My Tiny Home Dream

prefab tiny home

500 square foot tiny home by Preform Construction

I quite enjoy my apartment. I have owned houses and I get the whole “why pay someone else’s mortgage when you can get a house and own your own place” argument.

But you don’t own it, the bank does. And from experience I know that a house needs constant maintenance.

Yes it is an investment(something that makes you money) but the only way this happens is if you have a rental unit or when you sell. And how much have you really paid when you factor in interest?

So at this point in my life I rather enjoy apartment living.

That being said I LOVE some of the tiny homes I see on the internet.

tiny homes

I would love to have my own space where I can play music loudly or watch a movie with the volume turned up. Hard to do that in an apartment. Well, not hard to do. Just inconsiderate.

Combine a tiny house with off grid living and I feel that I would have winning combination. And some of these are tiny homes on wheels! You can transport them around if you really wanted to.

tiny house

I love the idea of a prefab tiny house that gets delivered, dropped off, set up and that’s it.

I know I am dreaming a bit here. But it is my dream.

My tiny home dream.

If anyone has any insight or experience with how to make this dream become a reality please comment. Thanks.

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24 Responses to My Tiny Home Dream

  1. Diane says:

    I really like the picture of the first home. As far as the tiny houses, I’m mystified as to where you would park them. The idea is to remain self-sufficient, so to park it on someone elses property is evading their self-sufficiency, borrowing their electricity, water and such. To buy a piece of land in most towns and cities would be take a good sum of money and against city codes.

    Fill us in on how this is done?

  2. Hi Diane,

    I am wondering about those same issues. The first picture is my favorite as well. Their website suggests that it can self sufficient(off grid?). I am looking into these aspects at this time. I don’t have land nor do I have relatives who could give me any:(

    I think I would rather be a bit away fro the town I live in. Just a few minutes would be
    fine. May I could just post an ad asking for a tiny bit of land…

    I can’t get into digging wells etc. etc so I would need to figure that out too. Other people do it so it must be possible.

    Thanks for the comment,

    Mark

    • sophie says:

      hi mark
      are you in the uk?
      i’m looking into finding land on which to build a dwelle home. have you had any luck so far?
      sophie

      • Hi Sophie,

        No I am in Canada. I have found an amazing little camp that is off the grid and on 25 acres of land here in my area. For 25000 Canadian dollars!!! About 16000.00 British pounds. And it is winterized so it could be used during winter time as a retreat.

        I am sure there are “deals” out there for you as well.

        Good luck

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  4. I love the tiny house on the bottom of your post. Where is it from? I also dream of tiny house living but can’t figure out the logistics of it either. What do you do for bathroom waste? I’ve seen house plans that don’t have showers or refrigerators. How does one live like that? I read somewhere (can’t find it now) about a potential tiny house subdivision around Portland (I think). That could solve many of the logistical problems if it came to fruition. I wonder if you could park it in a mobile home community. Electric, water, sewer would all be present and you just pay rent for the land.

  5. Wendy says:

    Things are different here in Australia I know but I thought I would share that my husband and I bought a Tiny Home a few years back. Our house is a 10m x 6m rectangle. Very basic house and the design is amazing – we have a large bedroom with room for our King Size bed – another room the same size and another that is slightly smaller. It has no wasted space with hallways. I have a very tiny bathroom but it fits a bathtub in it. Anyway. The point is that we moved from a much larger house and we LOVE it. I certainly don’t waste time and money buying stuff to fill it up. As for of grid – I can only advise that the smaller the better. Much easier to outfit a small home because there is simply less home to deal with and also much less stuff in it. Cheers, Wendy

    • Brilliant comment. Good for you guys. I have an excellent apartment right now of about 400 square feet. If I could turn in into a tiny house I would be all set. My problem is a I have no available land.

      Thanks for the comment!

  6. Think about coming to Colorado for “tiny home” living. I recently purchased the family home which is a 10′ X 55′ 1959 Smoker mobile home w/an attached room built on and I own the lot and a half it sits on. This is in the Denver suburb of Federal Heights. There also are several other towns where you can own your land and put a tiny home on it. I also have a Park Model mobile home in a park in Loveland CO it’s 8′ X 35′ but I pay space rent. Or you can live in Granby Colorado in a studio condo at the Inn at Silvercreek – cost for these is about $20K and you own it and pay HOA dues that includes everything – furnishings, heat light cable phones etc. Colorado is the place to be for Tiny Home living!

    • Wow. Lucky you. Very progressive in some regards. Gosh in most places there would have to be some sort of government feasibility study and then 10 years later we might get the go ahead for some sort of development. Of course Big Brother would have to have their greedy little hands out.
      Kudos to Colorado and any other places that are progressive enough to make Tiny Home Living actually viable!
      Thanks for the comment!

      Mark

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  8. rs694 says:

    A couple of comments:
    First, you can park a tiny home anywhere you can park an RV. You can buy some land or rent a lot. Some cities have ordinances against living in a “temporary dwelling” long-term, but no one really enforces these rules.
    Second, the ones on wheels are designed to connect to the grid just like an RV. You hook up to utilities wherever you are.
    Third, as far as waste disposal goes, there are four ways to handle it: take the tiny home to an RV dump and pump out the waste; hook to the sewer system, hook up to a septic system, or have a composting toilet with a gray water set up for the rest of the wastewater.
    I hope this helps!

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