- Nov 24, 2008
I really want to buy a tiny house but It's just not easy to do. And finding land where you can park is even harder. Anyone else into the tiny house movement?
I'm not crazy into tiny homes, but I have a few friends who want nothing more in life than to have a tiny home. I also live in a park model home that by some standards is a tiny/small home, though more out of necessity than by choice.
What I've most learned is that people like to build tiny homes themselves. There are a few websites like tumbleweedhouses.com that will sell you plans and trailers, or whole pre-build houses too. I love the idea of being able to have a DIY house, or at least a beautifully designed home. What I dislike most about living in a small house is how bad the storage is. Part of this is my own problems with liking to hoard kitchen gadgets, and having to store camping gear and instruments, but part of this is just how poorly the space is laid out. I guess I'm trying to give the advice of really liking the space you get, because otherwise you'll be like me and sad whenever you try to get food out of the too-small door the the pantry under the stairs or wish that the plus-in fake fireplace was a woodstove.
As for places to park, I think that really depends on your area. I live in a small rural town, and there are small plots of land available in quite a few areas of "town" and outside of it that would be a great size to park a tiny home, and build a little chicken coop (but a friend who wants to live in a big city in a tiny home has had zero luck finding a place to park one)
Very true. I guess "tiny" is a pretty relative term. When I think Tiny Home I think of the 100-200 square foot houses built on trailers (or easy to load onto one) because that's what the people I know want. I really agree with you that smaller houses and more yard space are the way to go. If you're choosing to not live in a city, why would you build/buy a house with no space around it?You don't have to "park" one.
Very true. I guess "tiny" is a pretty relative term. When I think Tiny Home I think of the 100-200 square foot houses built on trailers (or easy to load onto one) because that's what the people I know want. I really agree with you that smaller houses and more yard space are the way to go. If you're choosing to not live in a city, why would you build/buy a house with no space around it?
I think the reason they generally show tiny houses on wheels is because the owners use it as a way around the whole "permanent structure" thing. If a structure is on wheels, it's not considered permanent and therefore falls outside of a bunch of the red tape.You don't have to "park" one. You can build one if you buy a piece of land that doesn't restrict the house size in some way. Small homes don't have to be mobile, though they seem to always show them that way. We downsized voluntarily over 12 years ago, which saved our bacon when the economy went in the toilet. We were already living more frugally so nothing much changed for us; we weren't impacted devastatingly by it. We went from a 2000 sf house to an 1100 sf house on more, less restricted land. There's only the two of us, but we have hobbies and I have an internet business. Where would you store your supplies with no room to turn around? For instance, my fabric and yarn and DH's violins need somewhere to be. I don't see these folks with 200 sf having any real activities they do at home. You can do smaller without being too extreme.
Small home, larger parcel of land seems the way to go, especially today. The worst thing folks seem to do is buy/build a huge house on a postage stamp lot, usually in a cookie cutter n'hood. Used to be, land was valued. It was everything. Now, well, it's not the same.
ETA: this is the first time I've posted in this section, I think.