Tiny Houses in the Big City

If you’re a frequent reader of Dose of Discovery, you’ll remember that we had a blast on our recent trip to Portland. We were able to check off a lot of items on our must-see list during our long weekend in the city. One awesome thing that we found while planning but didn’t get to experience was staying in a tiny house.

If you follow recent home architecture trends (by watching way too much HGTV), you already know that tiny houses are blowing up in popularity. We’d been looking for an opportunity to check out this new trend in travel, so we were pretty excited when we found out that a couple tiny houses were making a short appearance in Chicago.

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The company exhibiting was Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. They manufacture base model and custom-designed tiny houses and also partner with RV campgrounds to help tiny house owners find places to park their homes.

Their homes are available for rent in a few locations in the Western U.S. Their largest rental location is the Mt. Hood tiny house village near Portland, OR. They are taking two units on a cross-country road trip to give people the opportunity to experience life in a tiny house first-hand (more info on the tour here).

The units on display were between 200 and 250 square feet, but had two distinct styles. Although these houses cost $75,000 each, Tumbleweed builds houses starting at $61,000.

Tiny House Collage

They definitely had some very cool features and interesting designs, but man were they TINY. The lofted bed on the second floor was just over 3 feet tall, which would mean the only route to bed is an army crawl.

tiny house bed

After checking out these tiny houses in person we’re not sure that tiny house living would be our ideal way to travel, but it’s hard to rule it out without actually staying in one for a couple days.

If you’re contemplating a trip to Portland, don’t forget to check out our itinerary! Consider staying in a tiny house while you check out Mt. Hood, and comment, email or contact us via social media to let us know what you think of tiny house living!


4 thoughts on “Tiny Houses in the Big City

  1. I’d really like to experience living in a tiny house for a couple of nights. I think it’s such an interesting concept and this one actually seems really well decorated. I’m also someone who watches way too much HGTV haha 🙂

    • I’d like to try one for a few nights, but I’m not sure I could do it full time! I’m with you on the too much HGTV though. 😉 What’s your favorite show?

  2. We just moved to Portland, and we definitely need to stay in a Tiny House. I heard there are a lot of abandoned tiny houses, because people get all wrapped up in the idea of living in them, but then reality hits and they realize how hard it is to live in such a small space. I love it as long as I know it’s temporary. haha We RV’d for a few months and it’s hard!

    • That is so interesting – I’ve never heard that people abandon them! I can definitely understand how it could be more overwhelming and difficult than people imagine. Let us know if you stay in one! Some have some pretty cool layouts. 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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