Tiny Houses Save You Money And Provide More Freedom!
RENT OR MORTGAGE
Becoming a part of the tiny house movement can save you an enormous amount of money. You save from having to dump money paying rent that you’ll never see again. You’ll also save from having a large mortgage payment because you’re choosing a smaller footprint. That means that even if you finance a tiny house, you can pay it off much quicker than you would a traditional house.
UTILITIES AND UPKEEP
Downsizing means that your utility bill will drastically drop, with the potential of earning YOU
income instead. For instance, by buying solar panels you could sell unused energy back to the city. It’s
far easier to power a tiny house than a 2,000 square foot home, and the savings can be put toward more
Living in a tiny house makes you more cognizant of your utility usage. When you go tiny you have to figure out where your resources will be coming from. Unless you’ve got a great set up already in place, this can be a challenge for those who are seeking the “off grid” lifestyle. Although, that’s where the creativity
begins! You really start to notice how much you use, its impact on your home and the environment, and
you'll end up using less than ever before - and being entirely happy and comfortable too. With your
basic commodities now playing a bigger role, you get to appreciate the little things again.
Many people who have become a part of the tiny house movement have implemented systems in their tiny house that keep their home self-sustained year round. Such systems include solar power, rain water collection tanks, composting toilets, greywater run off/composting, and wind power. Other people have found streams and lakes to access water, or have drilled a well. Tiny house owners have also planted gardens to supply much of their food, too. There are many creative ways to live “off grid” with virtually no dependence on anything else. It’s a very liberating experience!
LIVING BEYOND A SPACE
Many people wonder, “How could you live in such a small space?” But there’s the problem. As a
nation our houses have gotten bigger, our media has gotten more advanced and we are depleting our
lives of what is truly precious. Naturally, we are all after convenience. But the beauty of tiny houses is
that you can have all of the same conveniences but not have to compromise on what’s most
important, "LIVING". Tiny living encourages you to live more outside of your house, to enjoy the outdoors, people, and life itself. So the question itself is worrisome: We shouldn’t be LIVING in any space, big or small. Our homes should provide for our basic needs and comforts and then get us on our way to enjoying what life has to offer beyond the walls of where we sleep. It’s not about living in a space, it’s about living beyond a space. And tiny houses give us that opportunity in many ways.
While you are home, enjoying a drink by your heater on a cold night, a tiny house creates the
perfect atmosphere for closeness and intimacy. It makes special times when you are with your loved ones
that much more comforting. You’re forced to bond on a deeper level, versus the opportunity of isolating yourself (intentionally or unintentionally) in a big house. When I was a teen I did that a lot! I closed myself off in my bedroom for hours. While I realize that there needs to be a bit of privacy and separation at times,
tiny living offers an opportunity for relational growth.
Not a lot of people consider this but it’s HUGE! Especially moms will know what I’m talking
about. Smaller home = less to clean. Smaller home = smaller mortgage (if any), which means you don’t
have to break your back to get overtime, or on that second shift or second job. The tiny house movement teaches that less is more!
LIVING TINY CREATES A SIMPLE LIFE
It's clear that tiny house living provides a much simpler lifestyle. You get back to basics,
appreciate the little things, and you save money along the way. The tiny house movement is very large
and rapidly growing. The thousands of people just “dreaming” about it now, are already drawing up
plans to build their own, while others are preparing to buy a ready built tiny house. People have realized that a tiny house is the key to achieving what really matters. Savings, college, vacations, clean living, clean eating, and more. People are also realizing that through BIG living that they have accumulated more clutter and more debt, and many are now "right size" into a cute cottage of their own. With our lives so loud and chaotic, tiny houses offer so much more than a place to sleep at night. There’s a comfort and security knowing you have less stress and no longer need to be "house poor". It’s a new and exciting lifestyle.
I’ve heard this many times on blogs and forums for tiny houses: “I can’t fit my family in one of
those!” If you have a family of 3-5, I’m confident you could design one perfectly to suit all of your needs-
and quite comfortably. The amazing thing about tiny houses is that each one can be specifically
customized and the options are endless. Typically, if you can make it with some wood, consider it done!
You can let your imagination run wild with the many ways you can accommodate a family. For instance, my family of three, and a cat, are downsizing into an 8’x24’ home. This home includes a back bedroom/nook for our child, two lofts (one for us and one for storage), a fully functional kitchen, 3 piece bath, and a living space for guests! We have created it so that in many different scenarios we can accommodate our needs perfectly. The trick is to create spaces that serve as a dual function. If you would like I would be up to the challenge at customizing a floor plan for your family! We even have a washer/dryer combo, a desk/dining table, and tons of storage space.
Don’t let the size of your family deter you from tiny houses. Take a tour of a tiny house and you’ll see just how manageable and quite comfortable the size really is for you.
I hope this information inspires you to embark on this new adventure. It’ll be rewarding and liberating! “Like” Tiny Treasure Homes on Facebook to follow me on this exciting journey of tiny house building and living. I'll be posting often there on the latest tips and trends of the tiny house movement.