Tiny Home Movement
What exactly designates a house a tiny house? An average sized house is approximately 2,600 square feet. Tiny homes are usually between 100-600 square feet. Can you imagine living in a house that small?! It has been a growing movement in the United states for people to own one of these tiny homes.
If you wanted to, you could buy a tiny home for $100,000 or less. There are even some that go for only a couple thousand dollars! If you want a really nice one, however, you might have to think about spending more like $100,000. Some prefer indoor plumbing or running water which can increase the price dramatically. Many choose to live so simply that they don’t even have those luxuries.
Many come on a trailer so it’s easy to move from place to place. You don’t have to stay anywhere. You can buy a plot of land, stay at a campground, or stay on a friends piece of property. The ones with trailers usually come in a rectangular shape that is small enough to tow without the necessity of a permit. They have a triangular roof that makes more room for a loft to comfortable fit a bed. Of course comfortability still means very small in our case. You can forget about king sized beds!
Others are built in towns just like regular homes, but they are much smaller compared to other houses.These are normally on the larger side of any homes. They usually come with plumbing, places to do laundry, and running water. They also have different rooms such as a kitchen and living room rather than being all one large space.
Another type of tiny home is called a Yurt. It has a basic round structure that is usually covered in a durable tarp. It can be transported but it is a little more difficult that it would be with a tiny home on a trailer. Yurt’s come as a shell and you can customize it to your liking. It can cost about $20,000 but you have to add the price of flooring, and amenities you may desire such as the common theme here of plumbing and running water. Many decide to have their restrooms outside in this case. You would also have to install a loft if you wanted it, as well as a kitchen, and storage space which is a very important aspect of tiny home living.
The last one we’ll explore is the Earthbag house which is a beehive inspired home. They are made with earth bags – very long bagged strips filled with mud. You can pay a company to take classes so you can build your own! You pay for the classes, materials, and blueprints; grab your friends to help, and build it the way you would like! You can make pods that are different rooms and go from there!
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