Tiny World

🇩🇪 Ich liebe es zu gärtnern und Pflanzen anzubauen. Nun habe ich das Glück, gleich 2 Balkone zu haben, auf denen ich verschiedene Dinge anbauen kann. Das ist für mich meine kleine Tiny World in der ich jeden Zentimeter nutzen möchte, um etwas Blühen und Wachsen zu lassen. Es ist ein Abendteuer und ich habe es mir zum Ziel gemacht, mich unabhängig von Läden und Ladenzeiten zu machen. Für mich gibt es noch viel zu lernen. Aber ich habe auch die ersten Erfolge. So baue ich erfolgreich Tomaten, Erdbeeren, Paprika und Kartoffeln an. Vom Geschmack her einzigartig!

🇺🇸 I love gardening and growing plants. Now I am lucky to have 2 balconies on which I can grow different things. For me this is my little tiny world in which I want to use every inch to let something bloom and grow. It’s an adventure and I’ve made it my goal to make myself independent of shops and shop hours. There is still a lot to learn for me. But I also have the first successes. This is how I successfully grow tomatoes, peppers, strawberries and potatoes. Unique in taste!

🇬🇧 Many years ago I started reducing my needs. I. E. I no longer buy clothes, cosmetics or other things that I don’t really need in my mind. Of course, our industry lives from people buying, but I think that the philosophy of buying and having more and more does not work out in the end. And most of all, I personally had to find out that it doesn’t make me particularly happy when my wardrobe, kitchen or bathroom overflow with all kinds of things. You lose track of things, throw a lot away because you have simply forgotten to use it or you cannot or do not want to use it at all. I am fascinated by the people who live in tiny houses and who reduce themselves to the essentials. The soul does not need pomp and show to be balanced, on the contrary. The idea of ​​a tiny house is just maturing in me and I’ve watched a lot of videos about it. It remains to be seen whether I will ultimately implement it in this or another form.

🇩🇪 Vor vielen Jahren habe ich damit angefangen, meine Bedürfnisse zu reduzieren. D. h. ich kaufe nicht mehr im Unverstand Kleider, Kosmetik oder andere Dinge, die ich eigentlich gar nicht wirklich brauche. Natürlich lebt unsere Industrie davon, dass die Menschen kaufen, allerdings denke ich, dass die Philosophie des immer mehr Kaufens und Habens am Ende nicht aufgeht. Und vor allem musste ich persönlich feststellen, dass es mich nicht besonders glücklich macht, wenn mein Kleiderschrank, die Küche oder das Bad vor lauter Dinge nur so überquellen. Man verliert den Überblick, wirft vieles weg, weil man es schlicht und ergreifend oft auch vergessen hat zu nutzen oder gar nicht nutzen kann bzw. will. Mich faszinieren die Menschen, die in Tiny houses wohnen und sich auf das Wesentliche reduzieren. Die Seele braucht nicht Prunk und Protz um ausgeglichen zu sein, ganz im Gegenteil. Die Idee eines Tiny Houses reift gerade in mir und ich habe schon sehr viele Videos darüber angeschaut. Ob ich es dann letztendlich in dieser oder einer anderen Form umsetze wird sich zeigen.

Tiny Houses

Tiny House Ideas Website – The one-stop-shop for everything Tiny House related!

Tiny House Ideas Instagram – Tiny House inspiration and community.

Tiny House Ideas Podcast – If you love minimalism, sustainable living, personal development and everything in between, then this is the podcast for you!

Photo credit by Harry from Tiny House Ideas

Your Instagram Account and your home page are all about tiny houses? It’s not only about how to build a house, but also where you can book a tiny house vacation. Just tell us, who is behind this account and how was the idea born?

My name is Harry, I’m a 20 year old student in the UK and the face behind Tiny House Ideas. I am a keen designer and I would love to put my skills to good use in the future by manufacturing sustainable housing solutions.

My love for tiny homes started when I was 13 and came across a YouTube video tour. Since then, I have been hooked on everything to do with the downsizing movement.I started the Instagram account @tiny_house_ideas aged 15 to act as a place for me to compile all of the pictures that inspired me, and the next thing I knew I was surprised to see 100 people following me! The account has continued to grow over the last few years, into the community that it is today, with over 410,000 people following along and gaining inspiration everyday!

Tiny House Ideas is an online tiny house media outlet and marketing agency.

Photo credit by Harry from Tiny House Ideas

My love for tiny homes started when I was 13 and came across a YouTube video tour. Since then, I have been hooked on everything to do with the downsizing movement. I started my Instagram account @tiny_house_ideas aged 15 to act as a place for me to compile all of the pictures that inspired me, and the next thing I knew I was surprised to see 100 people following me! My account has continued to grow over the last few years, and now over 410,000 people are following along and gaining inspiration everyday!

