Tiny Homes. The Anti-McMansion.
Example of a tiny house build.
The Simplest Of Living.
I believe that the days of the McMansion are pretty much over. With the economy and the housing bubble being what it is, more and more people are taking a step back to re-evaluate their situation in life and for many; the option to downsize into a smaller home is enticing if not mandatory.
Hundreds of thousands of folks have been foreclosed upon after losing their jobs and the prospect of living on the streets is frightening but I don’t think it has to be that way.
If push came to shove and one had to downsize both lifestyle and standard of living, a tiny house (one that’s about 100sq.ft.) can certainly be an option for some. Sure, those with large families may not want to live in such a home but for a small family or an empty nester looking to keep a roof over their heads, these types of homes may just fit the bill
With many manufactures offering fully pre-built models, pre-fabricated unassembled kits or even just blueprints, the variety and options available have grown tremendously in the last few years and for good reason.
The need for affordable housing options is on an upward growth trend. With the recession and the inescapable fact that millions of baby boomers are starting to hit retirement age I think the requirement for small, simple and energy efficient homes will be in demand for a long time to come.
With many Americans looking to simplify their lives, a tiny home may be the way to go. For those do it yourselfers, the simple design and affordable materials can mean saving thousands of dollars not having to pay a contractor to come in and build one. Conversely, since the home is so small, outsourcing and paying a builder to do all the work won’t break the bank either.
In many parts of the country the combined cost of the land and the home will be substantially less than purchasing an existing home even in a high foreclosure saturated market. And you gain the added benefit of knowing exactly what you’re getting. With a foreclosure, you may be walking straight into a money pit with multiple areas in the home requiring renovation or repair.
So what are some of the features in a tiny house?
- Affordability. With construction costs as well as footprint, your getting much more return on a smaller investment.
- Portability. Many of these homes have been built in such a way that they can be transported as easily as a camper trailer.
- Energy Efficiency. Since your heating and cooling a much smaller amount of square footage, and if using the latest in energy efficient heating.cooling technologies, your utility bills would be minuscule compared to a traditional home.
- You don't need to own land to own one. In many instances the home is designed to be portable and can be towed to almost any location whether it be an RV park, Mobile Home park or even a friend or families back yard.
- They can help the environment. By using scrap lumber and recycled building materials you can not only save on the construction of the home but also help to keep these materials out of the landfill.
So many folks today are looking for alternatives to the big house and 30 year mortgage. Keeping up with the Jones' is no longer a smart living strategy and the quest to live simple, clutter free lives is enticing to more people than ever before. If your one of them, take action now to learn how to own a tiny home.