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Six Reasons To Travel With Your Tiny House

Tiny House October 23, 2017

Travel with a Tiny House

The Tiny House Movement is quite the world wide phenomenon. So many people desire to downsize and simplify their lives, live in less clutter and be real home owners. Owning the traditional sized home usually requires a mortgage and monthly payments, and with a tiny house you can own your own home and live mortgage-free. But one of the most attractive features of living in a tiny home is that you can put it on wheels and go when the mood hits you. Here are a few reasons why being able to travel with your tiny house is such an advantage.

  • You Do Not Want To Own Property

If living more carefree is your thing you don’t want to be tied to a piece of land. Property taxes and being stuck in one location mean you can’t just get up and go. Putting your tiny house on wheels is the only solution to this dilemma.

  • You Want New Views Out Your Windows

If you easily tire of being in one location and want to  see new places often, then having your tiny house completely mobile is for you. You can live in a tiny house community for a while, and then go more rural and solitary if you wish. Changing location is one of the most alluring parts of having your tiny house on wheels.

  • You Travel A Lot For Business

If your job requires that you be on the road for long periods of time the idea of packing and and unpacking constantly may not be too appealing. With a mobile tiny house you can take home with you and have all you need right there in familiar surroundings. That makes coming home from a difficult business meeting a time of peace and relaxation.

  • You Want To Avoid Zoning And Building Regulations

Your tiny house on wheels is not considered legally a house. You must register it with Motor Vehicles but you can manage to get around all  the municipality regulations of a particular town.

  • If You Like Meeting New People

There is nothing more stimulating to your mind, heart, and soul than engaging with all different kinds of people. If you enjoy good conversation and happy times with friends, having a tiny house that is on wheels so that you can experience a lot of different folk is just the thing. You might just make  casual acquaintances into strong relationships.

  • You  Can Easily Move If Necessary

If suddenly for some reasons it becomes a necessity for you to move, a tiny house on wheels makes that no problem at all.

When you travel with your tiny house you have the best of all worlds. You can visit new places, see new sites, and make new friends, with your home with you all the time. There is nothing quite like being in strange surroundings and still being able to come home whenever you want to. Traveling with your tiny house can be a real adventure!

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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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Mortgage-free in 320 Square foot House

Tiny House September 20, 2017

Mortgage-free in 320 Square foot House

The Tiny House Movement has become a world wide phenomenon and its participants are actually obsessed with tiny living. People are finding the idea of downsizing their lives and making life more simple and uncluttered very attractive. The benefits of living tiny are many and varied, but one of the most attractive is that for less than $20,000 you can build – or have built – your very own tiny house and live without the albatross of a monthly mortgage. This tiny house is 320 square feet large and was built for less than $20,000.

Living in a tiny house forces you to find out what really matters to you. You will definitely have to give a lot of your “stuff” away, but in the end you will have all your most loved items and will have decluttered your life significantly. And without a mortgage your cost of living goes down dramatically. You will find that living in a smaller space does not mean you have to give up your creature comforts and having no mortgage leaves extra money for adventures in traveling, dining out, going to concerts and other entertainment.

This tiny house can be completely mobile and you can change your views and location on a whim.  And if you have solar panels, collect rainwater and compost waste, you can live totally “off grid’ and be completely self contained and self sufficient. No mortgage to pay frees you up considerably. You will find that tiny homes like this one are extremely versatile and practical. There is much less to spend on maintenance and upkeep, cleaning can be done in minutes, and everything is at your fingertips.

Some additional source material can be found here and is very interesting.

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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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The Tiny House: Is Downsizing Really Cheaper?

Tiny House September 13, 2017

The Tiny House Is Downsizing Really Cheape

We have heard so much about the “tiny house movement”, it is an ever evolving subject. Many people choose to move into a tiny house because they feel that they will save money, if not right away, definitely in the long run. Is it cheaper to move to a tiny house and if so, what are the forgotten costs of making this decision?

Buying or Renting?

Does it make more sense to buy or rent a tiny house? It depends on your financial situation. Many older people find it to be a great investment and a worthwhile move, even those still raising one or two children, because they ususally have the savings or a property they already own to use as collateral or sell, in order to make the move easier and cheaper. It can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $40,000 to build a tiny house from the ground up. Many buyers put down a very significant down payment or pay for the entire home at once. Many Millenials (the latest generation) find it simpler and cheaper to rent a tiny home because they haven’t yet built up enough savings or collateral to purchase one.

