- They are usually built on a platform with wheels so they can be moved easily
- Space-efficient:storage is tucked away everywhere
- Sometimes they are solar-powered
- They can be built by the owner or someone else
- Tiny homes have features like any other house, only on a smaller scale, including washers, air conditioning, bathrooms, electricity
- They can be as tiny as 65 square feet up to about 900 square feet (the size of a 1960s rambler is about 1100 square feet)
- They are kinder to the planet: They use less materials to build, less electricity or gas for fuel, and create less waste
Less stuff: How much do we really need?
George Carlin about stuff: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=george+carlin+stuff&&view=detail&mid=0C9D83F33FC270ECA0790C9D83F33FC270ECA079&FORM=VRDGAR
- Smaller spaces are cheaper to heat and air-condition
- Minimal outside and inside maintenance
- Less stuff = less to clean up
- You'd learn to be better at food consumption--not a lot of storage
- You could live by the advice of: Make do, use it up, do without
- Deciding what to wear would not be a problem
- Cleaning house would take very little time
- They discourage consumerism, the habit of obtaining more to impress others
- As such, a tiny house confirms that 'things' aren't going to make you happy
- You will value and take care of those few things you really want to have
- You could stay in one place or move whenever you wanted to
- If your neighbors bother you, you can just move
- If you know someone with land, you could park your tiny house there and pay no rent
- You may be able to use campground hookups to temporarily park your home
- You won't need any yard equipment: Lawn mower, snow blower. A shovel for snow, maybe. There's nowhere to put them anyway.
- It is your own home, as opposed an apartment
- Would you rather have a tiny house that's affordable, or a big house you can barely pay for?
Here are some ways a tiny house makes better use of minimal space:
- If you like to have a lot of stuff, that would be a problem
- Close quarters can make it hard to live with someone-or not
- With a roommate, you'd have to agree on what stuff to bring into the house
- Often, the bed or one of the beds will be in a loft with very little headroom
- Permits to park your tiny house can be difficult to get
- Also, hookups for water or electricity might be a problem sometimes
- You would not have a garage. This could be a problem in a state with a long winter.
- You would need a P O Box to use as your address, perhaps one in several areas, in order to receive mail.
- Having an established doctor might be an issue
What do you think? Could you live in a tiny house? Would it be rewarding to you? Does it make you re-think traditional housing?