How to Choose a Tiny Home that Fits Your Lifestyle
Today, many people are interested in tiny houses. They come in all sizes and colors, with different layouts and amenities. Amazingly, some even have working fireplaces. What’s more is that there are several places where you can buy one.
In this article, we’ll explore the positive and negative aspects of buying a tiny home: how they can benefit you and what you might want to think about before purchasing one. Tiny homes continue to grow in popularity as more people look for alternatives to their large houses – even if it’s just a temporary change, such as living in a tiny house while still owning a larger one.
What is the perfect tiny home?
Before you purchase a tiny house or build your own, think carefully about what kind of lifestyle you want to live in it. If you enjoy being surrounded by people all day long, then try to incorporate this into your design. However, if you like having time to yourself, make sure there are enough rooms for you alone time. Tiny homes are the perfect way to explore what types of layouts work best for you.
After reading about how cool tiny homes can be and how they’re beneficial in many ways, do you want one? Maybe you already have one but need help with how to make it more appealing to your lifestyle. If you still want a larger home, think about building one on top of the other. For example, if you live in an apartment that is too small for your family, then build a duplex or triplex next door.
The first step to picking out a tiny home that fits your lifestyle is figuring out what you want in your new living situation.
Before even entering the plethora of showrooms, there are questions you should ask yourself. What do I need? What can I let go? And what price range am I looking at?
What features are necessary in your new home?
Are you looking for a micro-home, which is the opposite of luxurious but often cheaper? Or are you interested in a more traditional tiny-homelike cabin, loft or apartment that might have more amenities and utilities built into it?
What about size? How big do you want your place to be? Will you need to store things like tools and equipment?
How much money are you willing to spend on your new home? Remember, you can always reduce the price by including less fancy features though.
In addition, what kind of community do you want to have around you? Do you want a place where people live small but social lives are big? Or would you rather choose a place that is more secluded and private?
What features do I want in my new home?
Once you know what kind of community you are looking for, then it’s time to decide what your tiny house should include.
For a micro-home, think about a minimalist design with bare necessities. It might be easier to decide what your tiny house should not include. One example is that it probably won’t have a dishwasher–something to think about if you love cooking and hate doing dishes.
If you are looking for more traditional amenities, think about how much space you will need for each one, like the standard bathroom with shower, sink and toilet; maybe you would consider having a space for an office, or adding in extra storage.
As well, take into consideration what your tiny home should include in the way of utilities like irrigation for gardening/farming, appliances, heating and cooling systems (if needed) and entertainment options. There are many places to find all of this information online, along with many helpful tips from other tiny-homesteaders.
What are my budget limitations?
One of the biggest adjustments to living tiny is adjusting your mindset about money and materials. You can’t throw out cost entirely, but you also need to realize that the less you buy the lower your costs will be overall. Start by figuring out what your monthly income is and then allot a certain amount of that for your tiny-home.
As well, think about resale value and whether you expect to be able to sell the home after you’ve lived there for a while: Would it be easier if you had more expensive appliances or washer/dryer hook-ups? Or if you kept things more simple, would it be easier to sell later on?
What kind of community do I want around me?
Once you have figured out how large your tiny house will be and what kind of budget you are working with, it’s time to consider what kind of community you’d like to be surrounded by.
Do you want a place that is small and secluded where people don’t see your house? Then focus on finding addresses in less populated areas.
Or do you want a place where neighbors will know each other and where you can visit and borrow things from your neighbors easily? Then focus on finding an area where there are other homes nearby.
Some tiny-home communities even offer common areas like gardens and grills for you to share with others, or designated spots for your animals.
Would I like to be able to store my tools and equipment in my tiny house?
Once you have figured out what kind of community you want and how big your new home will be, think about storage: Will your tiny house need a closet or cabinet space for clothes and things? Or is it going to be used more as a place to sleep and work only?
For those living off-the-grid, think about where you will be able to store your tools and equipment needed for maintaining the home. If it is going to be in a shed or storage unit somewhere outside of your tiny house, then you should plan accordingly as far as transportation goes.
If it’s going to be kept on your tiny property, then think about how much space you will need for everything.
How easy is it to travel with this tiny home?
Finally, consider the mobility of your new home: Will you be traveling by car or can you go on foot? If walking will work fine for you, then don’t worry about transportation.
If you need a vehicle, though, think about what kind of size your house will take up and how much space you will have left over for other things like food and supplies if they need to be stored in the car as well.
What will you use the house for?
Will you still be able to use it as an office even though it’s tiny? If you’re living solely in your new tiny house, then think about what kind of things you will need to store.
For instance, you may want to include a bookshelf or desk because it will be easier to travel with these large objects than with other smaller pieces. Also, if you plan to use your tiny house as an office, think about how much storage space will be needed for all of your files and paperwork.
Best ways to build a tiny house
Are you interested in building your own tiny home? There are some amazing designs on the internet, but remember to consider what you want to do with it. If you plan on living there permanently or for a while, then buy appliances and furniture that will fit your needs. If you’d like to sell it after only using it for a year or two, then you might be better off buying one that’s already made and then reselling it.
Keeping these questions in mind will help you decide what features are most important to have in your tiny home. It’s not an easy process, but having a clear idea of your requirements will make the rest of the process much easier.
Why You Should Consider a Tiny Home?
Tiny homes offer an easy way to explore what it’s like to live without owning a lot of things. The more items you own, the harder it can be to clean your home and move them around. Living in a tiny house forces you to downsize (which can be amazing if you think about getting rid of all those useless items gathering dust in your basement).
Living in a small home means you have more time for yourself and others, which is great if you want to focus on things other than your home.
Overall, make sure you are aware of what kind of lifestyle you would like to have in your home. From there, gathering ideas online or looking through magazines, such as in Stunning Tiny Homes, can give you a better idea on what kinds of things you will need in your tiny home.