Renting or Buying Land?

Most Millenials rent land even if they buy or build their homes themselves. It is simply much cheaper to pay a price each month for your land than to buy it outright. Most land is too expensive for that, costing in the tens of thousands of dollars to purchase. Particularly when you rent a tiny home, it is often inside of a community and you pay a fee for the land that is yours. These types of tiny home situations often have a main house for cooking, showers, and the use of computers.

Live in a tiny home or rent it out?

For those who want to own a tiny home as an investment, you have a couple of choices. You can live there for a while to have the tiny house experience or you can rent it out right away. If you are the owner of a tiny house with land that you also own, it can be a good investment. By renting it out you give yourself a monthly paycheck that will be able to pay off the purchasing and/or building of the home or to use as you please if those bills do not exist. Purchasing a tiny home to rent out can be a lucrative project if you’ve already got a home of your own.

Source: Is the Tiny House Movement Worth Investing in?

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Your Tiny House Bathroom Can Still Be Like a Spa

Tiny House September 13, 2017

spa bathroom

More and more people are becoming attracted to the idea of living in a Tiny House, and it’s true that the Tiny House Movement has become quite a phenomenon worldwide. But even the most gung-ho of those whose interest in the tiny house has been peaked express concern about the things they might have to give up besides space. Things like losing convenience, interior design, and their personal style worry many of those folks. The reality is that living in a tiny house does not mean you have to sacrifice your style of decor.

When decorating any house, but especially a tiny house, most people put their attention to communal areas like living rooms, dining rooms, and kitchens. The bathroom is often overlooked as a purely utilitarian space, but if you care about your well-being, the bathroom should be given a lot of thought. Tiny bathrooms can still be a place to relax, unwind, and chill out. With a little care, imagination, and minimal expense, you can make your tiny bathroom into your very own spa with the right accessories.

Scents                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Keep your bathroom smelling inviting with essential oils and soaps. A bathroom that smells of cleaners and industrial products is not alluring to anyone. Pleasing aromas are much more conducive to  relaxation and that spa feeling.

Lighting                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Put electrical lighting on a dimmer switch. Dimmers are very easy to install and you can regulate the light as you desire. When you can light pillar candles and place them strategically around the bathroom.

Textures                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Treat yourself to some thick fluffy towels and wash cloths. Also some sea sponges and loofahs to smooth and buff your tired skin. Dried flowers go a long way to beautify the space, and add an interesting texture.

Sounds                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Get out your trusty boombox or a radio and put on some soothing music. A lot of folks use New Age music which is very ambient and unintrusive.  Music gets your mind off the tapes that play in your head.

You may not  be able to fit a sauna in your tiny house bathroom, but with a bit of creativity you can make your bathroom into a spa. Treat yourself well. The images below are intended to inspire and excite you. All images and resource material are courtesy of Pinterest, and images can be enlarged on our website.

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The Tiny House Kitchen: Convenience and Elegance

Tiny House August 1, 2017

Tiny House Kitchen

The Tiny House Revolution has taken the world by storm as an uncluttered alternative to traditional living. More and more people are looking to make their lives more simple and to down-size from large to small. Enter the Tiny House. Without giving up anything in the way of comfort, lots of folks are finding tiny living a happy change from living in a big home.

The kitchen area of any home is usually the hub of activity, the place people hang out and chat and joke while food is being prepared. And so it is with the tiny house kitchen area. And here are some examples of the typical tiny house kitchen – both convenient and elegant.

(All images courtesy of Pinterest)

This beautiful tiny kitchen is the epitome of space efficiency, with everything a cook could possibly want or need to make a scrumptious meal. And you will notice the handy book shelves where favorite cookbooks could be kept. With stainless steel appliances, this is a kitchen whose maintenance is quick and easy.

This lovely, warm and rustic tiny house kitchen is inside a tiny house log cabin. Wood is such an inviting material, and this kitchen is a perfect example of cozy and efficient. And the experience in this tiny house kitchen is one of spaciousness as opposed to feeling cramped.

