Have you ever wanted to challenge your parents to something?
Melia Robinson had heard about the growing trend of people downsizing to small or even tiny houses.
So she asked her mom Vicki to spend three days with her at a tiny house she found through Airbnb.
The house cost only $100 a night.
And while she and her mom had a good time, Melia said that,
We survived. We didn’t once go at each other’s throats. But I don’t know that I could ever go back.
Melia talks to her mom by phone every day. So living in a tiny house together for 3 days would be easy. Right?
The house is 168 square feet and rests on an 8 foot by 16 foot utility trailer.
Les Delorimier built the house with one other person over the course of a single winter. Total cost: $26,000. Because Les built the house on a trailer, he pays a registration fee to the DMV every two years instead of property taxes.
Melia noticed that the whole house rocked whenever she or her mom walked around the floor.
Exposed wood and simple carpeting make for a cute and homely interior.
Les decided not to install a compost toilet, instead opting for a flushable one (yellow arrow shows the button). Since it’s not connected to a sewer system, he has to empty it after each stay.
Melia and Vicki brought along some pre-cooked meals and used the microwave to reheat them. Odors quickly take over the small space, so they chose to eat outside most of the time.
Despite getting to hang out with her mom for several days without interruption, Melia realizes that tiny house living isn’t for her. She prefers to have dedicated rooms for eating, sleeping, and dining rather than doing everything in one rectangular space.
Melia lives in a one bedroom apartment in Brooklyn. I thought she would have adapted better to the small space, and maybe even enjoyed it. But kudos to her for trying it out, and for bringing Mom along, too!
You can read Melia’s full story on Business Insider here.
Source: Business Insider