What’s most important to me in a tiny house

  • A bed that doesn’t require a ladder to reach, where I don’t have to perform acrobatics to change the sheets, and where I can comfortably sit up.
  • Japanese-style bathroom – handheld shower (with wall mount) takes up most of the space, the whole floor is the drain pan, no need for a soaking tub but I wouldn’t complain.
  • A toilet that doesn’t smell (I need to take a composting toilet for a test run because I find it hard to believe there are no odour problems).
  • Small kitchen (I don’t really like cooking — I just want the basics).
  • Some way to wash clothes without going to the laundromat (preferably a washing machine, but a scrubba washbag might do in a pinch).
  • Hardwood floors (I’m allergic to dust).
  • Practicality — easy to clean, maintain and operate.
  • A little space to sit outside, like a porch or fold-down deck.
  • Probably some kind of low-ceiling nook areas, e.g. a living area above the bedroom area or something like that.
  • A place to sit at a desk and use a computer.
  • A comfy place to sit and relax while knitting, reading, watching TV, whatever.
  • Aesthetically pleasing in a way that suits my personality — quirky, bold, a bit weird, not too safe, not too fussy.
  • Okay not safe in terms of aesthetic, but definitely safe in terms of feeling sturdy, secure, non-slip, hand-holds all over the place and no awkward corners to bang one’s head upon. (This becomes more important the older I get and the more wobbly I get.)
  • Built-in storage and features everywhere.
  • Hanging space for clothes (I prefer hangers to folded clothes in drawers).
  • Super-insulated walls and double-glazed windows to minimize heating and cooling costs.
  • Good air circulation — I especially like fans.
  • I’d love to have a wood-burning rocket stove, even if it’s not strictly necessary from a practical standpoint.
  • Storage for craft supplies, travel gear, tools, a few books and papers.
  • A dog door.
  • Space for two small dog crates and some doggy supplies.
  • Some rainwater collection and storage (not necessarily full off-grid).
  • Some electricity generation and storage (ditto).
  • A way to deal with grey water (and possibly black water if I decide the composting toilet is a no-go).
  • A secure place for bike storage (even if it’s just something I can lock the bike onto).
  • Everything I own has a designated place that makes sense in terms of the item’s purpose and typical use.
  • There’s not a lot of space allocated for things I might use someday, or I’m keeping as back-ups, or whatever.
  • General design principle — think of everything I need and want for my home, and plan how I’m going to use it and store it within the home. Form follows function.
  • If the function is not that important, can I find a way to outsource or do without? e.g. I like baths, but I might only have a bath once a week. If I live near friends and family members who have baths, can I arrange to bring them a cooked meal and spend time with them and also use their bath?