July’s Tiny Estates adventure taught me one thing right off the bat. Ducks have this composting toilet idea down pat. Yes. The grass is always greener. Whereas June provided the comfort of evening bull frogs singing lullabies, July was a month for watching your step.
Still, the view was gorgeous, day and night. With unseasonably warm temperatures that week, it was sometimes possible to avoid the actual outdoors and finally get some work done. This was the first unit that offered a table, and I took full advantage. With my seven pound printer/scanner on the counter, laptop on the table, bra draped over the handle of the front door, and shades wide open, I set about condensing the most pressing paper categories on my agenda. Using the seating area in the entertainment area for casual review before recycling, and refusing to carry any paperwork to the loft bed or bathroom, I stayed on task for the first time since this series of journeys began.
For a quick refresher, this is my fourth Tiny Estates unit and seventh tiny adventure since April 3. I have also done a similar test in New England, but that was some time ago, and I didn’t even see a single true tiny house on the whole trip. I did learn, though, to bring a dish basin for shoe washing at the front door. If I had taken time to do a little fishing this trip, I would absolutely have needed it in this unit.
On another note, this is the first unit where my elbow hit the ceiling in the loft bedroom while rearranging the covers. It was also the first wit a bedside lightswitch, so ya gotta take the good with the bad in all things, I see. All four Tiny Estates units so far have had barn door style bathroom doors. This was the first unit that prevented the use of the refrigerator in the open door position. I am an architect’s daughter and this might not have been obvious to others. I am also a grazing eater, and this took all week to remember.
As for the Carbon Footprint, a unit like this which is wider by a sneaker length on each side, provides more elbow room than you’d think. The extra width was most noticible by the fact that there was room for an aisle down the middle of it instead of along one wall. I found this arrangement in the center of the unit to be espescially useful for my purposes. If it were my unit, the loft here would be for storage, and not a spare bedroom. Then I could keep some of my paperwork as a momento of my former life!