I’m in Oregon City, Oregon. The official “end of the line” for the famed Oregon Trail, visiting Masha and her wonderful tiny house.
I’m so excited I can hardly stand myself. This is my FIRST visit to an actual “tiny house”. I’ve been in small places before and the cottage I’m staying at is little, but none of the places I’ve experienced were DESIGNED for tiny living. Masha had her place built!
Originally Masha had planned on converting an old store house into an apartment/video studio, but the project turned out be more of a complete re-gut project and she would need alternative living in the process.
Tiny house living had been a fascination for her since the craze began and she even booked a stay through Airbnb in a tiny house to test it out. Tiny house living is not for everyone, but it was definitely for Masha! She hired a builder who had previously only done traditional construction and was up to the challenge.
To help keep her costs lower, she took care of the finishing work on the house – sealing and sanding the wood, painting, adding flooring, hiring a licensed electrician and plumber to do the final hook-ups. Tiny houses are by no means cheap and can cost the same, if not more than a traditional house, if you look at price per square foot.
Masha wanted to maximize headroom and decided to go with a caravan style roof to give added space. Her house is 9ft x 20ft (180 sq ft/16.7 sq meters) with two loft areas. She had full French-style doors and windows on all 4-sides which gives the house a more spacious feeling.
She incorporated fantastic space efficiency such as a collapsible table that extends out on both sides and stores chairs inside; stairs with pop-up wheels so they can be moved (her idea) and storage shelves; a mechanic’s chair to use in her sleeping/clothes closet/vanity space and a concealed 10lb/4.5kg washer and dryer.
I love her use of color to keep everything bright and cheerful, full of sunlight and fresh air!
The key is in deciding what’s important to YOU! Whether it’s decluttering the space you’re already in or deciding how to divide up a new space, regardless of its size.
Look at where and what brings you the most joy.
Mine would be the kitchen and bathroom. I can sleep almost anywhere. And don’t forget the outside! A deck or a rooftop might end up being your most favorite space.
You can see Masha’s tiny house featured on HGTV’s Tiny House Hunter’s TV show on the August 15th episode: “Starting Over In A Tiny House” Spoiler Alert! The “rejected” homes on the show are not necessarily for sale. They are selected based on the requirement of what the “buyer” is looking for and staged as a sale for the show. Masha isn’t selling….YET!
“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” -Henry David Thoreau
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