This tiny house kitchen is a wonderful example of the sleek, modern style with all the conveniences of a large kitchen. With a double sink, stainless steel fridge, and gas stove this is a design that is both elegant and efficient.

Butcher block counter tops are featured in this tiny house kitchen, and the effect is a wonderful combination of rustic and traditional. Not lacking any modern convenience, this kitchen shows you how much can be done in a tiny space.

Color and clean lines are what make this tiny house kitchen so inviting. Wooden counter tops add charm and texture.

This tiny house kitchen is another example of how a modern color palette and a sleek style does not have to dwarf an already small space. On the contrary, this  kitchen gives the feeling of being spacious and open.

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Tiny House Communities

Tiny House August 1, 2017

No one needs to share the news that the tiny house has become extremely popular due to its level of creativity and economics. You can make a tiny house out of just about anything these days, and this is another reason why they have become so popular. There are a multitude of tiny houses built solely from salvaged materials. So it would make sense that there would soon be communities full of tiny houses. All over the world there are tiny house communities, some have a main house where everyone shares the kitchen and showers, and often the WiFi. Here we share tiny house communities where all the residents have decided to take advantage of this new trend, which is a trend that is not going anywhere.

From Washington, DC, America’s capital, to Portland, Oregon, there are tiny house communities where the residents act as a huge family by helping each other with food, cooking, communal showers and WiFi sharing. In these communities there are also people who are the DIY crew that assist in keeping everything working and also act as help when other tiny house dwellers want to add-on or change the construction of their house. For example, Some tiny homes in a community are not built as mobile homes and then choose to become mobile. And it also works the other way around. Some dwellers in a community begin their tiny house lives wanting the freedom to move around and then enter a community they love and decide to stay. Either way, tiny house communities are a great way to live because you always have the support of others who know exactly what the pros and cons are of tiny house dwellers.

Below is a list of a tiny house communities and an eclectic tiny house hotel. We hope to inspire you, if living in a tiny house and/or a tiny house community is a dream of yours.

Boneyard Studios in Washington, D.C.

Boneyard Studios in D.C. are proving that a tiny house community can exist in an urban environment. This community now acts as a model of what this type of community could be in an urban setting.

Community First, in Austin, Texas

Community First is a part of what is being called Tiny Austin. The people in Austin, Texas have embraced the tiny house lifestyle and they know how this type of living can assist us in becoming a green planet again. Community First is 27 aces of tiny houses, mobile homes, and RV living.

Quixote Village, Mt. Olympia, Washington

Mt. Olympia is a beautiful area of the States and a perfect place for a tiny house community. Quixote Village used to be a group of self-governed tiny house dwellers. Now it consists of 30 homes, a communal space with showers and a community garden.

Caravan Tiny House Hotel in Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon, the “keep Portland Weird” town has fully embraced the tiny house community. Caravan Tiny House Hotel is a gorgeous community of rentals One purpose of this community of rentals is to show others what tiny house living could be like if they chose to live that way permanently.

Second Wind in Ithaca, NY

Second Wind is a growing tiny house village that was designed by Carmen Guidi. The motivation was to help the homeless. Volunteers built  a group of six tiny homes and shortly afterwards, the residents moved in. This was in 2014. Second Wind is seeking to expand the village as they continue to receive funding.

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A DIY House for Under $3500

Tiny House July 21, 2017

A DIY House for Under $3500

It’s all wood, but none of it is plywood. A lot of it is reused from rustic structures like barns and chicken coops. And she did it herself, despite not having built anything before.

The cost? Less than $3500. That’s despite the rising property values around her, where places cost around a million. And she does host here. Her family and friends can come and stay and all sleep on the bed and upper-level loft.

Homes are so expensive these days that the house of your dreams, may remain in that category. But there are some options out there now, that, if you remain flexible, can be creative and more economically sound. DIY is all the craze now and at present it has made its way into the home building market. What once was at least a $100,000 job to begin with has now become a $3500.00 job if you’re willing to do it on your own.

The internet is filled with DIYers doing all sorts of repairs and remodeling work, but to actually build your own home is something quite new. The tiny house revolution is at the forefront of DIY home building and now it has spread to even larger homes to suit those who would like a bit more room than a tiny house has to offer.

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