July 14

Raising A Family In A Tiny Home- Our Feature In Dwell Magazine



Parents with kids tend to rule out tiny living due to lack of space, but there are lots of families proving that family tiny living is possible! Tiny living is appealing because it encourages a sustainable lifestyle, close-knit family housing and a low cost of living. One of the tiny houses that we designed and built for the Ngyuen family of 5 was featured in Dwell Magazine. 

There are extra things to consider when designing a tiny for your family so that everyone in the house will be comfortable and happy in this space.

Things To Consider…

A few questions you should be asking yourself when considering moving your family into a tiny house:

  • How many kids will be living in the house?
  • Do you want your kids to grow up in a tiny house or will you be using it as an in-law house/renting it out once they get older?
  • Will you have an infant in the house? Gotta make it baby-safe!
  • Who will sleep where?
  • Will you or your kids need a private space?

Splurge For The 28’+ Tiny

The easiest way to accommodate more people (and kids!) into a tiny home is by picking a bigger model! A bigger model lets you add another bedroom, more room for storage, and a larger living space. You can also use the larger space for a play room, a reading nook or an office space. The key is picking a space that is big enough for your family to grow!

+ Storage Shed

Another way for a family to fit into a tiny house is by adding an extra storage shed. Adding a storage shed is a great way to create more space for all the activities that your family enjoys doing whether its biking or skiing. Or for that box of hand-me-downs your kid isn’t big enough to fit in yet!

The Ngyuen Family’s Tiny House

When the Ngyuen family first started designing their tiny house with Tru Form, they were looking at the 24′ Payette model. After working closely with designer and co-owner, Malia, they changed their design to the 28′ Urban Payette. Their design included 2 lofted spaces with double dormers and a bump out nook to maximize space for their three children. One of the lofts is the master bedroom, the other loft fits two single beds, and there’s a bump out nook that doubles as a day time lounging area/office and their youngest toddler’s sleeping area. Let’s take a look inside their house! (P.S. the exterior is the featured photo at the top of the blog post!)

Spacious master bedroom in the first lofted space

Daytime lounging and office space + nighttime toddler sleeping space in bump out nook.
Second loft fits two single beds.

Living room and galley style kitchen. The family chose the ladder instead of the stairs more more living room space.

So, believe it or not, tiny living can be done successfully with kids! It also provides your kids with a unique childhood and hopefully creates a close knit bond between you and your kids. If you haven’t already, read 5 Tips For Tiny Living to try to declutter your house to best prepare you for moving into your new tiny! Now go design your own tiny to see if you can make it fit you and your family 🙂

About the author 

Maia Sparkman & Adrian Winchester

Maia and Adrian have unique backgrounds that have led them to working on our marketing team. Maia, a PNW native, graduated with an undergrad in Environmental Studies and Biology from Seattle University. Adrian comes from Atlanta, and studied International Relations at Rhodes College in Memphis. Both Maia and Adrian were serving as Peace Corps Volunteers in Zambia where they lived in a unique form of tiny living in rural villages before joining the Tru Form Tiny team. They are both excited to help showcase the pros of tiny living and hope to help guide interested clients in finding the right tiny for them!

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