Staying in a Tiny House With Friends: What It’s Like, Photos

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In September, I convinced my roommate and a friend who was staying with us to spend two nights in one of the resort’s small homes.

The three of us in front of our tiny house.

 

The author and two friends posed in front of their tiny house rental.


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The property in Lyons, Colorado, is made up of 22 rentable tiny houses. Each house has a different builder and designer, so the homes range in layout, size, and decor.

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A bright-red house near the WeeCasa entrance.


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The smallest home at the resort is 165 square feet. Its largest sleeps six in 418 square feet.

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One of WeeCasa’s largest tiny homes.


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As we were packing the car for the trip, I started to question whether all our luggage would fit into our tiny home.

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The author and her friend Ceci in the car.


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But we hoped for the best and piled into my car. In just over an hour, we reached our destination.

The route from Denver, Colorado, to Lyons, Colorado.

 

A map of the car route from Denver, Colorado, to Lyons, Colorado.

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After checking in, we drove through the WeeCasa resort. Some homes were colorful with windows while others had a modern flair, and I was surprised by how distinct each tiny home could be.

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WeeCasa houses ranged in color, size, and design.


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After seeing other tiny houses, I debated whether I should’ve picked a larger tiny house. Would 212 square feet be enough for three people? Would I miss my more spacious home back in Denver?

Juniper, the 212-square-foot house we were staying in.

 

Juniper, the 212-square-foot house that we stayed in.


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As we reached the house, I also worried there would be little privacy from our neighbors.

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Two WeeCasa tiny-home rentals side by side.


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Each home was sandwiched into a plot of land not much bigger than the tiny house itself. If our neighbors were loud, I thought, we’d probably hear them. (Thankfully, our neighbors weren’t noisy but we later heard people walking around outside.)

Arrows show how little space there was between the tiny homes.

 

Arrows highlight the space between tiny homes.


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We stepped into the tiny house and found there wasn’t much room for privacy inside, either.

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The author’s friend Ceci unlocked the tiny house.


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Besides the bathroom door, the tiny house was one open room sectioned into a living area, kitchen area, and lofted bedroom space.

Images of the interior of the tiny house.

 

The interior of the author’s tiny house rental.


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When you first stepped in, you entered the living room area that also functioned as a bedroom for two people.

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The living room area of the tiny house.


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The couch was a twin-sized daybed. Underneath was a trundle bed for another person.

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A twin-sized mattress pulled out from a daybed.


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Behind the living room and along one wall of the tiny house was a countertop with a stove, toaster, sink, and seating for one person.

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The kitchen had drawers and storage space.


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Along the opposite wall was a staircase with cubbies for storage.

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Cubbies offered storage underneath the tiny house’s staircase.


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In the cubbies, there was a mini-fridge and a microwave.

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The tiny house had a microwave and refrigerator.


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At the back of the house, there was a bathroom that fit a standard toilet, sink, and shower.

Side-by-side images of the bathroom.

 

Views of the bathroom.


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Above the bathroom and kitchen areas was a lofted bedroom, which had a queen-sized mattress and a small bedside table.

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A mattress in the tiny home’s loft.


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Since the ceiling was slanted, there were parts of the loft where I couldn’t fully sit up, which was fine since I only planned to sleep in the loft.

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The author’s head touched the loft ceiling when she sat on the bed.


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You could nearly touch both walls of the tiny house, but it surprisingly didn’t feel cramped to us. The tall ceilings and ingenious storage hacks helped make Juniper feel much larger than 212 square feet.

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The author’s friend Katie outstretches her arms to illustrate the tiny house’s width.


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For example, if the trundle bed had been just a centimeter longer, it wouldn’t have fit with the dresser.

An arrow points to how perfectly the trundle and dresser fit in the living area.

 

An arrow points to the lack of space between the dresser and trundle bed.


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And thankfully, all our luggage easily fit into the staircase’s storage space.

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Our luggage underneath the staircase.


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With our luggage stored away, we explored the rest of the resort.

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Katie and Ceci explored the WeeCasa Tiny House Resort.


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After a walk on WeeCasa’s property, we made it back to our tiny house just after sunset. Before going to bed, we planned how the three of us were going to work in one space.

The three of us relaxing in the 212-square-foot tiny house.

 

The author and friends relaxed the daybed in the 212-square-foot tiny house.


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Luckily, the outdoors could also be our office at WeeCasa.

An arrow points to picnic tables on WeeCasa's property.

 

An arrow points to picnic tables on WeeCasa’s property.


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We agreed to all split up our work day between the bar, daybed, and an outside picnic table.

A person could work from the countertop and another from the couch.

 

A view of Katie working on the couch and Ceci working from the countertop.


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After a successful night and work day in the tiny house, we weren’t sick of each other just yet. So we headed into town for dinner.

The author and her two friends exploring Lyons, Colorado.

 

The author and her two friends explored Lyons, Colorado.


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Lyons’ main street was a five-minute walk away. We loved having access to both nature and a quaint town just a short distance from the tiny-house resort.

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A street in Lyons, Colorado.


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