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8 Tiny Homes You Can Actually Afford

Tiny House March 25, 2017

8 Tiny Homes You Can Actually Afford

Since the tiny house movement has grown, you can find tiny homes in all price ranges, from budget homes under 20k to luxury homes up to a million dollars. Of course, the more expensive homes are designed for those who have the monetary means to use luxury products in their planning and building. This is not the majority however, most people want to spend the least amount of money possible, because the reason many people are choosing tiny homes is to downsize their lives, therefore downsizing their budget. As opposed to average homes, you can have just about every amenity you want in a tiny house and not have to break the bank. Even a tiny home that costs 40k is still quite a bargain for a family that downsized from a two-story house. In many areas, the average family house is at least a quarter of a million dollars and up. So anything under 100k is like a home buyer’s dream.

Since all kinds of people, from singles to couples with 2-3 kids, are looking for tiny homes to downsize, the costs vary as much as the home buyers do. What is expensive for one person, is a steal for another and vice versa. The tiny home is not for everyone. Most homes are anywhere from 100-400 sq. feet, so you do need a buyer who knows how to let go of many material items and one who is able to be happy living in such small quarters. Though tiny homes are just that, tiny; designers and builders have found innovative ways to get storage, bedrooms, and upscale kitchens into 300 sq. feet of space. But it’s not always easy to think in those terms when you are the buyer and not the builder. The builder knows how to rearrange what you need so that it does not take up too much floor space, but instead uses the ceiling and wall space instead.

The tiny house movement is growing so quickly that many lenders, architects and home designers are getting into the act by assisting with providing their talents and skills to the tiny house nation. Below, we share with you 8 tiny houses that most people who are downsizing, can actually afford. They are all different so you can see the diversity in style and vary in price. However, the average person considering a tiny home will be greatly inspired by this gallery. All of these homes are well under 40k, many re aunder 25k. These are the kinds of prices that will motivate you to solidify your decision to become a tiny house owner.

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The Tiny House Bedroom: Don’t Skimp on Luxury

Tiny House March 12, 2017

Tiny homes are all over trending news. People are longing to simplify and downsize their lives, and the tiny house offers all the comforts of a larger house, with less maintenance, lowers costs, and even mobility in some cases. But, contrary to what you might believe, you don’t really have to give up living in luxury.

Bedrooms are a home’s sanctuary, a place for respite and relaxation. It is your private retreat, and your tiny house does not mean you must sacrifice anything for this sanctuary.  Your tiny house bedroom can be as simple and basic, or as luxurious as you want it to be.

This may be just a basic loft bed, without any frills, but it is surrounded by interest with storage steps leading up to it. Walls are blank canvasses for hanging objects like posters or plants. You can make it what you want. Dress it up with interesting bed linens – sheets, comforters, toss pillows – or leave it plain and neutral.

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This bedroom area is a bit more ornate and colorful. It is bright and airy, and hosts a closet and other storage space. The bed in this room is a queen sized bed, so you don’t have to skimp on sleeping space either.

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This is the height of bedroom luxury in a tiny house. And this tiny house happens to be a converted school bus. The loft space above the bed area is additional seating space. This beautiful bedroom is a cozy spot, with lovely bed covers and pillows – a real place to step into a relaxing slumber. Added interest are the drawers surrounding the bedroom, and the architectural ladder. This is a great example of luxury in a small space.

Source: Pinterest  https://www.pinterest.com/explore/tiny-house-bedroom/?lp=true

Featured Image courtesy of Tiny House Licing

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Discover How To Build a Mortgage-Free Tiny House for $5900

Tiny House March 4, 2017

Many people are finally letting go of what we sometimes call “The American Dream”: A marriage, two and a half kids, a dog, a good paying job, and a nice big house. And the accumulation of “stuff” has been at the forefront of this myth. For these folks a more minimal, manageable life holds a big attraction. Enter the tiny house.

