A tiny house and home office for two humans, and a dog

tiny house home office photo
Video screen capture Fair Companies

So, we know that tiny homes can mean financial freedom and better relationships. But what if you live and work with your sweetie (and a dog) in 240-square foot home and a bucket that you poop in.

It's still the case, at least according to Alek Lisefski and Anjali Krystofiak, who created their tiny house/home office on wheels when the couple moved from Iowa to Sebastopol, California where the median rent is a whopping $1,850 a month.

Lloyd already gushed about Alek's design choices for this house in a previous post (he really does love it!), but a new video from Fair Companies gives a bit more of an idea of what it's like to live in such a small space with another human and a dog.

With all the tiny house romanticism floating around the internet, what I appreciate about this video (and all of Fair Companies work) is the willingness to look at the downsides too.

The couple are open about the compromises they've had to make on space sharing, and Anjali deeply misses her piano and cello. ("I would LOVE to see someone who plays piano living in a tiny house!", she laughs.) But the solution proposed by Anjali comes back to Lloyd's point in his previous post about this house—namely we need a way to create community for tiny houses, where people can share resources and live closer to the amenities they need. We may have to readjust zoning and planning laws to do so.

There are pioneers out there exploring the world of tiny house communities, but the system (and people's desires for privacy and "freedom") often get in the way. After all, for some people, the tiny house is primarily a way to get into the country, away from neighbors, and live the rural idyll that has become the preserve of the privileged in many regions.

But lest we get too caught up in concern about "tiny house sprawl", let's remember this—a tiny house dweller in the country is using a lot less resources than a McMansion dweller in the country. Yes, we need new zoning laws to build dense, tiny house communities for those who want them. For those who don't, living like Alek and Anjali do now is still better than living like the Real Housewives of the Middle of Nowhere.

Tags: Green Building | Living With Less

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