Before we took the plunge to buy our own tiny house, we knew we needed to test-drive one first. We would highly recommend this to anyone going tiny. Not only can you see if you can handle a smaller living space, but you can really start to imagine your ideal interior layout.
For us the timing worked out perfectly. Just as we were starting to dip our feet into the idea of going tiny, our five-year wedding anniversary (June 11, 2016) was just around the corner. To celebrate, we knew we wanted to take a short trip and stay in a tiny house. Not only would we get away for the weekend, but we could finally satisfy our curiosity with tiny houses.
After a lengthy search, we stumbled on a tiny house in Nashville. Yes! Not only was it in a fabulous location, but the decor was cute and had everything we needed for a fun getaway. The problem? It was already booked for our only free weekend in June.
No worries, we’d just find another tiny house. Nope. All the decently-located/cute/fun houses were booked as well. Who knew?! Our tiny house adventure was put on hold. Until…
Jadon noticed an Instagram post – a tiny house village was opening in Mount Hood Oregon on Memorial Day Weekend! We immediately checked out their website and sent in an inquiry for our dates. Two houses were available, Scarlett and Savannah. Perhaps it was because yellow was one of our wedding colors or her southern charm was so appealing, but we chose Miss Savannah.
The waiting was indeed the hardest part, but finally our anniversary weekend arrived. When we pulled into the Mount Hood RV Park, we knew we made the right decision. The feeling of seeing those five tiny houses lined up was pure joy. They were so cute and colorful and the landscaping and cleanliness of the village was so well-done. We nearly ran into Savannah to check her out!
Our initial impression was one of charm and coziness and of course, WOW THIS IS SMALL (175 sq. ft.)! She smelled brand new and we checked out every corner to see what amenities she had to offer. There was convenient storage under the stairs to store our things, a fun coloring book for each guest to draw in, glasses and dishes and a tv that actually had cable. The bedroom in the upper loft was even tall enough for a 6’1” Jadon to sit up in!
So did this meet our expectations of a tiny house?
Yes and no. The biggest thing we learned from staying in Savannah is that, yes, we can indeed survive in a tiny house and enjoy the experience. We also learned another important lesson, what we don’t want in a tiny house.
Our important takeaways:
- 175 sq. ft. is just TOO tiny. We definitely needed more space. There felt like there was no area to actually lounge around in and enjoy the space so a larger living room is a must.
- We need more privacy. There was no separate area for guests to change so a larger bathroom was also a must.
- A 32” shower is WAY too small for Jadon. My 5’4” frame had no problems, but Jadon felt way too cramped and confined.
- Be mindful when placing storage. Savannah’s medicine cabinet overlapped almost half the width of the sink. Spitting out our toothpaste was nearly impossible, but made for some very funny moments.
Overall, the Mt Hood Tiny Village provided the perfect opportunity for us to test tiny living. Staying there also provided valuable information that contributed to our own tiny house layout. Have any of you stayed in a tiny house before? If you own a tiny house, did you test one first before taking the plunge?
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