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The Cost of Living in a Tiny House Community vs. The Cost of Being on Your Own

Tiny House October 2, 2017

The Cost of Living in a Tiny House Community vs. The Cost of Being on Your Own

There are many ways you can live in a tiny house. Many people park their tiny homes in a friend’s backyard or a rented lot for periods at a time. There are also those who own land and choose not to move and just place their tiny home on their own land. But there are also ways to live in a tiny house, trailer, schoolbus, shipping container, or whatever you have transformed into your home. There are tiny home communities where many of your needs are provided for you, such as electric, WiFi, showers, and even meals. Some have what they call, a community kitchen. While other tiny house dwellers have their own kitchens and everything they need within.

If you are thinking about living the tiny house lifestyle, it may be good to know which direction to go in when it comes to finances, especially those monthly and day to day finances. If you are an entrepreneur or work at home for any reason, you may not want someone else in control of your internet service. If you leave the house most days for work and own a smart phone with data, this may not be such an inconvenience.

Let’s explore the costs of the two ways of living in a tiny house; community, or on your own.

Living on your own or rented land in a tiny house can realistically cost you a few hundred dollars a month depending on the climate and where you’ve decided to park your tiny home. Tiny homes have small refrigerators, so you will probably spend more time and money at the grocery store because it’s harder to make a meal plan when your refrigerator can only hold but so much product.

Heating may be a bit expensive if your tiny home is not well insulated, so electrical heating can cost up to and above $150/per month, especially if your tiny home is mobile. If you build a tiny home to be stationery, you may be able to connect it to the local gas or electric department, which would bring costs down. But with tiny house living being mostly off the grid, sometimes for legal regulations reasons, hooking up to the local utility services may be a problem.

You must also consider the price of gas if you are traveling in your tiny home from park to park or lot to lot. You can end up spending a lot of money on gas, anywhere from $60/week and up just to get from one destination to the next. If you’re stationary this could be a non-issue.

Community living is quite different and can be different from one tiny house community to another. In most communitites, certain amenities are provided to those who live there, for example, there is usually a main house equipped with showers, community purchased grocery, a full kitchen, WiFi, and a community social room. Many communities have their own gardens to save on food for everyone living there. You may still be responsible for your own heat, but things like WiFi are usually a group effort. Grocery is often a group effort as most people who choose to live in a community, tend to build or rent tiny homes without kitchens. So you will save on food, gas because you are stationery, Internet, and often phone service.

Choosing between these two options depends on what kind of dream you have for you and your tiny home. If you are more of a solitary person, you may want to front the costs of living on a lot of land by yourself or with regular neighbors. You may want control over your own Internet and phone service. And many people don’t care for the processs of sharing showers. So think about what makes you happy. Though community living may be cheaper, it may be less convenient when it comes to your lifestyle.

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Tiny Houses Can Also Have Great Storage Space

Tiny House October 2, 2017

Tiny house storage

The Tiny House Movement has become a world wide phenomenon – even a sort of revolution. People are getting fed up with the expense and waste of living large, and long to simplify and downsize their lives and take a deep breath from the release of letting unnecessary things go. A lot of those considering a tiny house are mainly concerned about the things they must give up to live tiny. Things like space and storage, sentimental “stuff’ and clothing. But creative designers and new tiny house home owners are using their imaginations to find ways around these perceived sacrifices, and coming up with clever ideas for storage and arrangement.

Drawers can be found in stairs, under beds and bed platforms, and behind sliding doors. Pull out storage for towels and other items in bathrooms appears in spaces between walls and showers, and spice racks in spaces between walls and refrigerators. A couch can have storage under the seating, and sliding doors enclosing a bathroom can have shelves for books and accessories. Closets can be hidden in walls and under staircases.

Of course to convert to tiny house living you must let go of certain things. Clothes you don’t really wear, books already read, You need to choose your accessories deliberately and with care. But this kind of “letting go” can teach you a valuable lesson. It makes you choose what means the most to you. It teaches you to be discerning. It teaches you about the things that really matter to you. It makes you have to decide the differences between what you really need and what you just want. The images below are intended to serve as inspirations, and to stimulate your creativity and cleverness.  They also ask you to choose. And making choices can be the most difficult thing to do.

All images below are courtesy of Pinterest and can be enlarged on the website.

