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Considering Living in a Tiny Home?

Updated on December 29, 2015

Tiny Homes on Wheels


Are you sick of being in debt? Do want to live a more practical lifestyle that sets you free and enables you to enjoy the things that are most important to you such as spending more time with family, traveling, or just simply doing the things in life that you want to do? We work long hours all week every week and spend lots of our time away from our homes and families just to earn a decent wage so that we can afford that home. When we are not working we try to balance our free time with family and recreation while still having all the chores and maintenance that come with owning that home.

Is living in a debt culture and having the mindset that bigger is better necessary? Do you want to get rid of the clutter in your life, get out of debt, downsize, and be stress free? If so, perhaps the small home movement will inspire you to start thinking about what your wants and needs are and begin making those changes that will lead you to living a simpler lifestyle. Tiny homes on wheels may not be the answer for large families, but the Small House Movement can be an inspiration to all of us who agree we could do with less, and we could be better stewards of our homes, resources, finances, and environment.

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The American Dream

What is the American dream to you, and can you afford it these days? The American dream was first expressed in 1931 by James Truslow Adams, "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement regardless of social class or circumstances of birth,” source: Wikpedia.

Could we do with less?

As a country we have truly been blessed with many successes, and many still come to this great place seeking opportunity; however, the American dream has been transformed to the idea that bigger is better, and having more stuff equals happiness, even if you cannot afford it. Today this great country is battling high numbers of unemployment and is in astronomical amounts of debt. Lack of work or working several jobs just to keep up with the bills has many Americans downsizing their lifestyle to basic needs and wants.

A Decision to Downsize

Having a big home and many things is nice, but even if you are financially blessed have you ever stopped to think how much of this is just a mindset fashioned by our culture? I started giving this much thought after building a 12’ X 16’ soap making kitchen beside my parent’s house. As my building project started taking form I started thinking, “wow I could actually live in this thing!” This started to challenge my thoughts as to what it is that I need to live a comfortable and affordable lifestyle. Wouldn’t it be great to have no mortgage and to have your utility bills be only a few hundred dollars or less a year! I understand these homes are not the most practical for everyone, but the overall concept of having less I find very inspiring. If you are a single person or a couple without children, what a cozy way to live a simple life and save a ton of money this could be.

Popularity of Tiny Homes on the Rise

Tiny homes have been becoming more and more popular these days as the housing market continues to drop, and unemployment is still on the rise. Though there are many pros and cons to owning a tiny home, many weigh out the cons and are sold on the many benefits to owing a tiny home. If you have a large family then obviously a 100 sq. ft house isn’t going to do you any good. However, if you have space in the yard for a few tiny homes on wheels you could be helping a friend or family member out tremendously. You could even charge them rent!

As for the individual who is just starting out, or is wanting to downsize, this is a perfect match. Maybe you have just been laid off from work and are barely making your rent. Perhaps you are considering moving back home with Mom and Dad, but still want you own private space? A tiny home may be perfect for you. My parent’s home includes 5 acres in which I’m thinking I can fit quite a few of these tiny homes, maybe even start a little tiny home community. You often see extended families living together in other countries. Wouldn't it be great to have families live together in little Tiny Home Communities connected with gardens and common areas? Not bad idea is it?


Tiny Homes searched on the Internet

There are many websites and blogs on the internet that are all about the Tiny Home Movement. You can purchase design prints, or pre-built homes. These sites also offer a ton of information for those who are considering building their own, such as the most efficient way to heat, plumbing ideas, solar power and more. These homes are typically constructed on trailers so that they can be easily moved. All you need is a spot to park and plug in.

10 Great Benefits of Owning a Tiny Home

1. No big mortgage- You can build a tiny home yourself as cheap as $10,000.00, compare that to a $250,000.00 - $500,000.00 or better mortgage.

2. Cheaper Utilities- How’s four to eight dollars a month sound?

3. No wasted space- Why waste resources on heating, cooling and lighting on wasted space.

4. Lower Taxes- Pretty sure you will not have to pay property or school taxes, may want to double check with your local law.

5. Less Space- Less Maintenance- This will give you much more time to enjoy the things you really love doing.

6. Portable- These tiny homes that are built on trailers are great, when you decide you want to move just take your home with you.

