That last part is a joke and an obvious exaggeration, but only to highlight the wide reach of tiny houses and other types of mobile homes. Tiny living, once a niche thing only wool-wearing, avocado-eating, homeschooling hipsters would do, is now the norm in many parts of the world. Because of their size, tiny houses are still seen as ideal for non-family types and, at best, as temporary living solutions.
The Itsy Bitsy Tiny, also known as Itsy Bitsy on Spider Lake, can clear the air on both counts. It's one of the earlier lofted builds from Canadian builder Mint Tiny House Company, which now specializes in premium park models, and it offers whatever proof you still need that tiny houses are durable and family-perfect.
So what makes Itsy Bitsy so notable? It's a combination of excellent craftsmanship with rustic-like styling and a smart layout that integrates all the functionality you'd find in a brick-and-mortar home. At a pinch, this 34-foot (10.3-meter) tiny house can sleep as many as six people on a permanent basis, or even seven on occasion, if the seventh is willing to crash on the living room couch.
It offers the usual creature comforts of a home, like a full kitchen, a full bathroom, and plenty of space, but in a more compact footprint styled like a wooden lodge, with white walls and contrasting dark wood floors and countertops, and the occasional pop of color in navy blue. It features extensive glazing that allows natural light in, it has underfloor heating in the bathroom, proper ventilation, and connects to the grid for water, electricity, and sewage.
For example, the ground floor is 34 feet (10.3 meters) long like the trailer, but the second level is actually longer, at almost 40 feet (12.2 meters), because both lofts, situated on either end of the house, are cantilevered. This allows for larger lofts but also for a full-size bedroom on the ground floor, which remains one of the rarest features in tiny houses.
It's true, the length and weight make Itsy Bitsy less mobile, but life is all about compromise, isn't it? With tiny living, you can't have your cake and eat it, so whatever choice you make for your future forever home will mean some sort of compromise on another aspect of the build.
Tiny living is not a solution with appeal or applicability for everyone. Then again, which solution is? But for those for whom downsizing is a must for whatever reason, a build like Itsy Bitsy shows why tiny houses can be perfect forever homes – yes, even for a large family.