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Converting a Van Into a Home – She Downsized to Pay Off Debt

Unusual Dwellings October 2, 2017

Converting a Van Into a Home - She Downsized to Pay Off Debt

“My Car-Dwelling Life” is the only name we have for this brave young woman who decided to chronicle her life on YouTube. And why is she chronicling her life, well, she decided that her credit card debt was just too stressful with trying to pay rent and car payments plus insurance. Though she works full-time, she had no joy in her life and all she thought about was her bills and her humoungus amount of debt she gathered while in college. She decided that her overall plan is to buy an old van and convert it into a permanent traveling living space, but while she is paying off all of her debt, she is now living in her car, by choice.

Her journey in life begins with car dwelling, full-time, and she shares the pros and cons of temporarily living in your car:

Pros:

No rent – She saves approximately a thousand dollars by not having rent and other utility bills that go along with living in an apartment.

No furniture – Like most people, this car dweller, used to spend money on furniture and household knick-knacks that really were’nt needed but that she bought to impress family and friends.

No utility bills – She is free from paying utility bills each month, and in the process, gave up television altogether because she found out through this transition of living in her car, that there was nothing she missed.

She spends less on clothing – Spending less on clothing is another perk. Since there isn’t a lot of room for a full wardobe, she sold and gave away a lot of her clothing and only kept the clothing she really needed or really loved.

There, of course, are also a few cons to calling your car, your home:

Showering/bathroom – Most people car and van dwellers use the gym for showering facilities and that is just what this car-dweller is doing. Paying a small monthly gym fee is nothing like paying rent and you can exercise every day or every couple of days and shower while you’re there.

Bathroom- When nature calls, she has learned of all the places she can go to use a decent bathroom. Even in the middle of the night, which she says doesn’t happen often, she has a map of all the 24 hour superstores where she could go in an emergency. It isn’t the most convenient plan, but it does work out temporarily.

Sleep – Sleep was a bit uncomfortable at first, but after trial and error and a few blankets and pillows, sleeping in the back of her car became quite easy. Curtains were also installed in the car that could be drawn in the evenings and at night for privacy.

Telling friends and family – People may think you are a little crazy for choosing to live in your car, so at first, it’s a little embarrassing to share this info. But it appears that you can get over that and explain to people if you choose, that you are saving to convert a van into a real home. And that living in your car is a temporary and cheap solution.

“Her Car-Dwelling Life” is very happy with her decision and has calculated that what was once three years of debt has dwindled down to just 8 months. After all of her debt is paid off, she intends to look for a van that requires some TLC and convert it into her traveling home. She has also decided that she isn’t looking for any more permanent jobs. She just wants to live on the road, park by the beach when she can and live life on her own terms, while experiencing new adventures.

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The Steel Framed Home Building Advantage

Houses September 19, 2017

Steel Frame House

With the huge variety of materials available to home builders these days, we are rather spoiled for choice. But we can narrow down those choices when we takes into consideration the site we have chosen to put the home on, and the weather conditions that exist in the chosen area. More and more people are choosing steel framed  homes because of its versatility, its strength, and the fact that when combined with other materials it is incredibly energy efficient.

Steel framed homes are extremely durable and, as they are preconstructed at a manufacturing plant, they can be put together on site so much more quickly than traditional building methods. The durability of steel means that it requires much less maintenance of your home over the years, and steel can easily be recycled so there is hardly any construction waste attached to a steel framed building. The prevalence of steel use in building construction means that the cost of using steel is less than in traditional wood framed homes and and so is insurance on steel framed homes.

Another big advantage to using steel frame construction is its resistance to termites, high winds, and snow loads. This is not only a safety issue and makes your home more protected, but is also a great money saver. The repairs on a steel frame constructed home are so much less than on any other type of construction. The variations of style with steel framed homes are many. Really, anything goes with steel. It is very pliant in manufacturing and can take any shape, so if you long for a bay window, you can have it.

So, if you are considering a new home, give some serious thought to using steel frames. They are cost effective, and can be erected on your site in a short time.

All images, including the featured image are courtesy of Pinterest and can be enlarged.

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Glamping: Glamorous Camping, What You Need For a Great Time

Outdoors September 13, 2017

Glamping Glamorous Camping, What You Need For a Great Time

Glamping, a term that was popularized in the 21st for those who wanted the experience of camping, spending time outdoors, but not the sacrifices and the work. If you are going camping, tradionally you will want to check out camping areas, campgrounds, places where it’s safe and legal to live, cook, and sleep outside. Most traditional campgrounds will have a community center where you can get the things you forgot at home, like water, cleaning supplies, bath tissue, first aid kits, bandaids, etc. nowadays, there are campgrounds with electricity to charge phones an electrical cooking appliances, and radios, for whoever still uses those things.

