A HISTORICAL tiny house in Seattle will delight new renters with an inspiring backstory and unique design.
Locals say the tiny home was built on land originally shared by a couple who split in two after divorcing about a hundred years ago.
Measuring just 55 inches wide at one end and 15 feet wide at the other, the unique home has seen little modification since its original construction.
According to legend, the former wife built the “cheese wedge-shaped” house as a log cabinher ex-husband, who still lived in the larger house on the common property.
Although the oddly shaped house in Montlake in Seattle, Washington was nicknamed the “Spite House” by locals, its current owner has a different take on history.
“We forget there were restrictions,” the home’s current owner, Kirsten Dirksen, said in a video posted to YouTube.
“Women didn’t have equal opportunities when it came to real estate ownership or home ownership, and a lot of the tools you used to build or buy a house back then weren’t available — so maybe she got creative.” She said.
Until the Equal Credit Opportunity Act was passed in 1974, it was extremely difficult for women to obtain credit from the bank without the support of a male family member.
“So it’s entirely possible, I imagine, she said, ‘Well, I own it and that’s why I’m going to use it because I don’t have many other options.’ That’s my guess and that wouldn’t be stupid,” she said.
She feels inspired to live in a home built by someone so creative and imaginative, Dirksen said.
Even though the tiny house looks strange from the outside, inside it resembles a big boat and actually offers a lot of space for its occupants.
The two story home features two large bedrooms and bathrooms, one on each floor, as well as two living areas and a kitchen.
Guests can enter the house through the main door overlooking the street on the narrowest side of the house or through the house’s original carriage doors on the first floor.
The front door opens into the smallest room in the house – originally a vestibule and now a small entrance – and leads into the kitchen while the walls slowly slope outwards.
The kitchen leads to a good sized living room which opens onto the master bedroom and bathroom.
On the ground floor, a raised double bed and small living area greet guests with absolute calm and serenity.
Almost every aspect of the house is original and has only been restored, but there is one part of the house that Dirksen thought about changing.
“The only thing I personally would have done differently is not to put the fridge in the middle, but to put the fridge over there so it doesn’t block the flow,” she said.