Things to Consider Before Building a Tiny Home

Tiny homes are the rage right now, and many people choose to adopt this new living arrangement for various reasons. Some reasons people decide to move into a tiny home include saving money, the freedom to move around, a desire to protect the environment, or a yearning to reconnect with their authentic selves via a minimalist lifestyle.

But what is a tiny home? Usually, a house with a floor area of between 100 – 400 sq. ft. is considered a tiny home. For perspective, that is 6 – 20 times smaller than the square footage of an average single-family home, which typically has a floor area of around 2500 sq. ft. Tiny homes exclude all the most essential features of a conventional home.

A tiny house might be the right answer if you want to move your life toward more simplicity, suggests Bigham & Associates. But if you have lived all your life in a standard-sized home, you should know that moving into a tiny home is not just about changing your home address. This transition must accompany a new way of living and looking at life.

The value of a tiny home lies in direct opposition to what makes a regular home valuable. Conventional homes are valued according to how much space they have. Tiny homes turn this logic on its head; they are valued for the exact opposite reason – they are small.  But just because a tiny home is small, it doesn’t mean it should lack functionality and appeal.

But how well a tiny home can meet your needs depends on how much work you do to ensure that its design matches your lifestyle. In this post, we look at some of the most important things you should consider before building a tiny home. The information in this post will help make your transition to a tiny home smooth and memorable.

Things to think of before building a tiny home

Have you ever stayed in a tiny home?

Have you ever stayed in a tiny home

For most people, the idea of living in a tiny home is very different from reality. Before you build a tiny home, you should learn what it feels like to live in such a small space. One way to do this is to spend a few nights in a tiny house rental. Another way is to tape out an 8×24-foot area in your home to see how hard it will be to navigate.

Will your home have wheels or a foundation?

One of the nice things about a tiny home is that you can move around freely. But that is only if your tiny home is built on wheels. When deciding between a fixed or mobile tiny house, think of the maintenance cost for both types of houses. If the home is going to have a foundation, you need a piece of land where you will build it.

Where will you park your home (if it’s on wheels)?

Where will you park your home if its on wheels

A tiny home on wheels still needs a place to park it. There are many places to park a tiny home –someone’s yard, tiny house community, RV park, state park, or campgrounds. What will it cost to park your home in those places?

Identify your essentials

Once you have determined the kind of tiny home you want, it is time to work out the details of the home. The first step is to distinguish your needs from your wants. Remember that a tiny home only has enough room for indispensable items. Building a tiny home requires you to make important compromises.

Research the site

This is mainly for tiny homes with a foundation but applies to tiny homes on wheels. Before building your home, determine if the area is subject to seasonal washes or floods. What is the best position for the home about the sun’s arc? Are there any legal restrictions on the site?

What about utilities?

What about utilities

Unless you plan to go completely off-grid, your tiny home must connect to the grid. If you plan to go green, you must factor in the cost of solar panels or wind turbines. The type of home you build also influences your power options. If you are building with a foundation, buy land with utilities installed.

How much will it cost?

Since they are downsized, tiny homes are less expensive than traditional homes, but they can also be as pricey. The cost for a tiny house ranges widely; from $8000 to $150,000. The cost of your tiny house depends on the type and quality of amenities in the house. It is often cheaper to build your tiny house than to buy a prebuilt one.

Think about insurance

Tiny homes also need insurance. If the home is built on a foundation, it is covered by a homeowner’s insurance policy. But the options vary for tiny homes on wheels – you should research what applies to your house.

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