Tiny Office

Have you heard about the Tiny House movement? Did you know that it is trendy to want to live in a playhouse?  Seemingly rational, normal sized adults are selling their normal sized homes (averaging 2600 square feet) to live in a 100-400 square foot tiny house. Apparently there is a competition to see how small a place you can cram yourself, your spouse, your children  and your pet into.  I think child protective services should be called to save these poor kids who have parents that think their kids want to live in a 350 square foot house with them!  But maybe I am reacting too hastily.  I tried to picture Stu, Ryelee and I moving into Kim Calvert's playhouse. It was a cute little white clapboard number with a tiny front porch and tiny window boxes underneath the two tiny windows.  Growing up, I envied Kim's home ownership and often volunteered to sweep the place and knock down the spider webs inside just so I could fantasize that it was my house.  It's true that it didn't take long to clean.  But... move in with a husband, kids and a dog?  And live there?  Are you insane???  I think Ryelee would like it though because he could more easily keep track of me.  He is a bit of a stalker... he follows me around the house from room to room and eventually he gives me a  "will you please sit down and stay in one room so I can get some rest?" look.  So, a tiny house would work for him.   But I don't think Stu would like it.  He has a lot of stuff that has "meaning".  Even though none of my stuff has any "meaning", I know for a fact that I would hate it. I have, in fact, already lived in a tiny house and it wasn't fun.  My first apartment without roommates in Manhattan counts as a tiny house in my book.  In fact, this new "movement" is nothing new.  Anyone who started out their careers in Manhattan or San Francisco has experienced the joys of living in a tiny house.  I had a 5th floor walk up that was so small that I could sit on my sofa/bed and touch the tv on the wall across. I could have one other person over but that was it. Three really was a crowd in that apartment.   I used to have dreams that I discovered a room that I didn't know I had in the apartment and the joy I experienced when I opened the door to that large new space was akin to winning the lottery. So, I have less than zero interest in cramming myself and my life into 350 square feet.   But, I started thinking about the home office problem.  And Stu's books.  Maybe we could build a tiny office?  This could be good on so many levels!  We both work a lot.  Actually, more than a lot.  We love what we do and haven't taken more than 3 days off in a row since we married.  So, we could tow the tiny office with us when we visit the kids or go on vacation.  We would have all the comforts of home office with us wherever we go!  All of the books could travel with us. And when we are home, I think I can persuade the Homeowners Association that we are not parking a trailer in the yard because we would design the exterior  to comply with the Architectural Design Guidelines.  This is going to be fantastic!

What would our tiny office need to work for us?   It would have to have lots of bookshelves, two desks and a comfortable reading chair.  Maybe one that opens up into a sofa for the occasional nap.  Stu would like that.  I can nap just fine in my straight desk chair.  In fact, sometimes I nap while I type.  We would need a tiny bathroom and a tiny kitchen for proscrastination snacks. We would need  some clever storage cabinets for files, office supplies, my samples and such.  Yes, that's good.  Now what would it look like?  I took a peek at some tiny houses that are available for sale.  I searched online for luxe tiny houses and found a website called poshtots.com and here are a few homes they are selling:

For $54,000 we could have the New England Lodge Playhouse:

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Or perhaps the Coral Gables Playhouse for $42,000:

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Or the Mediterranean Villa for $50,000?

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As lovely as they are, they don't look like they are particularly mobile.  So I kept searching and found a great tiny house on CountryLiving.com that I think would be perfect for our tiny office/house. The metal roof and the porch would past muster with the ARB. And its on wheels! Oh the places we could go.

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Think of all the money we could save on hotel rooms.  Couldn't you picture this parked on campus next to the girls' dorms at Wellesley and BC? Or on the street next to Jason's place in Protrero Hill in SF?  Or outside Hilary's apartment in Santa Monica? I'm sure the kids would love it!

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Check out this kitchen?  I love it!  The beams, the shiplap, the light fixtures!  I would even wear the cute apron.

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The desk is a tad small for me, though.  I refuse to downsize from my giant screen. But I do love the windows and the beautiful natural light.

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We could do something like this for Stu's books.  Except thinner shelves and about five hundred of them.

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I can't wait to tell Stu about this great idea.  I think he is going to be super excited about having a tiny office.