Probably the top question people have: am I glad I did it? The answer is a definite YES! I don’t feel claustrophobic in my tiny house. I’m not going crazy from living with less space. I’m happy with the amount of space I have, and love waking up and coming home. It took some adjusting, but I’m at the point where feel settled in and have loved adding more personal touches to my home.
What I like best: Coming from frequent moves and sharing rooms, it’s amazing to have my own space and to know that moving means taking that space with me. I also love the convenience of a small space. My bathroom, closet, pantry, kitchen, bed – all within 20 feet. Turns out to be a plus instead of a drag. Can I entertain more than 5 or 6 people inside? Not really. But I have plans to set up some furniture in front of my trailer where I have a small cement patio area.
What’s difficult: Having a small closet and less storage space can be tough. To be fair, I’m pretty happy with the way I did my closet and wouldn’t change it – with the two rods and tiered clothing hangers it works pretty great. Storage takes work, meaning having self-control on not accumulating stuff (good for the bank) and reorganizing every now and then to keep things from getting cluttered. I do love the perk of storing stuff under my trailer in plastic storage boxes to free up space. Also, in a small space, things get cluttered and dirty really quickly, but it’s also quicker to clean. I also occasionally miss having a regular toilet, but to be honest it’s really not that bad. All of these are pretty minor; I rarely find myself frustrated with my living situation.
Structural/Building Regrets: More studs! MDF, the paneling I used for my walls, warps easily. I wished I had built in more studs for the MDF to be attached to (to my cousin Jonathan, if you’re reading this, yes I wish I had listened to you). I also wish I more thoroughly tested for water leaks before the rainy season hit, because one of my ceiling panels has some pretty hefty warping from water damage now. Also, if I had built this from scratch on a trailer bed with a higher weight capacity, I definitely would have done higher ceilings and a loft bed. If I had had a bit more space, I also probably would have a done a bathtub like this, instead of a regular shower. BUT I’m overall very happy with my design – I have a full-sized shower, space for everything I need, don’t have to crawl up into a bed, and have plenty of room.
All in all, I couldn’t be happier with my decision to remodel this trailer. I love my tiny house!