You’ve probably seen the shows on TV about the tiny house fad. People give up living in bigger homes, get rid of stuff and purchase a home that they can pick up and move anywhere, like an RV. Most RV’s are quite a bit bigger than a tiny home. They average is about 100 to 200 square feet.
So is this for you?
Since the home is moveable a tiny home owner isn’t permanently taking up land that could be used for other purposes like farming, parks and so on. Many people feel it is freeing to divest themselves of excess things and live smaller and that it is a fantastic way to see the country.
Unfortunately, there is a down side
Should you decide to buy a tiny home and make it a permanent residence in a permanent place, you may just run into problems with local governments. Towns, cities, counties and so on have rules, called codes, that deal with how homes are built, what size they have to be and where they can be put.
There are also taxes assessed on homes and the land they sit upon. If your tiny home violates building or zoning codes, fixing the problem can cost you a lot of money. Not to mention that you could be assessed with back taxes for an illegal home.
The size of things
There is also the issue of the size of things like appliances and room to move. If you have a family this can be a huge problem. Just trying to cook in a normal size kitchen with kids and pets, should you have them, can be challenging. Small children or toddlers don’t understand the dangers and having space to keep them out of the way is an important safety issue. Even the closest couples or families need space from each other. Tiny homes really don’t provide that.
Another safety issue are weather issues
High winds are something to be concerned about. Measures can be taken to secure a tiny home, but if it’s a fast moving storm you may not have time. Another issue could be flooding or wild fires, but in those situations having a moveable home can be a plus. Unless it’s an unexpected flash flood or quick moving fire, you could be in better shape than your permanent neighbors. It’s a lot to consider!
It is fun to watch those shows and dream of taking your show on the road (and some people LOVE IT!) Which side do you come down on? Tiny home or McMansion?