So I finally got around to taking pictures of our tiny house the other day. I wish that I had done so of our little home in downtown San Diego before we left because I just loved our little place there. We moved from a historic 1900 craftsman style house in downtown SD that had been subdivided into a 550 sq ft apartment on one side. Now we’re in a historic 1920 farmhouse cottage that’s been subdivided and our apartment is 600 sq ft. We gained 50 sq ft! Yay! We live in beautiful historic neighborhood Laurel Park in downtown Sarasota. We love being near everything, and as soon as Shawn’s office moves to it’s downtown location, Shawn will be back to a 5 minute walk to work. In California, our rent was probably about twice as much as many pay in mortgage. Here in Sarasota, it’s not so different. But it’s worth it because we don’t want the 30 plus minute drive to Shawn’s work. So here’s out little place in all its glory.
So, when you walk through the front door, you’re walking into our bathroom area. That’s because it used to be a sunroom. We hung a drape from the ceiling on the left so that the sink area was blocked from view and installed a bi-fold door to add some privacy to the room.
Our little bitty bathroom doesn’t have much space, but I’m glad there’s a frosted window in there so that it’s airy and light. Dark and small is not a good combo. We decided to do a drape in front of the sink instead of a room divider. We imagined the partition getting knocked over many times. The bi-fold door was an inexpensive easy solution to add some privacy.
Love windows in a kitchen. Yep, our Christmas lights are still there. I haven’t used them since January. Our kitchen fits one person comfortably. 2 people is a dance. 3 is company. This allows me to be very hospitable, but another reason why I may shoo you out of the kitchen. (Ahem, Sonia. 😉 I’m very happy the owner installed lots of cabinets and shelves in here.
The owner built in shelves and storage space everywhere. That’s a huge help to someone who loves books.
In our downtown apartment in California, we had to take apart our dining table and store it under the bed. It’s nice to be able to use it now. Love the deep cabinets behind the table. They’re original and are a wonderful space saver.
Spin in a circle and there’s our little living room. I like to think of it as snug and intimate… just the right size for having good conversation and sitting close to the TV. We also added our own storage solutions.
Shawn is kind. He let me have the little closet that’s at the entrance to the bedroom. We also managed to squeeze in my writing desk that is accompanied by my mini laptop and where I oil paint. It’s nice to have when I’m inspired to write or paint.
The bedroom is just big enough to get everything in. We don’t walk through the bedroom, we shuffle. 🙂 Shawn’s clothes hang over my reading chair and I find that comforting. I’m a weirdo.
Well, that’s how we make 600 sq ft our home. I love being here when Shawn gets home. Dinner’s ready. House is tidy. It’s certainly a different lifestyle… to be downtown, to save up for a large down payment on a house soon, to be a home-maker. It’s just right for us. 🙂