Over the Coronavirus lockdown in the UK, I had the time and opportunity to build a business around my Instagram account and on the 1st November 2020, I relaunched and rebranded Tiny House Ideas. Tiny House Ideas, as well as being an Instagram page, is also a platform to find tiny house builders, tiny house vacations and much more! The company advertises for tiny house builders, tiny house vacation rental owners and shares content in relation to the alternative living movement.

Tiny houses are not only a matter of minimalism, but also a matter when it comes to rare and expensive living space in big cities. What is the main drive for people to buy and live in a tiny house? Do you see a positive development with regard to tiny houses? And what kind of people are buying and living in a tiny house?

Tiny Houses have many appeals; sustainability, the reduced costs and the ability to change location. Tiny Houses appeal to all demographics, from young working professionals, to families and elderly retired people.

How long does it take to build a tiny house on average and what are the basics?

If you have a tiny home built by a professional company, you can expect it to be built in around 12 weeks, however, if it is a DIY project, the average tiny house can be built in under 6 months depending on your availability and experience level. More information about the basics of building are included in the ‘extra questions’ section.

In general, people believe that a tiny house is for a single person or a couple! What about when the family is growing? What is your expierence with tiny houses and families with children?

There are options available for everyone, from young working professionals in single person households, to multiple occupants. Loft beds are a great way of utilising space and built-in bunk beds are great for young children. It is important to ensure that everyone has personal space and an area to wind-down with no distractions.

Which steps are necessary before people are ready to build a tiny house? What is your personal advice before someone is going to realize the idea of a tiny house?

My advice to anyone interested in tiny living is to balance your needs and wants by examining what is really necessary. Embracing the lifestyle is so important as it will allow you to free up time, space and energy to focus on things more important to you.

Do you think tiny houses are the answer to environmentally friendly living?

Yes, tiny homes are a great way of reducing your environmental impact. They also allow you to spend more time focused on what is really important to you which is great for mental health.

What are your pesonal goals?

My personal goals are to continue building the business ‘Tiny House Ideas’ and to build my own tiny home in the near future. What is your next project? My next project, once I have finished University is to start a company building modular and prefabricated tiny homes.

What are the best layouts for a tiny home kitchen? How do you make the most of the space, and keep it looking stylish while remaining functional?

The best layouts for a tiny home kitchen are definitely the ones that have been well thought out. It is important to think about your workflow when cooking, similar to a professional kitchen, make sure that the areas flow into each other. You don’t want your knife drawer to be in the farthest corner from the chopping boards!

A great way of making the most of space is to first evaluate, what do I really need? From there, you can pare down your utensils to just those that you really need. The chances are, that if you take a look through your drawers now, there are duplicates of utensils and items that you forgot you even had!

It is about being intentional with the space and making it work for you. Maybe the romantic idea of a tiny sink appeals to you, but think of the practicalities of washing up if you don’t have a dishwasher… Do you really need a 4 burner hob, or would 2 suffice for 99% of the meals that you make? 

Don’t forget about having sufficient fridge/freezer space and a pantry area! These are often overlooked, but you will thank yourself on those evenings when all you really need is a can of soup or a tub of ice cream!

Keeping a space looking stylish whilst remaining functional doesn’t have to be a balancing act. You don’t need to sacrifice one to have the other.

A good tip is to reduce the items ‘stored’ on the counters, it often leads to a cluttered or messy look in such a small kitchen. Ensuring that everything has a home is so important and will save you time in the long run!

What are the must haves in tiny home design?

I believe that there is a common misconception when it comes to tiny houses; downsizing does not mean downgrading. Many tiny homes have all of the mod-cons and luxuries of penthouse apartments or family homes.

I think that a must have in tiny home design is separation. Whilst in theory it sounds great to have a multipurpose space that can be your office, yoga studio and living room, this often isn’t the case. Having a mental and physical divide between areas helps us to be more productive and intentional.

The last thing that you want to do before sitting down for an evening of TV is fold away your desk and move around the space, so creating separation is key. It is much better to have 3 smaller, designated ‘nooks’ or areas, than one larger multifunctional space, in my opinion.

Other must haves in tiny home design are making sure that you utilise natural light and the colour palette to your advantage. (Discussed more later)

It is also beneficial to consider the outside space, can you build a decking to entertain guests? It would also help with the indoor-outdoor flow of the home.

The beauty of tiny home design is that it is so flexible and you can make design to fit your specific needs. Have a look through Instagram (@tiny_house_ideas !!) and pinterest, then create a mood board of your favourite homes.

How do you create the perfect bedroom/sleep space in a tiny home?

Creating the perfect bedroom in a tiny home is about evaluating what really needs to be there. Bedrooms should be calming, relaxing spaces, not filled with unnecessary items or distractions. Can your wardrobe be downstairs? 

Velux style roof windows are great for natural light and safety (escape hatch).

Installing dormers in your tiny home roof is a great way to increase the headroom, when compared to a traditional cathedral ceiling.

