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Five More Tiny House Must Haves

April 3, 2017
Kitchen with a subway tile backsplash and open shelving

To jump to my list of five more tiny house must haves, click here. For my thoughts on tiny houses as ‘objects’, keep reading!

I want a tiny house. It’s the whole reason I started Tiny Ambitions. Contrary to a lot of the conversations in the tiny house and minimalist movements – I want the ‘tiny house’. As an item.

I am also interested in the liberation that can come with having a tiny house on wheels like mobility and less debt. But first and foremost, I want the house. I want the tiny porch, loft dormers, and wood siding. Who wouldn’t want a tiny house? They’re freaking adorable.

During the Tiny House Summit, Macy Miller of MiniMotives argued that a tiny house is just a tool, just an object that can be used to achieve your other life goals and nothing more. And I 100% agree with that. However, I do get wrapped up in ‘desiring’ a tiny house.

I’m human.

I’ve spent 5 years obsessing over my ideal tiny house, so of course, I have an image in my mind of what my future tiny house ‘should’ look like.

This might be a strong obsession in my case because I really want to build my own. So, I want to take pride in the final product. And I think that’s ok. I just have to remind myself that owning a tiny house won’t make my life magically better. Only I, myself, can make my life better. No object, job or relationship can do it for me (despite what advertisers would have us believe)!

The wonderful minds over at The Minimalists recently said in one of their podcasts, that if they notice they are struggling to get rid of an item, no matter the reason, they try to loosen their grip (metaphorically speaking). This made me wonder if I’m holding on too tightly to the idea of owning and living in my own tiny house. I asked myself, would I be upset if I never ended up with a tiny house? The answer was a resounding yes. I say this with no sense of pity for myself, but I would feel like a failure if I don’t someday have a tiny house.

This is not an ideal reaction- it confirms that I am holding too tightly to some preconceived idea of what my life will/should be like in a tiny house. Having reflected on this, I think this reaction is because of the life I want to have in the tiny house, and a little less about the house itself. I want to be able to do what I want for work, take on projects that I enjoy, not work because I have to to keep paying for an inflated lifestyle. I want to be able to travel and enjoy relationships with friends and family – the things in life that are the most important! For me, I believe a tiny house is a tool that can help me get there.

But, of course, that lifestyle won’t magically appear because I am living in a tiny house. I will have to start working at it every day until it becomes a reality!

That’s probably enough introspection for one week, now on to:

Five more tiny house must haves!

A couple of weeks ago, I shared my Top 5 Tiny House Must Haves and it got a huge response. But I’m an even-numbers kind of person, so I thought I would share five more and make my must haves an even 10!

1) Subway Tile
Kitchen with a subway tile backsplash and open shelving
Courtesy of Pinterest

Put me in any home improvement store and the first place I will go is the tile section. There is something about beautiful white subway tile that makes me so happy. If I have my way (which is a 50/50 chance), there will be subway tile on our tiny kitchen backsplash.

The only thing I haven’t decided on is white or grey grout. Oh, the things you have to consider when designing a house!

2) Adorable sinks
Tiny Sink - Five More Tiny House Must Haves
Courtesy of Pinterest

The first thing I notice about any house, but especially about tiny houses are the sinks. I’m a sucker for adorable, tiny yet functional sinks. My ideal kitchen sink would be a ceramic apron front aka a farmhouse. However, after a Google search told me they can cost upwards of $1500(!), I’m having a rethink on that!

3) Butcher Block Countertops
Butcher Block Countertops with Subway Tile Backsplash - Five More Tiny House Must Haves
Courtesy of Pinterest

A key part of making tiny houses ‘liveable’ is incorporating elements with multiple purposes. What could be more multi-purpose than a countertop that is also a cutting board?

Another reason for wanting butcher block is weight. Yes, wood is heavy. But it’s not nearly as heavy as other countertop options like granite, marble or quartz.

4) Windows, Windows, Windows
Tiny House with Lots of Windows - Five More Tiny House Must Haves
Courtesy of Pinterest

When you’re talking about a space that will be under 300sqft, windows can go a long way to helping you feel like you aren’t living in a box.

Obviously, there is a limit to how many windows you can put in a tiny house (for safety, driving in it down the highway related reasons), but I’m going to cram in as many as I can! My current design (coming to a blog near you soon!) has four windows on the main floor alone!

5) Secondhand, Recycled, Reclaimed Materials
Tiny House with Reclaimed Wood Interior Accents - Five More Tiny House Must Haves
Courtesy of Pinterest

Building a house from scratch, even a tiny house, has an impact on the environment, there’s no way around that. That is why it’s important to me to incorporate as many second-hand, recycled or reclaimed materials as possible. In Canada, I will be able to use my local Restore to meet my reclaimed materials goal. Restore’s are places where people can donate unused building materials that are then resold at a discount. All of the proceeds go towards building affordable housing for families in need.

What secondhand materials are at the top of my list? Tile, flooring, doors, oh my!

When I imagine my future tiny house, it’s a rustic, honey, open kind of space. And I think my must haves support that vision!

Want to see more of my Tiny House Dream? Check out my Pinterest board!


Hey! I'm Britt. I write about living a tiny, simple, intentional life. Because life doesn't need to be lived big.