Could You Live in a Tiny Home?


There is a movement going on where people are choosing to live
in incredibly tiny homes. Let’s talk about that. ♪ (theme music) ♪ Gooooooood Mythical Morning! Whenever I hear that there is a movement
going on, I am immediately interested. – (laughs)
– And I begin to question whether or not – I should be a part of this movement.
– ‘Cause it’s going somewhere. And then I’m like, if I gotta
be a part of this movement, you gotta be a part of this movement,
because we kinda move in parallel. Well, that’s the dynamic here. You’re
intrigued by movements, and then you come – to me and I have a decision to make.
– I’m not talking about yoga movements. I’m talking about social movements, okay? And the movement we’re talking about
today, Link, is the Tiny House Movement. – I’m more into Pilates movements.
– It’s pretty self-explanatory. – House movements?
– These are (stutters) pee-pee who– People. These are pee– poo-poo.
(mocking himself) It’s about poo-poo. Everything is always
about poo-poo. I’m sorry. – Just press on.
– (laughs) These are people who have decided to
downsize and live in a very small house. Now, a typical Western home
is about 2600 square feet. That’s a big house out here in California. But we’re talking about homes between 100
and 400 square feet. Tiny, tiny homes. – 100 to 400.
– Yeah. Smaller than this room. So you’re talking what
I would consider a room. – Yeah.
– Smaller than this room. Significantly smaller than this
room that we’re in right now. It’s hard to tell how big it is. So if it’s a house, it
would be like a shed. Yeah, “shed” is a good way to describe it. But I don’t think that the people
in the Tiny House Movement– or me, for that matter, ’cause I’m
thinking about becoming part of this– would appreciate you calling ,it a shed.
It is 100 to 400 square feet. sometimes even less.
We’ll see an example of that. It is usually mobile; oftentimes it is
mobile so you can take it anywhere. – So a camper.
– Nope. And a lot of times it is solar
powered so it can be off the grid. Now, it’s interesting that you
bring up camper, like, (silly voice) “Why don’t you just get a
camper? Why don’t you just get an Airstream trailer? Why
don’t you just live in an RV?” That is something that tiny home people
like me– I’m gonna become one right now– get offended when you talk about, because
first of all, RVs are really expensive. They’re really inefficient; they’re
made out of toxic materials… We in the Tiny Home Movement… Okay, I’m not gonna do that,
I don’t wanna offend anybody. The people in the Tiny Home Movement, they want things made from natural
materials. They look like little homes, not fiberglass things that
roll on down the road. This is like a little house that
you can put on a trailer. So it’s an environmentally conscious
movement to downsize in order to reduce your literal footprint. Yes, your footprint in
more ways than one. – And your environmental footprint.
– And you save a lot of money. You can build one of these things yourself
from a kit that shows up at your house for about $25,000, or you can have one
built for you and delivered to your house for under $100,000. Tough to
find a home for those prices. So you’re saving money; you’re not
impacting the environment; you’re simplifying your life. And you can
be as happy as this couple right here. There’s a documentary on Netflix;
I think it’s available on Netflix now. It’s called Tiny: A Story About Small
Living. It follows this couple right here, Christopher Smith and Marete Mueller. They live in a 133-square-foot
Tumbleweed-style tiny house. That’s a brand that actually
makes these things. – Okay.
– It follows them over the year that they build this. I just want you to
look at this couple right now, Link. They did this for $26,000. This could
be you and Christy, right here. You and your wife could be out in a field.
You could have on that shirt; it looks like something you would
wear. And you’d just be out there chillin’ on the prairie. You into this? Growing up, my step-dad’s brother was
a home builder, and behind his huge house, for his two kids, he had a playhouse
that looked just like that. – (laughs)
– I mean, it looks like a playhouse. – Don’t insult us tiny home people, Link.
– No, I’ve seen houses like this – behind real houses. And you think, “Oh, that’s for the kids.” – Yeah.
– No, this is for you and the family, man. – And look how happy they are.
– 26 grand seems expensive – for something that small, actually.
– No, but this is top-notch materials. They have everything that they
need to live and more right here. And look, they can just drive it
up to wherever they want to. Want to be out in a field next to a
mountain or next to a rock? – Bingo! Happens.
– Well I hope they wanna be next to each other, because
they’re living on top of each other. Okay, true. That is something that
we’re gonna have to work out: How do we fit in there as a family?
I’ll get to that in a second. But I want you to know that there
is a man out there, Jay Shafer, he designs and builds these homes.
He’s the guy who founded this Tumbleweed Tiny House
that the couple lives in. I wanna show you him giving you a tour of
his 89-square-foot home. Less than 100! – Okay?
– Less than 10 by 10. If you wanna do this kind of thing, you
gotta get really efficient with the way – that you maximize your space.
– Okay. Here’s an example of that. – The bathroom is the shower.
– (Rhett) The bathroom is the shower. So when I wanna take a shower, the
nozzle’s on the ceiling, and everything would get wet except I’ve
got these little sliding doors – that keep things dry.
– (Rhett) See that? – (Link) Whoa!
– (Rhett) It’s a shower now! – (Rhett) The bathroom is the shower.
– (Link) That is smart. That is cool. I can put this plastic curtain here
over the toilet, which is right down here. – (Rhett) Look at this.
– You can take a shower on the toilet? – And poop at the same time!
– I’ve been dreaming about this! Yeah! It’s one thing to read
while you’re pooping, – (laughs)
– but to be showering while you’re pooping? As long as the
shower lasts longer than the poop, – I think you’re okay.
– Right, you gotta… yeah. – (crew laughs)
– Get your priorities straight. My mind has just been changed. Why didn’t
