Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tiny Houses

I recently watched the documentary "Tiny: A Story About Living Small". This documentary followed a man named Chris and his year long journey of building his very own tiny house. There is this new movement that is fueled by environmental concerns, the want to live with less stuff, mixed with the decline of the housing market that has people building and living in these mini-homes.

So how small are we talking here? Well most of these tiny houses are between 100-200 square feet. That's it! Many are built from scratch on a trailer. To give you an idea of how small this is, the average three bedroom home in California is about 1500-1800 square feet. These tiny homes cost about $150 per square foot to build. This means that a 150 square foot tiny house would cost about $22,500 to build. This seems like a lot for such a small place, but after your initial investment the cost to live in them is minimal. Most of these homes run off solar panels and usually are set up in someone's backyard so things like property taxes do not exist.

Inside a Tiny House
The idea is very interesting and seems to be sprouting up over the western states. The people interviewed in the documentary seemed to be really excited and happy to be living in such a small space. One thing I noticed was that with the exception of one family, most people living the tiny house lifestyle were either singles or couples.

I know that I could never live in a 200 square-foot house with my husband and 2 kids. Really that sounds like torture to me. But the idea of living with less stuff is very enticing.

Could you live in a tiny house?

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