But glamping, well, that is almost another subject. For people who glamp, there is a plan that must be made way ahead of time to make sure that the weekend is fabulous and work free. No sacrificing here, glamping is all about having a glamorous time, but the only difference is, you are outdoors.

Here are glamping supplies and requirements to have a memorable time communing with nature in a fabulous way:

A personal chef

Many glampers desire to have gourmet meals when they camp out. Some people love the fire and the charcoal, but a can of baked beans is not what they are looking for. The menu would read more like, roasted salmon, with saffron rice and asparagus, all done by a personal chef right in front of the glampers.

A Wine Sommelier

Glampers love their wine, and it must be good wine paired with their weekend’s meals. Only a sommelier, a wine expert, can serve this kind of purpose. Often the chef and wine expert are one in the same and that is when you know that you’ve lucked out as a glamper to have both rolled into one expert.

The Finest Bedding

Don’t think that glampers are sleeping in your average tent, no way. They also expect the best in bedding and tents. There are tents that are heated or cooled, whichever you may need in the moment, and as comfortable or more so, than your bedroom at home. There are specific companies that cater to this type of camping.

A Tour Guide

A glamper is not going anywhere without a tour guide. They want to have a great time and there is nothing better than having someone professional who knows the area and all the interesting things about it. Yes, a guide is a must for most glampers for they like to fill their days with history and their nights with Chardonnay.

Electricity

Glampers desire electricity of their own, not shared electricity like most basic campgrounds. The glamper doesn’t want to move from their positions if they don’t need to, there should be portable electricity right there that every one can use for their phones, tablets, ipods and electronic book readers.

WiFi

And most of all, a glamper wants WiFi, and not your general shared and slow WiFi speeds, but speeds just like the one at home. Who knows, someone may call from the office or there may be an important customer that must speak with you before the weekend is over. Fast and reliable WiFi is a must, although a glamper will sacrifice speed as long as the WiFi is somewhat reliable. Glampers never truly unplug.

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The Aqua Dam: Water Fighting Floods

Home and Garden September 13, 2017

The Aqua Dam Water Fighting Floods

The Aqua Dam is an innovative new piece of insulation that assists in keeping flood waters  from ruining your land and your home. You can imagine, especially now during the times of tropical storms and hurricanes, this is a godsend for those who can afford it. Although the average price of the Aqua Dam is about $8300, it is well worth it if your home is worth hundreds of thousands and the land around it costing even more. A piece of equipment that can save your property from flood waters, is a bargain. Maybe in the near future there will be aqua dams that are a little more affordable for those with lower incomes.

To give you an idea of how the aqua dam works, imagine heavy tubing that is filled with water wrapped around your entire property to act as a water-filled barrier against flood waters. Water, like fire, has its good purpose along with its ability to be destructive. Here, the aqua dam is using its ability to protect your property from the damage free flowing water can do to your home.

Aqua dams are becoming popular because people are seeing that they can serve many different purposes. The U-shaped aqua dam was used for a project in Port Saint Lucie, Fl. to hold the water of three lakes back so that pipelines could be installed. Again, the Aqua Dam acted as a barrier to hold the lakes into the U-shaped form of the dams while the piping was being laid, eventually, under the rivers.

Besides there being a number of YouTube videos showing homeowners how to install and remove their aqua dams, aquadam.net also has pictorials on how to install and remove the water dams. There will be some who will think the Aqua Dam is just too expensive and unfortunately this may be true, however, the Aqua Dam has shown us a new way to protect homes and businesses from floods, and just maybe if we recognize that water can be used to protect us from water, which sounds strange but true, someone who is a little handy can maybe build an aqua dam of his/her own for less.

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Ceiling Art for Your Neglected Fifth Wall

Interior Design September 13, 2017

Ceiling Art for Your Neglected Fifth Wall

When we decorate and accessorize our homes there are certain areas that immediately come to mind: tables, mantles, the four walls, counters, furniture, and the floor. But what about your ceilings? They are too often overlooked as just necessary space and not given the attention they deserve. Trending for Fall in 2017 is creating interest on your ceilings. And when I say interest, I don’t just mean using a fun color paint, although that is certainly one of the ways to decorate ceilings and a very popular option. But many people put on their creative hats and really go at it. Famous paintings are being recreated, people who can draw are quite literally stretching their art on their ceilings. People are using tiles made of different materials like tin and Styrofoam, medallions, decals, stencils, and found objects. Ceilings are even becoming sculptural.

