I recently visited Think Big! A Tiny House Resort, located in the Catskills in upstate New York, about a two-hour drive north of Manhattan, to try out a tiny house myself.AdvertisementI stayed in a 269-foot-tiny house for three days, and it was more spacious than I thought it would be. There was plenty of storage, and I didn't once bump into furniture or a tight corner. It also made excellent use of windows - the open views and streaming light gave the illusion of more space than there actually was.
But I should note that I'm used to New York City apartments, which are also notoriously small. I wasn't exactly out of my league here.
Staying a tiny house was an enjoyable experience. Here's what it looked like inside.
Think Big! A Tiny House resort consists of eight houses. The resort's owners, Margie and Melissa, work with ESCAPE Homes to design the tiny houses themselves.
My tiny house was called The Little Bear. It covers a total of 269 square feet. Nestled below a hill, it looks out towards Catskill Creek, which runs along the back edge of the property.
I was immediately taken with the home's exterior.
The Little Bear also has its own fire pit outside.
To get into the tiny homes, there's a four-digit keypad on the door.
Everything inside The Little Bear fits neatly into its rectangular shape. The door opens directly into the kitchen area, which stretches across the middle of the tiny house.
The kitchen has full-sized appliances — that includes a stove, microwave, and fridge. There was also plenty of cabinetry and shelving, and a window overlooking the sink.
Admittedly, there wasn't a lot of counter space (especially if dishes were laid out to dry), but that can be remedied by using the dining table across from the kitchen to prep your meal.
To the right of the kitchen area is the bathroom. Again, I was impressed with all the storage space thanks to a lot of shelving and cabinets.
Most tiny houses have a compost toilet — but this one was a regular toilet. That's considered a luxury amenity in a tiny house.
There's also a full-size tub.
On the other side of The Little Bear is the main sleeping area, which has a queen-size bed and a full-size lofted bed. There's also a second lofted bed above the bathroom.
The big bed was cozy. There was a heated electric furnace and a Smart TV — two amenities I wasn't anticipating.
This is the view I woke up to in the morning.
I also tried out one of the lofted beds. It, too, was comfortable, but a tight squeeze with the sloped roof.
There's a nightstand next to the main bed, which was a perfect fit for my millennial necessities: phone and laptop.
The "bedroom" was the true test of storage space, in my opinion — and I have to say, it was the first part of the experience where my expectations were not totally met.
There was a wardrobe next to the foot of the bed. Between the shelves and the hanging space, it probably could have fit about 10% of the clothes in my wardrobe.
There's also some storage space along the loft.
If there was one thing that annoyed me about tiny-house living, it was the hassle of pulling the window shades in the lofted area up and down every morning and night.
Thanks to the windows, thoughtfully placed storage space, and efficient design, the tiny house didn't feel like the tight squeeze that I anticipated.