore if I had something pretty to marvel at while doing that chore.
When we bought our house in the city, one of the first major renovation projects was installing replacement windows.
When we did, I got a greenhouse window for over the sink. It was nice, but I didn't have anything to look at anyway besides the side of the house next door.
I knew I didn't want my view of the mountains in Our Little House obstructed by anything, even pretty plants.
Putting in a window above the sink instead of more cabinets or shelving was a good move. I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at wildlife and nature while doing that most detested chore of dishes.
Have you ever given up something practical in the design of a home for something aesthetic?