Once the province of the retired, like RV living, more and more Americans are opting for the tiny life. Many of these tiny houses are built to be mobile so that its inhabitants can visit places of interest, and live on the road. For those of you who work and can do so remotely, but still wish to downsize your living space, the tiny house is an ideal option.

The thing about these small structures is they can be very affordable, and, although they are very basic, they can be scaled up and added to piece by piece as budget allows for it. Some of these small structures, which are often sold as barns, sheds, and garages, and some of which are metal building structures as well as wood framing, go for from around 2 thousand up. Ones like pictured on this page are under 6 thousand to start. People are opting for these tiny homes more and more because at those prices, they can avoid a mortgage. Even if they invest a lot more than the baseline price, they still can avoid going into large debt, which is something that is on the minds of so many new families and other home buyers. In any case, its an option worth considering.

Whether you intend to use your tiny house as a getaway, a place to unwind and shed the frenetic energies of the week, or to make it a permanent residence for yourself, or even to use it as a guest house when you are entertaining, a tiny house will serve you well on so many levels. And building your own tiny house is not just an exercise in the mechanics of home building. As so much about the tiny home is creating items and spaces that serve double duty, you get to use your imagination and get creative. And then, at the end of the day, you have built your very own tiny jewel.

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured image at the top).

Find more from tiny house builders we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more tiny house,click here.

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How Do Composting Toilets Work?

Tiny House March 2, 2017

Many people are becoming familiar with the movement to “go green” and one idea has really grown in popularity, and that is the composting toilet. Many tiny homes and camper residents use a composting toilet. It is easier in the long run to use and you don’t need to have a lot of plumbing installed. You can take your tiny home, van, or camper anywhere you want to go with a composting toilet.

So how does a composting toilet actually work?

A composting toilet uses evaporation and decomposition, two very natural processes, to get rid of the human waste, liquid and solid. Over 90% of our human waste is actually liquid, which evaporates into the atmosphere, while the remaining solid 10% is then turned into a natural fertilizer for a garden or for growing grass. This is similar to the way a regular garden composting machine works, except in a composting toilet, the natural environment is manipulated within the chamber of the toilet.

To ensure an odor-free operation, the composting toilet uses just the right amount of heat, oxygen, and moisture to break down the organic materials in a rich environment that transforms waste into a great soil fertilizer. This manipulation of the natural process does work to make sure that the bathroom is odor-free. Though it is good to go green and help the environment by getting rid of waste properly, no one wants a stench in their beautiful tiny home or trailer.

Basically, a composting toilet should perform three functions well:

1. Quickly compost the waste and toilet paper in an odor-free manner

2. Make sure that the compost is safe to handle by humans

3. Make certain that all the liquid has been evaporated

If you own a tiny house or live in another alternative manner, a composting toilet is a great way to avoid the materials, labor, and money, that traditional plumbing would cost, and you’ll also be a part of the solution to certain environmental issues.

Photo: Let’s Go Green

Source: How Composting Toilets Work

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The Tiny House Revolution: Downsizing Your Lifestyle

Tiny House February 15, 2017

Many people are finally letting go of what we sometimes call “The American Dream”: A marriage, two and a half kids, a dog, a good paying job, and a nice big house. And the accumulation of “stuff” has been at the forefront of this myth. For these folks a more minimal, manageable life holds a big attraction. Enter the tiny house.

Once the province of the retired, like RV living, more and more Americans are opting for the tiny life. Many of these tiny houses are built to be mobile so that its inhabitants can visit places of interest, and live on the road. For those of you who work and can do so remotely, but still wish to downsize your living space, the tiny house is an ideal option.

Lots of people take it on themselves to get their hands dirty and build their own tiny houses. An Alliance of professional builders promoted the use of ethical building practices and guidelines and this was carried on by the American Tiny House Association, which deals with issues of zoning and coding.

Tiny houses can be as small as 120 square feet and as large as 500 square feet, and still be considered a tiny house.

