You might have heard of the tiny house movement, which is growing in popularity all over the world.
Thousands of people are getting out their tool kits, making some space in their garage, and getting to work building a transportable home that measures around 120 square feet.
But why are people doing this:
what’s so good about them, and can it beat a 5 bedroom detached house?!
What’s So Good About Them?
That’s a good question without a clear answer. Most people begin looking at building a tiny house because of its attractive price: for just a few thousand dollars, you can have a comfortable home that you can move to wherever you feel like living. It’s much, much cheaper than a traditional home – and often costs less than an annual rent in a big city.
Price isn’t enough of course. People are also attracted to the minimalist lifestyle – a tiny house, being tiny, can’t store boxes and boxes of junk. It’ll have to be just you and a few items.
What’s the Process?
Well, you’ll be building this tiny house yourself, so it’s up to you. A solid plan is required. Then you need to gather your materials and then actually get round to building it. It’s not a one person job unless you have terrific carpentry skills. Can take a few months to a year, depending on how much time you’re able to commit.
What’s the Potential?
There’s a lot you can do with 120 square feet. In fact, one of the characteristics of the homes is that they’re very clever with space. Take a look at some of the tiny homes online and you’ll see a range of designs, some modern, some outright futuristic. The vast majority, however, are made with wood, which is durable, cheap, and, with help from Mountain Home Building Products, can look just as good as traditional log cabin.
After it’s built, you’ll have a “home”, albeit one you might not have envisioned before you undertook the journey, in which you can live or sell. The markup on a tiny house can be handsome, actually.
What Kinda Life Is This, Anyway?
Living in an off the grid upmarket shed isn’t for everyone. It’s one of those things that if you don’t get it straight away, you never will. It’s about living closely with nature, living simply, and…not spending the majority of your paycheck on housing. That being said, not everybody with a tiny house opts to live in it full time. It also makes for the perfect “second home”.
You just decide where you want to spend your time away from home, load up the home onto a trailer, and have a cozy accommodation space wherever you go!
…And What’s the Catch?
Well, it’s…120 square feet, so you better make sure you like the person you’ll be sharing it with if it comes to it. Also, try and put it somewhere with good weather, as you’ll never be too far from cabin fever if you’re stuck inside all day.
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