Tiny house living has been en vogue for the last decade, and it’s only getting more popular over time. For good reason, too. Coming out of the economic depression in '08 and '09, people were looking for affordable, eco-friendly housing. That led to some housing trends that eventually became the more philosophical “tiny house movement” we see today. There are many reasons why people choose to live in tiny homes. The main motivators are ecological, financial, and societal. Individuals who live in tiny homes are looking to be more environmentally-friendly, save money, and have more freedom.
Whatever the reason, more people are committing to tiny living year over year, even now. Like with any other lifestyle choice, there are pros and cons to living in a tiny home. If you’re considering it but you’re unsure about the commitment, we’re here to make things easier. These are the pros and cons of tiny house living:
Tiny homes are much cheaper to build and own.
The average cost of a run-of-the-mill home in the US is over $200,000. The average cost to build a tiny home is one-tenth that amount if you build it yourself. Even if you contract someone to build it for you, the savings are still immense. Once they’re built, tiny homes are also cheaper to maintain, leading to further potential savings.
Tiny homes are portable.
One advantage of living in a tiny home is how easily you can put them on a trailer and move around. You may have to fill out some licensing and registration paperwork, but it isn’t even that involved! With a tiny home, you could travel as widely as you want, all without leaving home.
Less space you live in means less space to clean.
When your home is tiny, the surfaces you need to dust and mop are also tiny. It takes less time to keep your space tidy, so you can spend that time doing other things instead.
Tiny homes these days have all the modern amenities you want.
In 2019, living in a tiny home doesn't mean living without the plumbing, heat, or look you want. There are streamlined options for all conveniences, so you can live small without living uncomfortably.
You don't have as much in-home storage space.
While this is a con of tiny living, it's one of the easiest cons to manage. If you don't have as much storage in your direct living space, all you need to do is rent a storage unit. It allows you to keep your small space tidy as you learn to live with less.
It's against the rules in some communities.
This depends on how strict the zoning and building codes are in your community. You have to submit plans before building homes, and some communities won't allow tiny homes to be built. If you plan on having or building a movable tiny home, other laws come into play too. Long story short: it can get complicated.
Accessibility can become a problem more quickly.
Tiny homes tend to be narrow and complicated. This means your home will have limited access for those less able-bodied than yourself. Make sure you’re okay with this before committing to the choice, or find ways to make your home more accessible.
You'll have less privacy than before.
Tiny houses are… tiny. You won’t have a lot of space. Not much space means not much privacy. If you live with someone in a tiny house, you’re going to see a lot of each other. You won’t exactly have quiet spaces to take a break from each other. Make sure you’re alright with that before you commit to a tiny house.
Living in a tiny home is a great option for a wide variety of people. If you want to try tiny living but are afraid of the full commitment, give Storage Direct a call. We have the self-storage solutions you need to clear your space while holding onto the important things.