10 Big Questions About Tiny Houses

Can Families Live in Tiny Houses?
Lulu (no last name given) stands outside one of the two tiny houses she shares with her daughter. This one is used as a bedroom and office. The other has the kitchen and living area. Nicolás Boullosa Used Under Creative Commons CC By 2.0 License

Plenty of families are living in tiny homes and loving it. The tiny home community says a lot of it has to do with thinking creatively. Perhaps your family can build several tiny homes clustered together. One contains all the bedrooms, for example, a second the kitchen and a third the communal living area. Or one home could be for the kids, one for the adults and a third the communal space. You can also make your tiny house on the larger side — say 500 square feet (47-square-meters) [source: Mitchell].

The two biggest issues when it comes to families and tiny homes are the extra bedding space required and the larger cooking area needed. Again, creativity goes a long way. Rather than automatically adding bedrooms to your tiny home plans, perhaps you can purchase a living room couch and easy chair that convert into beds. Or the kids' bedroom can contain bunkbeds or a trundle bed. For cooking efficiency, make sure to incorporate a can rack or two in the kitchen if you use a lot of canned goods in your meals, or a freezer if you freeze a lot of items [source: Mitchell].

Families may also incorporate the great outdoors as part of their living space by setting up a dining/patio table and chairs in the grass next to their home.