Exploring Tiny Houses in Vermont

If you’ve been following me for quite some time (And I just have to take a side note to say THANK YOU if you do! I know that blogging has such ebbs and flows and I’ve just been riding those waves. So thank you to any and all viewers that I have out there! Whoa, where did that aside come from…where was I? Oh yeah…) you’ll know that my husband and I live in a pretty small house. I wouldn’t go so far to say that it’s a “tiny house” but at just about 900 total square feet, it’s definitely on the smaller side.

And even though we put our blood, sweat and tears into this dwelling, David is always looking for that next project. And he’s put out the idea that it should be smaller. Say whaaat???

But after seeing the different layouts of these houses, I’m not ready to completely dismiss the idea of a smaller house. It would definitely have to be a different layout though. Right now, we have main floor living (kitchen, dining, foyer, bathroom, bedroom) with two lofts. If we plan on expanding our family, the lofts just won’t cut it. I would definitely prefer more of a ranch style home. Don’t get me wrong, this house is adorable and definitely serves the needs and purposes for our three-person family. But further down the road, a change is needed.

So that has led us to doing research on different designs and layouts out there. In the last month or so, David found out that his friend Bill was speaking at a Tiny House Festival in Brattleboro, Vermont. Not only did they have speakers on the subject (he talked about wall assemblies and insulation) but they also had a parking lot filled with these tiny houses and even converted vans. I think we took away some great ideas, and even got to meet some very interesting homeowners.

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Amongst those to view, there were about 4 or 5 that were on trailers (the tan one just above here is called the Bandwagon; it has a stage up top and a bar on the side. Awesome!), three that were old shuttles, one bus and even a converted Volkswagen.

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The weather was pretty crappy though, and we did get rained on a few times. It didn’t stop the crowds though! We got there right as they opened so we were able to walk through some of the houses and talk to some of the owners before the lines got too long. We arrived around 10 and left around 2. During that time, we toured the structures, saw Bill speak and even grabbed a bite at a taco stand called Tito’s.

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This was my first time to Brattleboro and I’m sure it won’t be my last. I don’t know what it is, but I love the feel and look of old, industrial brick buildings along the backdrop of the green mountains. I would love to return when the weather is nicer and really explore the area. And of course, with this handsome husband of mine. Smile

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Have you ever been to Brattleboro? Anything to recommend?

What are your thoughts on tiny houses?

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