Benefits of Tiny House Living

You can divest yourself of unused and useless “stuff”. There are so many things humans can really do without – you’d be amazed at how much clutter we can get rid of and still be happy.

The cost of living in a tiny house is much more reasonable than living in a large house. Utilities are all less, and you spend much less time cleaning and maintaining your tiny house. And buying or building your own tiny house costs but a fraction of what living large does. You no longer need to live paycheck to paycheck with an exorbitant mortgage.

Tiny living forces you to be organized with the things you choose to keep in your tiny house, and therefore is more efficient.

For those who wish to “live green” the tiny house is just the ticket. You can use water collection tanks, wind turbines, and solar energy to power your tiny house and in the long run save thousands of dollars in electrical bills.

Self-sufficiency is another big reason that people opt for the tiny house. Especially if your tiny house is mobile, you can pick up and go whenever you please.

Many cities across the country are providing zoning regulations for tiny house communities, and you can actually live tiiny in a real neighborhood.

The above photograph is a wonderful example of how you can compact your life and still have all the comforts of home.

Living the tiny house lifestyle isn’t for everyone, but if you are ready for letting go of the “I need my stuff” syndrome, it may be just the thing for you.

Sources: 3 Tiny Houses That Let You Live Green-And Off The Grid, What is the Tiny House Movement?

Photo credits: Benjamin Chin, Google Images

Click here for a bigger gallery of a bunch of various tiny homes.

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A San Francisco Based Startup Has Developed a Robot that 3D Prints Micro Homes. Cost Savings Are Estimated at 70% Compared to Traditional Methods

Tiny House January 27, 2017

San Francisco-based start-up Apis Cor have been working for a solution to homelessness and a lack of affordable homes – and they appear to have come up with an answer.

The Apis Cor team hit headlines recently as they achieved a world first by creating an entire house using a 3D printer – living up to their simple slogan “we print buildings.” More impressively still, the 400 foot square home was completed in just 24 hours.

 

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These Self-Assemble Tiny Houses From $3,600

Tiny House November 28, 2016

Most of us have a good idea of how we would like to decorate our home, but how many of us have a good idea of how to transform our backyard from an empty space to a special place for some of our favorite enjoyments? The number is sure to be less. Here’s the good news, this problem is easily solved with the help of the Natural Gardener Company. They are ready to supply you with a home kit for your perfect backyard build! If you can not build it yourself, they even give you the option to purchase a kit that they will put together for you!

Tiny homes starting as low as $3,600.00 can suite your needs and fit your backyard. From a gazebo space enclosed to keep you and your morning paper dry on a rainy day, to a guest house perfect for the in-laws over the holiday season, you are sure to find the build for you! Lets look at one of their structures that is large enough to serve as a guest house among other things. The Byron Summer home has a really unique “L” shape that is accented beautifully with tall windows.

This home could work as guest accommodation, home office, man cave, or entertainment center. Whichever way you choose to use this build it is sure to look good! The Byron Summer home stands 10 ft tall and features two folding front door entrances, a patio area, and many windows to bring in lots of natural light! The structure is made of wood. This means you can leave your build in its natural state, stain the wood, or paint it to match your home!

The Natural Gardener Company makes it possible for you to really use your backyard. It is not limited to a sunny day ,perfect weather, or a nice view. You can have full year round use in any of their structures. You pick your build, maybe build it yourself, and simply enjoy rest! So go get the build perfect for your backyard and start making use of the space behind your home!

For more information of The Natural Gardener Company, find them in our tiny home directory.

By Alison LaPaglia

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Tiny House Completed for $8000. They Did It.

Tiny House November 27, 2016

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We have looked at a variety of tiny homes that come with a range of prices, but this tiny home is far below the price point of any other! Wesley Birch and his wife completed their full time tiny residence for 8,000 dollars! They were tired of the burdens with the standard home market so they went tiny. Wesley says they were overwhelmed by the 25,000 – 60,000 dollar budget range needed for the tiny homes they were finding, so they went even smaller! On the budget that is!

