The Tiny House Movement – Is it right for you?
Small houses are typically around 1000 square feet. However, a tiny house is 400 square feet or less and can be built either on wheels or a foundation. The typical tiny house on wheels has 120 square feet or less of livable space, 8ft by 20ft. This size is exempt from the need of a building permit and makes for easy towing. Unlike RVs, tiny houses are built using traditional building techniques and materials and are built to last. Aesthetically, the facades can look much like their larger counter parts.
Some tiny houses can be as small as 80 square feet. So, how small is too small? The answer depends on the individual. A good place to see if tiny living is right for you is to answer the 30 questions in the Tiny House Decisions Guide book – How To Build Tiny; by Ethan Waldman.
Older people who want to downsize in retirement, students paying off student loans, people who have encountered financial hardships due to losing their job or foreclosure, find the appeal of financial freedom associated with a tiny house alluring. Small living requires you to purge from “stuff”. Even if you downsize from the average home size of 2500 square feet to a small traditional home of approximately 1100 square feet, you are still faced with the same questions. Do you have small children, teenagers who request privacy or pets? If you answered yes than the square footage recommended for comfortable living space just increased.
If you live in the Nashville area you can try tiny living on for size, literally. Test out tiny living in the 200 square foot Music City Tiny House for $109 a night. The 24 foot long x 13 foot high home was built by Tennessee Tiny Homes for $40,000 and features a sleeping loft, fully equipped kitchen and lots of windows. Book your stay at Airbnb. Until then, consider the list of pros and cons we’ve put together.
The tiny house is not the traditional life or for people who require traditional things. But, to the right person, it can be a journey to the simple life, closer to nature and to finding harmony with ones self and your surroundings.
Difficult to find a place where tiny houses are allowed
No personal space
Cozy in the winter
More windows – closer to nature
Low carbon footprint
Portable – move whenever you want to
TIP: Utilize all negative space for storage. Customize the floor plan with built in features and tricks. Pinterest has lots of ideas on how to make the most of tiny house space!
If you need help finding the Right House for you, search home listings of all sizes at righthouseleftclick.com