If you’ve ever looked for student housing or a home, you know that the price of mortgage/rent is skyrocketing. Many places offer incentive plans, etc., but a small percentage of people have adopted a smaller stance on life with Tumbleweed tiny houses. These houses aren’t new by any means; gypsies and vagabonds have had similar housing for decades. What does make these new tiny homes unique is the convenience of the modern world. Each house is packed with space saving ideas, materials, and brilliant ideas.
The majority of the designs call for a trailer with a double axle rated for several thousand pounds. This is problem for smaller homes though as they can rest on a single axle trailer.
Most designs call for a wetroom with a composting toilet; however, this can be customized to accommodate flush toilets and/or shower stalls. Expect 2′ width by about 3.5′ length.
Any design for a tiny house you find will call for a single sink with a movable double burner hot plate. This isn’t a problem for those of us who don’t cook gourmet meals nightly. Expect a sink with a large cabinet beneath containing hot plate, mini fridge, water pump, water heater, and anything else you can fit. Overhead cabinetry is a must!
Living rooms in tiny houses are essentially sitting rooms, as barely two people can fit in them, but this is not a problem either. Many builders construct a “bench” that can fold, hold things, and has a ton of padding. Most often the living room in these houses can double as an office area if needed.
The bed room is the most interesting part as it is not seen when viewing the lower floor. The beds in these tiny houses are located in a tiny overhead loft; barely larger than the bed itself. With 3′ ceilings, don’t expect to do too much jumping, etc.
For what it’s worth, I love the feel and design of these tiny houses because they eliminate the unused space most of us take for granted anyways. When living in tiny quarters, you can focus on what is really important to you. Be it family, video games, or writing a book; it all comes much easier when not distracted by empty, wasted space.
I will begin constructing my design in May, so feel free to ask questions! I’ve changed things up a bit to allow for more “room” in the tiny space, so we’ll see!