you lead with, “Link, there is a way… – I’m easing in! I’m easing into this!
– …to shower on the toilet?” And I’m in. Okay, well, I guess I should
have started with that, but I’m gonna do you several better.
Because you had mentioned, “Oh, we’re gonna be right
there on top of each other,” – and I know you’ve got three children.
– I like my space. I’ve got two children. Can you put
a family in one of these things? Yes you can. There’s a lady named
Macy Miller. She lives in a 196-square-foot home, so more than
twice as big as the one you just saw. She built this thing with the help of
family and friends for less than $12,000. She lives in this house with her
husband, her child, and a Great Dane. And I figure a Great Dane is equal to
two children, so this is basically you, the Neals, living right here. And
look how beautiful it is, Link! It looks like something
out of Southern Living! – (Link) It looks cool.
– This could be your home! It looks like a train car. (Rhett) Yeah, Merle Haggard
was born in a train car. – (Link) Are those wheels underneath it?
– Yeah, so you could go anywhere! – It’s a trailer?
– Yes. – Does it have a toilet shower?
– No. I watched the video for this one, and she decided to put the toilet
and the shower across from each other. Ooh. Can I shower while
eating dinner? Because… – You can do that now.
– Wow. – I do that from time to time.
– (laughs) As long as it’s like a squeezable
thing that goes (slurps) that doesn’t ever get
into the air. (slurps) My sandwich is getting mighty
soggy, but I’m getting clean! If you get a squeezable peanut
butter tube (slurps) you can eat that – in the shower no problem.
– That’s not much of a meal, – but I do love peanut butter.
– Yeah, it’s very nutritious. Okay, this space-saving philosophy
isn’t just limited to these homes that are trailers, this is happening
around the world in apartments. – There’s a guy, Gary Chang in Hong Kong–
– Okay, Hong Kong makes sense. He lives in a 344-square-foot… that’s
pretty big compared to the rest of these. He bought his parents’
old apartment for $45,000. He can turn his apartment
into 24 distinct spaces. Look at this. (video narrator) …344 square feet, but
it’s actually 24 different rooms in one. (Rhett) Hear that? So he just pulls
this thing back and he’s like, “Oh, I’ve got this other room over here!
Oh, know what it is? It’s my bathtub!” (Link) So he’s basically living in a
chest of drawers. It can only be one room at a time, though. That’s
the big asterisk on this one. – (Rhett) But check this out, look.
– (Link) Only one at once. (Rhett) He’s not done. Not only
did his bathtub light up, but then he pulls it down.
He’s like, “After that warm bath, I get to go to bed right there!”
Look at this, Link! I bet if you sleep over a warm
bathtub, you stay moist all night. – Which is good.
– It’s good for the skin? Yeah, it makes your skin all supple. So 24 different spaces. But this guy in Barcelona, his name is Christian.
He lives in a 258-square-foot home. I just have to show you this to get you
to understand and get excited about this. – Okay.
– You’re just looking at his house and you’re like, “Oh, this
isn’t anything real special.” You don’t realize what’s
actually all hidden in the wall. – (Christian) It’s full of surprise.
– (Rhett) Full of surprise, Link. Look. Look, look at this guy. Look!
He’s like a magician! Look! (Link) Well, no, he’s like a cabinet maker. (Rhett) More like a cabinet opener. (Christian) I got inspired by the
foldout elements and the practical… (Rhett) How cool is that? You got a room
in your house that can do that? He’s got a house in his
house that can do that. My wife hates it when she
goes into the kitchen after me and I’ve left every single thing open. She
could never live with me in this place. Constantly, we’d be like
trying to keep things closed. – Yeah, you could make it a game!
– It’d be like stopping holes in a dam, – man, to keep the thing shut! (laughs)
– In a dam, man! (laughs) This is a nightmare!
Put me back on the toilet, I need to take a shower
to feel clean after that. Hey! Toilet and shower. Check it out. The
shower is just a glass case in the middle. So you and your wife can watch each
other. You’ve got to put the kids in – one of those cabinets.
– (both laugh) – But there’s room!
– Okay, okay. All right. – Hold on, and I’m not done. Look at this.
– The only hidden spot is important. – The toilet.
– (Rhett) Look at this. (Rhett) He’s showing you how to
use a toilet. Using it wrong, though. (Link) You should lift up the seat
before you start using it. (Rhett) And look, he has access
to the back side of the library with magazines for reading. And you can eat if you want to in
there, too. You can eat and read. – Nah.
– And then you can get into the glass cube – and shower.
– Don’t want to eat on the toilet. Are you convinced? Are you gonna
join me? ‘Cause these are cheap. We can get two of ’em.
We can put ’em in a caravan. I love organization. I love synchronicity
between disparate devices. Wow. Big words. Simply put, I like to crap and
shower at the same time. – Big words, small houses!
– I know I keep going back to that. The irony is, you’re one of the biggest
guys I’ve ever known, and you want to – slam yourself into a tiny home.
– Yeah, I’m gonna make it happen. If you’re willing to do it,
then I’m willing to visit. Let us know in the comments:
Would you live in a tiny home? Does it seem like a good idea? And
also, thanks for liking this video. – Thanks for educating me, Rhett.
– Oh, you’re welcome. You know what time it is. Hi, I’m Michael from Ontario, Canada and it’s time to spin
the Wheel of Mythicality. If you’re not following us over
on Tumblr, you should be because things get weird on our
Tumblr. For those of you that like the weirder side of things,
it’s happening on Tumblr. And there’s a mythical beast subset.
A very rabid fanbase over there. We appreciate you people. Click
through to Good Mythical More where I share my tiny home that I built,
complete with indoor plumbling, as a kid. Rhett is a hit man at the wrong address. (High pitched) Ding-dong! (creaky voice) Hello? Uhhh, is this 738 Maple? Is that a gun? No, no, yeah, well, yeah,
it’s a gift for my kid. It’s a water pistol. Looks like a gun. 739 Maple. Okay, well, you wanna die today? No? [Captioned by Caitrin:
GMM Captioning Team]

