Luxury tiny house resort may sound like an oxymoron to advocates of sustainable living, but a recent stay at a slice of paradise just outside of Jackson, Wyoming revealed an important message. Comprised of 23 individual 400 square foot homes designed by Wheelhaus, Fireside Resort acts as a springboard to the region's many summer and wintertime activities. Carefully tucked away behind rows of trees for privacy and frequented by moose and other wildlife, the tiny homes are adorned with fine furnishings, a deck, modern appliances, exquisite views of the Teton mountains, an indoor and outdoor fireplace, and a gas-powered grill - pretty much anything you could want from even a regular-sized home. And therein lies the message. Fireside Resort demonstrates living in a smaller space doesn't necessarily require people to sacrifice their quality of life.
Full disclosure: I am a freelance writer in the digital era and not exactly rolling in bitcoin, so staying at a place like Fireside is not compatible with my budget except for special occasions (in other words, it’s a luxury.) And Wheelhaus tiny homes, for sale separately from the resort, are inching a bit too close to the price point of a standard home, which may defeat the objective of scaling down to free up funds and natural resources. But thanks to two restful nights in a little Wedge house, I do have a host of new ideas about how to organize my future living space for optimum comfort and sustainability.
For starters, my tiny home was so well-equipped, I never felt the impulse to leave. I cooked all but one of my own meals, spent my evenings looking at the view sipping an affordable glass of wine (compared to what it would have cost to dine at one of the surrounding restaurants), and worked from home both days I was there. I had to ask for a late checkout because I was so comfortable, something I attribute entirely to good design. Each little home has its own decorative scheme, but share exceptional space management, plenty of natural light and privacy, and a minimalist but elegant aesthetic.
The resort features a combination of Wedge and Caboose tiny home models, though Wheelhaus designs a suite of others. The Caboose has a second bedroom, a spacious loft with floor beds illuminated with cutouts that permit generous amount of light, so that it could easily sleep four to five people. The bathrooms in both models are compact but fully equipped with plenty of storage space, and operable windows provide natural ventilation. Because of the deck, the natural surroundings, the dishwasher and all necessary cooking and cleaning equipment, it didn’t feel like I was staying at a fancy hotel. It felt like home.
If you’re considering scaling down your living space, Fireside Resort offers an ideal opportunity to test-drive one to see if you can manage the change. It is also bound to awaken you to the idea that it is entirely possible to live large in a tiny home.
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