This freedom- finally, I can go outside without a jacket... Or shoes- is magnified when living in a tiny house.
Outdoor space is vital when living in a small space. I take that back. Outdoor space is vital when living in ANY space. But you can really appreciate just how great it is when living in 144 square feet with 2 other people.
Sometimes, people seem to assume that we spend all of our time in our tiny house. I've been asked, "Don't you need more than 150 square feet?" And yes, I do need more than 150 square feet. I just don't need to own it. I can go to the park, the mall, the library, the book store, the coffee shop down the street, a friend's house, the yard, the bike path... So many places! I want to take advantage of them.
For our yard, we don't have anything fancy. We bought a $150 gazebo from Walmart. It blew down in a windstorm last summer, so Alex had to fix it with some planks of wood. We bought a set of furniture from a garage sale for $75. It's worn, but super comfortable. I love our gazebo.
I love how easily we can entertain in the summers. Bonfires are our favorite. This summer, we have begun to explore cooking over the fire more often. I learned to cook Indian food over a fire when I was in India. After seeing them cook breakfast, lunch, dinner, and tea over a fire for 150 people every day made it a lot less intimidating. We've done lentils and curry, Asian hot pots (kind of like fondue), fried rice, and lo Mein. Next time, I'm thinking about putting the grill plate over the fire and making pizzas. We can buy premise crust and everyone can bring their favorite toppings and throw them on the grill. They cook in about 5 minutes each if we get the fire hot enough.
I'm excited for what this new season will bring us as a tiny house family.