Living Small The Tiny House Movement

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One of the biggest obstacles to a more self sufficient lifestyle would have to be housing.

Sure, if you search you may be able to grab a decent parcel of land for around the same price as new car, but you still have to put your living space onto it. And of course, that is where the money come in.

Building a house requires money AND usually – a lot of it! Money is often in short supply for everyone, these days. But usually more so when decide you want to opt out of the rat race.

So, the recent movement “Living Small The Tiny House Movement” was started.

 

A Tiny House

Image Credit: flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Tammy

 

Just What is a Tiny House?

The tiny house movement (also known as the “small house movement”) is a popular description for the architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes.

The Tiny House Movement is a return to houses less than 1,000 square feet, some as small as 80 square feet.

With the financial crisis of 2007–2010, the tiny house movement attracted more attention as it offers housing that is more affordable in acquisition and maintenance and ecologically friendly.

The possibility of building one’s own home has fueled the movement, particularly for tiny houses on wheels. Tiny houses on wheels are similar to RVs, but built to last as long as traditional homes. However, unlike traditional homes, tiny houses on wheels do not require building permits. via wikipedia.org

There is a wealth of information if you do an internet search and YouTube has more Tiny House videos than I’ve ever had the time to watch.

A Tiny House Ticks A Lot Of Boxes!

  • No building permit required
  • No taxes
  • Fast to built
  • Tiny houses can be mobile
  • Inexpensive when you reuse recycled materials
  • Not too expensive if you buy a new tiny house
  • Mortgage free living
  • Very easy to insulate, there fore cheap to cool and heat
  • Quick to clean
  • No legal fees when / if you sell a tiny house

Below are some great videos for a quick introduction to what exactly a Tiny House is. If you have not seen a tiny house before, I am sure you will be amazed at how liveable these teeny dwellings can be.

DIY Tiny House For Under $3500

In a town where the median home price is over half a million dollars, Jenine Alexander decided to build her own. Using resources like the tiny house blogs and the 1950 bestselling DIY book “Your Dream Home: How to Build It for Less Than $3,500” (a gift from a friend), Jenine spent less than $3,500 on her home.

In fact, she used nearly only materials recovered from the dump or found on craigslist and the only things she paid for were a used trailer and fasteners (nails, screws, hinges, etc).

She built it on wheels not just to get around minimum size standards, but mostly because she couldn’t afford land in her hometown of Healdsburg, California.

 

 

16 year old Builds A Tiny Home

Austin Hay is still in high school, but he’s building his own house. It’s only 130 square feet, but it makes him a homeowner without a mortgage at just 16 years old. Right now, it’s parked in his parents’ backyard, but he’s built it on wheels so he plans to take it to college and then wherever he goes after he graduates.

He’s been sleeping in his tiny home for a few months now and he’s already decided not to return to big (his parents’ home is 1800 square feet). “Living small means less bills, living big means more bills,” he explained from the tiny stoop of his new home. “I don’t want to pay big bills”.

Hay’s 130-square-foot home may make him the youngest member of the growing Small House Movement.

 

Tour Of A 89 Square Foot Tiny House

Jay Shafer of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company gives us a tour of his 89-square-foot home on wheels parked in Sebastapol, California.

 

 

Innovative Ideas For Maximizing Space

“Lego-style apartment” transforms into infinite spaces. When Christian Schallert isn’t cooking, dressing, sleeping or eating, his 24 square meter (258 square feet) apartment looks like an empty cube. To use a piece of furniture, he has to build it.

Located in Barcelona’s hip Born district, the tiny apartment is a remodeled pigeon loft. Designed by architect Barbara Appolloni, Christian says the space was inspired by the space-saving furniture aboard boats, as well as the clean lines of a small Japanese home.

 

Could You Live In A Tiny House?

Not for huge families of course, but the idea of living is a small space – to me is a great one. I love the easy cleaning most of all.

What about you – could you see yourself living in a teeny, weeny house like one of these? Please feel free to leave your thoughts below in the comments section. I would love to hear from you …

 

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