Reasons to Live in a Tiny House

Updated on January 12, 2018
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After reading Rachel Carson's 'Silent Spring' in 1970, Tessa Schlesinger became a dedicated environmentalist.

This is a small house. It is different to a tiny house. A tiny house tends to be on wheels. A small house can be small in size or inside a shipping container.
This is a small house. It is different to a tiny house. A tiny house tends to be on wheels. A small house can be small in size or inside a shipping container.

The tiny house movement has had a lot of publicity during the past five or six years. Tiny houses, however, raise zoning issues. This means that cities and states do not wish to make land available to those who wish to invest in tiny housing.

The reasons for this are strictly profit-driven. Consider the following:

  1. Tiny houses often generate their own energy/electricity through solar or other green energy. This means that energy companies lose clients.
  2. Those who own traditional homes fear that the value of their homes will go down if there is a tiny housing community nearby.
  3. Many businesses that focus on selling to home owners will have increasingly small clientele.

In addition, social conditioning and class factors insist that small homes are only for those who are socially inferior. Nobody wants to be considered socially inferior.

When tiny houses cost so little, there is money over for exquisite decor!
When tiny houses cost so little, there is money over for exquisite decor!
  • A tiny house can be paid off in under two years. Costing between $5000 and $20,000, depending on the size and finishes, this is less than many rentals would cost. Thereafter, the owner of the tiny house lives rent and mortgage free.
  • When one is not paying off an outsize mortgage or 30 or 40 years, it is much easier to pay off debt or not to incur it in the first place.
  • It’s much easier to keep a tiny home clean and neat. This means that much less time and energy is spent on basic household tasks, freeing up owners to spend their time doing the things they really love.
  • Maintenance is less expensive than a traditionally sized home.
  • Because you are not investing in quantity, you can invest in quality. There is no reason why the inside of your tiny home should not have very high quality finishes. You could live in a tiny palace! Having fewer items means you have money to invest in items which will last a lifetime. This means that the earth’s resources are not used up as quickly. It means less goes to landfills.
  • Décor is a great deal less expensive. Once essential items have been purchased – beds, chairs, tables, etc. there is money left over for something really spectacular – like a great hammock to put on a portable deck outside your tiny house!
  • Because of the way in which tiny homes are built, it is also easier for owners to do much of the maintenance themselves than it would be in a traditionally-sized homes. There’s less electrical wiring and less plumbing, etc.
  • Homes are much easier to heat or keep cool as the area is smaller.
  • Because the area inside is so much smaller, solar heating and other forms of green heating are more likely to be all that is required, thus saving on huge energy bills.
  • Fewer household items need to be purchased for a tiny home. That’s because a mansion needs far more carpets, beds, chairs, tables, etc. This puts less stress on the budget.
  • A tiny house can be built in a week or a month. It depends on the design, the materials, the number of people working on it. It takes substantially less time and materials to build than an ordinary home.

  • There is an accompanying effect. When the home is small, there is an unconscious need to buy less ‘stuff’ because storage is limited. We all have too much stuff!
  • When one is not paying off a monthly mortgage or rental, there is a lot of money left over at the end of the month. This means freedom from stress as money can be put aside for emergencies.
  • Those who have either purposely downsized or, as a result of some sort of disaster, found themselves with far fewer possessions, have spoken of a relief that they no longer have to take care of all those possessions. Owning less sets you free.
  • Living the traditional life according to establishment rules means that there is an increasing need to keep up with the Jones’s. This translates into working longer and longer hours. When living in a tiny home that is fully paid up, there is no pressure to work longer hours. It’s much easier to live on a low budget if it becomes necessary.
  • It is not only environmentally friendlier but with 7.5 billion people on the planet (and growing), it is vitally important for everybody to downsize and make do with less. We simply do not have the resources to build mansions and large homes anymore. Sand, granite, etc. are all resources that are rapidly running out.
  • It frees up a lot of time, and this time enables people to think more. People become more aware of who they are and what they want. They also begin to understand the importance of being part of a helpful community. When people aren’t competing for resources, they become more humane. Free time also allows people to pursue their interests, become more creative, meet new people, etc. It is a far more fulfilling life than spending one’s life over-working.
  • A tiny house can often be transferred to another place. There is no need to sell it and buy another when moving cities or neighbourhoods. Container homes can also be put onto a trailer and shipped to another place.
  • There is so much time and energy left over for meeting with friends and entertainment.
  • In the event of weather disasters, it’s much easier to replace the home, and because one has managed to save and the cost of a tiny home is substantially less than the traditional home, it need only take a month or two before everything is back to normal. In addition, if sufficient warning is given, the house can simply be moved to a safer area.
  • You’ll be a shining example to those who are still hankering after MacMansions. Those who are trendsetting now with their acquisition of tiny homes are removing the snob value so many adhere to when they buy large homes to impress friends, relatives business associates, and society in general. We need leaders who set positive trends for the future!

What's the difference between a small house and a tiny house?

The difference is size. Generally a tiny home is about 200 square feet and a small house is under 500 square feet. However this is not a firm rule - just a general opinion.

Building Your Tiny Home

Even young teens have built tiny homes. Many students have done so as well. So have old women. So building your own small house is not out of the question. If, however, you have somewhere between $10,000 and $20,000 for an outright purchase, then you can approach one of the many businesses who build these midget abodes.

Tiny houses come in all shapes and sizes!
Tiny houses come in all shapes and sizes!

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Where to Put Your Tiny House

With the Establishment against allowing the tiny house movement to grow, it may be a bit of a wait until baby boomers relinquish their influence. Millennials are far more likely to vote for areas which are serviced in terms of being near public transport, etc.

That said, there are options. Tiny Housing can be used off the grid. Land can be rented from farmers – if it’s not too expensive. If it’s over-pricey, then it defeats the purpose of a tiny house. Parents (or other relatives and friends) may be willing to let you park your tiny house in their back yard.

In terms of the history of humankind, mankind always lived in very tiny homes. Look at the native huts of primitive people. Also, if you go into the homes that were built even four hundred years ago in Europe and Asia, you will find that they are very small. It is not emotionally unhealthy to live in a small amount of space.

If you’re ready to want quality in your life as opposed to quantity, then a tiny home may well be the best solution for your life.

© 2017 Tessa Schlesinger

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      Laura Brown 2 weeks ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      I really like the layout of this little house. I think it is over sized to be a tiny house, but still small and cosy. https://www.theyurtretreat.co.uk/treehouse/ I've been keeping that link a couple of years. Maybe it will work out. My brother has a property where it could be built.

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      Kari Poulsen 7 weeks ago from Ohio

      I love the tiny homes! Once, when I started traveling as a nurse, I sold everything. As you stated, it was so freeing! :)

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      Demas W Jasper 7 weeks ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Thanks for triggering thoughtfulness.

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      Jennifer B 7 weeks ago from Bolingbrook

      i would love to live in tiny house if i could. we dont need much space and you'd be owning vs renting an apartment or something of about the same size