For several of my tiny house heros The Kitchen Sink was the first purchase. It was their way of saying “Hey, I’m really going to do this thing! I’m going to build myself a tiny house.” And then things started to fall into place for them.
My Tiny House Started With a Window and I felt pretty lucky that I’d found My Beautiful Arched Door, too. Since I’m a rather superstitious person, and I wanted the good luck to keep coming my way, I decided I’d better find myself a sink, too.
One morning I came across a beautiful hand-hammered copper sink on Craigslist. When I called the number the man who was selling it said he was on his way downtown and he offered to bring it by so I could take a look. I decided if he was determined to get his asking price I’d have to let it go. I am hesitant to pay more than I’ve budgeted since I know how budgets creep. I really can’t afford to let that happen.
On the other hand, I know that a handful of beautiful things really matter. For me, the parts of a house I interact with daily – the sink, windows, door, knobs, pulls, and latches – are the parts that need to be beautiful and functional. It’s like my cousin explaining that it’s okay to buy jeans, t-shirts, and socks that don’t speak to your soul, but you’ve got to have good shoes and a coat you love.
Fortunately, when I offered the man the amount I’d budgeted for a sink he accepted. He lives in a floating home, but he thought my tiny house was novel anyhow. When he saw Bayside Bungalow, the tiny house on wheels I’d rented for the year, he was pretty impressed. He liked the idea of his tiny sink finding a place in my tiny home.
My copper sink is large enough and deep enough that I’ll be able to do dishes easily. But it’s also small enough that it has moved with me three times now. First to My Summer Garden Cottage, then to my Home Sweet Yurt, and most recently to Sweet Pea. I love knowing that the next time I move it will be to install it in my vardo! I’ve begun scouting for a copper faucet that will match my sink. It seems the only way to do it justice.
So it seems My Tiny House Starts with a Window… and A Beautiful Arched Door… and a sink for good measure. With these three pieces guiding the character of my gypsy wagon, I think it’s going to be lovely!
Let the Tiny House Treasure Hunt begin!