Our house does not lack amenities; it’s just really small. Cooking, eating, bathing, and sleeping areas seem small, but that’s just another word for cozy. Our layout is simple, walking in the front door and you’re looking straight at our kitchen. It’s just a single countertop full of the sink, cooktop, and kitchen gadgets. Just like a regular kitchen in a house, just way smaller. The bed is to the right, built into the front window area of the coach. A 1979 Avion 34 V, we call Luna. It’s our first king-size bed. With windows on three sides, a built-in TV and pillows on both sides, lounge style, it’s multi-functional. At the opposite end of the house is the bathroom, filling the first 5’ of the back of the coach, full width, 8′. In the travel trailer world, that’s a pretty good size bathroom. Two cabinets are in the bathroom, so all our essentials are at hand. Since the walls are vinyl over aluminum and the ceiling and bulkhead are fiberglass, the whole room serves as a place to shave, bathe and relax. When the furnace runs, it’s the warmest room in the house.
We’ve lived in Luna for just over 18 months, during which we remodeled one space from a bed to a desk, moved all kinds of things all over the place, and changed a table to a bench. We’ve laughed at how many things we’ve re-done, and how many skills we’ve had to learn, to manage changing weather, temperatures, and surroundings. As predicted, we work on this house just as much as the one we sold in 2019. Well, maybe a little less, but still. The nice part of getting so many things dialed in becomes apparent as we finish ticking off our to-do checklist. The projects we are working on now, are cooler. Projects that deliver exactness of personal preference. Things that make the living space tricked out and tweaked. Whatever you call it, that place when the house is singing.
We reached that point just recently, after dialing in two workspaces. A standing one for me, and the art desk for Christina. She has the desk totally laid out for the work she does. Everything from managing paperwork, to working on watercolor illustrations. It looks like a professional designer’s office. My standing desk sets over the bed, utilizing a re-purposed art table. Same here, flatwork when I want and tilted for artwork. In between, the kitchen, bench, and warm fireplace. In our marriage, this is basically a dream come true. Separate workspaces, with a lovely home tying it all together. A space we occupy together for long hours, relaxed and comfortable. Doing our thing. It’s practically magic. These are the moments we understand as foundational. When we realize our good fortune. And hold it close.
Our ability to work, and to live comfortably like real people, means living in a tiny house achieves our goal. To have less house and have more life. Living more, thinking more, looking more, and seeing more. And in the center of it all, a little kitchen and two cozy drawing tables.
This tiny life is huge.
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