Tiny Houses are one of the most popular housing forms today. Their simplicity and freedom of movement strike a chord in many of us, overwhelmed by cleaning, maintaining and funding a traditional home. But of course, these homes are not for everyone, and do require a disciplined life style of purging belongs and managed expectations.
Tiny homes by definition are very small, usually under 200 square feet, and constructed on a trailer frame. This portability offers the obvious advantage of easy relocation, but also legally allows for an exemption from residential building codes. Every municipality seems to have a different take on what is allowed so it is imperative to check this out before starting your tiny house project. Even though these structures are portable, they are heavier than a typical RV, and usually planned to be a semi-permanent home.
How do Tiny Houses connect to utilities?
While many Tiny House owners elect to go “off the grid” that is not always possible. Electrical can be either partly or wholly supplied by photovoltaic panels, or simply plugged into a close by outlet. Water line connections can be as simple as connecting to a garden hose, or a municipal water supply. Similarly sewer hook-ups can sometimes be made directly to an underground septic tank or sewer line. Other options for toilet systems include incinerating toilets or composting toilets. Propane tanks for space heating, cooking and water heating equipment are another possibility for fuel supply.
Where do you put everything in a Tiny House?
Managing your most basic and loved possessions is key when considering the move to a tiny house. Even though storage is maximized, you do not want to arrive home with 24 rolls of paper towel in hand. Accepting the lifestyle choice of minimalism goes hand in hand with accepting the tiny house lifestyle. Look for designs that have furniture and built-ins that do double duty for storage and comfort. Furniture that is light visually and physically works best for small spaces.
Does the bed have to be in a loft?
Typically most designs you will see offer a sleeping loft overhead to maximize floor space on the main floor. Because of height restrictions, spaces under this loft will be lower than you are used to and the loft will be a crawl-in / crawl out space. If you are designing your own home, priorize what needs to be on the main floor, and perhaps the loft space will be storage, or guest space if you can accommodate sleeping space on the main floor. Many designs incorporate creative solutions for stairs and ladders with storage capabilities.
What if I want to go larger?
In order to be owner movable, Tiny Homes on a trailer frame must meet maximum width and height dimensions. If you want to look at a larger space you can make the unit longer but you will need to consider a larger vehicle or hiring someone else to move it for you. It is also important to consider the weight of your home when selecting the trailer.
What about Tiny House Style?
Just like planning a conventional home, there are many styles that you can draw from for inspiration in the exterior look of your tiny home. This can be a traditional tiny house with a nod to the Victorian style, or a simple wood cube. Contemporary Tiny Homes work well with the use of solar equipment as it can be “hidden” into the design. Many tiny homes are very artistic and unique, reflecting the personality and style of their owners. We had fun creating our ideal design for a tiny home http://robinsonplans.com/home-plans/contemporary-dragonfly-159/. Thanks to http://liquidlight3d.com/ for providing us with an animated version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srAJKoXebd0