Often loft spaces don’t work for everyone and it is worth noting that there are definitely alternatives! Many tiny homes have downstairs bedrooms, negating the need to climb a ladder and this is a great option for many people. 

Have you ever lived in a tiny home? What would be your (or your teams) top tips for making it work?

I plan to build my own tiny house as soon as I graduate from University in the summer of 2022.

Whilst I do not currently live in a tiny house, I have stayed in tiny homes before and have loved the experience so much!

Travelling has also opened my eyes to tiny living, I felt so liberated knowing that everything I needed for my trip was on my back.

My top tips for making tiny living work is to balance your needs and wants by examining what is really necessary. Embracing the lifestyle is so important as it will allow you to free up time, space and energy to focus on things more important to you.

What styles do you think would work well when decorating a tiny home?

A light, open and airy style definitely works best. There is no point reinventing the wheel here. Having a naturally lit, airy space leads to it feeling much more open and spacious. Using mirrors is another great trick.

I would suggest keeping the colour palette to light woods, white or very light walls and lots of greenery from plants.

Incorporating texture into the design is also a great way of elevating a space. Explore how cabinetry, flooring and walls can add visual interest.

How do you have the shift to a minimalist lifestyle in order to make tiny home life work for you?

You don’t necessarily have to be a minimalist to live in a tiny house. Many tiny home dwellers have lots of possessions, so don’t let living tiny deter you from continuing or exploring new hobbies.

Minimalism does go hand in hand with tiny living though, for obvious reasons. Smaller space, less clutter and more freedom!

As mentioned, I would definitely recommend analysing everything that you own before moving tiny, so that you are intentional with everything that you bring into your new space. A great decluttering method is the ‘30-day Minimalism Game’, coined by ‘The Minimalists’:

“Find a friend, family member, or coworker who’s willing to minimize their stuff with you next month. Each person gets rid of one thing on the first day of the month. Two things on the second. Three things on the third. So forth and so on.” – https://www.theminimalists.com/game/ 

Practical Questions:

How do you power a tiny home?

Powering a tiny home can be achieved in many ways, solar panels, batteries, being plugged into the grid. Money and location are the two main factors to consider, when choosing between these options.

  • Solar panels are environmentally friendly, can allow for tax write-offs and are cost effective.
  • Batteries or generators allow for greater control and have low overhead/running costs.
  • Using power from the grid is simple and requires no upfront cost, however means you need to be stationary or on campsites.

How do you get water to them?

Getting water to a tiny home can be achieved in a number of ways. The first question is will you be off-grid or plugged into the grid? If you plan on venturing down the off-grid path then there are a few options; a water tank that you fill up, or a rainwater harvesting system.

If you will be plugged into the grid, then you can utilise mains water which similar to electricity is the simplest and most cost effective method.

Rainwater harvesting systems are great, in terms of the environment, but they do take up a lot of space and may not be best suited to warmer climates.

Many people have a water tank that they fill up every week or so, this is a great option for being able to remain mobile, however you don’t want to be stuck, having forgotten to fill up!

What can you realistically fit in a tiny home?

Parkinson’s law states that the more time you have to do a task, the longer it will take you. I think that this theory applies to everything; the more money you earn, the more you spend and the more space in your home, the more you are likely to fill it. Therefore, smaller spaces force you to be more intentional about what you bring into and have in your tiny home.

How liberating is it when you unpack your suitcase on holiday and have everything that you need, and not too much else… Imagine feeling like that everyday!

Once you have eliminated unnecessary items, you will realise that you can realistically fit a lot more into a tiny home than you would first think! No need to throw away anything sentimental or special to you, just yet!

Background to ‘Tiny House Ideas’:

Tiny House Ideas is a digital platform, established in 2015, connecting tiny house enthusiasts with tiny house inspiration, tips, tricks and more. Our platform is the one-stop-shop for everything Tiny House related!

Tiny House Ideas – ‘Helping you to live a more fulfilling life, with less.’

Tiny House Ideas Website – The one-stop-shop for everything Tiny House related!

Tiny House Ideas Instagram – Tiny House inspiration and community.

Tiny House Ideas Podcast – If you love minimalism, sustainable living, personal development and everything in between, then this is the podcast for you!

My Tiny Garden

Zwar habe ich noch kein Tiny House, aber immerhin habe ich jetzt mit einem Tiny Garden angefangen, der meinen kleinen Balkon in diesem Jahr in einen Garten verwandeln soll, der mich den Sommer durch komplett ernährt, ohne dass ich viel zukaufen muss. Ich bin sehr gespannt, ob es mir gelingt. Die ersten Erfolge haben sich bereits im letzten Jahr gezeigt. In diesem Jahr geht es weiter!

Die ersten Samen sprießen schon!

Mein Freund hat mir wunderschöne Objekte geschaffen, um so viele Pflanzen als möglich auf den Balkon zu stellen. Und das Schöne ist: es ist alles handgemacht!

Ist es nicht schön?