I spent 2 nights in a tiny house and it was basically the same as my New York City apartment, but with more windows and fewer stairs - here's how they compare
- Tiny houses are basically New York City apartments on wheels.
- I've experienced both myself: I live in Manhattan and recently stayed in a tiny house in the Catskills.
- Both NYC apartments and tiny houses are notoriously small and involve amenity trade-offs.
- Compared to the tiny house, my apartment may have a living room, but my bed is smaller, my windows are fewer, and my bathroom storage space is basically non-existant.
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Welcome to my abode.
It's roughly 700 square feet, in Manhattan's Upper East Side, and has no washing machine or dishwasher. That makes it, basically, a tiny house in the sky - without some of the amenities tiny houses are most famous for.Think panoramic windows, natural lighting, and the ability to take your home with you wherever you go.
I would know: I recently visited Think Big! A Tiny House Resort in the Catskills, about two hours north of Manhattan, and stayed in a tiny house for three days. It wasn't the tight squeeze I anticipated, and I quickly realized why: It was essentially my apartment, but in the middle of the woods.
They're both small spaces that necessitate some physical trade-offs. You have to be resourceful in both to make the most of your space.
But physically speaking, I can now say that tiny houses are basically NYC apartments on wheels. Here's why.