Much has been written about the tiny house movement and how people can live in a few hundred square feet. Financially, a tiny home is certainly a good idea. Of course, the price varies depending on the features you choose, but the average cost is $20,000 if you do it yourself, more if you hire someone to build it for you. You can also purchase an already existing home. Living minimally is certainly less expensive, but is it comfortable enough for the average person?
If you are going to live in a tiny house, you have to decide just how tiny you can stand. The average size is 100 to 400 square feet. You can rope off that much space in your current basement. Once you do, imagine it containing all or most of the possessions you will need. Then imagine walking around in the remaining space. Obviously, you will be doing a lot of sitting in your tiny home. If you are a person who likes to stride around indoors, a tiny home is probably not for you. However, if your idea of a good evening at home is to sit inside, have a meal, and read a book, the lifestyle may work for you. If you are part of a couple, you will need to think about how much room each of you needs to be comfortable. If you have children, the tiny home becomes more problematic. The concept is more workable for singles or couples.
Many tiny homes are on wheels, allowing you to move them rather easily. Others are on a lot, just like any other home. You will be more likely to feel comfortable in a tiny home if you live in a climate that allows you to be outdoors a great deal. Some of these homes have porches, and others have decks built on top. These additions add a great deal of living space and allow a couple to have a little privacy from one another. Tiny homes located in areas with frigid winters or large amounts of precipitation could foster some serious cabin fever.
Tiny houses are a practical consideration for many people, but comfort is an issue as well. Before you decide to buy or build one, you should try to spend several nights in a borrowed tiny house to see if you tolerate the small space well. Picture how few things you would need to live. If you like the feeling, consult with a local contractor or real estate agent about getting your own tiny paradise.