7. Less Stuff- Living in a tiny home forces you to get rid of the things you really do not need.

8. Better for the environment- In so many ways.

9. Building less means you can build with better quality materials.

10. Affordability- Think of all that money you will be able to save each month minus the monthly mortgage and utility bills.

So what do you think, could you live in tiny home? I know that these homes are not the most practical for families, but you got to admit that if it was just you, or just you and your partner, it would be a cozy way to live a simpler life and save a ton of money.

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    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from NY

      Yes these homes are not for all of us, but like you mention most of us could agree that it is a neat idea. Thanks Teresa for the comment.

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      7 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      Small houses are popular. I like the idea, but the houses you have shown are too small for me. Great article though. I would like something about a thousand square feet. The refrigerator in my house has to be a descent size. I like to eat. Plus it would be great to build upward like a sky scraper. Thanks! Teresa

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from NY

      Tatum Birch, yes it is terrible to see the amount of wildlife effected through clear cutting, its a shame how much resources we go through and wasteful we can be. These tiny homes are a great discipline to live a simpler more practical lifestyles not being so wasteful. So glad you read this one and that your enjoyed it.

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      Tatum Birch 

      8 years ago from Canada

      I seen these on eHow recently and ironically had been thinking about them today. How cool that you wrote such a detailed article about them. Neat! I subscribe to the Oasis HD channel and after seeing a horrifying documentary on clearcutting and all the Orangutangs and Elephants it's affecting I got thinking about tiny houses. This article is genius. Thanks again!

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from NY

      Cheapsk8chick, These tiny houses are awesome, I am so glad you stopped by and gave this hub a read, thanks for commenting!

    • cheapsk8chick profile image


      8 years ago

      Awesome hub! I love these tiny houses!

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from NY

      I often thought it would be awesome to live in a boat because I love to fish and love being on the water. Now that I live upstate NY where our lakes freeze over during the winter I also thought it would be cool to drag my tiny house on wheels out on the ice and fish off my front porch, lol. Thanks for commenting and yes the outdoors is our living room.

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      Greg Cantori 

      8 years ago

      When, as a 19 year old, I lived on a sailboat for four years that I'd renovated, I met many families with childern on sailboats as small as 28 feet. In fact the livaboards share much in common with the landlubbers on wheels. The outdoors is our living room. No child left inside....

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from NY

      Martie I too love the tiny house on wheels! I can not wait to build my first one, and park it on a mountain top view that family owns. Thanks for voting this hub up!

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      We call those wooden houses ‘wendy-houses’ in my country. People install them in their back yards as living quarters for a family member or a servant, or as a workshop, small factory or for storing. It is not feasible as permanent residence for the poor - rows and rows of them in a suburb could be destroyed by fire in half a day. I love those on wheels! While I was still married I cherished the hope that my husband and I will one day after we’ve retired travelled (permanently) through the country in a caravan. Great hub, rpalulis. I've voted it up in all ways.

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from NY

      Thanks so much Darlene for your support. I was first introduced to tiny houses when visiting friends in Texas. My friend had his Mother living with them and built her the most beautiful simple little home, basically all it was were two Amish sheds with a breeze way connected the two. On one side was her kitchen, bathroom and living room, great for entertaining guest, and on the other side was her master bedroom with bathroom. I thought it was really neat, practical, simple and just awesome!

      Thanks again for the comment,and may all be well with you my friend.

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      Darlene Sabella 

      8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      I love this hub my dearest friend, this would be perfect for me, and it makes since really when you think about, even a car port is fine, maybe a storage shed. Great hub, even excellent, you are my favorite writer and soap maker. rate up up up love & peace darski

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from NY

      A.B. Thanks so much for reading and commenting on this hub. The small home movement is awesome, and becoming more and more popular. I think that would be great to see these tiny house's popping up in Easter Oregon, I know for sure that they will be more of them here Up-state NY. I agree many do need homes and simply can not afford them nor need the extra space, and and a tiny house would be perfect for them.

    • amybradley77 profile image


      8 years ago

      This is so wonderful, you have many thoughts in my head for my future with one of these homes. Sounds totally great to me. I grew up with smaller homes anyway, what do you really need all that extra space for? I have a new hub, on life living here in Eastern Oregon. I think these homes would be a great addition out here more, people need homes and just can't afford them what a great idea!!! A.B.

