Mr. Jay Shafer is the responsible genius who came up with the idea for Tiny Houses! His company, known as Tumbleweed, is part of the tiny home movement. In 2002, he co-founded the Small House Society in Iowa City, Iowa. In 2003, Gregory Paul Johnson commissioned him to build The Mobile Hermitage, which became one of Tumbleweed’s first commercially sold homes.
When did Tiny Houses start to flourish?
It turns out that during the Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2005, Marianne Cusato built 308 square feet. foot hut constructions for the homeless victims and small house movements flourished.
Want one? What to do next?
Identify the square footage you will need. Visit local pre-fab buildings to get an idea of what your minimum requirement is or rent a Tiny House for a weekend to take an appraisal and experience your practical life inside a Tiny House. Then start brainstorming and planning your setup and storage needs. Slowly but surely, you will begin to form your image of the interior of your Tiny House.
A prefabricated building of 320 m2. foot is enough to make it comfortable and the transition from large to small is a breeze. Some even include all appliances and HVAC systems. All you need to do is pay for the building (approximately $ 35K), plus tax and transportation. Another alternative is to contact a builder of your choice.
You should also research state laws and the requirements for these tiny houses. A good source of information is the American Small Home Association.
There are several different resources and websites that sell blueprints, workshops, existing real estate for sale, or even rentals. So these little houses are here to stay for a long time and a definitive solution to not paying the mortgage for 30 or 40 years.
Get creative inside small houses
Imagine yourself inside a Tiny House and exactly what you are waiting for to feel comfortable. Let’s entertain our thoughts right now … think about having enough kitchen cabinets, maybe a slide-out pantry, a small stove with oven, enough counter space to prepare food, a small sink, cabinets for your bedroom, and where to squeeze in your washer / dryer combo, oh … and don’t forget about your bathroom amenities. Do you want a loft-style bedroom or on the same floor? If you have a loft, how will you want your staircase? Will you have storage space under or inside your ladder? As for your living room area, get creative to save space with a small sofa with drawers or storage underneath, perhaps a drop table for eating or working with a laptop, and keep working on all your ideas by jotting them down. Then, with all your ideas, prepare a floor plan and include measurements.
There are many small-scale furniture ideas that save floor space. Sofas with storage drawers, corner desks, floating desks, folding tables with drop leaves, storage trunks, folding beds, beds that slide out or up and down from the ceiling and many more. The truth is, whether inside a Tiny House or not, these are also great ideas for saving space in small apartments, small rooms, sunrooms, bedrooms, guesthouses, studios, and even studios. Many innovative and creative ideas come to life every day from different sources and all because of the need for them. Very well said by Plato “necessity is the mother of invention”.
Last but not least: a reality check
I recently read an article “Dear People Who Live in Tiny Houses – Medium” by Lauren Modery where she wrote this article on Tiny Houses and mentioned some harsh realities of living inside a Tiny House that weren’t that great, but the truth is that depending on however many square feet your Tiny House purchases, these could be customized to be very comfortable and efficient. You’ll enjoy lots of great experiences, like being able to take off whenever you want to travel, enjoy mortgage freedom, pay very low utilities, and receive a bill for less property taxes. Without a doubt, a great blessing!
But in the end, it all comes down to planning wisely, staying within your budget, and making sure your expectations are met.