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5 tiny-home owners revealed the items they regret buying most - or what they skipped altogether

5 tiny-home owners revealed the items they regret buying most - or what they skipped altogether
  • Tiny-house owners are selective about what they buy or add to their small spaces.
  • Five people told Insider what they skipped or regret adding to their tiny homes.
  • Some regretted adding appliances like ovens, while others are glad they avoided ladders or bathtubs.

Living tiny can be a challenge, but some people have mastered the minimalist lifestyle. When designing their tiny homes, here's what five people decided to skip.

Living tiny can be a challenge, but some people have mastered the minimalist lifestyle. When designing their tiny homes, here's what five people decided to skip.
With limited space, families need to assess everything they bring into their tiny homes. Jaimie and Dave Hinckle/Tim Davidson

Insider spoke with five tiny-home owners about how they assessed what they needed — and didn't need — when buying, renovating, and remodeling their small spaces.

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Alexis Monkhouse regrets buying a combination washer and dryer for her 325-square-foot tiny home.

Alexis Monkhouse regrets buying a combination washer and dryer for her 325-square-foot tiny home.
Alexis Monkhouse regrets her combination washer and dryer. Alexis Monkhouse

Alexis Monkhouse and her 2-year-old daughter live in a tiny house on wheels in Florida. Monkhouse documents their journey on the Instagram account @thistinyjourney.

Monkhouse said that when she designed her home, she had a budget that allowed her to add luxury amenities, including a washer-dryer combination.

Today, she wishes she had opted for a separate washer and dryer. Although the combo appliance takes up less space, Monkhouse said, in her experience, the dryer function takes too long to dry her clothes.

Appliances that seem like they'll save space but don't get the job done aren't worth it in the end, she said.

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She also said tiny-home owners should skip air-conditioning units and opt for a split unit, which can cool and heat the space.

She also said tiny-home owners should skip air-conditioning units and opt for a split unit, which can cool and heat the space.
Alexis Monkhouse loves her split unit AC and heater. Alexis Monkhouse

Monkhouse said she prefers her split unit for a handful of reasons.

It's convenient because it offers heating and cooling in one appliance.

Split units also mount to your walls, whereas bulky air-conditioning units often take up window space or require major renovations on your home.

Also, the look of a split unit — which is slimmer than traditional air-conditioning systems — doesn't cramp her tiny home's style.

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Tim Davidson, who lives in a tiny home on a private island, said he's glad he chose a staircase instead of a ladder for his lofted bedroom.

Tim Davidson, who lives in a tiny home on a private island, said he's glad he chose a staircase instead of a ladder for his lofted bedroom.
Tim Davidson opted for a staircase over a ladder to his lofted bedroom. Tiffany the Tiny House

Tim Davidson has lived in a 270-square-foot tiny home since 2017. His tiny house has a loft that leads to his bedroom.

When designing the space, he opted for the staircase instead of a ladder for a handful of reasons.

He knew a staircase would provide more mobility and safety. If he wants to grow old in his tiny home, a ladder isn't as accessible. He also wanted his cat, Oliver, to be able to access every inch of the small home.

While the stairs take up more space than a ladder, he smartly optimized the staircase for both storage and seating.

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Davidson said in the future, he would skip buying an oven since an air fryer does practically the same job.

Davidson said in the future, he would skip buying an oven since an air fryer does practically the same job.
Tim Davidson said he second-guesses his decision to have an oven. Tiffany the Tiny Home

"I recently found out about the Holy Grail— air fryers," Davidson told Insider.

Now that he has an air fryer, the oven gets little use but takes up a huge chunk of space in his kitchen.

"It's just wasted space," he said. "And I just hate washing dishes, so I might utilize that space for a dishwasher or something else."

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In Jaimie and Dave Hinckle's 406-square-foot shipping-container tiny home, they saved space by skipping the bathtub.

In Jaimie and Dave Hinckle's 406-square-foot shipping-container tiny home, they saved space by skipping the bathtub.
The couple, left, and an image of their tiny home's shower before it was completed, right. Jaimie and Dave Hinckle

The couple said that when they started designing their two-story tiny house out of shipping containers, the bathtub was an easy item to sacrifice, as it simply wasn't necessary — a shower served the same purpose.

Jaimie told Insider that she likely would've added one if she had young children.

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The Hinckles also avoiding buying excess furniture.

The Hinckles also avoiding buying excess furniture.
The couple is intentional about each piece of furniture in their home. Jaimie and Dave Hinckle

The couple, who records their journey on Instagram @that_tiny_life_love, made sure that each piece of furniture brought into their home served a function.

Their living and kitchen space has just the essentials, including two barstools and a couch that seats two.

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The inside of Rebekah Sofia's eclectic tiny house doesn't have a bathtub because she added one outside.

The inside of Rebekah Sofia's eclectic tiny house doesn't have a bathtub because she added one outside.
Rebekah Sofia's outdoor tub area. Rebekah and Robert Sofia

Rebekah and her husband, Robert, live in a tiny house in Florida. They wanted to take advantage of the sunny weather and night sky, so they built an outdoor bathtub and shower.

This saved the couple from installing the same appliances to their home's interior.

They used the extra space to add fun amenities like a pizza oven.

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Sofia said it's vital to get rid of items that don't bring you happiness or serve a purpose.

Sofia said it's vital to get rid of items that don't bring you happiness or serve a purpose.
The couple in their lofted bedroom. John Jernigan Photography

Sofia said when designing her tiny home, she considered whether each item brought her "joy," whether it was "beautiful or useful enough," and if it was something she felt she couldn't live without.

If an item doesn't meet those criteria — or make you happy — then you should reconsider it.

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