Since our last update, we’ve visited IKEA to look at tiny kitchens and tiny bathrooms. We’ve pinned a ton of ideas to our Pinterest boards. We’ve spent countless hours debating floor plans with bedrooms v. floor plans without bedrooms.
In our latest, bedroom-free floor plan, we utilize the space-saving Murphy bed in the living room and a Lovesac Citysac “couch” (maybe)–grand total of 416 sq. ft. for the entire house! We were thrilled! Visions of fabulous IKEA organizers, shelves and baskets danced in my head. A
nd because we thought we were on the right track last night, we sent our initial thoughts to the borough office for their consideration. Well, this is where the wheels not only came off the wagon, they ended up in the Susquehanna River.
Unbeknownst to me, there is a zoning ordinance that says a house must be at least 500 sq. ft. (with setbacks of 5 ft.). Oops.
Arguably, the tiny dream will live on.
According to this infographic about tiny houses saving the world, the average home size in the US is more than 2,500 sq ft. Thus, our house will still be tiny at 500 sq ft. as it will be about 20% the size of the average home; in the US, I think this qualifies as tiny.
As for the setback setback, we’ll opt for a home with a living room at the front, bedroom in the back, and kitchen and bathroom jockeying for space in between.
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