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Tiny Houses 8.27.13 Thought of the Day

Floor plan for Penny, Sheldon and Leonard's floor (The Big Bang theory) [Image courtesy: Floor Plans of Famous Television Shows]

Floor plan for Penny, Sheldon and Leonard’s floor (The Big Bang theory) [Image courtesy: Floor Plans of Famous Television Shows]

I’m a sucker for a floor plan. I  don’t know what it is … but I love to read a floor plan and imagine what a house will look like when it is built. I get kind of the same feeling as I do when I read a well written piece of descriptive fiction and can let the words stew up there in my brain until the characters and action and setting are fully formed into a story. I don’t need a movie studio to come along and render it for me — I’ve got the imagination to that myself — but if some one comes along and does a particularly creative and inspired interpretation of the story I take note and give a little nod of appreciation. Same with floor plans. I don’t need a builder to assemble the bricks and mortar and flooring and marble — I’ve got that interior-ly designed in my head — but if some Architectural-Digest-art-editor wannabe does accompany the floor plans with a spread of 4-color photos or line illustrations that’s nice too.

English: Dana-Thomas House (1902) 301 East Law...

English: Dana-Thomas House (1902) 301 East Lawrence Avenue Springfield, Illinois Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dana-Thomas House

Dana-Thomas House (Photo credit: mstephens7)

The thing is… it’s not particularly likely that I’m going to need the floor plans I peruse any time soon. We aren’t on the hunt for a new house. But — to continue the novel analogy — I’m enjoying the fiction and fantasy of stepping into another lifestyle.

We have a fairly modest house in a land of mini mansions. The house across the street from ours easily boast triple the square footage of our humble abode. There’s another house, further down the road, whose garage is larger than our sweet little cape cod. So right off the bat you’ve probably guessed that, despite my anxiety over lack of storage space, I comfortable with smaller living. But lately I’ve been really fascinated with super little houses.

There’s a company called Tumbleweed that I’ve been watching for a while. They do a line of awesome cottages and tiny houses (houses so small you can build them on a trailer base and tow them with a RAM pick up.) Take the Cypress 20 for example…

Tumbleweed's Cypress 20's floor plan

Tumbleweed’s Cypress 20’s floor plan [Image Courtesy: Tumbleweed]

How the heck did they fit all the essentials of living into such a little space?

Tumbleweed's Cypress

Tumbleweed’s Cypress has a wee footprint but a lotta style. It has 144 sq ft on the first floor plus room in the loft. [Image courtesy: Tumbleweed]

Tumbleweed built their first tiny home in 2001.

Cozy loft bedroom in the Cypress 20 lets you get in touch with your "shabby, chic, and romantic" sides, all while camping.

Cozy loft bedroom in the Cypress 20 lets you get in touch with your “shabby, chic, and romantic” sides, all while camping. [Image courtesy: Tumbleweed]

They produce building plans and ready-made tiny homes.

A bookshelf hides the sliding ladder that gives access to the sleeping loft in the Cypress 20. In a modern age of Kindles and Cloud storage small living becomes ever more possible.

A bookshelf hides the sliding ladder that gives access to the sleeping loft in the Cypress 20. “Bookcase” is, perhaps, not the best choice of words… In this modern age of Kindles and Cloud storage small living becomes ever more possible — your entire book collection can fit into a device the size of a slim paperback and your movie collection can be stored virtually. [Image courtesy: Tumbleweed]

I don’t know that I’m ready to commit to a Tiny Home lifestyle, but I do think one would make an awesome studio. Hmmmm Christmas is coming….

To see more Tumbleweed Houses click here.

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