Could you live in a tiny house?

Over the past 15 years it seems as if the tiny house movement has taken the world by storm. Homeowners have moved into everything from tiny house trailers, buses converted into tiny homes, container homes and just plain old tiny houses.

Some people just want less to worry about and maintain, some want to downsize, some want to decrease their carbon footprint, others can’t afford all the expenses of a big home and then there are just some people who want to live the minimalist lifestyle.

The tiny house movement really took off though during the 2007-2008 financial crisis as thousands of people lost their homes because of unemployment or foreclosure. Tiny homes at the time seemed like the perfect, affordable alternative to traditional housing options.

Not only has this movement taken TV by storm with shows on most of the home TV networks there are even tiny house expos taking place each year around the country for those who live in tiny homes to get together and even for those who are just interested in the movement or are maybe thinking about downsizing into their own tiny house.

What is a tiny house?

Could you live in a tiny house? I personally think if I lived alone I wouldn’t mind too much, but if my husband and I lived in some of these tiny houses I think we would probably be divorced! Our current house is 1,000 square feet and many consider that to be tiny. Our house is a mansion compared to some of these small homes couples are moving into. According to Realtor.com, tiny homes range from 100 to 400 square feet and they generally do not exceed 500 square feet – now that is really tiny!

If you look at some of the numbers however, you may be changing your mind about downgrading to a smaller home. Tiny home owners are saving much more versus their larger home counterparts. The Tiny Life conduced some research and put together this great infographic below on everything you need to know about the people living in tiny houses. People who are deciding to downsize are saving tremendously compared to regular home owners. According to Tiny Life, “55% of tiny house people have move savings than the average American, with a median of $10,972 in the bank.” Tiny Life also found that 68% of the people who do own a tiny home do not have a mortgage.

tiny house infographic
Image courtesy of https://thetinylife.com

Although you will save money with a tiny home there are so many things to also think about when downsizing. If you are getting a tiny house on wheels you need to figure out where you are going to park it. Will you rent or buy land? Will your city allow for you to do this? Some towns have zoning laws that prevent you from plopping a tiny home on a plot of land. You also need to figure out utilities – most importantly sewage, water and electricity.

 

Give a tiny house a test run

If you are thinking about going the tiny home route but aren’t sure you can handle downsizing try a week renting a tiny home at a vacation destination. There are tons of tiny homes listed for rent on websites like Airbnb. Some of the rentals are really unique too like the 180 square foot glass house in New York’s Hudson Valley that averages $152 per night.  or maybe you want to try a treehouse in Thailand for $35 per night.

Glass House Hudson Valley
Photo courtesy of https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/17865668?guests=1&adults=1

 

tree house tiny house
Photo courtesy of https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/788235?guests=1&adults=1

 

Tiny House Festivals

Tiny houses really have taken the world by storm. There are tiny house fairs and festivals that take place every year worldwide. These festivals serve as a place for tiny house dwellers to come together as well as those who are interested in the tiny house lifestyle. If you are on the fence about going the tiny house route I would highly recommend checking out one or more of these festivals this year. At each festival you will have the opportunity to interact with tiny home owners and really get the opportunity to see what it is like to go tiny.

Here are some of the festivals taking place in 2019:

 

Georgia Tiny House Festival
When: March 1-3, 2019
Where: Macon, GA
What: The festival will include a large assortment of tiny houses and micro homes, workshops, presentations, vendors, entertainment and more.
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Tiny house festival Georgia
Photo courtesy of Georgia Tiny House Festival.

Denver Great American Tiny House Show
When: March 23-24, 2019
Where: Denver, CO
What: Attendees will see the latest trends in tiny living and learn from builders, project experts and lifestyle authors at the educational conferences and panel discussions.
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St. Pete Tiny Home Festival
When: March 23-24, 2019
Where: St. Pete Florida
What: More than 20 tiny homes, skoolies and converted vans will be at this event. There will also be more than a dozen expert speakers, 50 plus artists, crafters and small businesses, food and more.
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http://www.tinyhomestpete.com/
Photo courtesy of http://www.tinyhomestpete.com/

Portland Great American Tiny House Show
When: April 27-28, 2019
Where: Portland, Oregon
What: Attendees will see the latest trends in tiny living and learn from builders, project experts and lifestyle authors at the educational conferences and panel discussions.
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Atlantic Station Tiny House Festival
When: May 11-12, 2019
Where: Atlanta, Georgia
What: More than 20 tiny houses and shipping container homes will be available to tour at this tiny house festival. Tiny House Atlanta will also display the first movable Tiny House Village. There will also be expert speakers and food truck vendors.
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Tiny house festival
Photo courtesy of https://tinyhousefestival.com/


