Living Tiny with Teens

Living Tiny with Teens

My husband (Andrew), son (Paiute, 20), daughter (Terra, 17) and I all live on 5 acres in the beautiful hillsides of Ashland, OR. Our primary residence is “hOMe”, our 207sf (+110sf in lofts) modern tiny house on wheels. In hOMe we cook meals together, eat, hang out, play games, and watch movies. Terra does most of her homework in here and our bathroom is the only one on the property. Further, Andrew and I are both self employed and work from hOMe. All of this to say that all four of us use our tiny house extensively throughout the day.

living tiny with teens

Terra in her “Lookout” cabin

A lot of families feel limited in their ability to live tiny because they have kids. What is being shown though through various examples is that families can indeed live happy and healthy lives in tiny houses. Many young families have embarked on the tiny lifestyle with their pre-teen kids and are appreciating the extra time they can all now spend together. That said, one question we receive a lot is: “How can I live tiny with my teens?” 

Living tiny with teens poses a special challenge whether one is living tiny or not. Developmental changes during this time come at warp speed and sometimes it can be challenging to go along for this ride. It is also during this time that they begin to individuate and land into their adult personalities. Most teens require their own space and privacy through this process and thus, the option of tiny house living is complicated. 

living tiny with teens

Paiute’s bed is large enough for him to sleep comfortably and has a guest bed stored below as well

Our personal solution to living tiny with teens was to create separate spaces for each of them. For Paiute, we built a 10’x16’ treehouse and for Terra, a 10’x12’ “Lookout” cabin, both of which are just steps from hOMe. This solution of having separate sleeping and hang out space for each child has worked incredibly well for all of us. 

Paiute is passionate about music and loves to compose his own pieces. His treehouse is decked out with all his mixing boards, instruments, and computer and often his volume level is set on high. Though we truly love the music he creates and listens to, it is rather nice to not have to listen to it from within the house all the time! His treehouse is large enough to accommodate visiting friends and also for him to have one or two buddies spend the night. Having a treehouse has been a dream of his since he was about four so finally having that dream come true has been special for him and for us. It’s safe to say that he loves it. 

Terra also loves music and plays guitar. Her cabin has enough space for her desk, a small closet, a queen sized bed with tons of storage below, and boasts an enormous window that overlooks a beautiful view of an oak grove. She spends most of her time in hOMe but prefers to sleep in her cabin. She also likes to go over there to learn new guitar songs, create art, read a book or do crosswords in total peace and quiet. 

living tiny with teens

The tree house DJ! 🙂

Both Paiute and Terra know that they are welcome to come and sleep in hOMe any time that they want. Our secondary loft has a queen mattress on it and sometimes one of them does come over for the night, especially if they are sick. For the vast majority of the time though, the kids prefer to sleep in their own spaces. 

We should mention that we are a very close family and that we really trust our kids to make good decisions. We openly communicate with each other and both of them come to us when they are being challenged by something intense. We have learned over the years that we can trust them and that they are really, really good kids. Our decision to create separate sleeping spaces for each of them was possible because of this relationship. Our decision was also possible because we all genuinely enjoy spending time together. If we had teens that we couldn’t trust or that didn’t want anything to do with us (and would rather just hide out in their own space all day), we wouldn’t even have considered our set up. 

Living tiny with teens can be challenging but it is also possible as we are experiencing. I even think that with the right family and the right teen, a family of three could live full time in a tiny house. For us personally, we have all been extremely happy with our set up and two years in to living this way, we have no complaints. 

You can see some more photos of the kids’ places in this gallery HERE

Want to learn more about tiny house living and how to build a tiny house? Want to do so for FREE? Sign up for our totally free 7 Day Tiny House eCourse! Find out more HERE.

24 Responses to Living Tiny with Teens

  1. /bob August 9, 2017 at 1:17 pm #

    YEP! Big house or tiny is not what really matters when it comes to living with teens. Those who think they need the big house to do it need to take a closer look at their family dynamic rather than the size of the dwelling. I’ve felt for a very long time that bigger houses are one major cause of the breakdown of families when members can take the easy, but dangerous, route of simply walking away from each other. Coming together in the smaller space and actually living *together* is what makes it a family. But even doing the same in any sized building will do so as well.

  2. khuyến mãi casino trực tuyến May 26, 2020 at 4:14 am #

    Coming together in the smaller space and actually living *together* is what makes it a family. But even doing the same in any sized building will do so as well.

  3. khuyến mãi casino trực tuyến July 22, 2020 at 11:36 pm #

    But even doing the same in any sized building will do so as well

  4. khuyến mãi casino July 29, 2020 at 10:11 pm #

    we wouldn’t even have considered our set up

  5. Turns out the sustained winds are about 40 to 50 miles an hour tops with gusts to 75 or 80

  6. casino online October 21, 2020 at 9:36 pm #

    There is also evidence that shark antibodies can slow the spread of breast cancer

  7. Corgalt December 16, 2020 at 7:10 pm #

    Propecia Que Es TrerlyHymmew cialis otc Impota Omeprazole And Amoxicillin And 2c19

  8. Jbnbundom February 3, 2021 at 4:13 pm #

    mexican pharmacies online canadian pharmacy online canada prescriptions drugs

  9. Kbcxjags February 3, 2021 at 7:54 pm #

    mental illness canada pharma limited llc drug stores near me

  10. Lbsxreits February 5, 2021 at 12:10 pm #

    king pharmacy buy pfizer viagra canadian pharma companies

  11. Ahkdreits February 6, 2021 at 5:25 am #

    canadian pharmacy 365 get prescription online order medicine online

  12. Kuikabife February 7, 2021 at 11:57 pm #

    where to buy viagra in sydney online viagra austalia viagra with dapoxetine

  13. FvfcOmict February 8, 2021 at 12:12 am #

    how do i get viagra online viagra online in australia taking viagra with irregular heartbeat

  14. Jbbvreits February 9, 2021 at 1:51 am #

    legal canadian prescription drugs online blood pressure discount prescription drugs online

  15. Fqhhreits February 9, 2021 at 4:09 am #

    canada pharma limited llc Brand Levitra the canadian pharmacy

  16. Jbnvundom February 10, 2021 at 2:43 pm #

    cash loans joliet il payday loans norwalk ca amantla cash loans bloemfontein

  17. Kvaxjags February 10, 2021 at 6:21 pm #

    payday loan bolton payday loan leads vendor canada payday loans with longer payback canada

  18. NncsOmict February 11, 2021 at 4:52 am #

    viagra no prescription viagra for no prisiption online pfizer viagra au

  19. Labxreits February 12, 2021 at 10:48 am #

    cialis op doktersrecept risque achat cialis sur internet cialis empfohlene dosierung

  20. Ahbzreits February 13, 2021 at 11:58 am #

    payday loan savings account sunshine payday loans arcadia fl cash loans over 3 years

  21. FbsgOmict February 16, 2021 at 2:58 am #

    cialis professional 20 mg cheep cialis cialis online shopping

  22. Kbbfabife February 16, 2021 at 11:16 pm #

    viagra order viagra generic viagra free trial offer

  23. Jbbnreits February 17, 2021 at 12:49 am #

    cialis nose bleed effet du cialis 5 how long does it take for cialis pills to work

  24. Fqbbreits February 17, 2021 at 10:40 am #

    short term cash loans for pensioners reviews halifax debit card cash advance fee

Leave a Reply