Anything goes when it comes to decorating your ceilings. Ceilings have become a new accessory in many otherwise neutral rooms. A fifth wall to put that splash of color, interesting textures, and a wide variety of designs. For a long time the bedroom was the only room in a home where the ceiling got attention. But now any room’s ceiling has possibilities. Even the ceilings in your basic white hallway are getting design and color and texture. The featured image with the different license plates is a very fun and unique way to bring interest to a ceiling, and whoever thought of it was definitely thinking outside the box.

Decorating your ceiling can be a great way to spend the weekend, and use your imagination and creative self. And it doesn’t have to be an expensive project. This can be your way of customizing your home even more and a wonderful expression of who you are. Leaving your own personal stamp on your home speaks volumes about your sense of humor, your sense of style, and your taste. Don’t neglect your fifth wall. It cries out for your attention.

All the images in this article, including the featured image are courtesy of Pinterest, as is the source material. The images can be enlarged on the website.

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Ultra-Posh Tiny Homes

Tiny House September 13, 2017

The tiny house movement has come a long way; from the humble wooden homes to homes with lofts, chef’s kitchens, and master bedrooms. The tiny house is no longer just for those seeking to downsize, it is also for those seeking a getaway, vacation home, a place to write their first novel, a luxury that the whole family can enjoy.

Tiny homes now have kid’s bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, luxurious tubs, and huge open showers. Many of these features used to be saved for big suburban homes and now the tiny house movement is creating a line of its own luxury housing.

From the traditional wooden house to renovating a school bus, there are so many different varieties of tiny houses from which to choose these days. Many are shaped like Tudor homes, mini-mansions, modern art designs, tree houses and much more. The creativity of the tiny house has no end. These houses are truly a movement and designed to suit their owners’ unique personalities. People are finding that the old saying, “less is more”, is true for them and they are getting everything they want inside and outside their tiny house design plans.

Here is a gallery of the some of the most luxurious rooms and spaces in tiny homes today:

 

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A Great First Impression Made with These Fabulous Doors

Home and Garden September 13, 2017

The door is the entry way to your home and its design says a lot about the home dwellers and their personalities. The front doorway says a lot about tradition and also plays a part in the art of feng shui. Which is the Asian art of placement and color. Red doors have a certain meaning, sometimes it’s good luck, gold doors bring abundance and make us think about all our riches. Green doors can do the same thing. Traditional doors say that the family and the home inside is most likely traditional. Modern doors may tell us just the opposite.

The quality of your front door is also extremely important. A front door is not something you want to replace year after year. A quality door will make an entrance way stand out above others. Quality doors should also last for many years, unless the homeowners changes styles, then changing the entrance would only make sense.

As far as styles go, there are endless types and styles of doors from small simple doors, to grand and ornate doors. If you bought a home and are overwhelmed by door choices, simply think about the way you’d like to decorate the inside of the home, and that should help you choose a style of door that truly complements your home.

Below we share a gallery of beautiful quality doors that would suit many different kinds of houses, enjoy the scenery and maybe you’ll find a door just right for your house.

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Your Patio: The Extra Room

Home and Garden September 13, 2017

Your patio

When the wish for an added room in your home grabs you, but you have neither the resources nor the time, think about creating a patio as an outdoor oasis and your extra room. Whether you  like to sun yourself. or relax under the stars, a patio is your home’s ideal extension. And the beauty of a patio is that you can create one on a budget, as a DIY project, or hire a contractor. Patio floors can be wood, natural stone, pavers, Mexican tiles or painted concrete.

Furniture can be flea market finds or store-bought sofas. Plants are a cost-saving way to add color and texture to a patio without breaking the bank. Small all-weather rugs create added interest. You can feature a home-made fountain or a fire pit for your pleasure and relaxation. The options are endless, and creating this outdoor room can be simple and fun.

If you enjoy entertaining, patios are a wonderful way for guests to spill out of living rooms and dens, and get a breath of fresh air. For shade build a roof over your patio, or put up an awning that can be used or not for added comfort during the daytime. You don’t need an in-ground pool to cool off. Hang curtains for privacy and beauty. No matter your budget, you can create a luxury oasis in your backyard just by adding a patio. It is the extra room you could not add to your house, and provides additional space for parties, and social gatherings. This is something you, your friends, and family can all enjoy.

The images below and resources are all courtesy of Pinterest and can be enlarged.

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