Mr. Birch explains that his tips to going tiny and staying under 10,000 dollars are simple! He says to do your own work, use second hand materials, find free (or much better buys) on Craiglist.org, become friendly with local stores for great bargains, and invest in a truck/trailer. By doing these things Wesley Birch and his wife were able to complete a 24 ft long, 8 ft wide, and 13 ft tall tiny home. Their home features a full kitchen,  7 ft couch, two lofts, king size bed, guest bed area, and a bathroom with a bathtub/shower and composting toilet! They utilized and manipulated every piece of space in their tiny home. This meant that some spaces had more than one use.

The seven foot couch also works for underneath storage and a pull out guest bed. The second loft can fit another twin sized guest bed and works for extra closest space. My personal favorite feature in this home is the staircase. Ladders are very common in tiny homes, but this home has a stylish stair case that looks much easier to manage. Also the lofts do not have railings which is no good if there are kids involved, but are great to keep the tiny space open. Its important to make the most of small spaces and to keep an open floor in order to make the space feel much larger!

They do warn interested parties to be careful if you choose to cut corners. He recommends checking out YouTube “how to” videos to learn how to properly do the work yourself. If you are uncomfortable with work such as the electrical or plumbing, you should ask your friends and family. You may be surprised who is able and willing to help! With only 8,000 dollars spent, Wesley Birch and his wife have a comfortable home that meets all of their needs!

By Alison LaPaglia

For more information on Wesley Birch and his tiny home, find him in our tiny home directory

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Amazing Odyssey Tiny House

Tiny House November 2, 2016

Amazing Odyssey Tiny Abode

The Tiny House Hunters show featured this cozy tiny home with its unique log cabin look. It is still exciting to see all the ways you can design a tiny home and the log cabin look is warm and comfortable. This tiny home is extremely inviting. You may be looking for a home like this one, but you cannot own this particular log cabin tiny home, as it is already owned by a couple in North Carolina.

Kristi and Rafael named this home Odyssey, which is an out of this world experience. Kristi won a battle with cancer and that made the couple say let us live life the way we really want to because we don’t really need all these things or this much space to be happy. So they sold a 2500 sq. ft home for The Odyssey. They set their budget and began to work on the tiny home of their dreams. For $45, 000, this home has a full kitchen, bathroom and living space. They also added a bay window which reminds you of a traditional home though the home sits on a trailer. We wish Kristi and Rafael many years in the Odyssey enjoying the tiny life in a big way.

The Odyssey Tiny House

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured image at the top).

Find more from tiny house builders and companies we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more tiny house,click here.

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Unique Tiny Homes That Will Inspire You To Build

Tiny House November 1, 2016

There are a lot of types of tiny home — it might not be what you picture when you just think of the term “tiny home” — because they build them out of all kinds of materials, in a lot of different styles, on land and on water, and that’s just the start of it. Here are some that are built with advanced architectural designs and have all the essential elements of an ideal home. Distinguished builders have incorporated industrial features into up-to-date residential exteriors using wood, metal and cement work to interesting effects.

Find the companies we’ve already indexed in our Prefab Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area.

Lovely dome house
Designed and built by Steve Areen
dome

Soothing mobile home
Designed and built by Dymitr Malxew
soothing

Quaint micro-home
Designed and built by Rachel Ross
quaint

Relaxing hut
Designed and built by Macy Miller
macy

Fantasy rest house
Designed and built by Terunobu Fujimori
rest-house

Micro greenhouse
Designed and built by Mickey Muennig
greenhouse

Fabulous fairy house
Designed and built by Dan Pauly
fairy-house

Solar-powered house
Designed and built by Team Sweden
ecohouse

Mortgage-free house
Designed and built by Andrew and Gabriella Morrison
mortgage-free

Recreational cabin house
Designed and built by Cavco Park Home & Cabins
cavco-park-home-cabins

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