Apr 11, 2015

Tiny House Weekend ~

I am in Austin, Texas, visiting my friend, Jenell. We used to work together at Cox in the days when Cox transitioned from Cox @Home, to becoming its own ISP. That was 18 years ago.

I am staying in an AirBnb rental, I selected a Tiny House close to where Jenell lives. I am in East Austin, close to downtown and the Colorado River and Town Lake that run through Austin. The Tiny House is 100 square feet, recently built and sits in the backyard of the family that rents it. It has all the comforts of home, all the necessary comforts.

I've settled in an am enjoying. I have Wifi, Ruta Maya organic coffee, and I am listening to Frank Sinatra on Pandora. The birds are singing outside, it's a bit cloudy. I am ready for the day. Jenell is coming over to check out the Tiny House and then we will be on our way.

Space, space, space - one of the things I immediately noticed was missing, a sink. When I went to brush my teeth last night before going out, I used the one and only sink in the tiny kitchen area. But then I quickly went back to my Ghana memory bank where there is never a sink, and brushing my teeth in Kissemah is always outside. So in a tiny house - one sink may be the way to go. I've seen the Tiny House program and I know some of the models are a bit larger than this one. Other than no sink in the bathroom, I have all the comforts of home. I love the tiny desk set up they have with two tiny bar stool type chairs, it all works. And Frank singing in the background, it's nice. He is one of my all time favorite singers ! ! !

The cool thing about this Tiny House, in order for them to be able to park in their backyard in Austin, it has to meet the requirements of an RV, so the tiny house is on wheels and can be moved. Betsy, the lady who rents this, said it cost $18,000 to build. And since Austin is such a cool city and many people visit here, if she rents 50% of the time during the first year, the investment will pay itself off !

If you don't know Airbnb - check it out, they compete with Vacation Rentals by Owner and have properties all over the world. www.airbnb.com