Simplicity, Small Housing

My Dream to Live in a Tiny House

“Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.”
-Leo Babauta

The obsession started when a friend first showed me Tumbleweed Tiny Houses, a company in the states started by Jay Schafer. Tumbleweed has been a big part of starting what many are calling the tiny house movement, where thousands of people from all over the world are choosing to live a simpler life in a smaller square footage.

It’s pretty self explanatory, they are simply small houses that are either on a trailer or on foundation. Obviously building on a trailer sets limits on how big you can make the house (typically they end up being 200 to 300 sq. ft.) but there aren’t any specific rules for the maximum size house on a permanent foundation, before you can’t call it a tiny house anymore.

Thanks to the unlimited creativity of the many diverse people who have built themselves a tiny house, they come in all shapes and sizes. And many businesses and independent builders have started companies that focus solely on tiny house construction.

I think living in one would be totally do-able, despite having a sizable collection of stuff. I read somewhere that it’s not the quantity of space you have, but the quality of space. You’d be amazed how much storage you can have in these places just by utilizing space wisely. The living room can convert to a guest bedroom, and the stairs can have cupboards and shelves built into the steps.

The thing I love most about them is it seems like an achievable feat to build one yourself. I’ve had the dream for a few years now to build my own house, and this would be the perfect way to do it. Many tiny house owners build their own, even without previous construction skills (the internet can teach you anything!). Plus the price tag seems to typically be on average $25,000. To own your own house for $25,000!? Mortgage free living? Amazing!

I hope one day you’ll pass me on the road, and look back to check out my little house towing along behind me.

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