Tiny Homes: The Right Type For Comfortable Living

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Tiny Homes have made their presence known throughout the country, but do you know what actually makes a house a tiny home or the different types of tiny homes you can choose from?  Most people think of a tiny home that is built on a trailer to travel from place to place.  But there is actually a variety of tiny home types you can choose from.  Today we will take a look at what exactly a tiny house is and the different types that are available.

What is a tiny home?

A tiny home is a house with no more than 500 square feet of space – less than one-quarter the size of the average new house.  People choose to live this tiny for many reasons such as owning a home without a mortgage. Some are looking for ways to take their home with them wherever they go, and some are just trying to reduce the carbon footprint. Whatever their reasons, they’re part of a growing trend that’s gradually changing the way Americans talk – and think – about home.

Types of Tiny Houses

Tiny houses come in a wide variety of shapes and styles. A tiny home can be a log cabin in the woods, a home on wheels, or even an old school bus. Let’s take a look at a few examples.

Tumbleweed Tiny Houses

One of the most popular manufacturers of tiny houses is the Tumbleweed Tiny Home Company. Tumbleweed offers four basic house models,  all with  wood exteriors, some rustic in style and some modern. They range in size from 117 to 221 square feet, and all of them are built on trailers so they can travel anywhere.  Tumbleweed will build your tiny home for you or you can buy the plans and build yourself.   

Shipping Container Homes

Another type of salvaged material used in tiny houses is metal shipping containers. Rather than letting them end up as scrap metal, tiny house manufacturers transform them into modern-looking prefab homes.  One example is the G Pod which contains all the materials necessary to build the house inside a container that can be shipped, unpacked, and assembled on-site.

Tiny Luxury Homes

Although tiny houses are small, they don’t have to be simple. Tiny luxury homes include amenities such as home automation, surround sound, radiant in-floor heat, and tiny hot tubs. Although these houses are very expensive when priced by the square foot, they offer an opportunity to own a luxury home for as little as $35,000.

Micro-Apartments

Some tiny homes aren’t even houses – they’re “micro-apartments” for rent. These tiny apartments  are usually less than 400 square feet and offer the chance to afford a place cheaper than a normal sized apartment. Micro-apartment buildings tend to feature amenities such as shared space for entertaining and storage, which help make up for the tiny size of the apartments themselves.

Wrap Up

Compared to the average house, or even a more normal small house, a tiny home gives you less of everything: less space, but also less expense, less maintenance, and less energy use. Before choosing to live tiny you must ask yourself two questions: Is tiny living for me? And what type of tiny home would I desire that would be best for my needs and lifestyle?  Be honest with yourself and make the right decision that will make you happy.

Until then, keep tiny y’all!

F.A.Q. - What is a Tiny Home?

There is no set definition as to what constitutes a tiny house. However, a residential structure under 500 square feet is generally considered a tiny home.

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