I convinced my roommates to spend 2 nights with me in a tiny home. By the end, we couldn’t wait to have our own rooms back.

The author in front of a tiny house.
The author in front of a WeeCasa tiny house in Lyons, Colorado. Monica Humphries/Insider
  • I recently spent two nights at WeeCasa Tiny House Resort, one of the world’s largest tiny-home resorts.
  • For $US179 ($AU239) a night, I stayed with two friends in a 212-square-foot house on the resort’s Colorado property.
  • The stay was great, but, by the end, I was happy to head back to a house with a bit more privacy.

Tiny-home villages are popping up all over the country. Just an hour away from my home in Denver is the WeeCasa Tiny House Resort – the world’s largest, according to its website.
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A row of tiny homes at WeeCasa Tiny House Resort in Lyons, Colorado. Monica Humphries/Insider
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. Monica Humphries/Insider
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. Monica Humphries/Insider
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. Monica Humphries/Insider
I opted to stay in a tiny home called Juniper, a 212-square-foot property that sleeps four people.
The author in front of a WeeCasa tiny house named Juniper, where the author stayed for two nights.
The author in front of a WeeCasa tiny house named Juniper. Monica Humphries/Insider
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. Monica Humphries/Insider
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. Google Maps
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. Monica Humphries/Insider
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. Monica Humphries/Insider
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. Monica Humphries/Insider
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. Monica Humphries/Insider
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. Monica Humphries/Insider
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. Monica Humphries/Insider
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. Monica Humphries/Insider
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. Monica Humphries/Insider
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. Monica Humphries/Insider
Along the opposite wall was a staircase with cubbies for storage.
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Cubbies offered storage underneath the tiny house’s staircase. Monica Humphries/Insider
In the cubbies, there was a mini-fridge and a microwave.
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The tiny house had a microwave and refrigerator. Monica Humphries/Insider
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. Monica Humphries/Insider
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. Monica Humphries/Insider
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. Monica Humphries/Insider
 

 

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. Monica Humphries/Insider
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. Monica Humphries/Insider
Even the dresser was sized for a tiny house.
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A dresser in the living room offered storage space. Monica Humphries/Insider
And thankfully, all our luggage easily fit into the staircase’s storage space.
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Our luggage underneath the staircase. Monica Humphries/Insider
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. Monica Humphries/Insider
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. Monica Humphries/Insider
Back in Denver, we’re fortunate to have ample workspace in our 1,200-square-foot house. The three of us can rotate our work stations between desks, a bar, a dining-room table, and a couch. In the tiny house, options were limited.
At home, I have an entire desk to work from.
The author’s desk area where she works from home. Monica Humphries/Insider
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. Monica Humphries/Insider
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. Monica Humphries/Insider
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. Monica Humphries/Insider
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. Monica Humphries/Insider
After more time together, we decided it was time for bed. Typically, I could scroll on TikTok or turn on a light to read before bed. But at the tiny home, I didn’t want to disturb Ceci or Katie, and a part of me craved a bit of solitude.
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The resort had chairs overlooking the North Saint Vrain Creek in Lyons, Colorado. Monica Humphries/Insider
Two nights felt like the ideal amount of time for sharing a tiny house with two friends. By the end of the trip, I was happy to be heading home to my own bed – and a door that I could close.
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The author standing in front of the tiny house. Monica Humphries/Insider