100 thoughts on “Could You Live in a Tiny Home?

  1. The reason most tiny homes are on a trailer is because of building codes prohibiting homes smaller than a certain number of sq feet. Personally, I think that is absurd. There are plenty of things more worth while of being banned than one just because it's small.

  2. I would REALLY want one of these but id have to share with my favorite sibling g aka my brother just as long as we can put  bunk beds (my bro is 21) so ye and my brothers doggo but ye id share one with my brother!

  3. My boyfriend is 6' 4" so he isn't as excited about this as I (5' 3") am. I actually was very into this a year or so back and would love to live in one.

  4. Lol! My friend just built a cabin 3 times the size of these homes with thrown out construction materials…. so for free…. who would spend $100,000 for almost nothing?

  5. A tiny house is my dream house. When I was little I use to sleep in my closet because I've always been more comfortable in tight spaces.

  6. NOPE! I would be so claustrophobic I'd freak out and kick out the walls. Kudos to you folks who desire tiny homes. I hope you find happiness in your homes. I could never do it. Even if I lived in a tree house, I would need a few good sized rooms.

  7. this is basically  like living on a boat, but on dry land.   We been doing this for centuries, folks.  And yes, the principal reason for living this way is because you like to travel.   Or maybe you live in Tokyo.

  8. Here Link, this checkered shirt looks like something YOU would wear.
    Rhett is literally wearing a checkered shirt. 3:32

  9. I think it's an amazing idea but I don't think I could do it. For one thing, I walk permanently with crutches…I don't even feel like I could fit through the doorway of these things!! ??? Definitely not a handicapped accessible idea. But I do like all the cabinets…

  10. I live in a ridiculously tiny house. The internet makes it seem super glamorous but it’s really not. Eventually it feels like living in a glorified dog house. Mine is only about 70 sq ft, and I share it with my cat. I’m grateful to even have a home in this economy, but I dream every night of having elbow room…

  11. i would just hate living in a tiny home. i always have bruises because i ran into things. but i also need space between my partner and me. i would just not enjoy this at all. i hate camping because of the missing space, i might even become claustrophobic in such a tiny house. (i gotta say though, i am fortunate for not paying much money for a really big house in which i am living with my partner)

  12. 5:15 my jaw has been dropped for like 30 seconds…… i want to live in that house solely because i could shit and shower at the same time

  13. I'm watching this in my 132 square foot apartment. I have a little extra space as well. Having less stuff makes life, in general, less stressful and allows you to never lose anything. It takes a bit of getting used to but I highly suggest it if you get the chance.

  14. Ryan has the best materials out there on the market [ Check Details Here=>deam.design/9trw ]. I was stuck while building my first wood shed, so frustrated I have to abandon that project. I'm glad to have come in contact with Ryan's building plan. It's amazing.

  15. to you're argument of only able to have one room at a time link! well you're only able to be in one room at a time, so you're all square! lol jk

  16. As someone who lives in an Airstream am offended that you say that it’s made with toxins Airstream is a pretty green company.

  17. I'd love to live in a tiny home but I have so much STUFF I'd have no way to store it all. That and the fact that I desperately want a bathtub I can fit in.

  18. It's funny how people find tiny houses so weird and now people are adapting to it and actually owning one, plus the show tiny house nation and anything tiny house related has grown and been appreciated. Nice to see it evolve

  19. Wow I want one of those houses! It’s awesome!! I can have everything in one small place especially the 2 story ones

  20. Rett "you could wear that shirt that looks like something your wear"
    while wearing almost and identical shirt.

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