What’s One Word?

Yesterday for fun on the Tiny House Blog Facebook Fan Page I decided to ask a simple question to see what kind of responses you, my readers would share with me. Here is the question: “What’s one word that describes a tiny house?”

When I pulled this post together last night there were 148 responses. There were a few duplicates so they were removed. It was so much fun to read them and I wanted all of you to have a chance to see them and to add your answer below if you choose.

Here are the answers:

  • Cozy
  • Smart
  • Precious
  • Efficient
  • Love
  • Plenty
  • Simple
  • Claustrophobic
  • Dwell
  • J/K
  • Zen
  • Home
  • Revolutionary
  • Um…tiny?
  • Easy does it!
  • Harmony
  • Compact
  • Organized
  • Sufficient…Cozy…Enough…Bliss
  • Comfortable
  • Cute
  • Freedom
  • Kindness
  • Sustainable
  • Sweet
  • Gemütlich
  • Perfect
  • Affordable
  • Bijou
  • *tiny* (with sparkles)
  • Home
  • Snug
  • Possible!
  • Intimate
  • yeah
  •  just right… charming
  • Liberating
  • Micro~cosmic man!
  • Tiny
  • Snugly 🙂
  • Smart
  • Innovative
  • Uncomplicated
  • Homey!
  • Freeing
  • Peace
  • Responsible
  • “Compact?” “Efficient?” In the end, “enough”…
  • Serenity
  • Enough
  • Simplicity
  • Functional
  • Delightful
  • Safe
  • Oomblegok
  • Awesome!!!
  • Unshackled
  • WANT!
  • Life
  • Independence
  • Practical
  • Enough
  • Heaven
  • Large! Wait…what?
  • Adorable
  • Sweet
  • Soothing
  • Spacious
  • Supplementary
  • Plenary!
  • Plenty
  • Absolute
  • Efficiency
  • Comfy
  • Casita
  • Complete
  • Bliss
  • Doable
  • Special
  • Footprint
  • Cozzzzy
  • Modest
  • Grand!
  • RV
  • FUN!
  • Home
  • Inspiring
  • Green!
  • Amazing
  • Love
  • Enveloping
  • Escape
  • Sanctuary
  • Innovative
  • Shed
  • Shelterrific!
  • Magical
Thanks everyone for responding. On a side note I need more small house stories for the small house feature. If you are living in a small home and would like to share your story please email photos and a story to tinyhouseblog (at) gmail.com. Thank you!

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Victoria - November 18, 2011 Reply

I love this list!

I don’t intend to sound negative, but the first word that came to mind was “illegal”. To me, this word actually describes the system that we have in the majority of our communities and does not describe the actual tiny house. I have great hope and certainty that as this movement grows, we will see this word changed to “legal”. This is an idea who’s time has come and I hope to see it become conventional and mainstream in the near future.

et - November 18, 2011 Reply


frank - November 18, 2011 Reply


I think it’s a great idea for those who want one, and regulations should be loosened to allowed more flexibility in housing choices. However they will never become mainstream and the tiny house “movement” is really just a fringe movement.

Irene - November 18, 2011 Reply

Ken, whose home is that in the photo? It’s very nice!

    Kent Griswold - November 18, 2011 Reply

    Irene, that is one Katy from P.A.D. is in the process of building right now. Dee Williams sent me a photo of it and I decided to put it up as a teaser. More photos and plans will be coming in a couple of weeks. -Kent

Rex - November 18, 2011 Reply

“Enough” sums up the mindset of the individual who loves and appreciates these homes and the simpler life they afford.

gmh - November 19, 2011 Reply

I was thinking that FEARLESS would be a good word for the one-word description.
Someone who lives a tiny house lifestyle isn’t afraid of what our culture says is important and necessary.
Isn’t afraid of not having a huge fridge full of food.
Isn’t afraid of what the neighbors might think.
Isn’t afraid of not having the latest and greatest gadget.
Isn’t afraid of going to the laundromat.
Isn’t afraid of creativity.
Isn’t afraid of the spaciousness of the outdoors.
Isn’t afraid of not having a “great room”, Christmas tree, or garage…
You get the idea.

Victoria - Ozarks Crescent Mural - November 19, 2011 Reply

I like debt-free the best in the list.

Nancy - November 20, 2011 Reply

Workable…is that a word? The small houses, tiny houses are totally workable…they work! Your place of living is your power spot…it’s where you create, learn, live and do your life…it certainly doesn’t have to be a lot of square footage…it just has to be yours. I love it, I have it although it is not as comfortable as I would like it…(needs indoor plumbing and that will come…so far, so good….building departments be damned…take responsibility…work to change the stupid bldg codes, until then, find a rural place, and just do it!

myna lee - November 20, 2011 Reply


sesameB - November 21, 2011 Reply

frugal, shed, honestly, I liked most of the words.
I just learned that 49 million Americans are now living in poverty; and. The elderly population has an increase due to rising medical costs, they, too, are finding themselves living in poverty, as per former President Bill Clinton on a C-Span TV this month. Former Prez Clinton said that the USA has the highest diabetes in the world. Ouch!!!

Also,1 in 31 U.S. Adults are Behind Bars, on Parole or Probation
http://www.pewcenteronthestates.org/news_room_detail.aspx?id=49398–Mar 2, 2009 – The number of offenders on parole and probation across the United States has surged past 5 million, complicating the challenges for fiscally ailing states as they try to curb corrections costs without jeopardizing public safety, according to a new report. The Pew Center on the States report, released Monday, says the number of people on probation or parole nearly doubled to more than 5 million between 1982 and 2007. Including jail and prison inmates, the total population of the U.S. corrections system now exceeds 7.3 million — one of every 31 U.S. adults, it said.
Whew! there are a lot of folks in America who are living small (not by choice though?) in prison cells.

JCinCT - August 19, 2012 Reply

My one word that jumps to mind immediately is
Intriguing…thinking about the possibilities.

rosemary rimmer-clay - August 19, 2012 Reply

I think the best word for tiny houses should be… the [almost untranslatable] Danish word Hygge…cosyness, comfort, the good life…

Joyce Lloyd - August 25, 2012 Reply


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