TinyFest MidWest

When: June 8-9, 2019
Where: Louisburg, Kansas
What: The festival will include a display of tiny houses from homeowners and builders, speakers and workshops, a marketplace and food.
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Outerbanks Tiny Home Festival
When: June 8-9, 2019
Where: Nags Head, North Carolina
What: This two-day festival will feature a tiny home showcase with tiny home builders and manufactures and tiny home owners/DIYers.
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Colorado Tiny House Festival
When: June 21-23, 2019
Where: Brighton, Colorado
What: More than 40 tiny homes, including skoolies, yurts, van & RV conversions and container homes will be on display. There will also be expert speaker presentations, hands on workshops, a product and service marketplace, food, drink, and more.
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colorado tiny house festival
Photo courtesy of https://coloradotinyhousefestival.com

 

People’s Tiny House Festival
When: August 2-4, 2019
Where: Colorado Springs, CO
What: A two-day event with builders and DIYers, speakers and more.
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tiny house bus
Photo courtesy of https://www.peoplestinyhousefestival.com


TinyFest NorthWest 2019

When: August 17 & 18, 2019
Where: Salem, Oregon
What: This event will have everything you can want to know about tiny houses – from builders, exhibitors, speakers, workshops, MeetUps, live music and a Simple Living Marketplace.
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2019 California Tiny House Festival
When: September 6-8, 2019
Where: San Francisco Bay Area, California
What: This event is currently in the planning stages.
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So what is the verdict? Can you live in a tiny house? Let us know why or why not in the comments below!


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35 Comments

  1. This was an interesting read. I don’t know if I could do it myself as I’m pretty sure my closet alone would take up the entire house but it’s amazing what you can accomplish

  2. heck no I couldn’t haha I think they’re adorable but me, my husband and our two giant dogs would all go crazy in the tiny house!

  3. They are cute and I am sure it could help save you quite a bit of money on expenses, but I don’t think I could live in one! I like having space to stretch out and relax with my family, and I like all my stuff/collectibles it wouldn’t fit in a tiny house.

  4. Tiny houses are so cute but I could never live in one. I like my space. What a great idea though for a person interested in one to rent one first for a few days to make sure they are up for the challenge.

  5. I’ve lived out of a backpack for the last 5 years, this would be a huge step up! It’s actually my very near future plan (as long as there are wheels under it!)

  6. I watch the tv shows on Tiny Houses and always amazed how people are so organized and able to work witht the space but I personally didn’t think will be able to do it and function properly.

  7. Practicality wise, a tiny house is all you need. There are many limitations though including not being able to have your family and friends. On the brighter side, no ridiculous property tax and mortgage!

  8. I remember seeing a show about these little houses on TV once it’s a nice concept, but i am guessing it would take a lot of time to adjust to the small living quarters, but still it has it’s own pros and cons,I don’t think I would be able to do ti xD I have already adjusted to my apartment and I couldn’t leave it to live in a tiny house .

  9. This is such a cute post. Loved seeing all the pictures. Staying in a tiny house and so beautiful like these can definitely help you save a lot of money

  10. I cant sorry! I love living in a big house whether I am alone or with my family. I like to display my collection in one room, another display of collection in another room. Then, my house will look like a showroom or museum. lol Plus I like cleaning and organizing. hehehe. However the St Pete tiny house looks cozy!

  11. I don’t think I could live in a tiny house with kids. I need space to move around. Now if it was just me by myself then that’s a different story. But they’re so cute and I love how function they are. That’s for sharing.

  12. Okay first, I’m obsessed with tiny houses and I can’t believe the HGTV show is never on anymore!! My favorite drinking game was watching the Tiny HouseHunters and then taking a drink every time they said “I want a full size bath tub” or take a drink for every child/pet the have! But in all honest, I’d love to rent one for a vacation. I don’t think I could live in one though!

    1. I agree vacation would be awesome! There are so many cool ones listed on Airbnb. I would really love to stay in one of those huts on the water.

  13. Omg this is so fun!! Idk if I could live in a Tiny House but I definitely want to stay in one for vacation!!

    1. I agree – one for vacation would be really cool. I would love to do one of those huts on the water somewhere tropical1

  14. I love the idea of tiny homes! If I was single, I would definitely do it—the cost of a tiny home + an annual/monthly coworking space is still significantly less than buying a home!

  15. I find this so fascinating and loved the hgtv show I saw about it. Agree with you – I could probably do it alone but not with anyone else! But then I’d get scared about being kindness of vulnerable out in a big plot of land all by myself. Yikes!

  16. Oh wow! This sounds interesting, i have never heard about tiny houses before so it’s entirely new to me. I don’t think I would particularly Love to live in a tiny house buy who knows, life happens.

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