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from NY

      Ivorwen, thanks so much for reading this hub and commenting. That's so cool that you and your brother designed your own tiny house when you were in HS. I can definitely see how a family of seven downsizing to about 100 sq ft house to be challenging, but like you said something to consider down the road.

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      8 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      When I was in high school, my brother and I designed a tiny home -- about the size of your kitchen. We wanted a place to hang out with friends where we could cook without being around the whole family. We gathered scrap lumber and cleaned it all up. We had just started on the foundation when my dad decided to use the lumber to add a horse stall to the barn! What a bummer, but at least the horses had a home.

      I still love these tiny homes, but with a family of seven, it is had to imagine downsizing too much. Maybe later in life...

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from NY

      Katie2, Aren't these tiny homes awesome! I too want a tiny house and will be spending the rest of this winter researching and designing mine. I will be building it myself, so I can't wait to start this project.

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      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      I want one! Honestly we must all consider living more simply so others can simply live! I think I want to build my own. My house is so big and I think about down sizing everyday! To think when I bought it I imagined getting a bigger house down the road, not now! :) Katie

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from NY

      prasitio30, yes less maintenance and lower cost are two great benefits to owning a tiny house. So glad you enjoyed this hub on the small home movement, and congratulations on the purchase of your new small house. Blessings to you and yours my friend.

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I just bought a small house, with two bedrooms and minimalist design. I really comfortable with small house. It doesn't need big cost to maintain and I thought it made us easy to clean this house. Thanks for writing about this. I never about American Dreams for tiny house. I liked your description about this topic. All the pictures and the video were great. Vote up as always. Have a good day!


    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from NY

      I agree and though not preferably everyone's style, I think the small home movement is great and hope that it provokes many to weed out a lot of the mind set of I need more, and also to just be better stewards of our money, resources and environment. Thanks so much for reading, When I start building my first tiny house I will have to share it here to all my hub friends. Take care!

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      8 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Wow, this is a very interesting hub and topic indeed! You cannot deny the benefits, and it certainly (almost oddly!) had its own appeal for sure. Thought provoking for sure, and very green too I imagine! Thanks for sharing this.

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from NY

      fbliancha I couldn't agree more, at first I was trying to sympathize with larger families, as I could see the inconvieniences, but it is doable, I actually know of some families that have have 10 children who live in small rach style homes.

      I would love to see your progress when you biuld your lean to green house, you should definatly document it and write some hubs about it. I too will be building a samilar home. and like you say when the extra money is there you can always build anohter room

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      8 years ago from Guangxi-Zhuang, China

      Very good post. Actually I disagree with the other comments saying that this type of home is not suitable for children. Oh really? Must be another "american" dream attitude bigger is better. The one's making those comments should get out and see the world as people live in small places with 1, 2 or even 5 children! It's called making due with what you have.

      I am planning on building a small one room home I like the one in the picture - at first I thought too long but actually it's about right. I plan on building a small lean to green house, which will serve as kitchen as well as growing plants on the side entrance way so you enter the greenhouse. The green house will have a wood stove which will heat water for the main room and for a small bathtub. and of course when extra money comes around you can always build another smaller room!

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from NY

      Thanks Pamela99 I just think that having a tiny house on wheels would be so cool to have, They could even make for a great guest cottage, office, or home sweet home for some. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I can certainly see the benefit on owning a small home. Your hub makes some very good points.

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from NY

      Amy Jane, yes solar panels are very popular on these homes. I am really considering building one, whether to live in permanently util I have a family or to just use my tiny house as an office or get away cabin in the woods. I just think they are so cool.

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      amy jane 

      8 years ago from Connecticut

      I love the small home ideas. It's not practical with kids, as you said, but it's still a terrific option for many. Add some solar panels and your small home will be even more eco-friendly!

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from NY

      Your right! As I mentioned in this hub, not of any great use for a family, but if you got the space in your backyard, a tiny house would be great for a family member or friend. Thanks for commenting.

    • suzannao profile image


      8 years ago from Texas

      I can see the benefits but this doesn't seem good for any type of family.


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