Could You Live In A Tiny House?

Post by: Kelly Murphy

Due to recent life changes, I’m seriously pondering the above question-Could you (as in me) live in a tiny house? Okay, of all the questions I’m considering, here’s the first ……..

HOW TINY ARE WE TALKING?
I recently downsized from a home of 1308 square feet, which housed 3 people, a cat, and a dog, to… a one room studio @ my mom’s-which houses 2 people, and a cat and a dog.
So, I have moments that I think, “I can’t wait to move into  my own space,” and then other times I say, “If we can live like this then a tiny house would be a piece of cake!” So, my biggest question is.. what is the least and most square footage I can stand?  This isn’t a question I have answered for myself, yet.  In the tiny house movement there is such variety in square footage.   So, I plan to research that aspect and move on to the next question, which is…

WHERE DO I PUT MY TINY HOUSE?
This is another very important question? If I did have one, where would it go? Would I be able to rent some land on which to put my tiny house or would I have to buy land? Or do I have land, or do I know someone who has some land that I could rent, monthly? (I have a friend who lives on someone’s vacation property-which has an old house, and his presence gives them comfort. So, he inhabits the property, and does some renovations on the home-in his spare time, and they pay his utilities.)  This is a nice setup for him, but I haven’t found a gig like that yet.)
If I had a friend I thoroughly trusted, there could be a possibility of co-purchasing land. Sharing land with a like-minded individual could be very rewarding, and could be an awesome arrangement, but since I am new to the area,  trusted friends are in short supply. So, moving on to the next question…..
WHAT DOES A TINY HOUSE COST?
There are lots of builders out there, but I think in researching the cost, the location of the builder and his warehouse (and shipping costs)  must be considered. Depending on the budget of the project, most builders charge per mile for shipping, so, I plan to do some research on how much per mile.  I will get back to you on that. As far as Arkansas builders, I know of one who provides free shipping within 300 miles, of the area code, which could make a huge difference on shipping costs.  Upon my last communication with this particular builder, the initial “set up” for the house on wheels-which many tiny houses have, is free. After that, there is a charge, so I would need to find out how much that would be also.
And what is the cost of the  actual house? A ballpark figure is between $15,000-$90,000. So some specifics to what plan and what kind mist be researcjed/  The plans for a tiny house are fairly inexpensive, but…. the building of a tiny house is where the expenses can begin to mount. 
HOW TO GET STARTED? 
The way I plan to get started is by collecting pictures of different aspects of  houses that I like.  By that I mean, anything I have always wanted in a house, I will put in my ‘Idea File’.  An example is this… I have always wanted a spiral staircase. I don’t know if that is even feasible for my  tiny house plan, but I want to ask.   
A friend suggested I sketch out some plans on what I want to put where, so I think that is a good idea. I am no David Bromstead though, I can’t make those beautiful sketches of rooms like he does, but I could try to put something down, on paper, since I am specifically thinking of ideas for small spaces.
So, I will let you know what I find out in my research, but in the meantime….what about you? Is there anything you have always wanted to have in a house but never had, or something you had in a house that you had/have and you hate?   I’d love to hear your ideas!  Leave a comment, or email me!

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  1. Victoria - Ozarks Crescent Mural
    Sep 21, 2011 @ 04:04:58

    I like your idea of being on land with a friend because like you said, “his presence gives them comfort.” Turns out that the couple I rent from that lives upstairs and I live downstairs have become great friends of mine already. We do things together and they are super nice people. So I know exactly what you mean. Sharing is a great idea. May I propose this? These guys have this house on the market because they want to downsize (not something as small as a tiny house, but not something as huge as this house) and I like them so much, wherever they go to buy land around here – Table Rock Lake – then I’m going to get a parcel next to them to build. I’m pretty set on doing my original dream of the log cabin, so I’m very excited. The man half of the couple is a builder and a craftsman at Silver Dollar City and although I’d get someone else (already have someone in mind) to build the actual log cabin, he could do the interior build with my help, which would save me money. I’m going to take some construction classes at Gibson Technical Center in Branson West so I can learn more. So any way, back to my proposal. How about you getting a parcel next to us? Think about it. It’s gorgeous here and we’re just down the road from Harrison. Also, I wanted to let you know that a woman has been in touch with me that bought one of Scott’s tiny house builds when he had them on special last November through Kent’s Tiny House Blog and she is still waiting on her house! He promises it will be done soon, but nearly a year, that’s crazy. So although I still totally like and trust Scott, just keep in mind that if you do choose to go through him, you should be prepared to wait a very long time unless he cranks it out like I’m sure he typically has done in the past or be uber patient. Keep in touch! Let me know sometime when we could get together before the weather turns. I’ll drive down there.

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    • mooving2minimalism
      Sep 21, 2011 @ 09:39:13

      Hey Victoria-Thanks for visiting!

      I did get to go to Moonshine Beach several weeks ago. Did you see those pics on my Facebook page? It doesn’t have “real” sand, but it has sandy gravel. It was fun though. I think Table Rock Lake is pretty, and Branson seems cool.

      Thank you for the proposal. I will think about that, and I’d love to come check out that spot, along with meeting your friends. You just make friends where ever you go, don’t you?

      It would be nice to meet up. I guess we could meet in Branson,or Eureka Springs, even.

      Good info about Scott. He is a great guy but I certainly hope that lady gets her house soon. I am sure she is very anxious. I will email you today.
      Talk to you soon,
      Kelly

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