Living in a small home isn’t a new or novel concept, even though it seems to be a revolutionary idea in today’s society where more is always more. It’s difficult for most people to understand the appeal of living in a tiny home. They can’t get past the idea that you would have to get rid of everything you own, and then live without all the luxuries of a “real house.” Why would you do that if you could live in a McMansion with more bathrooms than people in your family?
This tiny house named “Boulder” is one reason you might give up that McMansion.
Greg Parham, the owner and designer at Rocky Mounty Tiny Houses, understands the philosophy behind living small. He explains tiny house living like this,
Living tiny is nothing new, it’s just a concept that Americans have lost touch with. Pioneer housing was often small, simple cabins. I’d say most of the world actually already lives in spaces that could be considered “tiny”. So in fact, “tiny” houses are not tiny, they are status quo.
What we have come to accept as “normal,” i.e. 1500-2500 square feet, is in fact gargantuan. If you observe housing in the animal kingdom, a bird builds a nest just big enough for its family. A bear chooses a den just big enough to hibernate in… Animals live within their means, not in excess. In several regards, this is what tiny house living implies for humans.
His approach to tiny house design and construction isn’t exactly minimalist, but is instead stylish and modern, with clever solutions for storage and living spaces.
Storage is hidden in clever places like these under stair cubby-holes.
Greg’s philosophy shows in the simple clean lines and uncluttered interiors of the homes he designs. He feels small houses should be functional, but also emphasizes living in a tiny home should not feel like deprivation. You don’t actually have to get rid of everything you own to live in a small home, you just have to choose what things are truly important to you.
This tiny kitchen incorporates everything you need in a small space, including a range, sink, fridge and storage.
Greg’s personal priority was being debt free and having the freedom to pursue a career he loves, while having time to explore the Colorado mountains. Starting his own company building tiny homes has allowed him to do just that, and his background in architecture allows him to do it well.
Greg recommends keeping your budget in mind throughout the process of designing and building your tiny home. He suggests using affordable materials as often as possible, but also natural materials whenever you can, to create a healthier environment and better air quality in your tiny house. He prefers to use real wood instead of materials with “wood look” finishes, strong steel, and natural products that don’t utilize toxic chemicals.
Natural wood is beautifully incorporated into this tiny house.
He works with his clients to create their dream homes, and doesn’t charge ridiculous fees to customize his designs for future tiny home owners. His philosophy is a tiny house will help people be happier, and therefore needs to personify their style to capitalize on the maximum enjoyment possible – in the smallest of spaces.
Photo Credits: Greg Parham, Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses
- Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses main website
- Greg’s Facebook page with lots more pictures of his tiny house builds